GET SPIRITUALLY FIT WITH A GROUP!
You are invited to join a Bethany small group and get fit (spiritually)!
Create your workout routine … Everybody has their favorite fitness routine – weight lifting, running, yoga, team sports, crossfit, zumba. There are many options. The same is true with our small groups. There are 5 different groups to choose from. Each with a different leader, focus and meeting time/day.
Get the benefit of team workouts … Just like working with a trainer, an exercise class, or a sports team, 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.
Exercise your soul … Join a small group to exercise your soul! Meeting with others for conversation and prayer study is a great spiritual workout. You will tone your faith in God and strengthen relationships with others.
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!
Leader: Pastor John
Focus: Bible study on Mark
Who’s Invited: Anyone
Meeting: Every other Wednesday, 7:00pm at the church
Contact: 540-303-9837; firstname.lastname@example.org
Still Small Voice
Leader: Jeff Ritchie
Focus: Hearing the voice of God in our daily lives
Who’s Invited: Anyone who want to go deeper
Meeting: 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 7:00pm at the church
Contact: 540-383-4370; email@example.com
Couples Small Group
Leader: 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; firstname.lastname@example.org
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, 540-810-0078; email@example.com
Lean on Me
Leader: Bettina Ruleman
Focus: Friendship and support
Who’s Invited: Widows
Meeting: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 10:00 – 11:30am at member’s homes
Contact: 540-746-0830; firstname.lastname@example.org
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.