Why Small Groups? Small groups are about believers mutually caring for and encouraging one another in accountable relationships for the purpose of growing in Christ-likeness through God's word, worship, prayer, serving and witness.
Our ultimate purpose in small groups at Emmanuel is Discipleship: to make lifelong followers of Jesus Christ in all nations, who are living obediently, growing in maturity, bearing fruit ,and being transformed into Christlikeness. We believe that small groups can be the best context for discipleship, and that discipleship is a lifelong process. Sustained life change takes place best in the context of intentional relationships with other believers, in circles more than rows.
The Secondary purpose of our small groups at Emmanuel is Caring. We believe that small groups can also provide the best context for people to be cared for and to care for others in the body of Christ. We are called to love and meet the needs of one another, especially as we go through difficult times in our lives and faith, which are inevitable.
- Grow in their knowledge, application and obedience of God's word;
- Be involved in corporate prayer for the body of Christ;
- Experience authentic Biblical accountability for spiritual growth;
- Build significant relationships with other believers
- Genuinely care for the needs of the body and have their own needs met;
- Use their spiritual gifts; and be involved with outreach and multiplication
When & Where do Small Groups Meet? Our Small groups meet every week, in different homes throughout the County or at our Church Building, on various days and nights during the week. They cover various topics, have various ages represented, but all have the same format. A typical small group meeting lasts about 2-3 hours, and consists of Bible study, discussion, prayer, accountability, perhaps worship and food. Our hope is to place you in a group on a day or weeknight that works for you and is in close geographic proximity to where you live.
How Do I Join a small Group? After you have had a chance to attend a Newcomers Luncheon and the foundations course, we can work to find a small group that is right for you! We do recommend that you start by checking out our Small Groups Covenant here. Check out the list below of the Small Groups that we have and see if perhaps there is one that might be a good fit for you. Then fill out the form and someone will get back to you. Please note that some groups are "open" which means available to new members, and some are "closed" which means that they are in full or not taking in new members at this time. Thank you for taking this important step in your Spiritual walk and getting connected to the body of Christ here at Emmanuel.
Current Small Groups:
Location: Picton Leader: Shawn Hippern Date/Time: Tuesday's 6:30-9pm Status: Open
Location: Picton Leader: Kevin Spafford & Ken Conley Date/Time: Wednesday's 6:30-9pm Status: Open *Men only
Location: Big Island Leader: Richard & Kim Parks Date/Time: Thursday's 6:30-9:00pm Status: Open
Location: Wellington Leader: Ray & Sandra Fitton Date/Time: Tuesday's 6:30-9pm Status: Open
Location: Carrying Place Leader: Brian & Kristina hankyle Date/Time: Thursdays 6:30-9pm Status: Open
Location: Bloomfield Leader: Sylvia Lawrence Date/Time: Wednesday's 6:30-9pm Status: Full *Women only
Location: Emmanuel Leader: Paul & Maureen Pryce Date/Time: Wednesday's 6:30-9pm Status: Full
Location: Emmanuel Leader: Mark & Dewey Larratt-Smith Date/Time: Thursday's 6:30-9pm Status: Open
Location: Bloomfield Leader: Suzzanne White Date/Time: Thursday's 6:30-9pm Status: Full *Women only
Location: Bloomfield Leader: Gerry & Ellen Mulder Date/Time: Thursday's 6:30-9pm Status: Full