Here at Tates Creek we encourage every one of our members to be involved in 1 hour or worship, 1 hour of group study, and 1 hour of service every week. That 1 hour of group study is best done in a Sunday School class or in one of our Small Groups. Do you ever feel like you’re just not connecting at church? Do you feel like it’s hard to get plugged in? Do you feel like you don’t really know where you fit in this community of Christ-followers? Committing to a Small Group for an extended period of time is a great way to help you get past those feelings. We realize it’s hard to open your life up to people you don’t know very well. But there are many people in our church, including myself, who can witness to the fact that when you do… when you consistently involve yourself in the same small group of believers over the course of a long period of time… those people become your closest friends and they help you to grow in your relationship with the Lord. I can attest to this personally. About a year after we were married, my wife and I began searching for a church. We attended so many, but what kept us at Tates Creek long-term, more than anything else, was getting involved in a Small Group. Church went from being the place we went on Sundays to attend worship, to becoming a tight-knit community that cared for us and needed us to care for them. We felt like we were finally living the way God created us to live. “Bear one another’s burdens…” Galations 6:2 “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other…” James 5:16 “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15 How can we expect to obey those commandments if we’re not deeply connected with some other members of our church? In January we began two new Small Groups. I would encourage you to visit our Small Groups page on our website to see what we have to offer. If a Sunday School class would suit you best, there are many to choose from and committing to one of those is also an excellent way to weave yourself into community with other believers here at the church. You can find those on our website as well.
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