Grow in Faith

Small Groups / Bible Studies

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 Study Class

This class is taught by Frank Sprinkel. The class uses a discussion format and they are currently studying the Books of First and Second Peter. For information, contact Frank at fcsprink@verizon.net.

B.F. Wilson Men’s Bible Class

This class is currently taking a break in August and will resume meeting in September. For information, contact Charlie Scott.

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.

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.

Connections Class

We are excited to be having our next Connections Class this Fall! It is a great way for you to connect with others, as well as, ask questions, learn more about who we are, what we are about, and consider joining the church as a covenant partner member. We plan on offering the class both in-person in Showker Hall and virtually through Zoom (you will be emailed the link). It will be four sessions/four weeks and take place starting in September 2020. Please let the church office know if you are interested in participating and whether it would be in-person or virtually. Contact Pastor Scott if you have questions.

GriefShare

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 at 10 a.m. starting September 15th and going through December 15th, however you may join at anytime! There will be both in-person and virtual options for meeting. For those meeting in person, the room will be sanitized before each session, social distancing practiced, and face masks will be required. Contact Pastor Scott Thayer for more information.

Growing in Joy Class

This class is taught by Jim Dye and currently meets on Sundays at 9am however that may soon change to 10am. They are currently studying the prayers of Jesus, which will be followed in the fall by an exegetical study of the Gospel of Matthew. The class meets in person with the option to join via Zoom as well. Zoom meeting ID: 559 540 153; password: 380795; OR dial up (for audio only) by calling 1-301-715-8592. For information, contact Jim at jimgdye@gmail.com.

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).

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!

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.

Wednesday Prayer Online

Join us to pray on the steps outside the church or online through Zoom. We meet at 11am on Wednesdays. Contact Lila Gardner.

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 up by phone (audio only), using this number: +1 301 715 8592

Young Professionals Group

This group is for young adults (25 to 35) to encourage each other as they enter adult life. To learn about upcoming Bible studies or activities, contact Carl Larsson.

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.