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]
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.
Joining 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.
To find out more, please call or email our Small Groups Director, Emily Menendez 585-8844.
“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 Dean's June 29 interview with Marilyn Dixon and Emily Menendez, pictured at right, click here.]
Fall 2014 New Small Groups
This fall, we will be launching a number of new small groups, and many of our current groups are looking to add new members. Below are some new groups that open to anyone who would like to join. Please call or email Emily Menendez if you would like to be a part of any of these groups, or if you would like help getting connected to one of our existing groups.
Idol Addiction Small Group for Women
9:15-10:30 Tuesday at Cranmer House
Laura Steele will lead a small group of women through Idol Addiction, a curriculum by Julie Sparkman. You can visit IdolAddiction.org to learn more about the material. The group will start September 9th, the Tuesday after Labor Day, and meet for 8 weeks.
Check back for more to be listed soon!
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