I’ve often been described as “dynamic” and a “go-getter” Mostly on my CV. 😉 Most Small Group Ministries are similar. On paper they seem like a grand idea but in reality what they promote compared to what they produce are very different.
Let’s keep it simple.
A community group is a gathering of people from the church that get together weekly to share life and support one another. Life is hard. It was never meant to be lived in isolation. Community is a gift of God intended to help us see and experience the good news of Jesus in profound and tangible ways. If you are new to the church this the perfect place for you to belong, ask questions, and wrestle with your faith in a community of people who care for you, not because your life is together, but because you are created in the image of God. It is within community that we exist as true family in a time when the concept of a loving and caring family can seem foreign. It is a place where we encourage and challenge one another in our journey to know Jesus in deeper and more personal ways. In Small Groups, people talk through life issues, eat together, pray together, laugh together, struggle together, and serve others as we are transformed by the grace of God in our lives.
WHY ARE SMALL GROUPS SO IMPORTANT?
Getting connected at our church [Bethel] means participating in both the Sunday gathering and a community Small Group. Sundays are a time for celebrating in worship of Jesus together, hearing the preaching of the Word, and sharing in Communion. Small Groups are the place where the seeds of the preached Word take root and become real. It is the place where we build relationships with one another and live life. Together.
As well, it is within the groups within the neighbourhoods of our city, towns and villages that we can participate in the work that God has called us to as a church. Our groups are an opportunity to love and bless the our neighbours in unique ways.
We want you to identify with the mission and vision of our church in context where you worship, serve and participate in community. For most that will coincide with where you live and the small group that is the closest. We discourage people from attending our church and participating in a community of another as that disconnects community from the mission. We would like to encourage you to consider where God has called you to participate and join in the mission of Bethel Church and plant roots there in attendance, service and community.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT WHEN I GO?
Each Group is unique as the group reflects the neighbourhood in which it exists. However, you can expect a weekly or bi-weekly gathering that involves food, conversation, prayer, discussion for applying the Bible to practical living, and service in the neighbourhood. Bethel Small Groups are an environment for building relationships with one another, which strongly emphasizes challenging one another to drive God’s Word deeply into our lives. Most Groups follow the Sunday sermon series; although some may choose to work through another book of the Bible or topic related study. Small Groups are much more than a Bible study however, they are community, a place where we can laugh, cry, work and play together for the glory of Jesus. This means you could expect BBQ’s, yard work for an elderly neighbour, bowling, working together in children’s ministry, visiting people in the hospital, birthday parties, etc. in other words “Life. Together”.