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What is a Small Group?
Small Groups are an important part of the ministry at Rainier Avenue Church (RAC); In fact over 60% of our regular attenders are involved in a small group! The mission at RAC is to encourage everyone in the Rainier Valley and beyond to find wholeness in Jesus Christ by: fostering intimacy with God, building authentic community, and working together for compassion and justice. Small Groups are an effective way to fulfill all three aspects of our mission. It is through small groups that we are able to study the word of God and deepen our relationship with Him; establish deep and long-term friendships thus forming a Christ-centered community; and spur one another on towards love and good deeds.
Content of Small Group Meetings
Rainier Avenue Church small groups seek to emulate the life of the early church as described in Acts 2:42. It states that, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
Our small groups are encouraged to find wholeness in Christ through, 1) Studying the word of God; by going through sermon-based discussion questions, Bible studies or reading through books that focus on certain themes of the Bible. 2) Prayer 3) Sharing a meal or snacks 4) Caring; Helping one another 5) Fun and fellowship 6) Serving others; showing compassion and justice.
Open Small Groups, Oct 2015 (click here to sign up!)
- Tim Kniffin / Seward Park/Columbia City / Every other Thursday – 5:30-8PM
- Kongkeo Sayavong / RAC / Every Sunday – 10:50-11:50AM
- Judy Knebel and Phyllis Beggs / RAC Map Room / Every Thursday – 6:30-8:30PM
- Donna Bartholomew / RAC / Date and Time TBD after initial interest meeting
Components of Small Groups at RAC
- All small groups meet at least twice a month during the school year (Sept- June). Depending on the group they can opt to take a break in the summer.
- Open enrollment starts in September/October. Enrollment closes when group is at maximum capacity; this depends on a number of factors i.e.: the host/group leader, the meeting space, the group decision, etc. Connections Pastor keeps a list of groups that are still enrolling. These open groups will appear on the RAC website and on printed flyers at church. You can sign up online or on flyers and a small group leader should get back to you within a week.
- It is normal for newcomers to try out one or two groups before finding the best long-term fit, and there is no stigma in leaving a small group after a quarter to try another group.
- Childcare: each group decides whether to seek out childcare for their group, with some funds from the church available to help. Talk with your small group leader about childcare.
What are RAC Life Groups and how are they different from Small Groups?
Life Groups offer meeting space and fellowship for people in the same season of life or with similar interests. For example:
Ø Young Adult Community at RAC (YAC@RAC)
Ø Crafts group (first Saturday of the month, 10am-5pm)
Ø Women’s lunch (quarterly)
Ø Mom to mom (Wednesdays 9:30am)
Ø Men’s Breakfast (Meets once a month – first Saturday- to do projects around the church)
Ø Bible Quizzing (weekly on Wednesdays)
Ø Seniors Lunch (first Thursday of the month)
For questions or more information on small groups or life groups please contact Pr. Mark Nsimbi
Curious about leading a small group? Click here for leader roles and expectations.