LifeGroups registration opens on Sunday, February 24. Check here on Sunday for the registration link.
Experience Love. Spread Hope. Share Random Acts of Kindness.
There are three main components to a thriving LifeGroup: deep relationships, spiritual growth, and acts of service. Each one of these components requires letting go of oneself and acts of love. This week we challenge each one of you to step outside of your normal routine and show love within the community by doing random acts of kindness. On Sunday there will be First Church cards available for you to pick up so you can give these to the persons that you perform acts for.
Here are a couple of examples:
• Pay for the coffee or food for the person behind you in the drive-thru.
• Buy a bouquet of flowers at the grocery store and ask the clerk to give them to the next mom she sees with young kids.
• Leave a gift card at the pharmacy with the clerk and ask them to use it to pay for a prescription for a person in need.
• Order dessert for a table that a veteran, active military or first responder is eating at.
Be sure to have whoever is helping you with your act to keep your identity a secret and to give the person a First Church card.
Have fun and pray for each person that you impact that they will feel the love of God!
LifeGroups are small groups that join together for spiritual growth, study and mission. They generally have 8-16 members. We believe launching additional LifeGroups will add to the DNA of our church by bringing people closer together and closer to Christ. Jesus modeled how to be people transformed by love as he lived in community with his disciples. We seek to follow his perfect example more closely. As we begin, LifeGroups will meet weekly at one of the members’ homes for 8 weeks and use a provided curriculum. We pray that you will see the blessings of being part of this close-knit community and will try it for the entire 8-week period.
LifeGroups…Frequently Asked Questions
What is a LifeGroup? A LifeGroup is an authentic community of persons supporting, challenging and loving one another into mature disciples of Christ. Rich relational connections are created within the group by centering the group on spiritual growth dialogue and serving together.
How are LifeGroups different from Biblical Study Groups? While these may not be true for all Biblical Study groups and LifeGroups, in general, these are the noted differences:
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What do we do at our first meeting? The church will provide a curriculum for the first eight weeks.
Where do facilitators find people for the group they facilitate? We will have a website for people to sign up, but group facilitators are welcome to recruit members.
How many persons are in a group? 8-12
Where/When do we meet? Who decides this? The facilitator will set the when/where for the first meeting. The group then can work out the best meeting time. LifeGroups will meet weekly for the first eight weeks.
How long will the group meet? The groups will meet as long as they feel called to gather.
What if we have child care needs in the group? Please contact Rev. David Johnson, David@fumc-rr.org, if child care is a concern for the group or you plan on providing your own.
These four groups meet on Sundays at 8:30 or 11 am and are designed primarily for people who attend the 9:40 am CrossRoads worship service. As needed, classes for children and youth will become available. While these groups will take place on Sunday morning, the vision is that LifeGroups will eventually happen during the week all over Round Rock and the surrounding area. Be praying for this exciting development in our ministry!
These are our current LifeGroups:
- Be Awesome. For those who are wanting to develop their personal walk through devotional prayer and study, this is for you. Facilitators: Dr. Paul Berg & Amy Friggle, 8:45 am. Meets in Payne Cottage, room 2.
- Parents with Purpose. Parents are still the primary spiritual developers of children, so this study will provide a supportive community for learning how to do that. Facilitators: Scott & Pamela Mallory, 11 am. Meets in Adkins Education Bldg. 5, room 148.
- LAKERS (Life After Kids…) For parents of youth in late high school to young adults just out of college, this small group offers support, study and fellowship. Facilitators: Steve & Peggy Bixler, 11 am. Meets in Adkins Education Bldg. 5, room 124.
- Love Does We are an all-ages group that splits our time between study and local missions. This might be serving our community or even our church. We would love to have you join us! This fall we are starting a study on Bob Goff’s book Everybody Always, while continuing our work on a prayer garden that will be open to everyone! Meets Sunday mornings at 11am at the Winsted House near the south parking lot.
Hope to see you soon! Contact Rae (512-255-3336) or Regina and Michael Bohmfalk for more information. Regina@bohmfalk.com
If you’re interested in one of these groups, contact the group leaders.