Our hope is for every person to come to know Jesus and to grow as a fully developing follower of Christ.

Discipleship Classes

A Discipleship Class is an opportunity for you to be formed and shaped in your spiritual journey. We are formed and shaped to be followers of Christ by a constant feeding of His word and having fellowship with other believers. Every spring and fall semester, First Woodway offers a dozen or more classes. These men’s, women’s, and coed classes meet on Wednesday evenings at the church, with a few classes meeting at alternate times during the week at various locations. Classes are offered every spring and fall. Class information and registration is now available for our Spring 2021 semester. We are offering Zoom Only, In Person Only, and Zoom/In Person Hybrid classes. Please note we will not have Wednesday evening meals. You can access our Spring 2021 Discipleship Brochure here.

Click here to register for Spring 2021 Discipleship Classes

*Sign up form does not include Care Classes. Please look under the Care Corner tab below.

Spring 2021 Discipleship Brochure

Click one of the tabs to see what all is being offered this spring! Classes start January 20!

ZOOM ONLY CLASSES

TO ALTER YOUR WORLD
Led by René Maciel | Open to all | Wednesdays, 6 pm | 8 weeks (Zoom only)
Start Date: January 20, 2021
No Cost
The redemptive plan of God cannot be divorced from the fruitfulness of the church. As the world is redeemed, the church flourishes; and as the church flourishes, the world is redeemed. So, the church is both commissioned and equipped to repair the fabric of society, and to serve as envoys of love, dignity, commitment, communion and grace. Join us as we go through this missional book by Michael Frost/Christiana Rice. Make plans to be a part of this class as we learn and apply ways to partner with God in his world-altering mission. This study is Zoom only; however, we will have missional opportunities outside of the class. Sign up here.

CHRISTIAN WRITERS WORKSHOP 
Led by Reita Hawthorne | Open to all (Zoom only)
Start Date: January 20, 2021
No Cost
Christian Writers Workshop will not be meeting in person for Wednesday evening classes this spring; however, we will have monthly at-home writing assignments which will contribute to a published booklet in the fall. The assignments will be announced via the CWW newsletter. Anyone who wants to participate may be added to our mailing list by sending his/her email address to mhamilton122@yahoo.com. *Please know that CWW does hope to meet in person as soon as health precautions allow.

ELIJAH
Led by Jan Gilbert | Women Only | Mondays at 9 am for 7 weeks (Zoom/Break Out Sessions)
Start Date: January 25, 2021
Books can be purchased online or picked up in the office (limited number). Join Priscilla Shirer (video) for this 7-session study through the life and times of the prophet Elijah to discover how the fire on Mount Carmel was forged in the valley of famine. Come to know how the emboldened, fiery faith you desire is being fashioned by God in your life right now. Sign up here.

APOLOGETICS FOR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS
Led by Will McKerall | Open to all | Wednesdays, 6 – 7 pm | 6 weeks (Zoom Only)
Start Date: January 20, 2021
No Cost (except book)
Book: Keeping Your Kids On God’s Side by Natasha Crane. This book can be purchased online.
This course is targeted to equip parents and grandparents to engage their kids in the “counter-Christian” onslaught of today’s world! Over 70% of youth raised in the church leave their faith when they depart home. The basis for this is almost always emotional or grounded in faulty reasoning that was not recognized or not addressed. Given the challenge of discipling children in our fast-paced, tech driven, socially constructed culture, it is essential that parents prepare themselves to help their kids navigate the tough faith battles they’ll encounter. Sign up here.

IN PERSON ONLY CLASSES 


Re|Engage – Marriage Ministry
Led by Ronny Higgins | Married Couples | Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Start Date: January 20, 2021
$40 per couple
Re-engage is an amazing ministry that focuses on reconnecting, reigniting, and even resurrecting marriages. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been married, we can always use the encouragement and reminders of how to care for and love our spouses well. The cost for the semester will be $40/couple, and we will meet in person on Wednesday nights from 6:00-7:30 pm at the church. Childcare will be provided for those who sign up. We will have limited spaces, but we are looking forward to a great semester of investing in marriages. Email questions to Ronny at rhiggins@firstwoodway.org.

ELIJAH
Led by Melodie Robison | Women Only | Wednesdays, 6-7 pm | 7 weeks (In Person) | Room 205
Start Date: January 20, 2021
No Cost Books can be purchased online or picked up in the office (limited number).
Join Priscilla Shirer (on video) for this 7-session study through the life and times of the prophet Elijah to discover how the fire on Mount Carmel was forged in the valley of famine. Come to know how the emboldened, fiery faith you desire is being fashioned by God in your life right now. Sign up here.

HYBRID CLASSES (ZOOM AND IN PERSON)

HOPE FOR THE HOPELESS – WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY 
Led by Terry Graham | Open to all | Wednesdays | Room 321-324
Start Date: January 20, 2021
No Cost
In this day and time that we live in, there are many uncertainties, confusions, and fears that we face nationally, personally, and spiritually. As a result, we can find ourselves anxious, depressed, and harboring feelings of hopelessness. In this class, we will take a look into scripture to find the true hope that can be the “lifter of our heads”, and the anchor to our souls. Sign up here.

THE DWELLING
Led by Vicki Lassiter | Women Only | Mondays from 9-11 am | The Venue
Start Date: January 25, 2021
No Cost
The Dwelling is a Bible study just for moms and is specifically designed to be a source of spiritual encouragement; a safe place for sharing; and a community of like-minded believers in similar life stages. All younger moms are grouped together with a more seasoned mentor mom who serves as a sounding board, discussion facilitator, and overall cheerleader! While topics specifically related to the challenges and joys of being a parent are addressed, God’s Word is given the central spotlight as we delve deeply into what God has to say to us, not only as moms but also as disciples of Jesus. Sign up for The Dwelling here. Sign up for childcare here.

THURSDAY MORNING MEN 
Led by René Maciel | Men Only | Thursdays from 6:30-7:30am | Ongoing | The Venue
Start Date: January 14, 2021
No Cost
Thursday Morning Men is a group of men who are purposefully following Jesus together. Through the Word of God we are turning and changing to become new men in Christ – from men who were once distant in following Christ to men who have a passion for His way in their lives. Sign up here.

THE CHOSEN BIBLE STUDY
Led by Kim Scott | Open to All | Wednesdays, 6 pm | 8 weeks (Hybrid)
Start Date: March 3, 2021
No Cost
What does it mean to Be Chosen? This is an interactive, eight-week Bible Study designed to bring both the Old and New Testaments to life. This study was written in conjunction with and is based on The Chosen series in Season One. You will see Jesus and His disciples from a whole new perspective with daily interactions among the groups that let you know Jesus is fully human and fully Divine. You can be new to the series or may have gone through the first round of Bible Study in the fall. This study will explore the link between the Old and New Testaments and help us understand what it means to be Chosen and Called. Sign up here.

*The Chosen Bible Study is a hybrid option. However, if the great majority of attenders opt for Zoom, we will move to the Zoom-only format.

CARE CORNER – ZOOM + HYBRID + IN-PERSON

(New!) RE:GENERATION MEN’S GROUP
Led by Eric Upton | Men Only |Sundays, 5:30 – 7 pm | 10 months
Start Date: January 24, 2021 | MAC Parlor
We all experience brokenness in life. At re:generation, we believe that anyone can experience new life and freedom by working through steps of healing given to us by God through the Bible. All who are tired, broken or hurting are invited to come find recovery in Jesus Christ. Re:generation is 12-step discipleship through recovery. By working through these biblical steps within an authentic community, people have found freedom from substance abuse, codependency, pornography,eating disorders, depression, fear, control, emotional/physical abuse, same sex attraction, anger, obsessive thoughts and many other personal struggles. We know that not everyone who comes to re:generation will enter understanding the Bible or believing in the God of the Bible. Re:generation is a safe place for anyone to honestly process questions and doubts. Our prayer is that you will find the same peace that we have found.God loves you. He wants to heal you and has a plan for you. All are welcome. Sign up here.

DIVORCECARE
Led by Leon and Jo Williams | Mondays, 6 -7:30 pm | 13 weeks
Start Date: January 25, 2021 | Glass Room
Did you know that among all adults who have been married, one-third of them have experienced a divorce? And currently in the United States, half of all children will witness the ending of a parent’s marriage? This is the unfortunate reality of the world in which we live. If you are dealing with the pain of separation or divorce, we want to invite you to join us. Through this class, you will find helpful counsel to manage the emotional turmoil as well as practical tools for decision-making. For more information, please contact Lisa Smyers at lsmyers@firstwoodway.org. Click here to sign up!

GRIEFSHARE
Led by Bob Harr, DMin | Wednesdays, 6-7 pm | 13 Weeks (Zoom only)
Start Date: January 20, 2021
Cost: $15 covers the cost of the workbook
You are not alone in your grief. Please join us for a video seminar series that features some of the nation’s foremost Christian experts on grief and recovery topics as seen from a Biblical perspective. The video seminars are combined with support group discussion of the materials presented during the video. For more details or to register for this class, please register on the GriefShare website by clicking here. You will need to either purchase a workbook online on the GriefShare webpage or stop by the church office and purchase one.

GRIEFSHARE – LOSS OF A SPOUSE SEMINAR
Led by Bob Harr, DMin | Sunday, 3 – 5 pm (Zoom only)
Date: January 17, 2021
No cost
If you have experienced the death of a spouse, your life has changed forever. The daily emotions and challenges can at times seem too hard to bear. Please consider joining us here at First Woodway for help and support. This seminar will be on Zoom only on Sunday, January 17 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm with Bob Harr facilitating. Click here to pre-register and get the Zoom link.

THRIVE – POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 
Led by Joe Padilla, co-founder and CEO of Grace Alliance | Wednesdays, 6 – 7 pm | 7 weeks
This class is designed to help you thrive mentally and emotionally. It integrates science and scripture to help you become mentally and emotionally more resilient. If you’ve experienced overwhelming stress, depression and anxiety (even diagnosed), this class is designed to give you both the insights and tools to help you to thrive in life.

ADOPTION SUPPORT
Dates/Time/Location: Varies Moms’ Group meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month from 9:30-10:30 am at Common Grounds Woodway.
Family events are publicized via the email list. The Adoption Support Group exists to bring community and fellowship to families who have experienced adoption or are interested in pursuing adoption. The members of the group gather throughout the year to fellowship with one another, learn from one another and support one another in their stories of adoption. This group is a joined effort of First Woodway and Methodist Children’s Home Family Outreach. Contact Marissa Smith LCSW MDiv, at msmith@mch.org or 817-874-3928 for interest and more information.

DEMENTIA SUPPORT
Led by Natalee Oliver, LCSW, MSG | 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 5:30 pm | Glass Room (In-person)
This group is for the caregiver whose family member has a form of dementia. Topics covered include self-care, dementia-specific issues, grief/loss, etc. Sponsored in part by the Heart of Texas Area Agency on Aging.

Artios
A three year training program for Christians who are passionate about serving Christ.  Registration begins again in fall 2021. For more information on this program click here.