Small Groups

Join a small group

Come to the church on Thursday evenings beginning Feb. 6 for five weeks, 7 pm in Room 111 (lower level) and you will be able to experience the unique benefits of being in a group.

Small Group Hosts

Whether you are Hosting a group for the very first time or have led groups for a number of years, I think you will find these reminders and tips helpful as you prepare for your group time.

The idea is for your group to meet for five consecutive weeks starting the week of Feb. 2. You can meet in a home, at your favorite coffee shop or even at your workplace. All of the content you need to Host your group will be found below.

Each Small Group Lesson is based on our current sermon series. If someone misses a sermon at church, they can listen to the message online. (Click here for the link to the sermons page)

In addition, each week of the Small Group Experience the study lessons will be uploaded to the web page mentioned above. Lessons will be available by Sunday afternoon for each of the five weeks (Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1) and can be downloaded and printed for group members.

What is a Host

A HOST is the person who coordinates and facilitates the group meetings. The HOST often will lead the group discussions; but can also choose to rotate or share this responsibility with other group members. In addition, the HOST will involve as many group members as possible in sharing group-facilitating responsibilities such as supplying refreshments, providing a meeting location, and tracking prayer requests. This helps to create a sense of shared ownership for all those in the group.

If you can do the following, then you can be a HOST:

Heart for people

Open a space

Share a snack

Take the Initiative

What is the time commitment?

Once a week for five consecutive weeks, your group will gather for 90 minutes. During your gathering there is allotted time to welcome and greet each other, go over the small group lesson, and have ample time for group discussion.

What is the Group Content?

Each lesson will be based on the preceding Sunday Worship Service teaching (Parables of Christ) and will include Scripture verses and guided discussion questions.

Do I have to lead the discussions?

Plan on facilitating the group discussion for the first session. After that, you can ask other group members to take a turn at leading the discussion times.

How many weeks will this group last?

Five weeks. Your group might choose to add a sixth week as a celebration, but this is optional. Also, in your final week, each group member may decide if he or she desires to continue together with another study.

What if I don’t know much about the Bible?

It is not necessary to know much about the Bible to HOST a group. You are not the Bible answer man or woman. Each small group lesson will guide people through Bible teachings and the group will offer their learning and insights with each other.

How do I get the Small Group lessons?

Each week of the study the lesson will be provided online in a downloadable format that can be printed for each group member. In addition, copies will be available at the church beginning each Monday morning of the five-week small group campaign.

How do I fill or form a group?

Take some time and write down the names of people who are in your relational network. Think of family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, people you have met at church, people in your Sunday school class and people you share hobbies or interests with. Look over your list and extend an invitation.

If you are new to the church or the area, you might only know a few people. Start with those you know, then ask them whom they know, and before you know it, you will find plenty of people for your group. Your group does not have to be big in number—even finding two or three other people to go through the Small Group study will prove to be a meaningful time.

When you sign up to host a group, there is an option for “advertising” your group to others at Cornerstone Church who might be looking to join a group. There will also be the option to Host a group at the church on Thursday evenings starting February 6.

Do I have to pray aloud?

No. If you’re not comfortable praying aloud, you can ask if someone in the group would be comfortable starting and ending the group in prayer.

What do we do with our children during meetings?

Decide as a group how you want to handle childcare. Here are some options to consider: - Each couple or individual gets a sitter for their kids to stay at their home. - People bring their kids with them to the meeting, but the kids are all in one designated room where a hired or volunteer sitter is supervising them. (Sometimes a group member will have a child who is old enough to supervise the other kids.) - Those with children all chip in and hire a sitter who cares for the kids at a nearby home.

What does a typical meeting look like?

A sample meeting time would be as follows:

6:00 – 6:30 pm Welcome and gathering time with refreshments

6:30 – 7:30 pm Small group lesson and discussion questions

What do I do Next?

Fill out a Small Group Host card at church or online and begin to extend invitations for others to join your group.