Small Groups

Groups offer opportunities for their members to wrestle intentionally with the questions of faith:  why do I go to church?  Why am I a Christian?  What does God have to do with my daily life and choices?  John Wesley, founder of Methodism, believed that when people held themselves accountable for developing their relationship with God within the safety of a small group of people, two things happened.  People experienced a growing closeness to God and they felt supported and cared for by someone else from their church.

Small group conversation is focused on your relationship with God-where God is present in your life, what God may be asking you to do, how God is changing you. Wesley’s three simple rules–do no harm, do all the good you can, and stay in love with God– provide a framework for conversation too.  Scripture provides focus as well but small group ministry is not Bible study.  It includes interaction with the Bible but is not focused on the study of Scripture in its historicity or interpretation.  Small group content focuses on your experience of God, your experience of Scripture in your everyday life, your willingness to open up to a new person, to create community with others and to be God’s word of hope and care to someone else. Although support and fellowship will happen as a by-product of our small group ministry, small groups are not support groups nor are they fellowship groups.

Small groups will begin with the book, Blueprint for Discipleship by Keith Watson and then transition into reflection questions that are made available each Sunday in worship (the questions still work even if you haven’t attended worship that week). Small groups meet at least twice a month to create the context for deep conversation. Each group will work on some kind of mission project together-working the Saturday Breakfast or Sunday lunch, Loaves and Fishes, Kits for UMCOR, helping a community group, cleaning up someone’s yard, a food drive, driving someone to the doctor, etc.  The possibilities are endless.

In a nutshell, Here’s what the group IS –

  • An opportunity outside of church to focus on our relationship with God
  • A place to safely let our guard down and talk honestly
  • A setting where we can wrestle with questions of faith
  • A chance to be accountable to one another
  • A time to reflect on what God has to do with our everyday lives
  • An adventure in identifying a service project and working together on it

Here’s what the group IS NOT –

  • Just a Bible Study
  • Just a support group
  • Just a fellowship group

Of course scripture, support and fellowship will all be part of our group, but they are not the goal. Creating community and being God’s word of hope to others is.

Small groups last between nine months and one year and begin in September.  You may also join a small group already in progress. For more information, contact the pastor or church office. Currently the following small groups are underway:

  • 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 6:00pm, facilitated by Deb Rowland-Bird and Tim Freedman.
  • 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month at 6:00pm, facilitated by Kathy Timmerman and Judy Meade.

 

Below are links for Small Group Discussions:

December 31, 2017
December 24, 2017–Christmas Eve

December 24, 2017–morning
December 17, 2017
December 10, 2017
December 3, 2017
November 26, 2017
November 19, 2017

November 12, 2017

November 5, 2017

October 29, 2017

October 22, 2017

October 8, 2017

October 1, 2017

September 24, 2017

August 27, 2017

August 6, 2017

July 30, 2017

July 23, 2017

July 16, 2017

July 2, 2017

June 25, 2017
June 18, 2017
June 4, 2017
May 28, 2017

May 21, 2017

May 14, 2017

April 16, 2017

April 9, 2017

April 2 ,2017

March 26, 2017

March 19, 2017

March 12, 2017

March 5, 2017

February 26, 2017

February 19, 2017
Fourteen Precepts of Just and Generous Christianity
February 12, 2017
February 5, 2017
January 29, 2017
January 22, 2017

January 15, 2017

January 8, 2017

January 1, 2017

December 24, 2016

December 18, 2016

December 11, 2016

December 4, 2016

November 27, 2016

November 20, 2016

November 13, 2016

November 6, 2016

October 30, 2016
October 9, 2016

October 2, 2016

September 25, 2016

September 18, 2016

September 11, 2016

September 4, 2016

August 21, 2016
July 17, 2016

July 3, 2016

June 26, 2016

May 29, 2016

May 22, 2016

May 8, 2016

May 1, 2016

April 3, 2016

March 27, 2016

March 13, 2016

March 6, 2016

February 28, 2016

February 21, 2016

February 14, 2016

February 7, 2016

January 31, 2016
January 24, 2016
January 17, 2016
January 10, 2016

January 3, 2016

December 27. 2015

December 24, 2015

December 20, 2015

December 13, 2015

December 6, 2015

November 29, 2015

November 22, 2015

July 26, 2015

July 19, 2015

July 5, 2015

June 21, 2015

May 31, 2015
May 24, 2015

May 17, 2015

May 10, 2015
May 3, 2015

April 26, 2015

April 12, 2015

April 5, 2015
March 29, 2015

March 22, 2015

March 15, 2015

March 8, 2015

March 1, 2015

February 22, 2015

February 15, 2015

February 1, 2015

January 25, 2015

January 18, 2015

January 11, 2015

January 4. 2015

December 28, 2014

December 24, 2014
December 21, 2014
December 14, 2014

December 7, 2014

November 30, 2014

November 23, 2014

November 16, 2014

November 9, 2014
November 2, 2014

October 26, 2014

October 12, 2014
October 5, 2014
September 28, 2014

September 21, 2014

September 14, 2014

September 7, 2014

August 31, 2014

July 6, 2014

June 29, 2014

June 22, 2014

June 15, 2014

June 8, 2014
June 1, 2014
May 25, 2014
May 18, 2014
May 11, 2014
April 27, 2014
April 20, 2014
April 6, 2014
March 30, 2014
March 23, 2013
March 16, 2014
March 9, 2014
March 2, 2014
February 16, 2014
February 9, 2014
February 2, 2014
January 26, 2014
January 19, 2014
January 12, 2014
January 5, 2014
December 29, 2013
December 24, 2013
December 22, 2013
December 15, 2013
December 8, 2013
December 1, 2013
November 24, 2013
November 17, 2013
November 3, 2013
October 27, 2013
September 8, 2013
August 11, 2013
July 21, 2013
July 14, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 16, 2013
June 2, 2013
May 26, 2013
May 19, 2013
May 5, 2013
April 28, 2013
April 21, 2013
April 14, 2013
April 7, 2013
March 31, 2013
March 17, 2013
March 10, 2013
March 3, 2013
February 24, 2013
February 10, 2013
February 3, 2012
January 27, 2012
January 20, 2012
January 13, 2012
January 6, 2013
December 30, 2012
December 24, 2012 – Christmas Eve
December 23, 2012
December 16, 2012
December 9, 2012
December 2, 2012
November 25, 2012
November 18, 2012
November 11, 2012
November 4, 2012
October 28, 2012
October 14, 2012
October 7, 2012
September 30, 2012
September 23, 2012
September 16, 2012
September 9, 2012
August 5, 2012
July 29, 2012
July 22, 2012
July 15, 2012
July 1, 2012
June 24, 2012
June 17, 2012
May 27, 2012

May 20, 2012
May 13, 2012
May 6, 2012
April 22, 2012
April 15, 2012
April 8, 2012
April 1, 2012
March 25, 2012
March 18, 2012

Alternate questions for when Pastor Kathy is not preaching:

Alternate 1–John Wesley Historic Questions
Alternate 2–Lamentation or Grief
Alternate 3–Restlessness or Anxiety
Alternate 4–Forgiveness 1
Alternate 5–Forgiveness 2
Alternate 6–Reconciliation
alternate 7–Hope
Alternate 8–Renewal