Adults

Men. Women. Mature adults. Single adults. There's a place for you! Marvin is geared toward equipping our members to share the Gospel. From Bible studies to small groups to Sunday School classes, you'll find information here to help you grow in your faith and become a stronger disciple. 

Discipleship

A disciple is a follower of Jesus Christ who is growing in love for God and others. Jesus calls us to be disciples and to make disciples. And in so being and in so doing we are a part of something bigger than ourselves. We are the body of Christ, and each one of us is a part of it. 

Marvin is geared toward helping our members share the Gospel. From Bible studies to small groups to Sunday School classes, you'll find information here to help you grow in your faith and become a stronger disciple.


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Adult Sunday School classes

Unless otherwise noted, Sunday School classes meet at 9:45 a.m.

Disciples | All ages

Room 225
This class is for adults of various ages. Bible study and faith lessons are led by rotating teachers in both lecture and discussion formats. Class members are very mission hearted.

Faith | Late 30s to 50s

Room 240
10 a.m.
The class studies various spiritual and life topics presented in discussion format. Couples are late 30s to early 50s and most have young children.

Freedom | Single and married, 50-plus

Room 106 
This class is for singles and married age 50 and older. Bible-based studies and discussion. Members have a chance to meet new people, gather for social activities and participate in service projects.

Friendly | All ages

The Hub
This class is for adults for all ages who study the Bible through lectures from the Adult Bible Study curriculum. This class can be heard on a weekly radio broadcast on AM 600 at 10 a.m. on Sundays, and it livestreams in the Friendly Class Facebook group at 10 a.m. each Sunday.

The Knot | Families with infants and young children

Room 233
Focus on developing relationships between couples, families and friends, and strengthening each of those through a relationship with Jesus.

New Genesis | Mid-40s and up

Room 234
As parents of young adult/college age children, our class places an emphasis on being purposeful Christians while enjoying the camaraderie of watching our kids become capable adults. Lessons are Bible based and discussion is encouraged.

Seasons Class | 40s and 50s

Room 223
This class is mostly made up of parents in their 40s and 50s with kids from youth to young adult. Leaders facilitate Bible-based teaching via lecture, video, and discussion to explore topics from a historical perspective while also bringing the Word to life for daily application.

Seekers | 50-plus

Room 235
This class is a caring, committed group of adults, ages 50 and up, who seek knowledge, wisdom and a growing relationship with Christ through the study of the Adult Bible Study curriculum. Classes are member-led in a discussion format.

Thrive | 18 to 35

Room 222
Explore your relationship with Jesus. Learn what it means to live your life with purpose as a young adult.

Trinity | 40 through 60

Room 242
This is a class for adults in their 40s, 50s and 60s. Lessons are taught lecture style and discussion and comments are always welcome. Study topics include Bible chapter studies and life application.

Unity | All ages

Room 113
Lessons are taught from the Bible in lecture style. Members are invited to have an ongoing and lively discussion from God’s Word. Members are active in all areas of the church, have frequent socials and would love for you to come and learn more about Jesus Christ. Open to all ages.

The Vine | All ages

Room 353
We are a group of people that enjoy fellowshipping and figuring out Christian life together. We span a variety of topics, but especially like discussing hard or interesting topics. This often results in lively discussion and polite banter. We aren’t afraid of pushing each other outside of our comfort zones, and aren’t easily offended. This is a probably considered a non-traditional class.

Women at the Well | All ages

Room 232
All women are invited to the class tailored just for them.

Read the Bible together

Marvin Church, you are invited to read the Bible this year using the YouVersion app in one of three ways:

  1. The Psalms (starts over at the beginning of each month)
  2. The Gospels (starts over every three months)
  3. The Bible (starts over each year)

Use the links provided provided below to join in right where we are.

  1. Read through the Psalms in a month using the Psalms plan on the YouVersion app.
    A new plan begins the first day of each month.

    Read the Psalms
  2. Read through the Gospels in 90 days using The Bible Project | Gospels plan. This online plan gives short, informative videos to help frame your reading and lets you see other Marvin participants' comments.
    A new plan begins Jan. 1.

    Read the Gospels
  3. Read through the Bible cover to cover using The Bible Project | Bible Reading plan. This online plan gives short, informative videos to help frame your reading and lets you see other Marvin participants' comments.
    Begins Jan. 1 (three to five chapters a day), ends Dec. 31

    Read the Bible

There are also hard copies of these reading plans available at the Welcome Center.

Our goal is for Marvin Church to read the Bible in community for the simple purpose of being shaped by God’s Word and conformed more into the image and likeness of His Son, Jesus Christ, who is the Word made flesh.

Midweek classes

One part of our Discipleship Pathway includes our Midweek classes, a slate of classes on Wednesday nights each spring and fall. Spring 2024 classes run from January to April. Midweek Wednesday evenings include food, fellowship and transformation. Each week the $5 meal begins at 5 p.m. in Pirtle Hall and classes are from 6 to 7 p.m. and are free unless otherwise noted. Please make a reservation for dinner each week by filling out the form below the classes or by calling the Welcome Center (903.592.7396).

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How We Got the Bible

Leader: Robert Hand

A central belief of Christians across time and place is that the Bible is the authoritative Word of God for us. At the same time, it is also a collection of human writings that was compiled by humans under the guidance of the Spirit over the course of many centuries. Questions abound about this process: Who decided what books were included and excluded? What criteria were used? When exactly did all this take place? Join us in this class as we explore and clarify this often-misunderstood history and also establish further reason to trust in the authenticity of the Old and New Testaments as the Word of God for the people of God. 

Catechism of the Global Methodist Church - Part 1

Leader: Rev. Gerry Giles

The goal of catechesis is to understand, recall, profess and enjoy the church’s essential teachings, which includes the essence of the central theological confessions of the church and the essential doctrinal commitments of the GMC denomination. Part 2 focuses on our distinctives as Wesleyan Methodists.

Women | He's Where the Joy Is - Getting to Know the Captivating God of the Trinity

Leader: Rev. Brandy Stevens

In this class we'll look at the Trinity as a whole and examine each of the persons of God individually—Father, Son and Spirit. A richer understanding of God in His three-in-oneness will begin to inform everything about the way you make peace with your past, live in the present, look to the future and interact with others. He's waiting to delight you with who he is!

GriefShare

GriefShare is a 13-week Christ-centered grief support group that will help you recover from the deep hurt following the loss of a loved one. Materials are provided at no cost.

Life to Life

Leaders: Gina and Doug Baker

Life-to-Life is a ministry that creates Christ-centered relationships for the purpose of mutual spiritual growth. Participants will go through the entire 12-week program with curriculum writers Doug and Gina Baker. The user-friendly notebook includes all lessons and spiritual exercises to help the participant establish a more consistent spiritual growth plan including Bible reading and prayer exercises, the writing and sharing of faith stories, and tools to help disciple another person. Workbooks are provided and the investment of time can make a great Kingdom impact.

 

Stewardship of Parenting - A Priceless Investment

Leader: Tamikia Bell

How would you define your role as a parent? Do you parent like your parents? Other than carpooling, being a caregiver, a negotiator, a referee, a nurse, and disciplinarian, how do you see yourself as a parent? Better yet how does God define your role as a parent? Our children are an investment from the Lord. We are to steward over them accordingly. Take a moment and think about the importance of your role, as a steward over God's Priceless Investments.

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Discipleship Pathway

We’re all at different places on our faith journey, but we all want to grow closer to Christ. In order to grow and go with God, you need to know where you are and what your next steps might be. Click the link below to help you determine your current stage. 

Discipleship Pathway

Looking for support along your pathway? The Discipleship Team recommends the following books by the stages:

  • Stage 1 | Exploring Christ (books that move people toward belief) | Absolute Basics of the Christian Faith, Absolute Basics of the Wesleyan Way of Salvation, Thirty Questions, Questions of Life
  • Stage 2 | Growing in Christ (books that move people toward intimacy) | A Spiritual Formation Primer, Experiencing God, Practicing the Presence of God
  • The Wall | Emotionally Healthy Discipleship
  • Stage 3 | Close to Christ (books that move people toward sacrifice) | Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, Celebration of Discipline
  • Stage 4 | Christ-Centered (books about the Christian life and disciple-making) | Perfect Love: Recovering Entire Sanctification, The Divine Conspiracy, Surprise the World

Women


Studies

Gathering in the Word | Join us as we study God’s Word together this spring. Grab your Bible and join us each Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the library. Together we will seek Jesus, study his Word and build community. Call the church to register.

Sunday School | All women are invited to Women at the Well Sunday School class which meets at 9:45 a.m. each Sunday in room 232.


Circles

Share your life with other women of Marvin. Find friendship, faith and purpose. 

AMAZING GRACE CIRCLE

Amazing Grace meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month in members’ homes. Contact Ann Head (903.279.9979) for information.

SUSANNA WESLEY CIRCLE

Susanna Wesley gathers on the third Monday of each month for fellowship, time in the Word and light snacks. Leaders are Sheri Day and Gail Hollenshead.

Marvin Women

Upcoming

Events

Momco

When moms are resourced, when moms are elevated, when moms are educated, 
when moms are empowered to do what they are meant to do in the world, everyone is better because of it.

MomCo is a group for mothers of children from birth to kindergarten. MomCo encourages and equips moms of young children to realize their potential as mothers, women and leaders, in relationship with Jesus and in partnership with the local church. 

Marvin MomCo meets from 10 a.m. to noon  twice a month on Thursday mornings at Marvin. It's a place for moms to share their hopes, fears and insight alongside other moms and mentor moms, all while enjoying childcare, breakfast and speakers from the Tyler community. We build circles of women who love each other like family, because we believe in the transformative potential of relationships and mentoring (Hebrews 10:25).

In addition to monthly meetings, MomCo hosts a bake sale at the church each fall featuring their famous pumpkin rolls and participates in a mission project each year. MomCo also coordinates at least one optional social activity per semester. 

Annual dues are $85 and may be paid at the first meeting. All prices include both local and international dues. There is no additional charge for childcare. Confidential scholarships are available to assist with financial costs.

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Men

Get involved in one of our men's groups. 

TUESDAY
  • Bible study | 6:31 a.m. at Mama's Diner restaurant on South Broadway | Led by David Mohr
  • Bible study | Noon in Marvin's Gathering Place | Lunch prepared by Mary Lynn is $8 | Led by Dr. Tom McCall
WEDNESDAY
  • Bible Study | 11:30 a.m. in the Gathering Place | Lunch prepared by Mary Lynn is $8
THURSDAY
  • Bible study | 2 p.m. in room 349

Upcoming

Events

Young Adults

Adults 18 to 35 are invited to join Rev. Jacob Joiner for a weekly discussion-based Bible study. Come join us as we deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ by going through the Scriptures with the intent of seeing how God’s Word still speaks to us today.  

The group meets each Sunday at 9:45 in room 222 for hanging out and catching up, then we start at 10 with prayer requests before diving into our passage of Scripture that week.

Ventures

Marvin Ventures

You're invited to join the ventures on adventures around East Texas. Ventures is a group of adults (mainly senior adults but everyone's invited!) who travel together, mostly day trips with occasional overnight journeys, and have other special events. Visit places like Jefferson, presidential museums, a local historic plantation and more. Come and travel with us! Join our Facebook group for current info.

Trips

This year is going to be an exciting year to venture with Marvin. Be sure to mark your calendar and register for these wonderful adventures. Space is limited.

Mercy Ships | Thursday, Feb. 22

For more than 40 years Mercy Ships has provided hope and healing around the world. Join us as we travel to Lindale to tour Mercy Ships and learn about the hospital ships filled with volunteer professionals who selflessly provide life-changing surgeries. We’ll meet at the church at 8:30 a.m. and travel together in the church vans. Our time at Mercy Ships will include lunch and a time of community to learn how hospital ships are used to transform lives and serve nations. The registration deadline is Sunday, Feb. 18. Cost is $25 per person. Contact Rev. Brandy Stevens for more details or to register for this event.

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Dallas Blooms | Thursday, March 21

Dallas Blooms is the largest floral festival in the Southwest and is a must-see springtime affair! Each year, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden transforms with a breathtaking display featuring 500,000 blooms. Join us for a guided tour and lunch in the middle of the Arboretum’s breathtaking 66 acres. The registration deadline is Sunday, March 3. Cost is $50 per person. Contact Rev. Brandy Stevens for more details or to register for this event.

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Fort Worth | Thursday and Friday, April 18-19

Fort Worth is where the West begins, and nothing embodies Western heritage better than the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. Join us on an exciting overnight trip to the Fort Worth Stockyards. We will check in at the Hyatt Place for our one-night stay and then proceed to the John Wayne Museum for the American Experience Exhibit, an intimate tour of the life of John Wayne including exclusive access to never-before-seen family photos and correspondence. In addition, you will find Roy Rogers' horse Trigger and other memorabilia.

We will venture to the stockyards at 4 p.m. where you will experience the Texas Longhorns in a cattle drive conducted by real Texas cowhands in the Stockyards National Historic District. Every detail of the cattle drive, from the saddles and chaps to the boots and hats, is authentic and historically true.

Dinner will take place at the Cattlemens' Steak House after we return to the hotel to freshen up. We will then be free to wander through the district to sightsee and shop.

The registration deadline is Sunday, March 31. Contact Rev. Brandy Stevens for more details or to register for this event.

graphic: ft. worth

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