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 Autumn 2019 Session runs from September 15 to November 22.
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
In our Autumn 2019 Session, we will explore the book of Daniel in the Bible to show how to stand strong, stay engaged, love others, and do good in the ever-shifting ungodly culture around us. In this Bible study, we’ll examine the dilemma facing all Christians today: how can we influence a world that rejects everything we believe while still standing for God’s truth? We’ll look at the lives of Daniel and Jesus, showing how we can stand for our biblical beliefs without alienating those we want to reach. The goal is never about winning the argument but about winning hearts, and when we connect before we correct, we can respond to hard questions without compromising God’s grace or truth. Learn how to be influential without compromising your values in The Daniel Dilemma!
In some of our past sessions: We went through a course called Crash the Chatterbox. We examined the story of Gideon, learning that our weaknesses can be God’s strength. We studied Paul’s letters to the Colossians and Philemon. We went through a course called, The Christian Atheist. We explored the subject of Discerning the Voice of God. And 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 introduced in our Sunday sermons and sermon series. 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