Gatherings of 5 to 12 people
ChristCare Groups are small so they can provide the caring relationships and spiritual growth that occur within the nurturing environment of a small group. When a ChristCare Group grows to between 10 and 12 members, it births into two groups. That way groups always remain small enough for quality relating, yet always have room for more people.
Who meet on a regular basis
ChristCare Groups usually meet weekly or twice a month. When group members meet regularly, they learn to trust and share at deeper levels more quickly.
With a trained, commissioned, and supervised leader
Leading a Christ-centered, life-transformational small group requires a number of different skills. A congregation's Equippers thoroughly train ChristCare Group Leaders to exercise these skills and to share leadership tasks with other group members.
Inorder to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ
ChristCare Group members grow as disciples of Jesus by participating in the four ChristCare Group activities described below.
Community Building and Care: Christian friendships grow as we get to know each other. Christ Care Groups observe strict confidentiality. Things said in groups are not shared outside of the group. We encourage people to be comfortable asking any questions and expressing their views without the pressure of these thoughts being judged. People do not have to share unless they are comfortable doing so. Together we grow in our faith.
Biblical Equipping: We spend time each session discussing passages from the bible. We are especially interested in how we can apply that passage to our own lives. there is no such thing as a dumb question. Currently our Christ Care Groups are studying Matthew.
Prayer and Worship: We begin and end with informal worship and prayer.
Mission Service: Each group decides what mission project they would like to tackle. Our groups have put together Health kits and Layette kits for Haiti, made cooling scarves and sent care packages for troops serving overseas, written notes in support of church people going on our mission trips and sent care packages to the families we served on Mission trips, visited shut ins, invited new people to join our groups. We have also helped with a variety of church projects.
More information will be coming soon to NFUMC! If you would like to know how you can help lead this effort, please see any of the trained Equippers: Kim Hornung-Marcy, Jed Hornung, Jini Hornung.
For more information on Stephen Ministries, please visit their website: http://www.stephenministries.org.