Fall 2020 Small Group Opportunities
Links to register and more information about each of our upcoming small group offerings below.
Begins week of September 20; meets weekly for one hour
Engage Groups are modeled off Covenant Discipleship Groups which seek to journey together and grow in discipleship. Groups have three to five persons who commit to reading together, praying together and meeting together weekly for one hour. Participants will receive a daily reading guide that aligns with Year Through the Bible and includes questions for reflection and personal prayer. Each week, group members will meet for approximately one hour sharing together in life’s journey and discerning how the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit are living in and through their own lives by answering five questions.
This is not your typical small group. Engage groups are not seeking to gain more knowledge of the Scriptures but are focused on identifying ways the Scriptures are living in and through each of us for the transformation of the world and how we are being shaped and molded by God’s Word. Each initial group will meet for four weeks before discerning how and if they will continue. Time and place of each meeting will be determined by group members. Participants can create their own group or ask to be placed in one.
Questions? Email Kristen@fumcbelmont.org
The Attentive Life: Discerning God’s Presence in All Things
Begins September 15 at 7:00 p.m. (via Zoom); meets weekly
Pastor George will be facilitating a small group on the book The Attentive Life: Discerning God’s Presence in All Things by Leighton Ford. To conclude the study, author Leighton Ford will join participants for conversation via Zoom.
About the Book: “Your attention, please. That’s what God wants, Leighton Ford discovered. It’s the path to becoming like Christ. Distractions, fear and busyness were keeping Ford from seeing God’s work in and around him. He was missing God. So he began a journey of longing and looking for God. And it started with paying attention. In these pages, he invites you to journey with him. Using the rich monastic tradition of praying the hours, Ford will walk with you, helping you pay attention to God’s work in you and around you throughout each day and in different seasons of your life. If you’re busy, distracted, rushing through each day, you might be feeling disconnected from God, unable to see how he’s working. You might be missing him. But the way toward him starts with a pause and a prayer—with intention and attention—and becomes a way of life, awake and alive to the peaceful, powerful presence of God.”
Questions? Email George@fumcbelmont.org
Begins September 8 at 7:00 p.m. (via Zoom); meets monthly
Reading Women, the small group for women who like to read and discuss books that help us grow as disciples, is back for a new year! The group, led by Rev. Ellen Robison, will meet monthly on the 2nd Tuesday beginning on September 8 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor. More than likely our first meeting will be conducted on Zoom!
Reading Women is not your ordinary book club. We read books by and/or about women. The reading list includes fiction and nonfiction; funny and serious; spiritual and not. Discussions will introduce us to women of the Bible whose stories intersect with the women in the books we read. As we discuss scripture and the book of the month, we also learn more about God’s story and how it speaks to our own lives.
Women of all ages are invited to join us. The year’s selections will be presented at the first meeting. All you need is the book and a Bible so invite friends to join us and start reading!
Questions? Email Ellen@fumcbelmont.org
21 Day Racial Equity Challenge
Begins September 30 at 8 p.m on Zoom and will utilize Facebook Groups feature
The 21 Racial Equity Challenge offers participants a variety of resources to use throughout the challenge that help further our understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression and equity. A Facebook group will be created for participants to help foster conversation and access the various tools available for reading, watching, and listening throughout the weeks together. Cheryl Sutton will be facilitating the challenge which will begin with a zoom call on September 30 at 8 p.m. Cheryl will host a wrap up on October 21st at 8 p.m. for participants to reflect upon their learnings and discuss next steps. **If you are unable to participate in zoom calls, participants can be active and participate in the 21 Day Challenge via the facebook group.
Questions? Email Kristen@fumcbelmont.org
Connect– Youth will gather outside at the Pavilion each Sunday from 5-6:30 for an opportunity to connect with each other and God. Youth and adult volunteer leaders will enjoy a time of fellowship and small group conversation each week. Click here for more details.
Encounter– Youth will meet on Wednesdays, using the Zoom platform at 7:30pm. This mid-week opportunity is a time to dig deeper into the scriptures utilized in our Year Through the Bible series. Click here for more details.
For more details about special events and our 2021 Mission trip, Click here
or contact Margie Ligon email@example.com