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life groups

Are you searching for joyful, grace-filled friendships, a stronger faith, & a practical understanding of how to apply the Bible to your life?

Then join one of our Life Groups. Read on to learn more, and contact us for a list of current Life Groups and their meeting information.

What is a Life Group?

A Life Group is an intentional, informal gathering of 5-15 people who meet regularly with the common purpose of growing in Jesus Christ, encouraging one another, and reaching out to lost people.

•Intentional: You make a decision to join the group of your choice.

•Informal: Groups meet in homes.

•Gathering of 5-15: A small number is more conducive for building trust and sharing. Once a group grows to 12-15 adults, it will multiply into two groups.

•Meet Regularly: The groups will have a scheduled time that they meet each week, and regular attendance is encouraged. The groups meet 3 times a month.

•Common Purpose: These groups will meet to discuss and apply the Sunday morning message in a positive environment where spiritual friendships are formed and newcomers are welcome. Plus, these groups will be there for each other when someone in the group faces a life crisis.

How a Life Group works:

•A sermon outline is placed in the Sunday morning bulletin with blanks to be filled-in during the message. Group members are encouraged to fill it out and take it to their group meetings.

•A listing of all groups (times, locations, leaders, phone numbers, e-mails) is also found in the bulletin, and, each Sunday, visitors are invited to attend a group.

•Groups meet that Sunday evening or during the week with the following format: a period of welcome with an ice-breaker question, a period of worship, a period of Bible study discussion aimed at applying the Sunday morning lesson to everyday life, and a period of intercessory prayer. Group meetings should last 1 hour to an hour and a half. Many groups also share a meal together.

Top 10 benefits of Life Groups:

1.Surface-relationships replaced with meaningful fellowship and friendship

2.Increased application and reinforcement of Sunday morning messages

3.People needs met more consistently (benevolence; information; emotional support; visitation; crises)

4.Intergenerational relationships and mentoring fostered

5.Every participant expected to grow in ability to minister to others

6.An incubator for leadership

7.Evangelism and service as a team effort

8.An informal, attractive option for lost people, new members

9.Locations available throughout NE Florida/SE Georgia

10.All groups follow a common study

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