Kick off your discipleship journey in 2021 by joining an SSUMC small group or study group! What’s the difference between a small group and a study group, you ask? Good question! I tend to think of small groups as longer-term groups that are committed to supporting each other in addition to engaging in faith formation and their discipleship journey together. Study groups are groups that convene mostly for the purpose of reading a certain book or engaging in a certain topic. They’re often shorter term.
Both small groups and study groups are excellent resources for discipleship ministry! Both provide opportunities to connect with others in the SSUMC community and help to develop the web of relationships that is a sign of health in any church. The culture of these types of groups are different though, and in meaningful ways. All of the SSUMC groups are open for new participants, and it can be help to know more about where these groups fall on the small group —————– study group continuum when you’re considering joining one. Here’s the list for the Jan-Feb 2021 “term” at SSUMC:
Being Christian study groups with Rev. Alex (Sundays from 7-8pm, and Mondays from 7-8pm). As we begin 2021, wouldn’t a great New Year’s Resolution be to grow spiritually? Rev. Alex will be leading a 5-week book study on Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer by Rowan Williams beginning January 10th. This accessible, beautifully written book explores how these four elements work to shape our relationship with God and each other. There are two options for you to join this study: Sunday evening at 7:00 PM and Monday evening at 7:00 PM. The book can be ordered online for about $10. (Please make sure you order Being Christian; there’s a sequel book called Being Disciples that will possibly be a study for another time!) If you need the church to send you a book, reach out to Jen!
Monday Night Study Group (7-9pm). This group has been meeting weekly for nearly 10 years and loves doing a variety of studies. We meet for 2 hours in part because we take time for joys and concerns at the end of every meeting to check in with each other. We love when folks join us for a single study…but we warn you that some of our long-term regular folks joined for “just one study” years and years ago 🙂 Starting January 11, we’ll begin a 6 week study using the book, Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God. by Kaitlin B. Curtice.
Adult “Monday School” Class, led by Neil Hindman (7-8pm). This Adult Sunday school group has been meeting for decades and has taken their weekly meetings to zoom on Monday evenings. They often study books of the Bible, and are currently working through the gospels! While they have a core group of folks that have been meeting together for a long time, they are always happy to welcome new folks. Their meetings are on-going, but you can join them at any time.
Wonderful Wednesdays (7-8am) is a true small group! They meet and discuss the Upper Room scripture and devotion and how it applies to their lives. They spend time in prayer for each other during the week and cherish the opportunity this group creates for them to deepen their faith and their relationships with each other. New people are welcome, especially those looking for a “caring and sharing” group.
Women’s Bible Study (Thursdays from 10-11am) – This group has been meeting for 6 years now and enjoys doing a mix of studies and books throughout the year. We regularly welcome new folks to join us for specific studies, though there is a solid core group that enjoys participating in every study together. We make time for joys and concerns at the end of each meeting. Starting on January 7, we’ll begin a 6 week study using the book, Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God. by Kaitlin B. Curtice.