Leader: Rich Liden
Hosts: Jeff and Lauri
Wednesday 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Leader: Jan Bergeron
Hosts: Janice Whitten
Wednesday, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
What to Expect
During our Grace Groups we will likely begin with snacks, coffee/drinks being available, catch up with each other in the first ten to fifteen minutes and chat, then probably an opening prayer and right to the subject of discussion and/or Bible study, which will vary from week to week. Then likely a time to finish up discussion and perhaps a time for prayer requests from the group.
Each Grace Group will last approximately 90 minutes.
Grace Group Forms
What are our Grace Group Values?
CHRIST-CENTERED: Grace Groups are expected to be Christ-centered and guided by the Holy Spirit.
LOVING RELATIONSHIPS: Grace Groups are marked by acceptance, inclusiveness and are a place of true fellowship.
TRUST: Grace Groups will provide a platform for building trust and confidence with one another.
SPIRITUAL GROWTH: Grace Groups will provide an atmosphere for fostering accountability and discipleship for spiritual growth.
Why Grace Groups
God did not intend Christian living to consist only of you, Him and your Bible. The Bible clearly teaches that we need each other in our walk with Christ Jesus as well. Jesus did not meet with His twelve disciples only on an individual basis, but they often stayed together, prayed together and ate together. The church model itself demands a gathering of believers in God and His word.
According to the people at Natural Church Development International, the most important of the 'Eight Qualities of a Healthy Church' is 'Holistic Small Groups'.
Grace Groups and other forms of small group ministries are quickly growing in popularity throughout the world and not only in the United States. Grace Groups provide a unique opportunity for the church body to get to know each other better and add a new dimension to our Christian life and walk. Often while in the worship service on Sunday morning we tend to see each other differently than we really are. Meeting in these small Grace Groups during the week has many advantages.
Advantages of joining our various Grace Groups
People talk and open up more in these groups. Whether or not these are home-based groups or groups that meet in church mid-week, we are more likely to participate in discussions in a small group of believers. Since there are much fewer people in these groups than in worship service, there is more opportunity to talk and share with each other.
When we meet in these small groups, we tend to recognize that friends that we see each week in the worship service have very similar problems, struggles and difficulties, that you likely would not notice at all otherwise. It can be both a relief and an encouragement to find that someone you once thought was an immensely strong Christian powerhouse, deals with the same battles that you do each and every day.
Meeting in Grace Groups allows us to share our talents, gifts, experiences and strengths with each other. God does not expect all of the ministering, caring, praying and teaching to be done through pastors, assistant pastors, deacon board members and teachers. Every one of us has unique experiences, strengths and abilities that we can use to encourage, teach and challenge each other.
Grace Group participants encourage each other in their faith. When people see faith being exercised as faith in action, it can be inspiring and encouraging!
Many dedicated followers of Christ have a small circle of friends with whom they can confide in, share their life experiences, struggles and successes with during the week. When people get together in these small groups, friendships can be formed that can last for a lifetime. Opportunities to build meaningful lifelong relationships don't often happen with only attending worship services once a week.