Connect Groups are our Sunday morning adult Bible studies and fellowship groups. We have 6 different classes that are designed to meet a variety of needs for our adults. Each class meets at 9:15 am each Sunday morning to fellowship and study God's Word. Whether you are looking for a video based discussion group, a round table discussion, a class on parenting, or a more traditional teacher directed class, we have something for you. Here is a list of our current Connect Groups.
Berean Fellowship - Intergenerational verse-by- verse study of the Bible conducted in an open and interactive style. Currently studying the Book of Philippians.
Seekers - This group is a general Bible study that is for adults of all ages. This class is generally topical and discussion based approach. Currently studying "What Jesus Demands from the World" by John Piper.
Adult Bible Fellowship - Small groups that meet in a “round table” format to study God’s Word together. Currently studying Hebrews Chapters 1-7 from the Explore the Bible Series.
Couples Following Christ - Parents with small children who are learning together how to raise their children to be godly in an ungodly world. Currently studying "Parenting From The Tree Of Life" by Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo.
Young Adults - Both single and married individuals who have started their careers meet to discuss the Word of God and its application to life. Currently studying the Book of Hebrews.
NEXT College Class - College age group who are striving to grow together in service for Christ by impacting our Church and our community. Currently studying the Book "10 Things Jesus never said: and why you should stop believing them" by Will Davis Jr.
A Year of Connection
Christ is the Head of the church, and we get our life through Him. Without Him we are nothing (Jn. 15:5). As we kick off this year of “Connect,” we want to first make sure that each individual is connected in Christ. If you have never accepted Christ as your Savior, then that is the first step in getting Connected. If you are already a believer, can you truly say that everything you do is “IN Christ.” Our goal is for each of us to deepen our love for Christ and allow Him to direct all our actions, thoughts, and motives.
In the New Testament, Paul refers to the church as the “body of Christ.” If a body is going to function at its best, then it needs to be interconnected. All systems depend on each other. Here at Grace, we want you to be connected to the other members of the Body of Christ so that we can get to know each other better so we can love and serve each other. One way to do this is to be connected though your groups - deacons groups, ministry groups, and connect groups.
Cooperation is always directly related to communication. If you want better cooperation, it requires better communication. Our goal is to see every member connected with Grace though some form of communication. To help aid this, we will have a new church app in the near future that will put all the tools of communication right in the palm of your hand - literally. From announcements to giving, we want to make it easy and accessible for you to communicate with us.
What a church is known for says a lot to people who are looking to visit or stay in your congregation. At Grace hospitality is key. Connecting an atmosphere where people feel invited to live, grow, and serve is what we strive to do each day. You don’t need to be a “greeter” or usher to make people feel welcome, but those are great ways to get involved in our hospitality groups.
We don’t go to church, we go to worship. Worship is an individual matter, and every aspect of the service is part of our worship. The congregational singing, the special music, the choir, the offering, the message, and every other aspect, are all important and integral parts of worship. We want each member to worship God individually while we worship Him corporately.
Grace desires to fulfill the great commission by reaching out to our community, and we all have been called to reach out to those around us. This month we will run our annual VBS, and this is a great way for you to be involved in reaching out to our communities.
Often times, in our very busy schedules, we do things with family, but we don’t actually connect with our family. This month, we want you to purposefully make time to connect with your family. Use your Sunday nights to plan special family times together.
Ministering together builds unity. What ministries are you involved in? How can you be better connected with those you serve with? This month, spend time getting to know those you minister with and those you minister too. If you don’t have a ministry, there are many here at Grace for you to get involved in.
Connecting to God through prayer is essential to walking in the Spirit. We should spend time each day in focused, organized prayer. As we pray, we should be praying for others in our church, as this is an important way to meet one another's needs. Another priority of prayer should be praying for our own spiritual growth.
Missions exists because worship of God does not. There are places all around the globe where there is no Gospel witness. Our attitude toward missions should be, “I am going, but I am willing to stay.” God has not called all of us into full time missions, but here at Grace, through faith promise giving, we have the awesome opportunity, and the sobering responsibility to support those in full time mission work. Take time this month to get to know one (or more) of our missionaries. We are missionaries and send missionaries so that others will become worshippers of the one true God.