What is a Small Group?

A small group is any group of people who gather to know, worship, grow, serve or connect.  While some groups may focus more on one of these purposes all five must have some level of emphasis.

 

Why Are Small Groups Important?

 

  1. Small groups foster close relationships and integral community.

  2. Small groups provide a comfortable introduction for nonbelievers to the Christian faith.

  3. Small groups provide an ideal way to care for the needs of people within the church.

  4. Small groups provide a way for Christians to live out their faith instead of merely hearing more preaching or teaching.

  5. Small groups participate in focused prayer for one another.

  6. Small groups provide a comfortable atmosphere for openness.

  7. Small groups allow for mutual edification among believers.

  8. Small groups encourage better learning.

  9. Small groups provide a source of encouragement and accountability.

  10. Small groups help to cultivate leadership within the church.

 

One of the dreams of our church is to have 200 small groups within our church providing support, encouragement and acceptability to one another as they seek to grow in Christ-likeness.  These groups will be led by people who are loving shepherds of people, growing in Christ-like character, trained in small group dynamics and grounded in the basic beliefs of our faith.


  Women’s Bible Study    Begins on Nov. 5 at 2:00pm in the Chapel at 80 Embury   Recognize Your Weakness To Experience God’s Strength In Your Life  A 7-session Study by Best-Selling author Priscilla Shirer  When we hear the name Gideon, most of us think about his 300 soldiers or a fleece spread beneath the evening sky. But Gideon’s story is so much bigger than that. This is a story about God and His people—His love for them, as well as His strength operating in spite of, even through, their weakness. This 7-session study will encourage you to recognize your weakness as the key that the Lord gives you to unlock the full experience of His strength in your life.  Instead of ignoring, neglecting, or trying to escape your weaknesses, learn to see them as the gifts given specifically and strategically by God. If you’ve ever felt insufficient, ill-equipped, incompetent, or outnumbered, this study is for you.   For more information and to sign up    Contact Mary Winkler 732-673-2422

Women’s Bible Study

Begins on Nov. 5 at 2:00pm in the Chapel at 80 Embury

Recognize Your Weakness To Experience God’s Strength In Your Life

A 7-session Study by Best-Selling author Priscilla Shirer

When we hear the name Gideon, most of us think about his 300 soldiers or a fleece spread beneath the evening sky. But Gideon’s story is so much bigger than that. This is a story about God and His people—His love for them, as well as His strength operating in spite of, even through, their weakness. This 7-session study will encourage you to recognize your weakness as the key that the Lord gives you to unlock the full experience of His strength in your life.

Instead of ignoring, neglecting, or trying to escape your weaknesses, learn to see them as the gifts given specifically and strategically by God. If you’ve ever felt insufficient, ill-equipped, incompetent, or outnumbered, this study is for you.

For more information and to sign up

Contact Mary Winkler 732-673-2422

  Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph by Adam Hamilton    LivingStones Bible Group - Everyone Invited, Open to All    Tuesdays at 6 pm beginning Nov 20   He started his journey as an unknown carpenter, but Joseph became the earthly father of Jesus. For his part in the nativity story, he faced a situation much like our own--encountering life circumstances he didn’t choose or understand. In Faithful, Hamilton encourages readers to follow Joseph’s example during this Advent and Christmas season, and exchange doubt for courage as we learn to accept and glorify God’s will. From his beginnings as a humble carpenter to his all-important role as the earthly father of Jesus Christ, Joseph’s place in the nativity story is sometimes overlooked but contains valuable lessons for all of us. Join Adam Hamilton as he examines Christmas through the eyes of Joseph. Absent from much of the biblical narrative, Joseph never spoke a word, but his courageous actions were crucial to the birth of Christ and God’s salvation plan for humanity. As you read this book, you will understand how Joseph’s story is much like our own. In life, we encounter circumstances that we would never have chosen for ourselves. At times it can be tempting just to walk away. Joseph provides us a great example of humbly obeying God even when we don't understand and faithfully moving forward in the strength that God provides. Exchange your doubt for courage this Advent and Christmas season. Learn to accept and glorify God’s will even when circumstances make it difficult to do so.  Chapter topics include:  1. A Carpenter Named Joseph  2. Whose Child Is This?  3. Raising a Child Not Your Own  4. The Journey to Bethlehem  5. The Rest of the Story     Call St. Paul’s church office    to sign up and reserve a book    732-775-1125 ext. 0

Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph by Adam Hamilton

LivingStones Bible Group - Everyone Invited, Open to All

Tuesdays at 6 pm beginning Nov 20

He started his journey as an unknown carpenter, but Joseph became the earthly father of Jesus. For his part in the nativity story, he faced a situation much like our own--encountering life circumstances he didn’t choose or understand. In Faithful, Hamilton encourages readers to follow Joseph’s example during this Advent and Christmas season, and exchange doubt for courage as we learn to accept and glorify God’s will. From his beginnings as a humble carpenter to his all-important role as the earthly father of Jesus Christ, Joseph’s place in the nativity story is sometimes overlooked but contains valuable lessons for all of us. Join Adam Hamilton as he examines Christmas through the eyes of Joseph. Absent from much of the biblical narrative, Joseph never spoke a word, but his courageous actions were crucial to the birth of Christ and God’s salvation plan for humanity. As you read this book, you will understand how Joseph’s story is much like our own. In life, we encounter circumstances that we would never have chosen for ourselves. At times it can be tempting just to walk away. Joseph provides us a great example of humbly obeying God even when we don't understand and faithfully moving forward in the strength that God provides. Exchange your doubt for courage this Advent and Christmas season. Learn to accept and glorify God’s will even when circumstances make it difficult to do so.

Chapter topics include:

1. A Carpenter Named Joseph

2. Whose Child Is This?

3. Raising a Child Not Your Own

4. The Journey to Bethlehem

5. The Rest of the Story

Call St. Paul’s church office

to sign up and reserve a book

732-775-1125 ext. 0