Adult Ministries

Spiritual Direction

Is God Calling You to a Deeper Relationship? Has your spiritual life grown a bit stale? Do you feel a thirst for new growth--perhaps sensing something just beyond the horizon? If so, God may be calling you to a deeper relationship through spiritual direction.  Spiritual direction is a unique relationship between two persons in which a trained spiritual director offers companionship and encouragement for the faith journey. In an atmosphere of confidentiality and trust, the director and directee focus attention upon the presence and activity of God within the directee’s life. At First United Methodist Church, we have a trained spiritual director within our own congregation. Rev. Terry Smith graduated from the Charis Spiritual Director Training Program, an in-depth, three-year course of study of the Texas Annual Conference.
Contact Terry at 936-872-3935 or

Grief Support Group

A caring group of men and women from all walks of life  who have experienced the loss of a loved one provides support for those suffering from fresh or prolonged grief.
Contact Judy Buckingham at or Jim Buckingham at

Stephen Ministry

There are times when everyone of us experiences difficulties — a serious illness or disability, a divorce, a job loss, the death of a loved one, or a time of discouragement or loneliness. God never intended for us to go through these difficult times alone. That is why God has brought us together as a congregation and why we have a Stephen Ministry.

Stephen Ministers are lay members of our congregation who have received fifty hours of caregiving training to minister to those within our congregation or in our community who might be going through a difficult time in their lives. A Stephen Minister is an intentional friend who will meet with you—privately and confidentially—on a weekly basis to listen, care, encourage, support and remind you of Christ’s presence in your life.

If you are interested in serving as a Stephen Minister or if you would like to learn more about Stephen Ministry for yourself or someone else you know, talk to one of our pastors or Stephen Leaders contact:

Sue Law at
Sharon Scifres at
Jim Buckingham at
Judy Buckingham at
John or Gale White at

Loving Outreach

Join us to help show Christ’s love to our extended church family! Loving Outreach is First Methodist’s ministry with members who are homebound or in nursing homes.  We extend love and friendship by visiting, holding worship services, praying, bringing meals, and celebrating special occasions with those who are unable to participate fully in the activities of the church.  We would love to have you on our team!  If you would like to be involved
Contact the Church Office at

Walk to Emmaus

A Transforming Experience of Christian Community. The Walk to Emmaus is an experience of Christian spiritual renewal and formation that begins with a three-day short course in Christianity.  It is an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ in a new way as God’s grace and love is revealed through other believers.  Members of the Emmaus Reunion Groups meet regularly in small groups to reflect on their spiritual journey and encourage one another in accountable discipleship. Emmaus participants meet monthly in Community Gatherings for fellowship, worship and instruction. Emmaus lifts up a way for our grace-filled lives to be lived and shared with others. To learn more about the East Texas Community visit their website at

Emmaus Reunion Groups:
Grace Emmaus Reunion Group - meets every Thursday at 9:00 pm in the Conference Room.
Contact Colleen or Sid Abernathy at 564-6850 or

Worship Teams

Bell Choir
Join us! Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 6:00 pm. 
Contact Tod Fish at

Chancel Choir
Join us!  Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in the Choir Room, led by Tod Fish.  We are not at all musicians; we enjoy singing God’s praises.  
Contact Tod Fish at

Praise Team
Our 8:45 am Praise Worship Service is led by our Praise Team and we welcome new singers, instrumentalists, and technical staff to help with live sound-mixing and computer operation. Click here to find our rehearsal schedule. 
Contact Brandon Beavers at

Heart-to-Heart Chorus
Heart-to-Heart Chorus at First United Methodist Church in Nacogdoches is composed of seniors who enjoy the old familiar hymns and gospel songs.  The group rehearses on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 9:00 am in the Choir Room and sings at nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and other special events as requested.  Anyone who enjoys singing is welcome.
Contact David Stanley at

Christian Writers Fellowship

If you are interested in writing poetry, fiction, or non-fiction for the glory and edification of our Creator, please join us.  Dan and Sue Whatley will be leading the group, sharing their knowledge of writing and publishing, and helping the group develop strategies and goals. This group meets 5:45 pm in the Library. 
Contact Dan or Sue Whatley at

Men's Basketball Group

Join our men's group in the FLC for pick-up basketball and a rousing devotional on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm.  Open to everyone who's ever played basketball. 
Contact Gary Wurtz at


The Primetimers are retired members of the church and community who meet for fellowship and travel. Every second Monday, they gather at noon in the FLC for a pot-luck lunch and a program. Some people come early those days  to play board games starting at 10:00 am. Additionally, the group has an extensive travel schedule. They have trips almost every month, which have included visits to the Shakespeare Festival in Kilgore, a cruise, and sightseeing in San Antonio. They always welcome new members and would love to have you join them.
Contact Ann Murray by phone at (936) 462-9471 or Leon Hallman at 936-564-2712 or

United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women is comprised of women of all ages coming together for support and mission. They work with several local organizations, such as C.A.S.A., Solid Foundation, Christian Women’s Job Corps. The ladies also do work with missionaries in other states and countries. Recently, they created two new Circles to accommodate working ladies, increased their membership, and have had a wonderful time at unit meetings, bake sales, circle meetings, trips and retreats. Ladies of all ages are welcome. There is a Circle to fit everyone’s personality, and unit meetings full of amazing topics for everyone who is interested. Come join us!

Circle Information:
Circle II: Meets Third Tuesday of the month at 9:30 am
Circle III: Meets Third Monday of the month at 6:00 pm
Circle IV: Meets Third Tuesday of the month at 9:30 am
Circle VI: Meets Second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm
Circle VII: Meets Third Tuesday of the month at 10:00 am
Circle X: Meets Third Thursday of the month at 11:00 am in the Conference Room

For more information, contact Jo Taylor -