A great way to get plugged into the life of Still Waters Church is to become involved in a small group. It is here where individuals are most known and cared for in the community. Small groups help you meet others who share your same interests, beliefs and values. If you are interested in finding out more about small groups, contact Bridget Case.
Tuesdays* | 8:30 pm
September 10 - November 19
In a culture that values speed, efficiency, image, and busyness, some of us are aching for another way to live: more intentional, more connected. Simpler, slower, richer. Many of us have believed the myth that achievement and success bring us contentment, only to find it’s actually things like connection and meaning, not success and achievement, that provide true peace and genuine happiness.
During this 6-session study we will explore how to live a rich, engaged, and loving life in the midst of what often feels terribly messy and imperfect. Present Over Perfect is a collection of essays that focuses on the journey from frantic and tired to connected and free. Many of us find ourselves busier than we want to be, missing the sweetest moments along the way. We end up resentful and distracted, full of regret and feeling disconnected. Present Over Perfect is a hand reaching out to a new way of living—full of grace, space, and connection.
*Note: This small group will meet online on Tuesdays at 8:30 pm, every other week, starting September 10th. For more information about this new format, contact Pastor Bridget.
Wednesdays | 10:00 am
September 11 - October 30
Unfortunately, the world is full of screwed-up people. But the good news, says Elizabeth Brown, is that your world no longer has to revolve around them. With brilliant insights and a keen sense of humor, this trusted author and sought-after speaker shows readers how to:
- Stop the power of whatever is eating them alive
- Productively respond when confronted
- Remain poised and in control when everyone around them loses it
- Win fairly in unfair battles
- Let go of what has been, or what they wish would be, and live triumphantly now
During this 8-week study we will explore dozens of real-life success stories, brief diagnostic tests, and practical tools to help us assess our own situations and gain confidence to change self-defeating behaviors.
Wednesday Evenings | 7:00 pm | Oct 2 - Nov 6
Join us on Wednesday evenings as we read Breaking the Code - Understanding the Book of Revelation by Bruce M. Metzger. The Book of Revelation contains passages of great beauty and comfort, as well as passages that strike the casual reader as bizarre, bewildering, and sometimes frightening. How are readers today to discern God's message in this peculiar part of the Bible? Breaking the Code provides a trustworthy guide to the rich symbolism of this important biblical book.
In 1741, John Wesley preached his famous sermon titled “The Almost Christian” in which he encouraged people to follow Christ wholeheartedly. We should not be satisfied with being almost Christian but rather strive towards being altogether a Christian.
In Almost Christmas: A Wesleyan Advent Experience, author and pastor Magrey deVega leads a group of authors to explore how we can make the same commitment to Christ during Advent, connecting our Wesleyan heritage with the traditional Advent themes of Love, Hope, Joy, and Peace.
In this book, perfect for Advent, deVega and the other authors break down the barriers that prevent us from experiencing an “altogether” love, hope, joy, and peace in Christ in our lives and in the world around us. They demonstrate the promises God offers to us that makes those longings a reality, inviting us to claim those promises for ourselves this Advent and celebrate an altogether Christmas.
Small Group Choices:
- Sunday Night Advent Study | 6:15 - 7:15 pm (Starting December 1st)
- Monday Night Bible Study | 6:45 - 8:00 pm (Starting December 2nd)
- Tuesday Morning Book Group| 10:00 - 11:00 am (Starting December 3rd)
- Tuesday Live on Zoom | 8:30 - 9:10 pm (Starting December 3rd)
- Wednesday Morning Book Group | 9:45 - 11:00 am (Starting December 4th)
- Wednesday Night Book Study | 6:45 - 8:00 pm (Starting December 4th)
Joining a small group provides the opportunity to connect with others who share our beliefs and plug into the church body. Small groups may form as study groups based on a specific topic and last for one day or several weeks. Or small groups may form as home groups where individuals gather to build relationships and grow in their faith. If you are interested in learning more about home groups, contact Bridget Case.
Small group programs strengthen the whole fiber of the congregation. Much as grapes grow in clusters, a church develops small friendship groups around a central stem. The force that attracts individuals into groups varies, but it often has something to do with common interests, a common belief system, and a welcoming host. The larger church fosters smaller groups by providing nourishment and encouragement.
People form small groups around centers of common interest. They are attracted by their needs for social interaction, the support of caring and sharing friends, and a sense of belonging to a meaningful body of peers. They want a place where they can get good advice and feel free to speak without rejection. Because people need both to hear and be heard, small groups do best with sharing rather than dominant leaders. Small group meetings have four common elements:
1. Fellowship (conversation and occasionally refreshments)
2. Bible Study (a planned topic or discussion based on recent sermons)
3. Self-Expression (sharing, celebration, and prayer requests)
4. Prayer (either individually or as a group)
A small groups network is a living thing that comes and goes, expands and contracts over time. Some groups fade while others flourish. Regardless of the length of time groups exist, participants meet new people and build friendships. A small group is a caring and sharing environment that provides spiritual support and fellowship.