A small group is a group of people who gather each week in homes, local coffee shops, church, or really anywhere. In a small group, you’ll hang out, discuss issues at the intersection of life and faith, and share in fellowship with others. Groups come in all shapes and sizes — married couples, singles, men, women, kids, no kids, workplace, under 20, over 40 — the list goes on. No matter where you are in life, there’s a group for you. We believe in small groups because we believe personal growth happens best when people grow together. New small groups will begin later this fall.
This is My Body: Embracing the Messiness of Faith and Motherhood
Motherhood is both beautiful and challenging. It changes our world in unexpected ways and leads us to find new ways to connect with God, others, and ourselves. It is a journey. Come and share this unique journey with other moms as we seek to navigate this special time. Ove the next few weeks, we will be gathering to read and discuss Hannah Shanks book This is My Body: Embracing the Messiness of Faith and Motherhood. The book focuses on being surprised by positivity toward one’s body in a time of life when negativity is expected. It’ about finding a new relationship to the acts of Christian community through the experience of a woman’s body, including pregnancy and birth. Approaching motherhood with one foot in the sacred and the other in the often difficult space of the stereotypes the church attaches to mothering, the author uses both personal narrative and unearthing of scripture passages from a woman’s point of view to help readers draw closer to God in incredible ways. This study helps women discover that God can be seen through the eyes, bodies, and experiences of the feminine just as God has long been viewed from a male perspective. Journey with other women in discovery and reclamation, finding familiar paths in unfamiliar territory. For more information contact Melissa Mobley at firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., September 13 – November 15th
Where: Welcome Center, Sanctuary building
Cost of participant book: $11
Facilitator: Rev. Melissa Mobley
The young adult Bible study is a great place to examine beliefs and be encouraged by other young adults. Together we choose a book of the Bible to study in-depth. This strengthens understandings of scripture and stretches us to view the Bible and Jesus’ plan for our lives in new and challenging ways.
When: Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Parlor, Chapel building
Facilitator: Mark Kramer