Being a part of the church is so much more than Sunday morning. We believe that being in relationships is an essential part of every Christ-follower’s life. Connection Groups are strategic for this mission in at least three different ways:
- A place to BELONG. Belonging is perhaps the greatest human desire and need. To know that we belong to God, that we belong in a community of people, and that we have a common sense of belonging together in God’s world.
- A place to GROW. In Connection Groups we can grow our faith. This happens through Bible study and prayer. By digging deeper into the sermons and discussing the reasons why we believe what we do. The goal is to grow in the character of Christ in each person.
- A place to SERVE. We desire these groups to be a place to reach out and serve. We can serve the people in our group and in our community through word and deed.
Weekly Connection Home Groups
Sunday worship provides the content while Home Groups provide the context to dig, discuss and apply. Each Sunday we’ll provide a bible reading and several discussion questions. In theory anyone can attend the worship service, bring people together, and lead/create a Connection Group. The primary benefit of a sermon based format is that everyone who attends the worship service comes prepared for group. Whether you’ve been a Christian for years, or if you’re just beginning to explore Christianity, this format puts everyone on a level gathering field. All of the home groups are self-led by the members so they may vary from group to group, however the general structure for the gatherings includes sharing a meal followed by a sermon/series based discussion. Child care is shared among the group members.
1st and 3rd Thursdays | 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Leader: Rose Obrien and Iva Prinsen
Wednesdays | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Leader: George and Robin Saylor
Sundays | 6:00 – 8:00 pm | On Campus
Leader: Kelly and Jayne Tien
Winter 2020 Groups
Fridays | 1:00 pm | Locations Vary
Leader: Beverly Boyd & Irene DeVries
“Gorgeous Gals of God” group meets for mutual prayer, support and fellowship.
Fridays | 2:00 pm
Leader: Gert DeJong
KFC gathers around a common love of God, knitting and crocheting. Prayer shawls are made for people undergoing cancer treatment and are available in the west hallway.
1st and 3rd Wednesdays | 7:30 am | Locations Vary
Leader: Jerry Algers
The mission of the Men’s Life Group is to enjoy fellowship, pray, study the Bible and discuss God’s direction in our lives. We meet every other Wednesday, usually at the IHOP at University Plaza.
1st and 3rd Thursdays | 10-11 a.m. | On Campus
Leader: Vi Sjaardema
A mid-week gathering for prayer. All are welcome.
Sundays | 5:00 pm | On Campus
The mission of the Sunday Night Bible Study Group is to create an opportunity for the members to grow in faith, pray together and support and have fellowship with each other through Bible study and a shared meal. Members take turns helping to lead discussion.
Sundays | 9:00 am | On Campus
Leader: Vi Sjaardema
We recognize that prayer is essential to a life of Christian discipleship and in fulfilling the mission of making disciples for Jesus. All are welcome and encouraged to join us for prayer for the church and one another before our worship service.
Wednesdays | 10:00 am | On Campus
Leader: Sue Krautz
The mission of the Women’s Bible Study Group is to provide an environment for women to support each other in prayer and study God’s word.
Ready to Join?
We are praying and working for 100% participation. Have questions about visiting a Group and experiencing what they’re all about?