HOMEGROUPS: WHERE FAITH MEETS LIFE

Throughout history, the Church has grown when people get together in small groups. It's how lives are changed and the world is transformed.


In the 1700s, the Methodist movement grew when John Wesley, an English preacher, encouraged 6-10 people to gather together weekly into "class meetings." In these gatherings, participants looked out for one another and asked how God was at work in their lives. These groups multiplied and eventually crossed an ocean, resulting in the Methodist church of today.


At Wahoo First UMC, we are intentionally recovering this essential experience with HomeGroups. HomeGroups can meet anywhere: your home (like the name suggests!), at the church, at the coffee shop downtown, wherever! And they can meet whenever is most convenient for the group. Read on below for more information about them, how they work, and why you should join one today!

READY TO JOIN A HOMEGROUP?

Take the next step to transform your life! Join a HomeGroup by sending an email to Pastor Michael at pastor@wahoomethodist.org today!

A TRUE SMALL GROUP EXPERIENCE

With just 6-10 people, your HomeGroup will allow you to build friendships and community with the other members of your HomeGroup. You can share as much as you feel comfortable, but you can expect that the people in your HomeGroup will become friends, mentors, and resources for your life and faith.


If you have a group of 6-10 friends who are ready to be a HomeGroup, you can sign up and stay together! If you have a smaller number, you can also stay together by adding with a few others. Or, you can simply join a group by yourself! Whatever the starting point, deep friendship and community is the destination.


HomeGroups are also encouraged to have an empty seat at your meetings, as a reminder to invite others. If your group is ready to multiply or "apprentice" a new HomeGroup, let Pastor Michael know!

ONE HOUR, ONCE A WEEK

Our lives are all hectic. For most of us, there simply aren't enough hours in the day to do all the things we need and want to do.


HomeGroups get this. That's why they focus on the quality of the time, not the quantity. In just one hour, once a week, HomeGroups dig into deep conversations about their faith, their lives, and where God is at work around them.


At the end of each one-hour gathering, you will:

  • Be refreshed
  • Have a better understanding of where God is in your life
  • Grow closer to people following God alongside you

"HOW IS YOUR LIFE WITH GOD?"

The earliest Methodist class meetings asked a single, but profound question: "How is it with your soul?" A few hundred years later, a more modern way to say that is "How is your life with God?" At each HomeGroup gathering, that question is posed to the participants. It is, simply, where the rubber meets the road; it's where our faith intersects with our real lives.


HomeGroups can also spend their hour in whatever practice speaks to them. They can do Bible studies, dig deeper into the current worship series, or even discuss current events. But at the core of the meeting, the HomeGroup makes time to ask this core question: "How is your life with God?"


It can be awkward at first, but as you get more comfortable in your HomeGroup, this question will be the key to transforming not just your faith, but your life, too.