"Without doubt, it is nearly impossible for believers to flourish and to use their spiritual gifts if they are not part of a small group where they make friendships while serving and building each other up." -- Spencer Stadler - Lead Pastor, Friendship Community Church
How Important are Small Groups?
Small Groups are the hub of our adult ministry. They are THE place where we can encourage, support and challenge one another. God doesn’t wish for any of us to walk through this life alone or get lost in the crowd because he knows that we need each other.
What Is a Small Group?
Typically a small group is made up of 8-20 people who meet weekly to study, share and support one another in their Christian lives. Each group is facilitated by a trained leader. A typical meeting lasts for 1 1/2 hours, followed by light refreshments. Some groups will spend some time in prayer, song and worship.
How Long Does a Group Run?
We are working on a 3 semester basis. The fall/winter semester generally runs from mid- September to mid-December. The winter/ spring semester runs from mid-January to any time between mid-April and the last week in June. The summer semester only runs from July-August. The actual starting and closing dates are up to the facilitators.
When and Where Do Groups Meet?
Most small groups meet in homes throughout the Saanich Peninsula. A few meet at the church. Others again will be focused on an activity outside a home or the church. This catalogue will list them based on the day of the week on which the small groups meet.
What is the Required Commitment?
Our hope is that you will commit yourself to attending, leading or co-leading a small group for two semesters out of the year. We also hope that you will attend as close to a weekly basis as possible, given sickness, vacation, work conflicts and other special events. Weekly attendance is key to building and maintaining strong relationships.
What About Child Care?
One small group offers childcare as part of their group meeting. However, we encourage parents to consider arranging for childcare at home, to share a sitter, to take turns in looking after the children of group members, or to swap childcare with another group that meets on a different evening or time.
What Will We Study?
Some small groups will discuss the questions based on Sunday’s sermon that are found on every sermon outline located in every Sunday bulletin .
Other groups will focus on a topic or biblical book. You may or may not be asked to purchase a study guide. Again other groups will be more social in nature—or they may be more service oriented. These may or may not include some scripture reading, a short devotion or prayer.
It is our hope that most groups will have some spiritual component to them and/or incorporate some way that those who attend can minister to each other.
Woman's Small Groups and Bible Studies
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