Life Under the Cross at Dickinson First

Life Groups are small groups of people within our church who meet regularly to study scripture, engage in theological discussion, pray, and fellowship with one another. Life Groups are key to our spiritual development as they help us enter into community with others. In these communities you will develop strong bonds with others as you learn, serve, celebrate, mourn, pray, and live life alongside one another. More information about the various communities and groups can be found below.

Regardless of who you are or where you come from, we invite you to join us as we praise God and experience God's unconditional love.

Our sincere hope is that you will leave our church feeling welcomed, accepted, and closer to God. We desire to be known by the love we have for one another, and we hope that everyone who walks through our doors will feel at home.

Take a look at the various opportunities we offer and join a Life Group or Ongoing Community. Grow in your faith by learning with others!

Connect Children

Kids@First Children's Ministry

We are committed to providing our children with a foundation of faith and nurture in a loving, protected environment as they grow. Activities and opportunities are designed to help children and their families grow spiritually and become disciples of Jesus Christ.

Sunday Morning Nursery (Infant-4 years)
8:30 am - 12:30 pm in Kids@First. Our Nursery and Childcare offers a safe, caring environment for the youngest among us all morning long. Check your child in at the Kids@First Preschool Counter.
Kid's Connect
Sunday mornings, find the gym transformed into an exciting space where children can connect with God, family, and friends through food, music, games, and fun. The hour is divided into three experiences. In the Beginning (9:45 - 10:00 am) - A time of games, recreation and fellowship for all the family. Bible BIG (10:00 - 10:15 am) - A group assembly time to hear our Bible story for the day. Bible DEEP (10:15 - 10:45 am) - A grade specific class time to dig deeper into the Bible story. Come get CONNECTED!
Nursery & Preschool
A faith-based program designed to promote the spiritual growth, development, and early education of our students through a nurturing environment. Open to ages 6 weeks to 4 years. Weekdays, 6:30 am - 6:00 pm
Cub Scouts
Dickinson First charters Cub Scout Troup 696, which is the primary Cub Scout troop for the Dickinson area. This is the traditional Scouting experience for young boys in the K - 5th grade. Tuesdays, 6:30 - 7:30 pm - Fellowship Hall

Connect Youth

Growing in Faith. Changing the World.

Our youth learn what it means to be a Christian and how to live their lives in accordance with God's plan for them. They discover and use their gifts and experiences to actively do God's work, recognizing that God doesn't use adults only.
Open to all 6th - 12th graders

Youth Fellowship
Youth come together for an evening to form friendships and develop their relationship with Christ. We have snack-supper, play games, and have a lesson. Our lessons vary and include Bible studies and current issues. Sundays, 5:00-7:00 pm - Connection Center
Sunday School
Youth meet in Connection Center for a lesson and time of fellowship. Sundays, 10:00 am - Connection Center
Boy Scouts
Dickinson First charters Boy Scout Troop 696, which is the primary Scout troop in the Dickinson community. This is the traditional scouting experience for young men in the 5th grade through high school. Service, community engagement, and leadership development become increasingly important parts of the program as youth lead their own activities and work their way toward earning Scouting's highest rank, Eagle Scout. You can learn more by visiting this website. Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 pm - Connection Center

Caring Ministry

Reflecting God's Love Through Our Actions

Our ministers and Caring Connections volunteers give freely of their time and talents to provide care, support, and encouragement that affirms the worth and dignity of every member of the Dickinson First family and our community as well.

Connect with Worship Arts and Music

We have several musical and worship arts opportunities, including a chancel choir, handbell choir, contemporary worship praise team, an active AV Team, heavenly hosts alter team, revolving art exhibits, and seasonal musical productions. The art gallery can be viewed here: Still Real Virtual Gallery

If interested in getting connected in the Worship Arts and Music, contact Nikki Gray.

Chancel Choir
Rehearsal: Wednesdays, 7:00 pm Sanctuary
Children's Ensemble
Rehearsal: Tuesdays, 5:00 pm Sanctuary
Fellowship Singers Program
The Fellowship Singers Program is a select, auditioned group of Greater Houston Area high school and young college age singers chosen to serve our music program at Dickinson First that runs from October through May.
Handbell Choir
Rehearsal: Wednesdays, 6:00 pm Sanctuary
Praise Team
Rehearsal: Tuesdays, 6:30 pm Sanctuary

If you are interested in sponsoring a Fellowship Singer, or want to know more about the program please follow the link below, or contact Nikki Gray at

Fellowship Singers Program

Life Groups

Whether you are a parent with young children, single, an empty nester, or a senior, we have a number of opportunities to help you on your spiritual journey.
Life Groups are small groups of people within our church who meet regularly to study scripture, engage in theological discussion, pray, and fellowship with one another. Life Groups are key to our spiritual development as they help us enter into community with others. In these communities, you will develop strong bonds with others as you learn, serve, celebrate, mourn, pray, and live life alongside one another.
Agape | 10:00 a.m. Gym Classroom, Mixed, Ages 50+
Agape means love, and this Life Group has a strong fellowship as it studies the books of the Bible and makes connections between God's word and everyday life. The age group is generally 50+, but all are welcome.
S.A.L.T. | 10:00 a.m. Prayer Room, Mixed, Ages 50+
The S.A.L.T. class (Serving And Learning Together) enjoys Bible studies and topical studies, as well as studies of books by Christian authors. Deep study and lively discussion are encouraged. The group is generally 50+, but all are welcome.
Searchers | 10:00 a.m. Room 103, Mixed, Ages 40+
Lively discussions sparked by Bible studies, topical, and seasonal studies that help class members broaden their knowledge of the Bible, deepen their faith, and practice discipleship. The age group is generally 40+, but all are welcome.

Ongoing Communities

Ongoing communities are open, welcoming spaces, and anyone can join at any time. These communities meet together for study and forming closer relationships.

DFUMC Women's Ministry
DFUMC Women's Ministry is designed to be a place to connect and share with other women and to be re-energized and encouraged as we live in community. This group provides opportunities for spiritual retreats during the year, as well as craft nights.
55+ is a community of mature senior men and women, single, married, or widowed, and meets on the second Tuesday of each month for a potluck fellowship and special speaker or musical entertainment. Come join this group and meet new people and make new friendships.
Rotary Club of Dickinson, Texas
Rotary Club of Dickinson, Texas is a local service community, chartered in 1964, and has a long-standing relationship with our church. The Rotarians have been meeting weekly at DFUMC for over 40 years. Church members prepare home-cooked meals for the noon meetings. Come as an interested business person, or come and volunteer to help prepare the meals.
Dickinson Scout Troop 696
Dickinson Scout Troop 696 is charted by our church and is one of the oldest Scout troops in Galveston County. The Troop has a rich history and offers some of the best quality scouting around. It has produced 81 Eagle Scouts with the first Eagle being recorded in 1961. Troop 696 prides itself with motivating boys to think and do for themselves. Come, be a part of Scout Troop 696! We would be proud to know you!
Sasse Exercise Class
Sasse Exercise Class meets in the church gym on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 8 am for exercise, both physical and spiritual. There is no charge for the class - just come and join the fun!