Growth Groups for Adults

  

Growth Groups

 

 

 

 (FAQ's)

Frequently
 
Asked
   
Questions:
 
What is a Growth Group?  

How Important Are Growth Groups?

When, Where and How Long Do They Meet?

What is the Required Commitment? 

What Does It Cost?

What Will We Study?

What About Child Care?

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What is a Growth Group?

Growth Groups are places for us to relax and get to know each other while thinking and sharing about the important things in life. They are for adults only. (Exceptions can be made for nursing newborns, up to six months.) We have similar groups for our High School and Middle-School youth in our youth program.

A Growth Group is a fellowship group made up of 10-16 people who meet weekly to share, study and support one another. A trained leader and host lead each group.

Current Growth Groups include our Sermon Discussion Classes but also include our Alpha Class, our Beatitudes Class, our Financial Essentials Class, our Marriage Enrichment Class, and our newest group, the Sunday Morning "Pastor’s Message" group. 

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How Important Are Growth Groups?

We rarely have time to "meet and greet" each other on Sunday morning, much less engage in a serious discussion of any sort.  Growth Groups allow us to take the time to not only enjoy each other's company, but become enriched informed and challenged by each other.

We believe that God has placed us here together to bring together the various viewpoints and experiences we've all had.  We the congregation, as the body of Christ, are strengthened by all the various gifts and insights that you bring.  We look forward in getting to know you.

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When and Where and How Long Do They Meet?

An average meeting lasts for an hour and a half, followed by light refreshments. They meet at the church, at coffee shops, in parks and in homes at various times as suits the leader and participants

.   Most evening groups meet from 7-9 pm. The daytime groups meeting times vary, morning and afternoon.

Each Growth Group session lasts 10 weeks. They begin with our "Celebration Dinners" which happen three times a year.  We have Fall, Winter & Spring sessions.
 
At the end of each session, you will have the choice of staying in the same group, trying a new group or even taking a break. Most groups stay together throughout the entire year. Growth Groups do not meet mid-June through August. We’ll have other activities planned at that time for us to get to know each other better.

Our new Sunday Morning Growth Group on the Pastor’s Message starts a full 10 week group on Sunday, Sept. 11.  It meets in the Fireside room. 

Our Wednesday evening Growth Group will begin on Sept. 7 at 7 pm after our weekly free dinner.

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What is the Required Commitment?  What Does It Cost?

Few things in life are free and Growth Groups are no exception! The cost of Growth Groups is the cost of a 10 week commitment. You have the first three weeks to decide if your group is a good fit for you.  During that time you can switch to another group if you so desire.

When you join a Growth Group, you're promising to attend and be prepared each week. It's this commitment that makes Growth Groups work. We realize it's a big commitment, but it only lasts for two and one-half months.

 Obviously, allowances are made for sickness, vacation, work conflicts and other special family events, but not much more. This commitment is the key to a strong Growth Group.

At the end of each quarter, you have the choice of recommitting for another quarter, trying a new group, or taking a break from Growth Groups altogether.

 

What Will We Study?

Our most popular Growth Group will be based on the previous weekend's message. These "Sermon-Discussion" Growth Groups are built on what we call a "Lecture-Lab" model.

Imagine the weekend message as a lecture on Christian living, and the Growth Group as a lab where you get to roll up your sleeves and discuss how the weekend's message works in real life.  Each week there will some questions and thoughts to get you started. All you need to do is show up and share.

Other Growth Groups will have various discussion topics: Alpha (Basics of Christianity), Beatitudes (Gospel of Matthew), Finances, Marriage, as well as age groupings: College/Career, etc, New Families, etc.

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What About Child Care?

We have enriched child care available at the church on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 pm, after our Wednesday meals. (6 - 7 pm)   Our trained and competent Child Care workers will be here for you and your children. 

However, we strongly encourage each family to work out their own child care arrangements for the evening meetings.  It is important to have your children in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.

Sometimes it works best for families to share a sitter or to swap child care with another family whose Growth Group meets on a different evening. We can even give you a list of youth and young adults you can call on to find a sitter that works for you.

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Call us to work out details.   661.942.9419  or email lumc@lancasterunited.org)