A small group at First Church consists of:
• A weekly meeting together at church or on Zoom on Wednesdays (time to be determined by leader)
• Meeting for 12 consecutive weeks. Fall small groups will meet for 12 weeks; September 2 through November 18, 2020. Winter groups will resume January 2, 2021.
• A commitment to care about each of the members of your roughly 7-8 person small group
• Sharing of joys and concerns from individuals followed by prayer each meeting
NEW Small Groups at First Church
All groups will be meeting on Zoom. Please sign-up below or for more information contact Pastor Rebecca firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 316.708.4274. Class facilitators will e-mail you a link to attend your weekly small group as well as provide other information that is needed for each small group. If you have not found a group you are interested in reach out to Pastor Rebecca and she can share about other groups already happening.
Disciple Fast Track: Luke/ Acts
This 12-week study immerses you in the books of Luke and Acts. The study is ideal for busy people who want to fit an in-depth Bible study into their schedule. Each week you will encounter three spiritual disciplines, learn what they are, and how you can engage those disciplines. In every session, you commit to how you will respond to Scripture in terms of ministry in the world. Into the World identifies some needs in the world for which ministry is needed and suggests possible responses, then invites participants to summarize the scripture message that will shape their ministry and to decide what response and commitment to make to that message. Each week you will be guided in experiencing the gift of Sabbath rest and renewal. Preparation is manageable, with 3–5 chapters of the Bible to read each day. Online videos will provide 3-5 minute video insights related to the week’s session. Participation materials are $15 and can be picked up from the church receptionist or mailed to your home.
Meeting time: Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. on Zoom beginning September 2 (12 weeks)
Facilitators: Deb Seely & Ernestine Krehbiel
Disciple Fast Track: The Prophets
This 12-week study immerses readers in the Old Testament Prophets. This Disciple Fast Track is an adaptation of the original, bestselling Disciple Bible Study: Remember Who You Are. The study is ideal for busy people who want to fit an in-depth Bible study into their schedule. This study examines the connection between memory and identity as the people of God. The prophets are continually calling hearers and readers back to their God and to a sense of who they are as a people “set apart.” Designed to establish the historical context in which the prophets spoke for God, daily reading assignments draw also on the books of Deuteronomy through Chronicles. Preparation is manageable, with 3–5 chapters of the Bible to read each day. Online videos will provide 3-5 minute video insights related to the week’s session. Participation materials are $15 and can be picked up from the church receptionist or mailed to your home.
Meeting time: Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom beginning September 2 (12 weeks)
Facilitators: David & Nancy Dinell
Whites and Racism
We will be studying the book, “White Fragility” by Robin Diangelo. The author addresses the issues of “how it’s hard for white people to talk about racism.” The book, along with our discussion, will make you stop and think about your comments, attitudes, jokes, relationships dealing with racism. We will be exploring whether we are willing to make the necessary changes to improve our relationships with all races. Can we control our defensive reactions when our comments, attitudes, etc. are brought to our attention? If this sounds like the right fit for you, purchase book on amazon, or consider buying local to support our local bookstores.
Meeting time: Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. on Zoom beginning September 9 (11 weeks)
Facilitators: Connie Barnum & Diane Quantic
GriefShare Support Group
It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. The GriefShare support group will meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each session includes a video seminar, support group discussion with focus, and personal study and reflection. GriefShare is for people grieving the death of a family member or friend. We understand that there are other losses in life that create feelings of grief. This grief is real, but it is not the kind of grief discussed in GriefShare sessions. We encourage you to ask a pastor, counselor, or church leader for help in finding resources that will be of specific help in your situation.
Meeting time: Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom beginning September 3 (12 weeks)
Facilitators: Kathy Hampton & Pastor Rebecca
Parent Support Group
Parenting is one of the greatest joys in life, but sometimes it can be scary, isolating or you might feel like you have no idea what you should be doing. During this time of Covid-19 First Church wants to provide a space for all parents with children at home to gather and share about experiences, pray for each other, and encourage one another. It is also a safe place to ask for advice and group counsel.
Meeting time: Thursday at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom beginning September 10
Facilitators: Greg & Lark Anton
Young Adult Small Group
20’s and 30 year olds are encouraged to attend this small group where faith meets the working world. “Adulting” can be a challenge but it is better when you have friends who pray for you weekly and share in Bible lessons together!
Meeting time: TBD, will determine based on participant schedules
Facilitator: Joseph Schumock
College-Aged Student Group
College is a time of great transformation! Careers and passions become more concrete and sometimes it is easy for your faith to take a back seat during the busyness of school. This group will work to support each other through prayer and group discernment. Each meeting will include scripture, prayer and fellowship. It does not matter what university you attend, all college-aged students are welcome.
Meeting time: Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. on Zoom beginning September 9
Facilitator: Pastor Rebecca