SMALL GROUPS

 

FAQ’S

What is a Small Group?

A Small Group is an intentional and committed group whose purpose is to grow and serve as a community of disciples of Jesus Christ. Each group has its own identity and focus, but the core experience of every group is the same: spiritual nurture, accountability, and belonging. Group members share their lives through story, prayer, and listening to one another, what Methodism’s founder John Wesley called “watching over another in love.”
 

What do Small Groups actually do?

That depends. Some groups focus on relationships, others study together. But the primary core experience of every group is the same: spiritual nurture, belonging and accountability. This happens when group members talk about their lives, listen to one another, pray for each other and offer support and encouragement.
 

What is the commitment?

Initially, you are invited to come to a group for a month or six weeks. Try it out. Get to know people. If it doesn’t feel right, you are not obligated to stay. But if it seems like a good thing to do, commit for an extended period of time (8 months to a year) so that the group process has a chance to work and you can get the most out of your experience.
 

How often do they meet and how many people are in a group?

Most groups meet weekly. They range in size from 5 to 12 people. The small group size fosters intimacy, allowing members to really get to know one another.
 
Isn’t this asking a lot me — regular meetings, intimacy, etc? Yes. We invite you to deeper discipleship, which like any good thing, takes time and effort. We think it’s worth it. The fruit of our Small Groups is growth in our relationships with God, one another and our community.
 

SMALL GROUPS TO JOIN

SOAKING UP THE WORD OF GOD

Leader: Pastor Susan Reaves
Focus: Discovering God’s desire for the church through the book of Acts
Who’s Invited: Anyone
Meeting: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays at 7 pm at the church
Contact: 540-234-8880; reaves.susan.m@gmail.com

STILL SMALL VOICE

Leader: Jeff Ritchie
Focus: Hearing the voice of God in our daily lives  (This is a relationship centered book group reading and discussing the book “Everybody Always” by Bob Goff)
Who’s Invited: Anyone who wants to go deeper
Meeting: 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7 pm at the church
Contact: 540-383-4370; jaritchie@comcast.net

COUPLES SMALL GROUP

Leader: Mark and Jackie Dunsmore
Focus: Monthly social or service events and also meeting during the Sunday Connections hour periodically.
Who’s Invited: Couples
Contact: 540-421-2307; jackiedusmore@comcast.net

L.O.A.F.E.R.S.

Leader: Susan Meadows
Focus: Growing deeper in faith
Who’s Invited: All Women
Meeting: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 7 pm at the church
Contact: 540-234-8412, 540-810-0078; smeadowsdlc@rockingham.k12.va.us

HOLY YOGA

Leader: Pastor Susan Reaves
Focus: Growing stronger in body and faith.
Who’s Invited: Anyone
Meeting: Thursdays at 6:30 pm at the church
Contact: 540-234-8880; reaves.susan.m@gmail.com

S.I.S. (Sisters in Christ)

Not scheduled yet

Through the Bible with Les Feldick

Leader:  Lois Huffer
Focus: The Word of God (currently studying Revelations)
Who’s Invited: Anyone
Meeting: 2nd & 4th Wednesday at 10 am at the church
Contact: 540-248-0614; lhuffer@yahoo.com

New studies and new groups will be forming in the spring!  Stay tuned!!