We call our small group meetings Connect Groups. As a small group attendee, you get a level of intimacy, care, and accountability not always found in typical Sunday morning attendance.
What are Connect Groups?
Each year we have Winter, Spring, and Autumn sessions, which run for 8–10 weeks. Connect Groups do not meet in July, August, or December. The Winte9 2018 Session will run from January 13 to March 15.
Connect with People
Part of our church’s mission is “connecting with each other.” Connect Groups are a great way for us to do that. They’re a place where the real ministry of the church takes place as we study the Bible while supporting and sharing our lives with one another. An average meeting lasts about an hour and a half, followed by some light refreshments.
Grow in Your Faith
The first couple of weeks of our Winter Session, we will be discussing how a life of prayer enriches and benefits us. And then we will move into a video study with Priscilla Shirer on Gideon: Your Weakness. God’s Strength. This study will encourage you to recognize your weakness as the key that the Lord gives you to unlock the full experience of His strength in your life. In what ways do you feel insufficient? Those places create the greatest opportunity to experience the sufficiency of God. Instead of ignoring, neglecting, or trying to escape your weaknesses, see them as the gifts that they are, given specifically and strategically by God to unlock the door of God’s strength.
Previously, we studied Paul’s letters to the Colossians and Philemon in our Autumn 2018 Session. In the Spring 2018 Session, we went through a course of study called, The Christian Atheist. During the Winter 2018 Session, we studied along with Priscilla Shirer on the subject of Discerning the Voice of God. And in the Autumn 2017 Session, we learned together about rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the mission of the Church, with a study of Surprised by Hope.
In some sessions, we discuss further the principles and ideas that were introduced in the previous Sunday’s sermon. In these “sermon-based” small groups, imagine the previous Sunday’s sermon as a lecture on Christian living, and your Connect Group as a lab where you get to roll up your sleeves and discuss how the sermon works in real life.
We hope that you’ll attend all nine to ten weeks of each session. We also realize life can get very busy, but we hope you’ll commit to the other people in your group. Even if you have to miss a week, keep in contact with your group. This commitment to relationships makes Connect Groups work. At the end of each session, you will have the choice of recommitting for another session, trying a new group, or taking a break from Connect Groups altogether. Remember: bite-sized commitments can produce long-term relationships.
Where: Woodbridge, VA (Please contact the Connect Group Leader for location and directions)
Leader: Pastor Justin Baker
Where: Stafford, VA (Please contact the Connect Group Leader for location and directions)
Leaders: Elders Joe & Tracye Thompson