MISSION: “Connecting people who follow Jesus.”
It is our goal to have every member of our church involved in either a Connect Group or another similar small group experience. While most groups are sermon-based, some are special interest groups focusing on topics such as parenting, marriage recovery and Christian basics for new believers.
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What is a Connect Group? A Connect Group is made up of 10-14 people who meet weekly to focus on building significant relationships around studying God’s Word, praying for one another, serving together, and enjoying each other’s company.
Who are they for? Connect Groups are open to adults of all ages and seasons in life. Season-in-Life examples include: Singles, Young Marrieds, Young Families, Parents of Children K-6, Parents of Teens, Empty Nest, Senior Adults, Young Adults, etc.
How do you choose a group? When selecting a group, we recommend you choose a group based on its leader-host team and Season-in-Life (common stage in life), rather than its location. Experience has shown that groups do best when members share a common Season-in-Life and other interests with their leaders, hosts, and other group members. However, these Season-in-Life groupings are meant to help you self-select an appropriate group for you. They are not intended to limit your options.
How long do they last? Each Connect Group lasts 10 weeks. We have Fall, Winter, and 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. Connect Groups do not meet June through August.
What is the required commitment? Joining a Connect Group requires a 10-week commitment to attend weekly meetings and complete any assigned homework. Allowances are definitely made for sickness, vacation, work conflicts, and other special events, but not much more. Commitment is the key to a strong Connect Group. You have the first three weeks to attend the group to make sure it’s a good fit for you.
What will we study? Most of the studies are based on the Sunday morning worship service message. Each week there will be a series of Bible passages and questions to study before the meeting. It will usually take 20 to 30 minutes per week to complete the homework.
What about childcare? Connect Groups are for adults only (exceptions can be made for nursing newborns). Each family will be responsible to work out their own childcare. Some groups may decide to share a sitter if the leader-host team is in agreement.
When do Connect Groups start? Connect Groups will launch the week of September 4th, 2016.
How do I sign up for a group? There are three ways to sign up for a Connect Group, prior to the beginning of each session – online, at our weekend services, or by calling the church office. At the weekend services, Connect Group staff will be available at sign-up booths to help you choose a group and answer any questions. There will be three sign-up weekends before the beginning of our Fall session in September, and two sign-up weekends before our Winter and Spring sessions.
Questions? Email our Connect Groups Pastor, Jared Hoots at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call the church office at (336) 996-7573 ext. 111.