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Small Groups

SEASONAL UPDATE

Due to the temporary restrictions implemented by our national and local government leaders, all in-person gatherings have been postponed or cancelled to limit the spread of COVID-19. However, small groups are still meeting via Zoom and other methods because, though we are practicing physical distance, the church is called to move toward one another in loving, encouraging relationship. We hope you will be able to easily visit a small group at your preferred time to find relational stability and rich Scripture study during this changing season!

Details about the format of small groups and list of open groups can be found below. If you are interested in visiting or joining a small group or have questions about our rhythms during this unique season, please email Catie Smith, Director of Discipleship, at csmith@fpchouston.org

In addition to small groups and Sunday school classes, we are providing many other resources to support you and your household during this time. Please visit our Discipleship Page below to access devotional material, prayer tools, and more encouragement during this new rhythm of life.

DISCIPLESHIP RESOURCES

Small Groups

If you are interested in finding community at FPC, small groups are a great way to get connected with people in your neighorhood who have a heart for Jesus, sharing the gospel, and the caring for the city of Houston. Please contact Catie Smith, Director of Discipleship, at csmith@fpchouston.org to find a group that will work with your schedule and location.


What To Expect

  • Meet once a week, for one to two hours, usually in homes
  • Meet regularly throughout the Fall and Spring
  • Various types of groups: women only, men only, co-ed, intergenerational

Where Do We Meet?

Small groups meet all around the city of Houston. For a complete list of existing small groups and locations, click here


Curriculum

Each small group discusses the Scripture and sermon-based study guide the week after the sermon is preached. It has been said that we remember...

  • 10 percent of what we read (passive)                        
  • 20 percent of what we hear (passive)
  • 30 percent of what we see and hear (passive)
  • 70 percent of what we say and write (active)
  • 90 percent of what we say as we do (active)

With these statistics, we realize that actively engaging the text on more than one occasion with more than one of our senses is vital for the information to be remembered, understood, and personalized. The pastors and the Discipleship Team pray, discern, and determine the sermon texts and themes, resulting in the curriculum you receive each week. The curriculum is written two weeks before the sermon, hence the reason some weeks the sermon might focus on a different theme than the guide. We see this as an advantage, though, because it allows small groups to study the text more holistically.


Meeting Format

A study guide is used as the basis for discussion. Other components of the meeting (worship, accountability, confession, social activities, etc.) are decided by the members of the group.


Why Should I Join A Small Group?

We desire to see you in a growing relationship with God. We want you to join for corporate Sunday worship but also to more deeply connect with others in our church body. Small groups provide an environment where this can happen by intentionally gathering people to help each other grow in loving God and doing his will.

As you study and discuss the Bible with others, you will be encouraged and equipped to live in such a way that your life will glorify God. As a follower of Jesus, you are a missionary, and it is our hope that your faith will increase and you will teach others about God.

Disciples making disciples: this is the aim of small groups. 


How Do I Join?

Contact Catie Smith, Director of Discipleship, at csmith@fpchouston.org to connect with a group leader or to ask any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!


What About My Kids?

Childcare is managed on a group-by-group basis. Individual groups decide together how they will handle childcare in a way that works best for them. 


Leading a Group 

Would you consider hosting or facilitating a small group? Complete the Small Group Leader application, and we will contact you!

SMALL GROUP LEADER APPLICATION