Bethel UMC Small Groups

Goal of Small Groups:
• Grow in our Relationships
• Confidence in our Faith
• Encourage Discipleship

Relationships

The more we meet together in small groups and talk about the issues that we are each struggling with – the closer we will bond with each other. This bond is what builds up Christian fellowship and increases the drive to encourage each other to live the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ.

The most important relationship of all – the one you have with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is what it is all about. Helping each other grow and mature in faith. So many times in our discussions, someone will say something so profound that it touches my heart and lifts my soul. I would never experience or know this joy without spending time in fellowship with other disciples. Disciples who help to grow other disciples by sharing the love of Christ.

Faith

You need to have a regular time alone with God to read and study His word and to spend time in prayer; however, to grow in your faith – it requires that you openly discuss what you are studying with other Christians. The result builds a stronger relationship with God and increases your confidence in your faith.

Discipleship

Have questions?  Contact either:

  • Megan Gray
  • Joe Locke
  • Sue Ward

2021 Fall Studies

Sign-up or join one of our groups below.  If you have any questions,  please contact the group facilitator.

Study
Starts
Facilitator
Location
 Anxious by Scarlet Hiltibidal (Wednesday nights)Sep 15Sue WardDiscovery Room
 Eshet Chayil: the women of valor in our Biblical storiesSep 14Megan GrayDiscovery Room
12 Minor ProphetsSep 14Brad GrayZoom
ParablesSep 16Joe LockeConference Room
6 week study on EphesiansOctober 13Megan GrayBuilders Class

Below is additional information for each group, with a link to the sign-up for the study you would like to join. If, by the close of sign-ups, we do not have enough for a group, we will contact you to see if another study would work for you. Please contact Joe Locke or the group facilitator for additional questions.

CLICK HERE to suggest a Bible Study you would like to see offered, or provide your contact information and we can help you find a group.

Eshet Chayil: the women of valor in our Biblical stories
FACILITATOR: Megan Gray
Tuesday:  @ 10:15 am  Starts Sept 14th
LOCATION: @ The Church (Fellowship Hall)
FOR: ALL are welcome 
Description:  Eshet Chayil: the women of valor in our Biblical stories
Click here for SIGN-UP

ANXIOUS (by Scarlet Hiltibidal): Interested in learning how to fight anxiety with the Word of God?
FACILITATOR: Sue Ward
WEDNESDAY:  @ 6:30 pm  Starts on Sept 15th in the Discovery Sunday School classroom
LOCATION: @ Church  
FOR: Ladies 

Participants should purchase the book before the first session.

Description:

There are many reasons to worry. And one Reason not to.

We live in a broken, sad, scary place. We don’t need to watch the natural disasters and political unrest in the news to know what our bodies already know. Our bodies get sick. Our minds are fragile. The mortality rate for humans is astonishingly high. There’s plenty to worry about, and the world is full of faulty solutions for our anxieties.

But true peace comes when we learn to hold God’s Word up to what worries us. There, we learn we can’t fix ourselves; we can’t protect ourselves. Instead, the Bible tells us we can rest, knowing that Jesus walked into the broken, sad, scary places to rescue us and love us. He is the One who fixes. His is the only protection that matters.

Join us in this 8-session study to learn how we can practically take hold of the perfect peace that is only available through God as we dive deeply into His Word, embrace the practice of prayer, and live authentically in the support of our communities of faith.
Click HERE for sign-up

Parables
FACILITATOR: Joe Locke
Thursday:  @ 6:30 pm  Starts Sep 16th
LOCATION: @ The Church (Conference Room)
FOR: ALL are welcome 
Description: 
Parables are a common tool, even today, for teaching morals through short stories. We will explore:
– What parables are and how Jesus used them in surprising ways.
– See how many of Jesus’ parables sound oddly similar to the parables of the prophets.
– The role of parables in persuading listeners through subversive critique.
– How the parable force a choice for Jesus’ listeners.
– 3 Different questions to gain insight from them.
– How to determine the meaning of a parable?
– Is the parable of the four soils about salvation, or something else?
Click HERE for sign-up

Zoom with Brad: 12 Minor Prophets
FACILITATOR: Brad Gray
Tuesday:  @ 6:30 pm  Starts Sep 14th
LOCATION: Zoom Meeting
FOR: ALL are welcome 
Description:  Bible Study on the 12 Minor Prophets

It will be a 12 week study that will conclude the last week of November.
Click HERE for sign-up

Don’t see what you are looking for?

CLICK HERE to suggest a Bible Study you would like to see offered, or provide your contact information and we can help you find a group.

Frequently asked questions:

Where do groups meet?

Most of our Small Groups meet in homes or at the church.  Depending on the time of year and the group the location could be different.  After you sign-up for a group, you will receive an email from the leader shortly before it starts with information about the location, etc.

How often?

Depends on the group.  Usually weekly.  The length of the group depends on the study.  Most Small Groups last 4 – 8 weeks; however, more in-depth studies go for 12+ weeks.

Is childcare provided?

Groups that meet on Wed. nights when supper is provided, children K5-6th grade can attend their program.  Groups that meet on other nights may or may not offer child care – members can determine if they would like to share costs, etc.  If enough groups meet on the same night, let us know and we can try to arrange this if needed.

Click here if you need child care during your small group.

What is the meeting format?

Each group creates their own.  Basic recommended approach for each, includes:

–  Welcome and enjoy time together
–  Gather and Open with prayer
–  Devotion / Bible Study
–  Prayer concerns – close in prayer