As congregations grow larger, they do well to also grow “smaller” at the same time – providing opportunities for connection, meaningful relationships, and the space for spiritual growth and accountability. This can happen in small groups of four to twelve people who gather for Bible study or accountability – all the way up to larger groups of dozens of people who gather for spiritual growth and fellowship.
Here at Resurrection, we have a number of groups that fit into both categories.
ChristCare groups are led by a trained ChristCare Leader who has taken part in a 40-hour training course. Each group has four to twelve people who covenant with each other to meet at least twice a month for 90 minutes. Every ChristCare group participates in the four essential elements of ChristCare (Community Building and Care, Prayer and Worship, Biblical Equipping, and Missional Service), but each group will vary the emphasis it places on each of the four elements.
Hewitt Care Group
The Hewitt Care Group is an on-going Bible study, fellowship, and service ministry. It has been meeting biweekly at 1:00 – 2:30 PM since the 1990’s. Originally formed as a ChristCare group meeting at the Hewitt’s home, the group has grown and the name continues, although it gathers now at church. Members of the group share leading the studies, book reviews, and/or providing cookies and coffee. Service projects have included: cards to bereaved, ill members; weekly recycling of bulletins.
Men’s Bible Study Breakfast
The Men’s Breakfast meets monthly for food, fellowship, Bible or book study, discussion, and prayer. They typically gather on the second Saturday of each month from 7:30-9:00 a.m. All men are welcome. Michael McCarty arrives early to have a hot breakfast ready at 7:30, and leads the study and conversation from 8 until 9.
Men’s Softball Team
The men’s softball team plays each summer and fall in the Church Fellowship League offered through the Greenwood Parks Department. Games are played on Monday nights from May through October.
Older Wiser Lutherans (OWLs)
OWLs have been meeting the third Tuesday of every month since 2005. Programs and outings are planned by a coordinator and board to provide opportunities for long-time and new members (along with their guests) to become better acquainted as they enjoy Christian fellowship and grow in faith. OWLs have gathered for pitch-in dinners and lunches, game nights, trips to parks, museums and restaurants. Carpooling is available.
Women of the ELCA (WELCA)
WELCA, Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, strives to nurture the women of RLC through Bible studies, denominational and inter-denominational gatherings of women, social activities, and awareness of global missions through participation in supportive, hands-on projects. Activities include:
- monthly Thursday morning women’s Bible study
- annual Bake Sale to raise funds to support global mission projects
- quilt making and school kit making for Lutheran World Relief
- bandage rolling (with the youth group)
- knitting or crocheting baby caps, baby blankets and bandages (as needed) for Global Health Ministries
- Special educational events related to faith and women’s issues