- What are our Small Groups?
- How Important Are Small Groups?
- When, Where and How Long Do They Meet?
- What is the Required Commitment?
- What Does It Cost? W
- hat Will We Study?
- What About Child Care?
- What is a Small Group?
Small 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 Small 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 Small 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.
How Important Are Small Groups?
We rarely have time to "meet and greet" each other on Sunday morning, much less engage in a serious discussion of any sort. Small 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 to getting to know you.
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.
Our new Sunday Morning Small 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 Small Group will begin on Sept. 7 at 7 pm after our weekly free dinner.
What is the Required Commitment? What Does It Cost?
Few things in life are free and Small Groups are no exception! The cost of Small 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 Small Group, you're promising to attend and be prepared each week. It's this commitment that makes Small 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 Small Group.
What Will We Study?
Our most popular Small Group will be based on the previous weekend's message. These "Sermon-Discussion" Small Groups are built on what we call a "Lecture-Lab" model.
Imagine the weekend message as a lecture on Christian living and the Small 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 Small 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.
What About Child Care?
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 Small 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.Call us to work out details. 661.942.9419 or email firstname.lastname@example.org