What does a typical connection group look like?
Our connection groups are usually composed of eighteen to twenty people, multi-generational, who meet in homes throughout our local community. All of our groups are led by trained lay-leaders who receive oversight and support from our pastoral staff. Groups generally meet once a month in a casual informal setting for fellowship, food, worship, devotional and prayer.
I already go to Church on Sunday and Wednesday, Why should I go to a connection group?
Connection groups provide an opportunity for relief from the pressures and anxieties of everyday life through fellowship. Our groups also provide an opportunity to meet new people and make new friends in our community. Connection groups are places where you can be refreshed, revitalized and strengthened in your faith as you seek to reflect the love of Christ. Our desire is that everyone who attends our church will see the advantage of being involved in a Connection Group.
Do I need to be a member of the church to go to a connection group?
No. Everyone is welcome to participate in our connection groups. You can check the weekly bulletin to see which group or groups are meeting that week. Information is also available at guest services on the dates, times and locations of meetings. Friends, family members, and anyone desiring to fellowship and be a part of our community is welcome. We hope that everyone who attends a group will experience the genuine love of Christ.
Should I call a connection group leader or host home before I plan to visit?
It is not necessary or expected for you to call ahead and let them know you are coming. They are prepared to welcome and greet you as a special guest. However, if you have any special conditions, questions or needs that you would like to make them aware of then please feel free to do so.
How do I get connected to a group?
There are several easy ways to get connected to one of our connection groups. One way to connect is simply by going to a connection group gathering. You may also view the groups on the website and visit a few connection groups of your choice. Another way is by filling out and submitting a get connected card available at Guest Services. Check off “I would like more information about connection groups” and you will be contacted personally by one of our leaders. Third and most likely to occur if you visit on a Sunday, you will be invited by one of our current connection group members.
Do I need to be a Christian to attend a connection group?
No. We invite everyone to come and investigate and learn about the gospel and experience the good news about Christ first hand.
What takes place during community group?
We gather in the homes of local members for fellowship, a meal or light snack, Bible study, authentic sharing of our lives and prayer for one another. We also have fun together in serving, playing games, going out together and experiencing all dimensions of life together.
What about my kids?
Connection groups are for all people: children, adults, singles, married, young professionals and retired. Each connection group endeavors to be welcoming, safe and hospitable for all family members including children. Each connection group has a means for caring for children to allow parents to experience the fellowship we all so desperately need.
What should I expect when I visit a connection group?
You can expect to be welcomed with joy and given the opportunity to get to know a few people. You will not be singled out or interrogated with questions about the Bible. Come and listen or share. You decide. Most groups gather for a time of relaxed fellowship, share a snack or meal, review a lesson focused on the sermon text, share needs and pray for one another.
Do all connection groups study the same thing?
No. Group leaders are free to select lessons that are relative to the group for the issues of everyday life. The lessons are always presented in an informal setting and encourage group discussions and questions.