Beloved Epworth Community,
In the early days of Methodism, covenant groups, Bible studies and other small groups of persons journeying together were the heartbeat of our movement. Now as the pandemic has created some disconnections and dislocations among us, I believe God is calling to us to reclaim these life-giving small communities.
In the next month, particularly as Lent begins on March 2nd, several new small groups will be forming. In preparation, please take a moment to fill out this short, four-question survey about the kind of small group you might be interested in.
What makes a small group different from any other kind of group or a committee? Though small groups may have different kinds of content, the key definer of a small group is that it is a regular group of 6-12 people who commit to journey with each other, sharing their lives and seeking to grow in faith and relationship with each other and God. Small groups are a place to know others and be known in a way that is not available anywhere else in our culture. They lead toward a deepening of purpose and peace, even as “the storms of life are raging.”
It can be intimidating to join a new group or start a new habit. And yet, this is the perfect time to be a part of a new small group. Please take a minute now to fill out this short survey by Friday, February 11th. We’ll follow up shortly after that with a list of options that match your interests.
May the blessings of the small band of followers of Jesus Christ, and the original Methodists who gathered in small groups for prayer, study and care, be yours.
Grace and peace,