Here at Bethany First Church, we believe authentic Christian community is essential for a healthy and growing follower of Christ. Small groups create a place to practically walk our our mission as a Lion-Lamb community.
Why Small Groups?
The goal of small groups at Bethany First Church is to become more like Christ. Christian character is shaped primarily through sharing life in koinonia, or genuine Christian community.
What Happens at a Small Group Meeting?
While groups focus on biblical principles of growing in Christ, the emphasis is not on Bible study. Instead, groups discuss concepts and ideas springing from the Sunday morning message and how it applies to our lives. Participants who have not heard the sermon are still able to connect to the discussion. Each gathering lasts about 90 minutes. There are opportunities to share needs, pray, fellowship, and enjoy a snack.
How Big Are Small Groups?
Most groups begin with 8-10 people. Each group has a trial period of 8 weeks. Newcomers may be added during this time. If the group seems like a good mix, it will continue. If it is not a good fit, groups or individuals may disband with “no questions asked,” and “no need for guilt.” Individuals may go back to StartUp to try a different group.
How Do I Join A Group?
The first step in joining a small group is to fill out a Small Group Sign Up form, fill out a form at Pastor's Chat or in Connecting Class, or by contacting the Church Office. Discipleship Ministries will respond with the "next step."
In some circumstances, there are small groups ready and waiting for new members. If there are no small groups available, those interested in small groups will be directed to Open Group or Group Link.
GroupLink is a periodic event for starting new groups or placing people in groups all at once.
OpenGroup is for those who want to start in a small group immediately, but have not yet been placed in a group. OpenGroup occurs every Sunday night at 6pm in the Home Place.
When Do Small Groups Meet?
Groups are free to meet any time except Sunday mornings during Sunday School and worship services. Groups should meet at least twice a month; however the ideal is to meet once a week.
Where Do Groups Meet?
Each group decides whether to rotate between group members’ homes or choose one home to meet in.
What about Children?
Because small groups are a priority in every age level, groups designed for children are provided at BFC on Sunday and Wednesday evenings.
Parents may choose whether to provide childcare for their children or take advantage of children’s groups at BFC. Contact Children's Ministries for details.
What about Youth?
Small groups for mid-high and high school students are led by a mentor on Sunday nights during the school year. Groups are led by a mentor in same-gender groups. Mid-high students meet in the Mid-High Room. High school students meet in host homes. For information, contact Student Ministries.
For more information, contact the small group coordinator.