Winter can be cold and gray. These months that follow right after the great joy and emotion of Christmas are often blah and dull. So why not join a winter small group? Meet some new friends, study something different or join with some friends you already know. Maybe invite that person who has been on your mind to come along too! Here are some Small Groups that will be offered to start the week of January 8. For details and sign-ups please go here or contact Pastor Deb at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-479-0384.
How’s Your Soul by Judah Smith
“How’s your soul?” It may seem like an odd question, but it’s what pastor and bestselling author Judah Smith chooses to ask his friends, rather than “How are you?” It’s a way to look past the externals and consider what’s going on inside, in that essential part of us that is often overlooked in the struggle to make our way through everyday life.
In the rush of living moment to moment, many of us find ourselves simply surviving, struggling daily with frustration, restlessness, boredom, and ever-fleeting joy. But if we would pause, we’d find that the things that matter most in life, what we are searching for in our busyness—stability, peace, hope, love—are rooted in the health of what Judah calls the “inside you.”
In How’s Your Soul? Judah explores that “inside you.” Sharing his own, often humorous, mistakes and foibles, he helps us find our way through the emotional roller coasters of life to discover the soul-healing essentials of rest, responsibility, restraint, and relationships, all rooted in what he calls the soul’s only true home—God himself.
How’s Your Soul? is an invitation to find lasting emotional satisfaction and stability by bringing our feelings into alignment with God’s truth, moving beyond simply surviving, and learning how to live each day with eternal significance.
Start Date: January 11, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Duration: 6 weeks (skipping 1/25)
Location: Room 401 (Trinity House)
Led by: Sharon Hoff (email@example.com or 973-202-6510)
Cost: (Book = $15 Participant Guide = $6.50 Both = $20 (assistance is available, if needed)
If you have lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend to death, it may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. You may have found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. You might feel isolated, confused, depressed, stuck, questioning. Grief-Share is an opportunity for you to meet weekly with a group who will help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each session has three elements: video seminars with experts, supportive group discussion around the week’s focus, personal study and reflection.
Start Date: January 17, 2017
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Duration: 13 weeks
Location: Room 401(Trinity House)
Led by: Lynn Cameron (firstname.lastname@example.org or 908-914-1093) and Joann Hoff
Cost: $20 per person (assistance is available if needed)
Praying Out Loud
Are you one of those people who look away, hoping that you won’t be noticed or, even worse, called on to offer a prayer during a group meeting? Are you someone who has never felt comfortable praying out loud in front of others? Maybe you feel unable to find the “right words” or to pray as eloquently as you hear others pray out loud. Then this group is for you! Learn more and practice praying out loud. Yes, YOU can pray out loud.
Start Date: January 19, 2017
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 PM
Duration: 4 weeks
Location: Room 100
Led by: Mike and Jane Galley (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or 908-979-0916)
Journaling Our Way to Lent
This group will use the weeks prior to Lent to do some self-examination, Bible study, Bible art, journaling, and writing. If you have not tried Bible journaling, but are curious this is the group for you.
Start Date: February 13, 2017
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Duration: 3 weeks
Location: Room 105
Led by: Dawn Patterson (email@example.com or 908-835-0696)