Small Groups – Fall, 2016

smallgroups-3_medAre you ready to GROW

with a Small Group?

You are invited to join a Bethany Small Group

and get growing (spiritually)!

 

Create your garden … What are you looking to grow?
There are many options. The same is true with our small groups. There are 9 different groups to choose from. Each with a different leader, focus and meeting time/day. There’s bound to be one that’s right for you!

Get the benefit of community gardening … while spending some time alone in your garden can be nice GROW_10197Cthere are many benefits to pulling weeds with a group of friends, a small group provides needed encouragement for spiritual growth, a sense of belonging, and accountability for holy living.

Try before you buy … Come try out one or two of our groups.  See how you like it.  If you don’t feel like it’s a good fit, no problem. You’re not obligated.  But if it feels right, stick with it! You will meet together through the school year before taking a break next summer.

Fertilize your soil … Join a small group to feed your soul! Meeting with others for conversation and prayer study is a great way to grow your relationship with others and God.

Have fun … Small groups are a great time and a blessing to all who participate.  You will learn, laugh and most of all live the life God has designed for you!

 

Still Small Voice

Leader: Jeff Ritchie
Focus: Hearing the voice of God in our daily lives
Who’s Invited: Those who want to go deeper
Meeting: 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 7:00pm at the church
Contact: 540-828-3820, jaritchie@comcast.net

The Ya Ya Sisters

Leader: Kim Moyer
Focus: Women’s Bible Study
Who’s Invited:Women of all ages
Meeting: 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 7:00pm at the church
Contact: 540-294-4813, kimandeddie93@aol.com

Godly Men in Training

Leader: Shawn Cook
Focus: Being faithful husbands and fathers.
Who’s Invited:  Men in their 20s, 30s and 40s
Meeting: First two Sunday’s in the month, 3:00-4:00pm
Contact: 540-280-1666,cook_family4@yahoo.com

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Lean on Me

Leader: Bettina Ruleman
Focus: Friendship and support
Who’s Invited: Widows
Meeting: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 10:00am – 11:30am at member’s homes
Contact: 540-746-0830, bdruleman@aol.com

Going Back to Mayberry

Leaders: Pastor John and Pastor Mary
Focus: Life Lessons with Andy and others
Who’s Invited:  Everyone
Meeting: Wednesdays at 7:00pm at the church.
Contact: 540-303-9837, jelock55@yahoo.com

Thursday’s Girls

Leader: The Huffers
Focus: Going deeper
Who’s Invited:  Anyone
Meeting: Thursday mornings
Contact: 540-908-1991, larryhuffer@live.com

*Couples Small Group

Leaders: Mark and Jackie Dunsmore
Focus: Support for everyday life
Who’s Invited:  Couples
Meeting: Sunday Mornings, 9:50-10:45am at the church
Contact: 540-421-2307, jackiedunsmore@comcast.net

Biblical Bits for Knit-wits

Leader: Kathy Frizzelle
Focus: Knitting the Story of God’s love for you
Who’s Invited: Anyone (beginning and experienced knitters)
Meeting: TBA
Contact: 540-421-0941, kmfrizzelle@hotmail.com

 

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*Babes with Babes

Leader: Beth Metcalfe
Focus: Moms who want to grow in faith
Who’s Invited:  Mom’s in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s
Meeting: 2nd and 4th Mondays from 7-8:30 pm at the church
Contact: 540-569-6911, bmetcalfe10@gmail.com

L.O.A.F.E.R.S

Leader: Susan Meadows
Focus: Growing deeper in faith
Who’s Invited: All Women
Meeting: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 7:00pm at the church
Contact: 540-234-8412, smeadowsdlc@rockingham.k12.va.us

Lamb’s Lambs

Leader: Pat Lamb
Focus: Fellowship and Bible study
Who’s Invited:  Everyone
Meeting: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays 10:00am at the church.
Contact: 540-292-9988

 

*Groups that are currently full

 

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Information about Joining  a Small Group

Small Group:  an intentional and committed group whose purpose is to grow and serve as a community of disciples of Jesus Christ.  Each group has its own identity and focus, but the core experience of every group is the same:  spiritual nurture, accountability, and belonging.  Group members share their lives through story, prayer, and listening to one another, what Methodism’s founder John Wesley called “watching over another in love.”

What do Small Groups actually do?  That depends.  Some groups focus on relationships, others study together.  But the primary core experience of every group is the same: spiritual nurture, belonging and accountability.  This happens when group members talk about their lives, listen to one another, pray for each other and offer support and encouragement.

What is the commitment?  Initially, you are invited to come to a group for a month or six weeks.  Try it out.  Get to know people.  If it doesn’t feel right, you are not obligated to stay.  But if it seems like a good thing to do, commit for an extended period of time (8 months to a year) so that the group process has a chance to work and you can get the most out of your experience.

How often do they meet and how many people are in a group?  Most groups meet weekly.  They range in size from 5 to 12 people.  The small group size fosters intimacy, allowing members to really get to know one another.

Isn’t this asking a lot me — regular meetings, intimacy, etc?  Yes.  We invite you to deeper discipleship, which like any good thing, takes time and effort.  We think it’s worth it.  The fruit of our Small Groups is growth in our relationships with God, one another and our community.

 


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