What are Life Groups?
They are small groups of 6-16 adults that meet weekly for fellowship and to study the Bible together. This comes from the Bible where the early church met not only in the Temple (a large group) but also in people’s homes (small groups) in Act. 5:42. We believe the LifeGroup is the best place for spiritual growth, because you get to learn together with others on a faith journey.
Groups are “Safe”You won’t be put on the spot, asked to pray out loud (unless you want to), or read out loud. And you don’t have to have any prior Bible knowledge. In fact, Groups are the best place to learn. They aren’t “encounter” groups where everyone cries, or meditation groups where everyone chants or burns incense and sit cross-legged.
Can I just try a Life Group?
You can try one or more groups any time. When you find a Group that “fits” join it so you can benefit from the friendships and relationships that develop.
What to expect if you try a Home Life Group
It’s a casual atmosphere. The Bible study topics are practical, down to earth, focusing on what God says about life issues we all face. That makes it easy to join in the discussion even if you don’t have much, or any Bible background. You’ll have a chance to share prayer requests, but no one is put on the spot to pray or read out loud. Most home groups run 90 minutes, with some fellowship and snacks before and after. Home groups have the advantage of more time, a more casual setting, and a variety of nights and locations.
When Do Life groups start?
Groups are based on 3 semesters per year: Feb – April, June – Aug, & Oct – December. We take a month off in between to allow everyone to choose a new group, if they wish, or sign up again for their current group. Topics also change each semester. Ask us about hosting your own Life Group at your home.
What Do the Life Groups Study?
Groups often study the Bible based on the sermon from the previous Sunday. There are also groups for beginners, like Starting Point; more advanced discussions, like Doctrines & the Gospel Centered Life; and there is a Following Jesus study of spiritual disciplines and practices. All the studies are designed for small groups to learn together and discuss. Most studies are 12 weeks in length which includes some “party” time as well.
What If My Schedule Means I’ll Miss From Time to Time?
We understand that sometimes you have business or other schedule conflicts that will mean you miss a week. What was your boss thinking? Seriously, if you do miss, the studies are easy to pick up on the following week.
How do you decide who’s in which group?
Three times a year everyone can sign up for a group. Most LifeGroups are open to anyone at any stage of life. We believe a mixture of ages, genders, and stages of life add to the practicality of these groups. We are, after all, a “body of Christ” not just parts. There may be times when specific ages or genders are appropriate, and we are open to those as well.
Is There a Cost?
Some studies have a participant book that usually runs $5-$15. Often a couple can share a book. If that’s the case, you will get your book from your leader/host at your first group session.
What About Child Care?
Most LifeGroups have childcare available upon request. The kids are cared for my trained, screened, teens from Creekside. We suggest a donation of $5 for the evening, though they are paid by Creekside Community Church.
What About My Child or Teenager? Do they have Life Groups?
Both children and teenagers have LifeGroups on Sunday mornings after the music and announcements. They learn the Truth of God’s Word in age appropriate ways, and also learn how to Love God and Serve the community.