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.
Leader: Sherry Rebman, 813-986-1844. Meets twice a month on Tuesdays at 6:30pm. Location rotates among homes for dinner and study.
Band of Brothers Men's Group
Contact: Bill Polk, 813-629-4037, or Dennis Roebuck, 813-205-3251. Meets the first Saturday of the month at 8am usually at Buddy Freddy's Restaurant. Sometimes they meet at the Church for service projects, so please call to verify the upcoming meeting location.
Contact: Kathleen Wainoris, 863-608-1557, or Julie Winter, 813-763-2579. Meets twice a month on Thursdays at 7pm for dinner and study. Location rotates among homes.
Leader: Larry Jackson, 813-757-6103. Meets 2nd & 4th Sundays at 6:30pm, in Room #118, Education Building for snacks and study.
Small Small World
Leader: Rick Norman, 813-230-7737, meets twice a month on Thursdays, 6pm for dinner, 7pm for study, 1st floor Education Building.
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. The 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.)
United Methodist Women
Contact: Betty Wilson, 813-752-4514. Meets every 4th Monday of the month, 10am, Winter months Room #120 Traditional Bldg.
Newcomers Bible Study
Contact: Jennifer Kramer, 941-726-2928 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Meets every Wednesday evening from 5:30-7pm in the Traditional Bldg, 1st floor. Children & Youth programming available during the same time, for those who have families or friends looking to get their whole family involved.