One of our founding members referred to small groups as the lifeblood of the church (read: they are really really important). While we believe that our Sunday services provide opportunities for spiritual growth and discipleship, small groups allow people to process their faith out loud and in a safe space. For this reason, the various members of a small group can easily become one’s most trusted allies, teachers, encouragers … and friends.
Our small groups follow the school calendar. We offer Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer “semesters.” The topics and approaches vary depending on interest.
We know that joining a group can be viewed as a time commitment in your already busy schedule, but we cannot begin to describe the benefits. Get involved!
This Fall, we are offering a few different groups:
(1) There is a women’s group that meets on Monday mornings at 6:30am at Rise Up Coffee (on College Ave). It’s early, but it’s good. Set the alarm, get yourself a latte, and hang out with some good people to start your week.
(2) We have a (now) closed group going through Financial Peace University on Tuesday evenings led by Brandon and Nikki Havas. I can already tell you … this is going to be a great group for TRP. If you have any questions regarding finances or debt, this is definitely a group you should consider joining in the future. (In the meantime, feel free to email us your questions and we will try to point you in the right direction. We are here to help!)
(3) The Peterson’s are hosting a small group in their home on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm. They begin each week with a meal and then they discuss the previous week’s teaching at TRP. If you don’t know the Petersons, they are some of the best. Trust us.
(4) We are also offering a few weekly classes this semester on Wednesdays at Asbury UMC.
“Foundations” is an introductory class on the biblical narrative that meets from 6:30pm-7:40pm. (Don’t be scared by the word, “introductory.” You’ll learn stuff, even if you’ve read the Bible a few times.)
“What is the Bible (How to Read It)?” meets from 7:50pm-9:00pm. It focuses on, well, the Bible and, umm, what it is and how we should read it. Specifically, it addresses some of the difficult texts in both Testaments and gives people tools to interpret them well.
Finally, “methods” is an experiment in contemplative spirituality. It is a 30 minute guided meditation and prayer from 9:15pm-9:45pm.
(6) If your schedule doesn’t allow you to attend a regular gathering, community is also available by coming to our events. Our Fall calendar includes an SU football tailgate (October 7), a beach baptism and bonfire at Assateague (October 27), and our third annual chili cook-off (November 11) and Christmas cookie exchange (December tbd).
If you want more information, send us an email!