God Designed Us to be a part of a community
In Genesis 2:18, God said "It is not good for the man to be alone." He created Eve so that Adam would not be alone. God never intended for us to grow as Christians in isolation and attending worship services alone will not allow us to grow more fully. And so that's what small groups are all about.
Small groups are, well, just that... small groups of like-minded people who want to grow in their spiritual journey. Groups can be really small... two or three people... or really big... 25 or more. They meet regularly at the church or in someone's home or a local restaurant... the possibilities are endless and are chosen by the group members. Typical activities include bible study, local mission work, dinners, game nights, and other social activities. If you are new to the church or you want to connect more with our church community, give a small group a try.
Band of Brothers Men's Group
Contact: Ed Castleberry, 813-486-6614. Meets the first Saturday of the month at 8am at the Brick House Cafe. In addition to group study focusing on issues relating to men, they have a Helping Hands Ministry which provides assistance to our members with minor repairs.
Contact: Julie Winter, 813-763-2579. Meets twice a month on Thursdays at 7pm for snacks and study (generally videos and discussion). Meets at the Wesley Centre. There are currently 12 members of this group, ages 42-65.
Leader: Larry Jackson, 813-441-4267. Meets 2nd & 4th Sundays at 6:30pm, in the Wesley Centre for snacks and study. There are currently 12 members, ages 50 - 70+, but all ages are welcome. Studies are Bible-based and by various religious authors. They usually meet at least once a quarter for a game night pot luck at one of the member's homes.
Small Small World
Leader: Rick Norman, 813-230-7737. Meets twice a month on Thursdays, 6pm for potluck dinner, 7pm for study on the 1st floor of the Education Building (Room 121). The group explores various Bible video series by well-known authors. Food and fellowship are very important to this group! There are 12 - 25 members (middle-aged to seniors).
TGIF (Today God is First)
Leader: Jackie Petersen, 312-792-0886, meets the first and third Fridays, 6pm for dinner and service project work. They meet in an individual's home. This small (4-6 members) group is service oriented and would be working on projects such as the port pillow project and bags of love for the homeless (caps, sunscreen, sanitary items etc.). Ages of members ranges from 22 - 50.
SEEDS (Sisters Encouraging & Enjoying Discipleship Study)
Leader: Nancy Wisgerhof, 813-833-0541. Meets every other Monday at 1PM in the John Wesley Room, 1st floor of the Traditional building. Approximately 15 women (ages 30 - 70+) meet in person or via Zoom. Some meet before the study at local restaurants for lunch and fellowship. In September, we are beginning a video series by Max Lucado about the Book of Romans.
United Methodist Women
Contact: Debbie Kaczmarek, 813-956-3887, and Ellie Fox, 863-337-9970. Will begin meeting in September.
Contact: Debbie Kaczmarek, 813-956-3887. Sharing a love for preserving memories through scrapbooking which is centered around Christian fellowship. Meets four times a year: January- March-June-September. Age Demographic: 15 years and older. Group size: 20 maximum. Location is in the Fellowship Hall in the traditional building.