Small Groups (aka Connection Groups)
FAQs About FCC Connection Groups
What is a Connection Group?
Connection Groups are small groups of adults, who meet in homes on a weekly basis to study God's Word, share together, and support one another in their Christian lives. Groups consist of up to but no more than 16 adults (10-14 is our goal for each group). Groups meet on various days and times of the week. Group meetings last for approximately 90 minutes. Group meetings consist of Bible study - usually a follow-up study to the previous Sunday's message - fellowship, prayer and encouragement.
Example of a typical 90 minute Connection Group meeting (not in any particular order):
Fellowship/Sharing (20 minutes)
Bible Study (50 minutes)
Prayer (20 minutes)
Note: There are times in the life of a Connection Group when the group may need to forego the lesson to concentrate on meeting specific needs of a group member. There will also be instances when the entire night is dedicated to fellowship (potlucks, dessert nights, BBQs, holiday parties, etc.)
Groups are also encouraged to serve the local community by completing together community service projects per year. Connection Groups are the place where FCCers establish relationships and grow towards spiritual maturity together.
Connection Groups are the place to get growing at FCC!
How Important Are Connection Groups?
The goal of Connection Groups is personal spiritual growth.
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. -- 2 Peter 3:18
It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. -- Ephesians 4:11-13
The Foundational Elements of Connection Groups Are: Bible Study, Fellowship and Prayer
They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. -- Acts 2:42-47
They devoted themselves to learning God's Word, fellowship and prayer. The natural outcome of this was spiritual growth. Caring for each other and caring for others was included in their spiritual growth process. As a result of their personal spiritual growth, God blessed them and added to their number. These early believers grew closer to each other (horizontal growth) and closer to God (vertical growth) at the same time.
Bible study, fellowship and prayer. These elements are taken from the example of the early church in Acts Chapter 2. By being dedicated to these three primary elements, the members of the early church grew spiritually to a point that God was able to use them to expand His kingdom. These three elements are non-negotiable and should represent the foundation of every Connection Group at FCC. At FCC, Connection Groups are the place where the real ministry of the church takes place as we encourage, support and love one another. We believe no one walks alone. We need each other!
What About Child Care?
Child care arrangements are decided by the individual parent and/or Connection Group.
Which Group Should I Join?
We suggest you join a group based on your "station in life" (marital status, parental status, age, etc.) rather than on when or where a group meets. Groups work best when you share with the other members common interests, backgrounds, or similar aged children. While this suggestion isn't always the case, it's a good starting point.
How Do I Sign Up to Be in a Group?
Join a group at any time. You can sign-up on the Sunday mornings that we hold our Connection Group Registration Days.
To learn more, contact a group leader or call the church office at 981-0699.
Also contact the church if you would like to start a new group!