The Purpose of Small Groups
Our small groups have two purposes. First, to help us grow as disciples of Jesus so we can experience the fullness of life as God intends and learn how to help others become followers of Jesus too. Second, to help us make friends and develop deep, authentic relationships with other Christians who can support our spiritual journey. Our hope is that every member of our church will join a group because they are just as important as worship in helping us become more like Jesus.
The Shape of Small Groups
To accomplish these purposes, each group has four components. First, all offer a time of fellowship in which participants can get to know each other and develop strong friendships. Second, groups offer a time of learning to help participants become more mature followers of Jesus. Third, participants join together in some form of worship, such as praying for each other. Finally, each group plans and engages in a service project at least once a quarter.
The Rhythm of Small Groups
Discipleship groups meet weekly and follow a six-week rotation. In weeks 1-4, groups have regular meetings that include fellowship, a lesson, and a time of prayer. In week 5, groups share a meal together so participants can simply enjoy each other’s company and have fun. In week 6, groups either plan or carry-out a service project of their choosing. After completing the six-week cycle, it repeats. You can jump in a group at any point in the cycle. Throughout the year, participants decide together when the group needs to take a break.
Some of Our Groups
New groups are always starting, but here are a few to consider.
Leaders: Phil Maynard, Jim LeBleu, Dan Blackburn
Launch Date: TBD/End of January
Regular Meeting Time: Wednesdays from 7:15-8:45 p.m.
Place: Jim's Condo in South Cocoa Beach
Focused Learning Group/Book Study
Leaders: Phyllis Day and Janice Blackburn
Launch Date: January 27 at 10:00 a.m.
Regular Meeting Time: Thursdays from 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Place: Room 4 at First UMC Cocoa Beach
Mixed, Open Small Group
Leaders: Emily Behrens and Gloria Chen
Launch Date: January 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Regular Meeting Time: Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Place: Emily and Gloria's Residence in Rockledge
Mixed, Open Small Group
Leaders: Sherry Atkins, Carrie Stafford, Becky Maynard
Launch Date: January 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Regular Meeting Time: Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Place: Sherry's Residence in Merritt Island
Connecting to a Small Group
If you would like to try one of these groups, simply contact the church office and we will put you in touch with a leader who can share more information and answers your questions.
Disciple Like Jesus
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