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    "As a Church grows larger, it must grow smaller"  

     

     

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    What Are Connect Groups?

    Connect Groups is the name of the adult small group ministry at First church. These groups are gatherings of 5 to 15 people meeting regularly who are committed to studying, sharing, and serving together. Small groups provide a time and place to move out of the pews and learn to love and be loved, know others and be known by them, and to serve other's needs and be served by them in Christian fellowship. The goal of these groups is to deepen relationships by drawing people closer together and closer to God in community.

    Why Do We Have Connect Groups?

    We follow the model of the early New Testament churches who met together regularly as described in Acts 2:42-47. "They met day after day, in the Temple Courts and from house to house.

    What Do Connect Groups Do?

    Each small group will:

    Study the Bible: Some groups will study a book of the Bible, others will choose a study book to read and discuss. Others will choose relevant topics for study to assist them in living out the Christian faith.

    Share with members of their group how God is working in their lives. The members will share joys and concerns with each other and become a support group to one another. They will also pray for one another.

    Serve God together by providing a specific ministry within the church, community, or world at large to advance the work of Christ.

    Where And When Do Connect Groups Meet?

    Small groups can meet anywhere and everywhere - homes, offices, restaurants, and yes, even the church building. Small groups can meet at any time that the group members agree upon.

     

    How Long Do Connect Groups Meet?

    Some groups will meet for a six to 10 week period for a special study. Other groups will be on-going.

    What About My Kids?

    Some groups will meet at the church building on Sunday or Wednesday evening, and childcare is provided through scheduled children's programming. In addition, groups can meet WITH their children and members take turns teaching the kids a lesson while the adults meet together. Other groups may choose to hire a babysitter(s) for the kids

    How Do I Get More Information on Connect Groups?

    Contact Gene Andrews 

    Current Groups

    Winter/Spring 2018

     

    First Church offers Christian education opportunities for adults each week. Our purpose is to equip and educate the body of Christ in Biblical truth, and our commitment is to grow every person up toward Christ-likeness. All adults are encouraged to choose one or more of these classes or small groups. Not only will you be taught valuable lessons, but this also provides a time for fellowship and encouragement.

     

    Sunday Evening

     Connect Groups are gatherings of 5 to 15 people meeting regularly who are committed to studying, sharing, and serving together.  Small groups provide a time and place to move out of the pews and learn to love and be loved, know others and be known by them, and to serve other's needs and be served by them in Christian fellowship.  The goal of these groups is to deepen relationships by drawing people closer together and closer to God in community.

     

    When the Game is Over,

        It All Goes Back in the Box

     Today is the day you choose . . . which game you want to win, which prize you want to collect, which priorities you want to set.

     This study helps explain how, left to our own devices, we tend to seek out worldly things, mistakenly thinking they will bring us fulfillment. But everything on Earth belongs to God. Everything we "own" is just on loan. And what pleases God is often 180 degrees from what we may think is important. In the six sessions you will learn how to:

    • Live passionately and boldly
    • Learn how to be active players in the game that pleases God
    • Find your true mission and offer your best
    • Fill each square on the board with what matters most
    • Seek the richness of being instead of the richness of having

    Michael Thomas, Facilitator, Room 101                                      

     

    God Is Closer Than You Think

     What are you waiting for? Intimacy with God can happen right now if you want it. A closeness you can feel, a goodness you can taste, a reality you can experience for yourself. That's what the Bible promises, so why settle for less? God is closer than you think, and connecting with him isn't just for monks and ascetics. It's for business people, high school students, busy moms, single men, single women ... and most important, it's for YOU.

    God Is Closer Than You Think shows how you can enjoy a vibrant, moment-by-moment relationship with your heavenly Father.

     Andrew Duncan, Facilitator, Room 102

     

    Financial Peace University

     Financial Peace University teaches you how to make the right decisions with your money. 

    • Teaches financial responsibility 
    • Helps eliminate debt using the Debt Snowball
    • Trains participants to spend every dollar on   paper with the zero-based budget planner
    • Empowers people struggling with financial hardships by establishing a plan to take control of their money. 

    Philip Mobley, Facilitator, Room 121

     

    The Devil


    In addition to these small group studies,  Johnny Pressley will be leading a Bible study on our enemy, the devil. This study will provide a closer look at our adversary - how he operates, his power and limitations, where he came from and where he's headed.

     Sundays, 6:00 PM, Sanctuary

      

    Wednesday Evening


    Do you need a little break for spiritual refreshment during the week.  Wednesday evening provides that opportunity for you. Starting with dinner served from 5:45 to 6:30, you are able to fellowship with others and enjoy an inexpensive but delicious meal.                                                                            Classes begin at 7:00.

     

    When the Game is Over,

        It All Goes Back in the Box

     Today is the day you choose . . . which game you want to win, which prize you want to collect, which priorities you want to set.

     This study helps explain how, left to our own devices, we tend to seek out worldly things, mistakenly thinking they will bring us fulfillment. But everything on Earth belongs to God. Everything we "own" is just on loan. And what pleases God is often 180 degrees from what we may think is important. In the six sessions you will learn how to:

    • Live passionately and boldly
    • Learn how to be active players in the game that pleases God
    • Find your true mission and offer your best
    • Fill each square on the board with what matters most
    • Seek the richness of being instead of the richness of having

    Jimmy Harris, Facilitator                                      Jim Joyner, Facilitator

    Room 113                                                             Home Connect Group

     

    Church on Purpose


    It can be easy to lose sight of your purpose at times. Familiarity, contentment, and apathy can cause us to veer off course in life. The same is true in the church.

     This study will challenge you to take another look at the church, her mission and purpose, and the role you play in this. It will also be a time where we look at First Church of Christ to discern where we are and where we should be going to accomplish God's purpose for His church in this place.

     Gene Andrews, Teacher, Room 102

     

    Ladies Bible Study

    Included In Christ

    Included with Christ is a study from Ephesians that will equip women with six "signature stories" of God's work in their lives - helping them combat exclusion, loneliness, weakness, decay, emptiness, and silence. As you share your stories in community with other women, you will start to see ways in which you are not identifying yourself in Christ and start to rewrite your stories in line with biblical truth.

     Cara Singleton, Teacher, Room 121