Advent Small Groups

Connect for Fellowship  +  Connect to Grow in Faith  +  Connect to Serve


“…we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the
whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when
each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”
                                                                (Ephesians 4: 15-16)


[Above: a well known early small group]

“It is in a small group setting that I have experienced the most Christian growth. When a small group is marked with transparency and grace, one can find freedom in Christ while being simul justus et peccator. Even Jesus had a small group drawn from the disciples. It was in this small group that Jesus was transfigured and had some of the deepest and most meaningful conversations the world has ever known.

“In my small group experience, I have found the ability to take things deeper and be encouraged by fellow believers. If you want to find a way to connect with one another and with God, small group Bible study is pivotal.”

- Dean Andrew Pearson

[To listen to the June 29 Dean’s Class interview with Marilyn Dixon and Emily Menendez, click here.]

New Group: Crazy Train

Mae Mae Kracke will facilitate a new women’s small group at 9:15 on Tuesday mornings at Cranmer House starting March 3rd. The group will go through Julie Sparkman’s new DVD series, Unhitching from the Crazy Train: Finding Rest in a World You Can’t Control. Julie is the author of the excellent Idol Addiction series. All women are warmly invited to attend!  Please contact Emily with questions or to sign up. 205-585-8844,


Advent Small Groups are Christ-centered communities that meet together regularly to study God’s word and pray for each other faithfully. Our goal in small groups is to encourage one another with the message of grace we have received through Jesus Christ, and to grow in our knowledge of Him through the Bible.

As God made us for community, we need others to help us apply the gospel to our lives. We believe small groups provide sanctuary from the pressures and anxieties of life and facilitate the formation of new and deeper friendships. Advent Small Groups revitalize and strengthen us as we seek to reflect the love of Jesus Christ to our neighbors.

At the Advent, there are about 50 small groups. These small groups meet weekly for fellowship, study and prayer.

Some groups are all men, some are all women, some are all married couples, some are for specific ages or life stages, and some are a mixture of all ages and stages. There are groups that meet in the morning, at noon time, in the afternoon, and in the evening.

Fontaine 300emily-menendez-300-squareJoining a small group is a great way to get involved in the life of the church and to grow in your knowledge and love of our LORD Jesus Christ.

For more info, contact either of our Small Groups Co-Directors, Emily Menendez [L] 585-8844, or Fontaine Pope [R] 443-8562.


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