Community Groups are smaller groups that meet together regularly at various places and times for prayer, study, encouragement and fellowship throughout the week. This is the best way to get to know others in the church. Our groups run on a 2-3 month “semester” basis with new groups starting regularly throughout the year. Please contact the church or go to the Calvary Connection Table after service to learn more.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does a Community Group look like?
Community Groups are made up of 6-12 people who gather weekly to study, pray and navigate the ups and downs of life together. You will find Community Groups to be a comfortable place where you can connect with and share life with others.
How much of my time is this going to take?
Community Group meetings last approximately 1.5 hours each - thirty minutes for snacking, eating, and hanging out; one hour for discussion and prayer. As Community Group members begin to develop friendships, they often will want to spend even more time together.
What are we going to do with our children during our Community Group?
Community Groups have various childcare solutions - hire a sitter for the group, have another home near the host home with a parent keeping them, adults rotate keeping the kids in a separate room, etc. Some groups do not have childcare.
Will there be homework?
Most Community Group studies will have a weekly reading and questions to answer about the book they are studying. The weekly assignments are easy and your leader will help you if needed. We have found that preparing ahead of time makes the discussions much better.
Am I going to have to talk or can I just sit and listen during meetings?
Community Groups are like family - sometimes you talk, sometimes you listen. No one is forced to talk, but many of the questions can be answered by anyone, since they are about “life.” As the group develops, people become much more comfortable. We have discovered that people who seldom speak up in large groups will talk in Community Groups.
Will I have to pray out loud?
No. Each person is are allowed to move at their own pace. When you want to share a prayer concern or pray out loud, you will be encouraged to do so.
How many weeks or months is this group going to last?
Community Groups meet for 8-12 weeks. We call them “semesters”, since they coincide with the school calendar. We take the summers off.
What if I want to try a different group?
This is the beauty of the semester system! If you want to try a different group, just sign up for another group next time around. To be honest, this does not happen very often and the percentage of people who sign up again is over 90%.
Is it important I attend every week?
For the consistency of the group, we ask you to commit to attending at least 75% of the meetings. That may seem like a lot, but once you enjoy the “community” you will rarely want to miss!
How much do I have to know about the Bible?
Nothing. Community Groups are all about learning - not debating the Bible or being tested on our spiritual knowledge. There will be semesters when Community Groups will study a book and other times a curriculum that coincides with the sermon series. This is often when the greatest personal spiritual growth happens. This is reason enough to want to be in a Community Group.