Groups gather in homes throughout the valley, meeting at different times and days of the week. As part of a group, you'll pursue growth in Christ as you gather around God’s word with others pursuing the same thing. See the FAQs for more info.
Fall Registration: Aug 18–Sep 8
Fall Season: Sep 8–Dec 14
Fall Breaks: Oct 6–12, Nov 24–30
Winter Registration: Dec 29–Jan 12
Winter Season: Jan 12–Mar 21
Winter Break: Mar 8–14
Spring Registration: Apr 12–26
Spring Season: Apr 26–July 4
What is a small group?
A small group is made up of 10–16 people who gather weekly to discuss the previous weekend’s sermon, pray, and minister to one another. Each group has a trained leader and host. Most meetings last an hour and a half, followed by light refreshments.
When/where do small groups meet?
Small groups meet on various nights of the week in homes throughout the valley. Most groups meet from 7 to 9 pm.
How important are small groups?
Small groups are high-priority at Christ Church. In small groups, some of the most impactful ministry takes place as group members study God’s word while supporting and sharing life with one another. We believe that meeting together in a small group on a regular basis is one of the best things you can do for your own spiritual health and the good of the church.
How do I get in a small group?
During the sign-up period prior to each season, groups will be listed on the app and website. If you’re not sure which one to choose, our community life team would love to help. You can reach them at email@example.com.
What about children?
Small groups are for adults only. Of course, exceptions are made for nursing newborns up to six months. We leave it up to each family to work out their own childcare. Sometimes it works best for families to share a sitter or swap childcare with another family whose group meets on a different night.
How long do small groups last?
Each small group season lasts 10–12 weeks. We have fall, winter, and spring seasons. At the end of each season, you’ll have the option of staying in the same group, trying a new group, or even taking a break. Small groups don’t meet over the summer, mid-June through August.
Why weekly meetings?
Weekly meetings help your group gain (and sustain) the relational momentum that's so vital to building community around God's word. People need a community where they're known, loved, and cared for. This kind of meaningful relationship is built on regular and intentional interaction. We believe weekly meetings provide a good rhythm for that level of interaction.
What will we study?
Small groups are based on the previous weekend’s sermon. To use the lecture-lab relationship as an illustration, think of the weekend sermon as a "lecture" on Christian living, and your small group as a "lab" where you get to roll up your sleeves and discuss how the sermon works in real life. Each week there will be a handful of questions on the sermon guide that you'll answer before your small group meeting. It usually takes 20–30 minutes per week to prepare for small group.
Are there groups for teenagers?
Yes, during our Students ministry on Sunday nights. These groups are not listed alongside our adult groups, but you can get the information you need by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
What does it cost?
Few things in life are free. And your involvement in a small group is no exception! The cost of small group is the cost of commitment. During the first meeting, each group will review a covenant together. This helps each group discuss their priorities, commitment, and conduct. At the end of each quarter, you have the choice of recommitting for another season, trying a new group, or taking a break from small groups altogether.
What’s a small group covenant?
The covenant defines the guidelines for our small groups and represents the commitment each member makes. By returning to small group on the second week of each season, you’re saying that you will honor the covenant along with the other members of your group. You can find a copy of the covenant here.
Tell us about your group. We’re all ears.
We’re always working to improve small groups and we need your help to do that. The feedback you provide is helpful to your small group leader, as well as the entire small group staff.