A Life Group is a small group of adults who meet regularly for Christian fellowship, study, prayer, and service. Jesus said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10) Just as Jesus formed a small group of 12 disciples around Himself, so too, many Christians through the years have found that being a part of a small group is one way to experience the life that God intends for us.
Who: Christ Church adults of any age, married or single. Some groups are more intentionally homogenous (for example, all young adults), others are wonderfully diverse in age, life experiences, etc.
Where: At the church or a group member's home
When: The group decides what day of the week works best for them. Meeting twice a month is typical and the recommended norm, though the group may choose to meet weekly.
How many: Up to about 15 people; this is important, since the amount and quality of sharing decreases if the group gets too big. This is why you may experience a short wait until we have enough to start a new group (“closed” groups are not being cliquish: they are following church instructions to stay a small group).
Leadership: Facilitating a Life Group is simple and rewarding, and can be shared among more than one individual or couple in the group. A group needs to have a contact person so that the church can stay in touch in order to support the group; group facilitators take responsibility for working with the group and the church to select study materials, and to convene and lead group gatherings. We will support you every step of the way.
Fellowship/Food: Some groups eat potluck supper every time, other groups have snacks, while some do some of both. There should be some fellowship time at each gathering, just to enjoy each other’s company.
Study: Working with the church, you choose a book of the Bible, or other good books to read and discuss. Groups sometime use video series, study materials with workbooks, or develop a system of devotional presentations/discussions on a rotational basis.
Prayer: Each group finds ways which are comfortable for them to pray for the thanksgivings and needs of the group, and those of others.
Service: Groups should act on the Christian message they are studying by engaging in regular, periodic activities of outreach and compassion.
Contact: If you are interested in joining a Life Group, please contact Libby Lewis, Life Group Coordinator, at email@example.com or 884.5525.