We have several “small groups” that meet monthly, bi-monthly, weekly, etc.
FOR A CURRENT LIST OF GROUPS AVAILABLE SEE THE HOSPITALITY DESK IN FOYER!
There are several different subjects, for men and women, just men, just women, Divorce Care, Grief Share.
Connect Groups are open to everyone. Groups are held in homes throughout the Shenango Valley, as well as here at the church.
Check our Hospitality Desk or the Online Calendar (keyword Connect) for details of current groups.
You may also contact Pastor Fred for more current information, in the church office, 724-962-8206 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHY CONNECT GROUPS?
When we look at the early church we get a picture of small communities of people who followed Jesus together. The Book of Acts, especially Acts 2:42-47, gives us a great picture of the early church and the components of biblical community, which encompassed both the “temple courts” and “house to house.”
These believers engaged in life together through teaching, fellowship, communion, prayer, miracles, radical generosity, and corporate worship. They spent time together eating, learning, celebrating, proclaiming the Good News, and supporting each other. In addition, the 50-plus “one another” verses in the New Testament flesh out other aspects of this community. For example, it was a place where people loved, forgave, served, bore burdens, encouraged, exhorted, prayed, equipped, spoke truth in love, confessed sins, and treated each other as precious members of one body.
God never intended for us to live the Christian life alone. How can we apply the “one another” references unless we are in intentional, close relationships with each other? God calls us to love, not in an abstract or superficial way, but in a deep, face to face, life-on-life, transformative way—which is difficult and inevitably messy.
It is in small groups that people can get close enough to know each other, to care and share, to challenge and support, to confide and confess, to forgive and be forgiven, to laugh and weep together, to be accountable to each other, to watch over each other and to grow together. Personal growth does not happen in isolation. It is the result of interactive relationships. Small groups are God’s gift to foster changes in character and spiritual growth.
We live in an increasingly fragmented and disconnected world. Though social media and other technology have made our world seemingly more connected, people have fewer genuine friends than ever before. It feels scary and threatening to allow ourselves to be known or to invest in knowing someone else at a deep level. It is much easier and more convenient to stay on the surface. Yet when we take the risk of being authentic with a small group of people, we can experience God’s grace and love coming through others, which leads to freedom and transformation.