As Thom Rainer noted in his book I Will, research studies have shown that those church members who became involved in some type of group in the church are five times more likely to be active in the body five years later when compared to those who only attended worship services. More than 83% of those who were involved in a small group were still active, while only 16% of those who only attended worship services were still attending. You cannot grow as a Christian living in isolation from the body. You must be connected to a small group of believers within the body of Christ. Small groups facilitate spiritual growth, prevent people from leaving the church, and welcome new people to the church. That is why we have chosen the theme "Connection" this year. I pray that you will find many ways to connect with the body of Christ here at Grace Baptist Church in 2017.