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 New Year 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
 ENCOUNTERING G O D by Kelly MinterJan 12Sue WardDiscovery Room
 The Difficult Words of JesusJan 11Megan GrayFellowship Hall
Simon Peter: Flawed but faithful DiscipleJan 12Megan GrayBuilders Class
John: The Gospel of Light and LifeFeb 24Joe LockeConference Room

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.

The Difficult Words of Jesus
FACILITATOR: Megan Gray
Tuesday:  @ 10:15 am  Starts Jan 11th
LOCATION: @ The Church (Fellowship Hall)
FOR: ALL are welcome 
Description: 

In this study we will show how the difficult teachings would have sounded to the people who first heard them, how they have been understood over time, and how we might interpret them in the context of the Gospel of love and reconciliation.

Pastor Megan will be using the work of Amy-Jill Levine throughout this study.
Click here for SIGN-UP
ENCOUNTERING G O D by Kelly Minter
FACILITATOR: Sue Ward
WEDNESDAY:  @ 6:30 pm  Starts on Jan 12th in the Discovery Sunday School classroom
LOCATION: @ Church  
FOR: Ladies 

Participants should purchase the book before the first session.

Description:

Spiritual disciplines are essential to a more vibrant spiritual life and knowing God more intimately.
Join us in this 7-session Bible study as Kelly unpacks the biblical foundation for these sacred habits along with approachable ways to practice disciplines like prayer, study, worship, rest, simplicity, generosity, celebration, and many more. Instead of being just one more thing on your to-do list, you’ll find that these habits of faith can actually create more margin in your life—providing peace and rest as you walk closer with Jesus.
Click HERE for sign-up

Simon Peter: Flawed but faithful Disciple
FACILITATOR: Megan Gray
WEDNESDAY:  @ 6:30 pm  Starts on Jan 12th:  @ 6:30 pm 
LOCATION: Builders Class
FOR: ALL are welcome 
Description: 

He left everything to follow his teacher and possessed a passion that would change the world. That’s one way to describe Peter. Here’s another: poor, uneducated, quick-tempered, and full of doubts and fears. Doesn’t even sound like the same man. Peter was just an ordinary guy who heard and followed God’s extraordinary call. Discover how you, too, have special gifts, talents, and abilities that God can use to make a difference today.

Pastor Megan will be using the work of Adam Hamilton throughout this study.
Click HERE for sign-up

John: The Gospel of Light and Life
FACILITATOR: Joe Locke
Thursday:  @ 6:30 pm  Starts Feb 24th (Note change in date)
LOCATION: @ The Church (Conference Room)
FOR: ALL are welcome 
Description: 
The Gospel of John is the most deeply spiritual of the four gospels. It includes some of the loftiest and most loved verses in all the Bible: “And the Word became flesh…,” “For God so loved the world…,” “You who are without sin cast the first stone…,” “I am the resurrection and the life…,” “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” The writing is filled with rich images and profound truths, but John notes that his aim in writing the gospel is that his readers will not only believe in Jesus Christ, but that they “may have life in his name.”

Join Adam Hamilton and experience a season of spiritual growth and life-changing renewal while exploring the major themes of John while reading the entire Gospel of John.

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