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Sermon-Based Small Groups

Sermon-based small groups give us a chance to take a deeper look and apply the ideas and concepts we have heard on Sunday morning to our lives and to the life of the church. They also allow us to share our lives with members of our church family and develop closer relationships to the family of God in a safe and trusting space.
• Groups of 10-12 people come together weekly for 3-6 weeks (depending on the length of the current sermon series) to discuss the questions found in the Second Thoughts for First Believers worksheet
• Second Thoughts for First Believers is a worksheet found in the weekly church bulletin. It includes:
o The Bible passage for the Sunday Message
o “Getting Started” questions—getting to know each other questions
o “Digging Deeper” questions—taking a closer look at the passage and what God is saying through the Bible
o “Bringing it Home” questions— how does this passage and sermon challenge, change or confirm what you already know?
• Through sermon based small groups our church family is able to slow down on one topic and digest it together. Everyone is on the same page and we look at that “page” more than once. It gives us a greater sense of common direction as we seek to follow God.
• Prayer is an important part of our small groups program and each group prioritizes time each week to pray for the members of the group and for the church. Lifting up concerns to God and thanking him for the many ways He answers our prayers.

FAQ:
Q When do groups meet?
A Each group meets weekly for the length of the sermon series. Most sermon series are 3-6 weeks in length. Typically there is a 1-2 week break between each sermon series allowing the groups to have a short break. We also take a break for the seasons of Advent and Lent.

Q Who can join a Sermon-Based Small Group?
A Everyone—members of the First CRC Family, neighbors to our church, visitors to our church, friends of our church

Q How do I sign up?
A Sign up for the group you would like to join by filling out the sign up form found at the church. We have 6 small groups currently meeting at different times on different days of the week. Sign up for the day and time that works best with your schedule.

Mission Statement

The purpose of the First CRC Small Groups Program is “connectedness” through friendship and fellowship and   spiritual growth through applied faith.

Goals:

Prayer: To provide a comfortable setting where people can share personal needs and receive encouragement and prayer.

Relationships: To provide an avenue for new members to be connected or enfolded into church life and current members to build trusting relationships.

Study: To provide opportunities for various forms of study to increase each individual’s knowledge of Christian life and service.

Structure: To provide an accountable structure for people to live out our mission for Small Groups.

Community: To provide a place where people feel they belong, are loved, and accepted.

Service: To provide opportunities for members of each group to serve our local neighbors with their time and talents.

 

A Quad is a group of 3-4 people of the same gender who meet regularly (usually weekly) for about an hour to talk about God’s word and to encourage and pray for each other and to share life. Meet any place of your choosing.

To get more information or if interested in joining a Quad, contact Sara Tysman, Director of Discipleship.