Monday, December 09, 2013
Let's Journey Together...
Spring 2014 Small Group Options
SHORT-TERM STUDY GROUPS
Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity (3/15)
Based on Rev. Adam Hamilton’s book by the same title, this is an invitation to rediscover the Bible’s wisdom for financial practices. With recent changes in the economy even the most prudent, thoughtful people have found themselves facing a new reality that is not what they planned or hoped for. This course could change your life by changing your relationship with money. Learn about the six basic financial planning principles and more. (Feel free to bring dinner to eat during class, and even stay for Roots Revival afterward)
This 5-week study will meet Wednesdays, January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12 (6:00-7:30pm)
Thad Lewallen, Don Dwiggins, Patsy Dwiggins, facilitators
God's Invitation: Why Worship Matters (2/20)
Have you ever wondered why we do things a certain way in worship? This small group is an introduction to the basic pattern and content of Christian worship in a variety of forms. Why do we follow the order of worship that we do? Why do we sing certain hymns? How do things like location, musical genre, and congregational participation affect the worship experience? We are blessed at Centenary to have a wide range of worship styles at various times, and part of this small group experience will be visits to each of the different services. Beyond simply learning, group members will have opportunities to contribute to worship as we learn about and put into practice writing congregational prayers, reading Scripture, and more. As we focus on the motif of "Reverence" within the broader "Are You Hungry?" theme, we will learn how creating sacred time and space can help us experience God's holiness and find ways to feed our deep hunger for spiritual and relationship nourishment.
This 4-week study meets Sundays, January 26, February 2, 9, 16 (6:00-7:30 pm)
Rev. Sarah Howell and Rev. Jonathan Brake, facilitators
SEMESTER-LONG STUDY GROUPS
The Good & Beautiful God: Falling in Love With the God Jesus Knows
Come discover great insights that inspired our monthly foci during the 2013-2014 congregational theme “Are You Hungry?” What we think we know about God doesn’t always agree with the way Jesus reveals the Father. In this book, author James Bryan Smith presents our prevailing views called “false narratives” and replaces them with “Jesus’ narratives” so that we can live fully as disciples of the one true God. We will discover the truth in Scripture and engage in a process of spiritual formation with activities that make Jesus’ narratives real in body, soul, and mind.
This 9-week study will meet Sundays, January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2 (5:00-6:30pm)
Robert Esleeck, facilitator
Bible Study: The Thirteen Apostles
Twelve Men chosen by Jesus, plus Matthias who replaced Judas, were the original Apostles of the Church. These followers of Jesus left an utterly indelible impact upon the world. J. Ellsworth Kalas has identified the particular characteristic that defines each Apostle and we will learn from them in order to move ourselves a step closer to the Lord who called them, and now also calls us to follow.This 13-week study will meet Wednesdays, January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2 (9:30-11:00am)
Helen Barnhardt, facilitator
YEAR-LONG STUDY GROUP
Bible Study: Koinonia
This is a casual group, no homework or pre-reading prior to class. Come as you are, bring your Bible … all ages welcome! Childcare is available for preschoolers. This study begins:
Thursday, September 13 (9:15-10:30 am)
LENTEN STUDY GROUPS
Change the World: Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus
Lenten Small Groups are now in their 4th year here at Centenary! As part of our “Are You Hungry?” theme this year, we will look at how our church can develop disciples who follow Jesus’ lead, multiply our impact in Winston-Salem and beyond, step out in courage, and direct our time, energy, and giving to work for real change in a hurting world. The curriculum we are using is from Ginghamsburg UMC in Tipp City, OH. This church has been innovative in worship for the hungry in the rust belt while also bringing transformation for Darfur, Sudan and many people in between. Get ready to be inspired and challenged to become the hands and feet of Christ. Lenten Small Groups meet in homes across town weekly for 6 weeks. We are striving to make more opportunities available to you to participate including childcare options for our younger families. Our goal is to have 15 groups this year. A Kickoff Celebration will be held Sunday, February 23 in the Auditorium. For more details and specific registration, go to www.CentenaryOnline.com/Lent.This 6-week study will be offered at various times/days of the week between February 23 and April 4.
Choose your specific day of the week and time on the Lenten Study Registration.
In addition to the Study Groups, we now have Wesley Small Groups. These groups are part of our Innovative Discipleship, a major component of Centenary’s New Vision. We know that Sunday School, Bible Study, and other methods of learning create deeper spiritual hunger. This is the way the Holy Spirit works. John Wesley called it “convincing grace.” Ruth Haley Barton writes, “There are moments in our lives when we cry out inwardly, I don’t care what anyone else says; there has to be more to the Christian life than this!” (Sacred Rhythms, 17).
In our Study Groups, the focus is primarily a curriculum, topic, theological concept, etc. However, Wesley Groups take a different approach. Patterned after the Class Meetings of early Methodism, we focus on our spiritual growth itself. It has been said that the difference can be boiled down to information vs. transformation. Both methods form us. Yet in the Wesley Groups we are steering for the kind of experience that builds disciples who truly follow Jesus, because scripture and Christian teaching is intentionally put into practice in the lives of the participants – individually and together.
Wesley Groups at Centenary meet weekly for 90 minutes and are open for new participants year-round. If you would like to know more, contact Rev. Jonathan Brake at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-397-1334.
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For Information or to Register by phone – Judy Jones (397-1361)
Our Spiritual Formation and Education Ministries are open to ideas and suggestions for future studies and topics. To share your ideas and thoughts, contact Rev. Jonathan Brake at 397-1334 or email@example.com.