Grow in Faith

If you wonder why you’re here, would like to know more about prayer, how to read the Bible, or live your faith day to day, a small group may be helpful. In a small group, it’s okay to talk about all of these things with others. In participating you’ll find out who you are, learn more about who God is, and discover resources that will energize your life. Some groups gathering in homes; others meet at the church building. Below are some of the small groups that we offer…

Bible Classes

Growing in Joy Class – This class is studying the Gospel of Matthew. They meet on Sundays in Room 200 at 10am. This is a hybrid online/in-person class. Click here to join via Zoom. Meeting ID: 886 2455 6910 Passcode: 930560 You may also dial in for audio only by calling 1-301-715-8592. For more information, contact Jim at jimgdye@gmail.com.

Frank Sprinkel’s Class – The class is studying First and Second Peter and meets via Zoom on Sunday evenings (beginning October 4th) at 7pm. For information, contact Frank at fcsprink@verizon.net. Click here to join via Zoom. Meeting ID: 838 4781 8633  Passcode: 832675
You may also join by phone, call 1-301-715-8592. Meeting ID: 838 4781 8633   Passcode: 832675

B.F. Wilson Men’s Bible Class – This class is studying 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John. They meet on Sundays in Room 206 at 10:15-11am. For information, contact Charlie Scott.

Bible Study Groups

Men

  • Men’s Ministry – This fall men are gathering in groups of up to eight people to work their way through the book “The Good and Beautiful Life” by James Bryan Smith. Groups meet in at a variety of times and formats (in person, zoom, in homes, at church etc.). Contact Pastor Jon Heeringa for a referral to a group that would work for you!
  • Men’s Discipleship Mentoring – Would you like to understand, as well as, be able to share your faith more comfortably? We will examine and discuss scripture as it directly relates to one of the core discipleship themes of the Christian faith. We will use Greg Ogden’s workbook Discipleship Essentials: A Guide to Building Your Life in Christ. This is a weekly commitment in a small group setting beginning Fall 2020. The exchange of insights and life experiences within the group are priceless and is the best kind of investment you can make – an investment in the growth of your own faith and in the growth of others in Christ! If interested contact Pastor Scott (sthayer@firstpreshbg.org; 540-820-1880).

Women

  • Circle of Kindness – This women’s fellowship and Bible study group meets on the second Sunday of each month from 5:30–7:30 p.m., at the church (Showker Hall). This fall we will continue our study of John MacArthur’s book Twelve Ordinary Men. Members are encouraged to bring a food item to share for supper. Contact June Hosaflook  or Judy von Seldeneck.
  • Women’s Bible Study – The Women’s Bible Study will begin on September 15 at noon. This year we will meet in Showker Hall with social distancing, masks, and for those who are not ready to come in person, with Zoom capabilities. Our study will be Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi. All are welcome. Click here to join via Zoom. Contact Lila Gardner for information about the study. Contact Carol Miller (millerca@jmu.edu, 540-908-1346) or Teri Jacobsen (jacotriker5@gmail.com, 540-879-2965) if you need assistance setting up Zoom. Meeting ID: 893 6473 9598  Passcode: 742488
    If you do not have a computer, you may dial in by phone (audio only), using this number: +1 301 715 8592

Young Professionals Group – This group is for young adults (20s and 30s) to encourage each other as they live out their faith. To learn about Bible studies and group service projects, contact Carl Larsson.

College Lunch and Bible Study – Lunch in Showker Hall at 12:20pm on Sundays starting September 13th through the end of the semester. Our time together will include fellowship over a meal and a Bible study. Contact Billy Craig.

Sermon-based Small Groups – Join a Sermon-Based Small Group! It’s a great way to connect with others and grow in your faith. Contact Scott Thayer for information.

Southern Kingdom – This group will be meeting via Zoom until they are comfortable meeting in peoples’ homes again. They meet on Thursday evenings 7-8pm. We typically have a check-in time and then the leader, which rotates weekly, facilitates teaching and discussion on the sermon series. Contact Mike Robison for information.

Prayer

Join us on Wednesdays, 11am-12pm, as we lift up the needs of our church, community, nation and world. We meet outside the church building, or you can participate through Zoom. Contact Lila Gardner.

Care & Support

GriefShare is a weekly seminar and support group for people grieving the death of a loved one. It’s a place where you can be around others who understand how you feel and the pain of your loss. You’ll learn valuable information that will help you through this difficult time in your life. The group meets on Tuesdays in Room 208 at 10am starting September 15th and going through December 15th, however you may join at anytime! The room will be sanitized before each session, social distancing practiced, and face masks will be required. Contact Pastor Scott Thayer for more information.

Other ways to Grow

RightNow Media

In short, RightNow is like Netflix but with Christ-centered videos, teaching and Bible studies. As your families are together during these weeks, we suggest you find a study or video series you could watch and discuss together. All you have to do to get access is email Emily Huffman in our office and she will get you a login. Or you can call the office at (540) 434-6551.

The Bible Project

Another online resource is The Bible Project. It features understandable overviews of every book of the Bible, which are illustrated as the explanation is given. The site also features topical studies and videos.

‘The Chosen’

Pastor Billy recommends this multi-episode online series about the life of Jesus. You can learn more at its website, where you can download an app and watch the series.

Ligonier Ministries

Ligonier Ministries is opening all of its teaching to free streaming. On their website or through their app, 1,000+ hours of time-proven, trusted teaching covering topics in biblical studies, theology, church history, Christian living and worldview. Their entire video and audio teaching series library will remain open until at least June 30.