Why Join a Small Group?

I (Pastor Derek) believe that God intends for us to be in relationship with others, particularly as we seek to grow our faith.

I think small groups are one of the best resources we can offer to our faith community, in order that folks can learn, grow, be cared for, and “do life together,” as I often say. The goal of small groups is to create environments where Spirit-driven, life-giving experiences can flourish in community. Here are 9 reasons we have small groups at The Church in Aurora. (Share from ShareFaith Magazine, Daniel Threlfall, September 2011)*

  1. Small groups foster close relationships and integral community
  2. Small groups provide a comfortable place for everyone – no matter where they are on their spiritual journey
  3. Small groups provide an ideal way to care for the needs of people within the church
  4. Small groups provide a way for Christians to live out their faith instead of merely hearing more preaching or teaching
  5. Small groups participate in focused prayer for one another
  6. Small groups provide a comfortable atmosphere for openness
  7. Small groups promote better learning
  8. Small groups provide a source of encouragement and accountability
  9. Small groups help to cultivate leadership within the church

It’s my hope that you will consider being a part of one of these small groups, so that you might experience a richer understanding of God’s love in community as you seek to grow your faith. If you have questions or want to talk more about small groups, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Blessings,
Pastor Derek

Below are our 2022 Winter small group offerings.

Small group studies is our primary means of spiritual and community growth.

We hope you will join us in person or click here to join us online Sunday mornings.

WAYS TO REGISTER / FALL 2022

Call the church office at 330.562.8266 or click on the title or book cover of the group below.
Fierce Free and Full of Fire

FIERCE FREE AND FULL OF FIRE

BY JEN HATMAKER

Led by Jenna Hickman

When: Wednesdays, 7-8:30p, Sept. 14 – Oct. 26
Where: Library, The Church in Aurora

This study is for Moms with children at home. In this book, Jen breaks it down into five self-reflective categories—who I am, what I need, what I want, what I believe, and how I connect. In the study, you will learn to

  • own your space, ground, and gifts
  • be strong in your relationships and lay down passive aggression, resentment, drama, and compliance
  • say GUILT-FREE what you want and what you need
  • welcome spiritual curiosity
THE GIFT OF YEARS

THE GIFT OF YEARS

BY SISTER JOAN CHITTISTER

Led by Cathie Laubscher

When: Mondays, 10-11:30a, Sept. 12 – Nov. 7
Where: Library, The Church in Aurora

How do you view the aging process? Is it tinged with anxiety and regret? Or do you see it as an adventure, a time to find meaning, and a ripening? Or, is it a little of both? Gift of Years, Joan Chittister’s best-selling book, offers you the chance to look at this time of maturation with fresh eyes, with joy for what has been and optimism for what is to come.

THE ROAD BACK TO YOU

THE ROAD BACK TO YOU

BY IAN MORGAN CRON

Led by Derek Hickman

When: Wednesdays, 7-8:30p, Sept. 14 – Oct. 19
Where: Room 5, The Church in Aurora

In this group, you’ll use the ancient personality type system called the Enneagram to discover more about you and others. Not only will you learn more about yourself, but you will also start to see the world through other people’s eyes, understanding how and why people think, feel, and act the way they do.

THE SIN OF CERTAINTY

THE SIN OF CERTAINTY

BY PETER ENNS

Led by Betsey Poe

When: Thursdays, 7:15-8:30p, Sept. 15 – Nov. 10
Where: The Escape, The Church in Aurora

Bible scholar Peter Enns offers a fresh look at how Christian life truly works, answering questions that cannot be addressed by idealized traditional doctrine. Enns explains how Christians mistake “certainty” and “correct belief” for faith when what God really desires is trust and intimacy. The study will offer a model of vibrant faith that views skepticism as an opportunity to deepen religious conviction with courage and confidence. The Sin of Certainty models an acceptance of mystery and paradox that all believers can follow.

SITTING AT THE FEET OF RABBI JESUS

SITTING AT THE FEET OF RABBI JESUS

BY ANN SPANGLER & LOIS TVERBERG

Led by Betsy Tomasko-Garner

When: Thursdays, 10-11:30a, Sept. 15 – Nov. 17
Where: Library, The Church in Aurora

A study focused on the rare chance to know Jesus as his first disciples knew him. What would it be like to journey back to the first century and sit at the feet of Rabbi Jesus as one of his Jewish disciples? Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus takes you on a fascinating tour of the Jewish world of Jesus, offering inspirational insights that can transform your faith.

SPIRITUAL EXERCISE OF ST. IGNATIUS

SPIRITUAL EXERCISE OF ST. IGNATIUS

Led by Reed Fuller

When: Tuesdays, 7p-8:30p, Sept. 13 – Nov. 22
Where: The Escape, The Church in Aurora

The Spiritual Exercises are a compilation of meditations, prayers, and contemplative practices developed by St. Ignatius Loyola to help people deepen their relationship with God. For centuries the Exercises were most commonly given as a “long retreat” of about 30 days in solitude and silence. Today one common way of going through an abbreviated form of the Exercises involves a daily program of prayer, Scripture, and journaling. Weekly we will meet and discuss God’s word to you.

ONE WAY TO LOOK AT IT

Led by Daryl Koning

When: Sunday, September 25, 6-7:30p
Where: Library, The Church in Aurora

Topic: Prayer

This is an opportunity to really listen to another person’s point of view without judgment, challenging, or criticism. A volunteer begins the session with a statement on the designated topic from his or her own experience. Each participant takes a turn. We trust each other to be bold enough to share our perspective as clearly as possible, trusting that others will listen attentively and respectfully, accepting what is spoken as one way to look at the topic. Those who have another point of view are encouraged to share in the same spirit.Whether or not anyone changes his or her perspective is entirely up to the person and the Spirit. The whole purpose is to acknowledge that there is more than one way to examine any subject and have the experience of listening deeply as others speak.

Try it, it’s fun. This session is limited to 8 participants.

Click here to download the Fall 2022 Small Groups Studies brochure