We encourage everyone at Devonshire to be a part of a small group. “Why?” … You may ask. We believe that the Christian life is meant to be a shared life. We are called to encourage one another to love and good deeds (Heb. 10:25), to carry one another’s burdens (Gal. 6:2), and to exercise our spiritual gifts for the building up of the body of Christ, the church. This kind of fellowship isn’t practical for our Sunday morning gatherings. Our desire is that everyone experiences Christian community where you are being encouraged, prayed with, and prayed for.
Here at Devonshire, our small groups range in size from 6 to 15 individuals. These groups meet regularly to ask one another about the challenges of our daily lives and seek to find, through prayer and Bible study, how God is working in us and through us as we face the tests of life. This involves not only prayer, counsel, and encouragement, but also helping one another with practical needs such as meals for a family with a newborn or networking to help an individual locate a job.
HOW OUR GROUPS ARE STRUCTURED
Our groups typically last two to three months, and kick off in September and January. Each year, members are asked to commit to a group (don’t worry, it just means making the group a priority in your schedule and coming whenever possible). We typically break during the summer months.
Most groups meet weekly. Each group meeting may look differently, but you’ll usually see some time of prayer together, and discussing how a portion of scripture applies to our lives. Groups often serve in the community together, and are encouraged to have some fun too!
I WANT TO JOIN!
If you are not currently in a Small Group and would like to be, send an email to let us know! We’d love to assist you in getting plugged into an environment where you can experience Christian fellowship.email_to
FALL 2020 SMALL GROUPS & CLASSES
We are offering small group opportunities for you to plug into beginning the week of September 20. While other groups will be forming and details will be distributed in the next week or so, some groups that will be offered are the following:
Senior Class (Sundays, 10:30 am, Library): Looking for a place to connect with others through the study of God’s Word? Join this class and find encouragement for life as you apply God’s Word to your life, connect with others, and encourage each other through prayer & fellowship. (Leader: Jim Kafferlin)
Parents Small Group (Sunday Evenings, 6 pm): This group will meet at the same time as the Shire Youth Ministry and will focus on encouraging parents. (Leader: Eric & Lisa Proctor)
Married Couples Group (Sundays, following church, Fellowship Hall): The focus for this small group will be to connect with and encourage married couples through a study by Chip Ingram entitled, Marriage: Built to Last. (Leader: Andrew and Sarah Kafferlin)
Men’s Group (Every other Monday night at 7:30 pm beginning Monday, September 21): Looking for a place to connect with other men? Join this group and find encouragement as we journey through a study entitled, “Be A Godly Man,” by Joby Martin. For more information and to sign up: devonshirechurch.org/men
Understanding the Scriptures (Wednesday evenings at 6:45 pm): A weekly study, Understanding the Scriptures, will be offered in the church library on Wednesday evenings from 6:45 PM to 8:00 PM. This study provides a general introduction to the story and significance of the Bible. Emphasis is placed on understanding the overall storyline of the Bible as one grand narrative of redemption. For more information, contact David Pra at email@example.com (Leaders: David and Kathleen Pra)
Women’s Group (Thursday evenings, online at 8 pm): Looking for a place to connect with other women? Join this group and find encouragement as we journey through a study entitled, “Hello, Beauty Full,” by Elisa Morgan. For more information and to sign up click below.