What is a Life Group?
A Life Group at Central Manor Church is a sermon-based small group. It combines two things we all need to grow spiritually, the Word of God and other believers.
Why are they called Life Groups?
- God gives us spiritual life and wants us to grow.
- Growth happens as we share our lives in the context of authentic community.
What happens at a Life Group?
Approximately 8-12 people meet for 1.5 hours to share their lives, pray together, and discuss how to apply the message from the previous Sunday’s church service.
Who should join a Life Group?
Life Groups will benefit anyone, young or old, new to the church or a long-time member. Some groups will have a mix of people from various stages of life. Others may target singles, just men or women, young married couples or families, older couples, retired people, widows, etc.
What kind of commitment is required?
We only ask people to commit one “term” at a time. This September, we will start new groups that will meet weekly for about 10 weeks. Groups will end at the beginning of December and then resume in January. We plan to have three terms beginning in the Fall (September), Winter (January), and Spring (March). Some people may join for only a term, while other groups may stay together for multiple years. Besides attending the group, people need to either hear the message on Sunday or watch it online before meeting to discuss it. The final commitment is to get to know the people in your group, love, encourage, and pray for them.
What about child-care?
Individual families may each find their own babysitter. If a Life Group has several families with young kids, they may get 1-2 babysitters to watch the kids in a separate room while the adults have their group meeting. Parents can also take turns watching the kids. It may be a challenge, but it is worth it to model the importance of Christian community to your children.
How do I sign up for a group?
There are several ways. You can pick up a Life Group Interest Form at the Welcome Center and drop it off at the church office. You can also contact Pastor Steve Scoffone, Barb Weidman, or call the Church Office.