Small Groups Catalog
A PRAYING LIFE: CONNECTING WITH GOD IN A DISTRACTING WORLD
This summer season every Joy small group will all be discussing and applying the same material. We'll be going through "A Praying Life" by Paul Miller. This book invites us to ask God for help with the nitty-gritty details of life and discover the freedom and joy of a vibrant prayer life. It's a great practical tool for all of us who pray "badly" or are prayer warriors.
Every group will be discussing this book as a part of their group. Each group may have a more specific focus as they incorporate "A Praying Life" in their group.
It is our goal to be a church that is dependent upon the Holy Spirit through Prayer.
M & M
Bible shows us two different ways of working out your faith through the lives of Mary and Martha. Mary often sat at Jesus' feet soaking in His love while Martha demonstrated her love through action/service. We will explore the discipline of prayer from the perspective of these two women that Jesus loved.
EAT, PRAY, LOVE
God gives us our daily bread and commanded us to partake in remembrance of Him. It’s no secret that food brings people together and there so so many good things to eat at so many different places. This groups mission will be to explore and try different dishes together either at various restaurants or try cooking some dishes together. The goal is to build strong relationships through fellowship and prayer. We will also be exploring different food related outreach and community service.
COFFEE BREAK FOR MOTHERS
Carving out time for yourself can be hard as a mom of young children. Spend Saturday mornings with other moms who are at the same life stage as you as we read and share from the book “A Praying Life” by Paul Miller. We will meet every Saturday morning with coffee and snacks as we discuss how to build up our prayer life and be in constant communication with God. Let’s build a community that can lift each other up and pray for one another to be the women of God that He has intended us to be.
Power of Prayer
How awesome is it to know that our Lord loves to dialogue with us. He really does! We will worship, drink of His love, and discover the wonders & joy of Who God is and who we are in Him. And as we pursue a life of interacting with Him daily through prayer, may 1 Corinthians 2:9 come alive - "Things never discovered or heard of before, things beyond our ability to imagine - these are the many things God has in store for all His lovers!"
"For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations." Isaiah 61:11
Let's come before the Father, in His garden, for time of praise and prayer together, so that we may encounter Him and His seeds of goodness to take root in our hearts. We will share through dinner time in the fellowship hall, and have time of praise and prayer in the Main Sanctuary.
BREAKFAST CLUB FOR MEN
Calling all men! We will get together once a week over Saturday breakfast to fellowship and build relationships. More importantly, we will encourage and challenge one another to dive deeper into the Word and grow spiritually, especially in our prayer lives as modeled in the book, "A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World". We will also schedule a few meetings at diners or restaurants
GIFT OF PRAYER
Let’s claim the “gift that connects us to the heart of the Father,” the gift of prayer, and allow it to transform our hearts and our lives. We will invite the Holy Spirit to come and restore, refresh & renew our hearts as we pray for one another by claiming His promises and declaring His truth over each other. Let’s challenge and encourage each other to live A Praying Life!
WED NIGHT SG
We will be reading A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul E. Miller (rev. and enl. ed. NavPress, 2017) during our Small Group term. Everyone will be asked to participate in the following: a) praising our God; b) praying for one another; and c) studying by summarizing weekly reading assignments and discussing questions. As we praise, pray and study together, my hope is the following: 1) God’s truth will transform us; 2) the Holy Spirit will help us to learn and grow with each other.
BUILDING A HABIT OF PRAYER
Stuck in a rut? Change is hard. And certain research suggests that it can take an average of 66 days to develop a habit. Regardless of the research, one thing is for sure: unless we actually take those steps to change, we will not see change happen.
Join fellow brothers and sisters who are looking to form a habit of prayer. We will be reading ”A Praying Life” (by Paul Miller), and we will build daily accountability and discuss the obstacles that keep us from praying. All are welcome. Meetings will be held by gender, alternating by week, over Skype and/or in person in River Edge. Family fellowship events will be held once a month on the weekends.