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Importance of Small Groups


"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me." Matthew 25:35

A Small Group is a small gathering of people who meet together to learn about Christian living and to build relationships with one another. In the book of Acts, Luke records the tremendous growth of the early church in Jerusalem.  Small group meetings in homes were the foundation of the early church. Acts 5:42 tells us that the people met “in the temple courts” and “from house to house”.

Why join a Small Group?

Understand the Bible better

Have you ever listened to a pastor or Bible teacher and wanted to stop them and say, "But what about...?" or I don't understand? In a small group setting, you can ask questions, participate in a discussion and hear others share insights and illustrations of the truth you are trying to grasp. The Bible must be applied to your own personal situations, and that happens best in small groups.

Feel like part of God's family

Most people who have been a part of a group say the greatest benefit is the close relationships and friendships that develop.  You will discover that your needs and problems are not unique ~ we're all in the same boat.  It helps to know that others are facing the same difficulties, or have lived through them and learned spiritual principles in the process.  We are instructed to love one another, encourage one another, pray for one another, accept one another, bear one another's burdens, and build up one another.  We really do need each other.  God never meant for you to go it alone in the Christian life.

More meaningful prayer

Prayer will become more meaningful to you. In your small group you will learn to participate in prayer by having a conversation together with God.  No one is pressured to pray, but as you become comfortable, you'll be able to pray sentence prayers and join in.  In praying together with a few others, we are drawn together and we find answers to the needs in our lives.  You will be encouraged as others pray for you and you see God answer those prayers.

Handle stress and pressure better

Small groups provide excellent support in times of crisis, change, and stress.  You'll have a sense of stability and security knowing there are people who really care for you and are committed to standing with you.  When someone loses a job, or a family member has an extended illness, the group can help with prayer and support.  Many people in our church could testify that they would not have made it through a difficult time if it hadn't been for the support of their group

Small Groups you can join

Small Group Programs by Age Category:

Children (Infant through Twelve years of age)

Youth (13 years of age through 18 years of age)

Adult (19+ years of age)




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