The Importance of Small Groups
Small groups are truly a part of the way we live whether we realize it or not! And God designed that from the beginning of time with our families as our first small groups! It’s where we learn “the basics” of life! We get to “practice” all kinds of skills like learning to walk and talk, as well as relationship skills such as forgiveness, encouragement, negotiating, sharing and giving. In a healthy small group, we can practice and fail, and still be loved and learn how to move forward, and continue to grow.
I love being part of small group ministry, because it’s an opportunity to see God work in awesome ways. And what do I mean by “Small Group” at UCUMC? I mean a member of an Adult Sunday School, a men’s Huddle Up, Mom’s TIME Out, Women’s Ministry Monthly, UC Hope, Goodtimes Senior Adults, Sew & Sews, or L.I.F.E. (Living In Faith Everyday) Group. We have nearly 40 small groups this Fall, and I always say if you have an idea & six friends, we’ll start a new group!
At UCUMC, we offer a variety of adult small groups, because we have a variety of people! Adult Small groups at UCUMC are one the best ways to get connected, learn more about the Bible and what it means in everyday life make new friends, and find folks with similar interests!
In over 20 years of Ministry, I’ve seen that no one gets into a small group by “accident.” Either the message of the study, the life experiences of the others in the group, or the mission project--something will touch each person in just the way they need at that time, sometimes lightly and sometimes deeply. Oh, yes, sometimes a group match has seemed like a disaster, but I’ve seen God redeem the experience in a powerful way.
I love small groups for several reasons. Often there’s a study that someone’s talked about, that sounds great, but I need others to encourage me, and frankly, keep me accountable for the reading, which is too easy to set aside otherwise. I enjoy having time to hear other people’s stories and getting to know them just a little bit better. Through small groups I’ve gotten to do service projects that I wouldn’t do on my own like Room In the Inn. The awesome thing is, you have people willing to learn, listen, share their experiences, and pray for you. My faith has been deeply influenced by small groups.
At UCUMC, we understand the impact of small groups on grow our faith and its relevance to our live. Nearly 80% of those attending worship are in a small group. If you’ve been in one small group, chances are very good that you’ll return.
And if you are not yet in a small group, know that part of my job is to figure out how to help you. Are we offering the type of group you’re seeking? Are we describing the groups adequately? Are we making it easy for you to find out and to join a group? Are we missing a way to communicate with you? What do you want to know that we’re not telling you? PLEASE, email me and let’s talk! I believe the support of a small group can make the biggest impact in your life. AND, someone may be missing a blessing because you are missing! Remember, God never wastes a tear or any experience!
Small Groups are where you truly connect the Bible to Life, and connect to one another. Please join a small group today! And if you’re in a small group, remember to invite others to join your group!
Ceil McGee, Director of Adult Ministries
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