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.
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.