About Small Groups
At Peoples Church we believe that every church should look like a bowl of Jelly Beans (or Skittles or M&Ms; whatever colorful candy is to your liking will work for the analogy). We are all different, we come from different places, and we have different perspectives. This all may be true, but despite our differences we want to live together as a group that deeply loves one another, and we believe this is possible through reconciliation. Reconciling happens when at least two people agree to start chipping away at something that divides them. At Peoples Church we are convinced that there is no better way to reconcile with one another than in small groups. In small groups at Peoples Church, you’ll have the opportunity to learn and live the Kingdom with those who are different from you. You will get to live out the vision of the church and gain relationships that we hope you maintain for the rest of your life.
Your small group will quickly become a place where others don’t just know your name, they know your story and care about what’s happening in your life. You’ll laugh, have fun, and make a difference. Click here to find or register to be a part of a Peoples Church small group. Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Find a Group
To sign up for a small group, click "Create an account" below to create a Realm account (Realm is the software we use for church communication and groups).
Once you've created an account, click "Find a group" below. After you've found a group just click "Join Group" and a small group leader will respond to you shortly!
If you’re newer to following Jesus, or you’ve been around churches for a long time but feel you’ve missed out on some basics, Foundations is designed for you.
Foundations is a cross between a class and a small group. It combines teaching with time to practice what we’re learning. It offers a safe place to share what’s going on in our lives and receive encouragement. We don’t have to feel alone on the journey of faith—let’s do this together!
Four broad topics are covered. Each week we'll look at a different aspect of one topic:
Where did it come from? What are different ways to get into it? We’ll cover reading to get an overview, reading meditatively to connect with God, and ways of doing deeper Bible study.
We’ll learn how to pray alone and with others. It can be intimidating to pray out loud with people—this is a place to practice until it’s natural.
As disciples of Jesus, we want to get better at loving one another. We’ll learn practical skills to become better listeners and conflict resolvers.
We each have a unique place in the kingdom of God. We’ll talk about servanthood, being stewards of what God has given us, and how we can each use our strengths to bless other people.
The Red Room @ Peoples Church
First 3 Sundays of each month
Newcomers always welcome!
To learn more or sign up, contact Jessica Jones (847-722-5269) or Alex Jones (847-275-9119), or fill out the form below and we'll be in touch.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS A SMALL GROUP?
A small group is typically made up of 3 to 12 people who meet regularly to learn and live the Kingdom together. Each group has a host and a leader (or one person may host and lead).
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN BE IN A SMALL GROUP?
It’s really up to you. It's always good to consider how large your group can get before it becomes too impersonal and people are unable to connect.
HOW LONG SHOULD A GROUP MEET?
The typical group meets from 1-2 hours. The key is to be consistent and to let people know up front how long you will meet.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD GROUPS MEET?
We recommend meeting weekly or every other week: however, each small group should decide how often they meet. Typically new groups that launch with weekly meetings synergize quickly, even if shortly after the group transitions to an every other week schedule. We do not recommend meeting once a month. No matter the plan, weekly and bi-weekly groups will need breaks. We will use a semester format where groups meet regularly while allowing each group to decide when a break such as winter or summer break should be taken.
WHERE SHOULD A GROUP MEET?
Your small group can meet wherever your group feels comfortable. Your group can meet in your home, or you can ask different members of the group to host in their homes. If you don’t want to meet in a home setting, then restaurants and coffee shops work as well. You can even start a Small Group in your work’s break room with coworkers.
DO SMALL GROUPS MEET AT THE CHURCH?
They can, but we encourage our small groups meet in homes or in the area. We want to encourage taking our church out into the community.
HOW DO SMALL GROUPS HANDLE CHILDCARE?
While we do not provide childcare, we do assist in securing babysitters needed for each group meeting. Although we provide referrals, it is ultimately the Small Group Leader’s responsibility to find a babysitter for the group.
DOES PEOPLES CHURCH FILL MY SMALL GROUP WITH PEOPLE?
No, but we will help you get started. It is the leaders job to grow the group and find members. We encourage you to invite people as you meet them during weekend services and look at your friends, family members or co-workers that you could invite. Send invitations through the online website and personally invite people.
WHAT IF MY SMALL GROUP IS FULL?
Each Peoples Church small group will have an open chair mindset. This allows for more people to have access to small group communities. We came up with the open chair suggestion because we’ve found that after a group has met together for six months or longer, they tend to functionally close. If your group begins to notice that there is no longer room for others to join, it’s healthy to begin an open dialogue to see who is ready to start another small group. As a church we desire to always have an open seat in the pews and in small groups.
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