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

2022 Fall Studies

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

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Study
Starts
Facilitator
Location
Grace for GriefSep 7Megan Gray2 different times in New Beginnings classroom
Short Stories by Amy-Jill Levine (Parables)Sep 7Joe LockeConference Room
Isaiah by Melissa SpoelstraSep 28Sue WardDiscovery Room
Book of EcclesiastesSep 13Brad GrayVirtual via Zoom
You Are Never AloneSep 21Kristy WilsonBuilders 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.

Grace for Grief
FACILITATOR: Megan Gray
Wednesday:  @ 4:30 pm  or 6:30 pm Starts Sep 7th
LOCATION: @ New Beginnings classroom
FOR: ALL are welcome 
Description: 

Support group discussions on grief.
Click here for SIGN-UP
Isaiah by Melissa Spoelstra
FACILITATOR: Sue Ward
WEDNESDAY:  @ 6:00 pm  Starts on Sep 28th in the Discovery Sunday School classroom
LOCATION: @ Church  
FOR: Ladies 

Participants should purchase the book before the first session.

Description:

Following God isn’t about striving; it’s about trusting.

As you study the chapters Isaiah wrote—from his challenging words to the nation of Israel to his prophecies of the Messiah to come—learn to rest in God’s promises and grow in trust. In this 7-session study, Isaiah’s words will reveal that you can trust God more than your own human effort or the counterfeits the world suggests. You won’t be striving harder, but instead trusting more deeply the Faithful One who is so worthy of our utter dependence. In Him you’ll find the comfort and peace you need to sustain you.
Click HERE for sign-up
The Book of Ecclesiastes
FACILITATOR: Brad Gray
TUESDAY:  @ 6:30 pm  Starts on Sep 13th via Zoom
LOCATION: Virtual 
FOR: ALL 

Description:

Bible Study with Brad.
Click HERE for sign-up
Short Stories by Amy-Jill Levine
FACILITATOR: Joe Locke
Wednesday:  @ 6:00 pm  Starts Sep 7th
LOCATION: @ The Church (Conference Room)
FOR: ALL are welcome 
Description: 

Short Stories by Amy-Jill Levine – The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi.

The renowned biblical scholar, author of The Misunderstood Jew, and general editor for The Jewish Annotated New Testament interweaves history and spiritual analysis to explore Jesus’ most popular teaching parables, exposing their misinterpretations and making them lively and relevant for modern readers.
Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from everyday life to effectively convey his message and meaning. Life in first-century Palestine was very different from our world today, and many traditional interpretations of Jesus’ stories ignore this disparity and have often allowed anti-Semitism and misogyny to color their perspectives.

In this wise, entertaining, and educational book, Amy-Jill Levine offers a fresh, timely reinterpretation of Jesus’ narratives. In Short Stories by Jesus, she analyzes these “problems with parables,” taking readers back in time to understand how their original Jewish audience understood them. Levine reveals the parables’ connections to first-century economic and agricultural life, social customs and morality, Jewish scriptures and Roman culture. With this revitalized understanding, she interprets these moving stories for the contemporary reader, showing how the parables are not just about Jesus, but are also about us–and when read rightly, still challenge and provoke us two thousand years later.

Click HERE for sign-up
You Are Never Alone by Max Lucado
FACILITATOR: Krisy Wilson
Wednesday:  @ 6:30 pm  Starts Sep 21st
LOCATION: @ The Church (Builders Classroom)
FOR: ALL are welcome 
Purchase your book online ahead of time.
Description: 

In this six-session video Bible study (DVD sold separately), bestselling author Max Lucado looks at the miracles of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of John. As John states, he recorded many of these signs for an express purpose: “These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31). John chose the stories and events from Jesus’ life that he believed would give his readers strength, empower them, lift them up, and speak life into their situations.

By the time John penned the words of his Gospel, he was an old man . . . his hair silver and skin wrinkled. He was pastoring a collection of Christ followers in the distant city of Ephesus. But he still loved to tell the story–some six decades earlier and a thousand miles removed–of when Jesus first called him to lay down his net . . . and he obeyed. The others are gone now. Peter, Andrew, James. They’ve long since followed their calls and fulfilled their missions. Only John remains, and he knows that his days are coming to an end. It is with this purpose that he takes up his pen . . . to help his readers believe and have life.

John’s record of Jesus’ miracles reassure us that we are never stuck or without hope. We are never forgotten. All the forces of heaven have been marshalled to come to our aid. A rescue mission is underway The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. A multitude of angels and the power of Scripture. The strength of prayer and the wisdom of saints. All this, and more, are continually working together to get us out and see us through. This is the message of the miracles . . . that with God you are never alone.
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