About Community Groups
Just as God is a community of persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), being made in His image means we were made to flourish in community together. In community you can know and be known, love and be loved, and serve and be served. It is an opportunity to enjoy and embody the gospel together. Enjoying community together in smaller groups was a vital strategy for Christ in His own ministry and was a very effective means of strengthening each other and advancing the kingdom in the early church (Acts 2:46-47).
What is a Community Group?
Community Groups are intentional communities designed around three things:
1) Growing in our knowledge and understanding of God’s word, 2) Deepening our relationships with Jesus Christ and each other, and 3) Serving each other and our communities. They meet weekly in homes for a time of fellowship, Bible study, and prayer (Roughly 1.5-2hrs).
Why should I join a Community Group?
Community is not an optional piece of the Christian life, but it is what we were created for and is modeled after the triune nature of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. One of God’s promises throughout the Bible is that He will call a people for himself that they would be “his inheritance” (Ephesians 1:18) If you are united to Jesus Christ by faith, you belong to him and are now made part of the glorious kingdom of which “there will be no end” (Luke 1:33). As part of this kingdom, you are united to other believers, through Christ. Without Christ, there is no Christian community!
When believers gather together, God promises to do extraordinary things through ordinary means - gathering, reading his Word, praying. Community Groups are an invitation to the very thing that we were created for, “Glorifying God and enjoying Him forever” (WSC #1). We need one another to live in light of this reality. Life in Christ is life together.
When do groups begin?
The week of September 10.
Where and when do the Community Groups meet?
Groups meet at church members' homes throughout Oconee County on Sunday and Wednesday nights.
How many people will there be in each group?
We are starting with each group capped at 18 people.
How do I sign up for a group?
Simply go to the Groups tab on the Church Center app on your phone or click the sign up links above.
What is Church Center?
Church Center is Oconee Fellowship's information and communication hub for our community groups (along with many other facets of church life). Please go ahead and download the app to connect with your group. Your Leader/Host will help you navigate this tool if you have questions.
Help! I really want to be in a specific group but it is full.
If a group is full, reach out to the Leader/Host. We’ve intentionally capped groups at 18. Some groups have a little more room than others and may have additional space, yet it is not guaranteed. If all of the groups are full, and there is still a need, we will work to create an extra group.
What do I do with my kids?
Some of the community groups offer childcare; either on-site or at a house nearby. Whether a group is offering childcare or not is listed on the group’s page. Plan to feed your kids before dropping off each week.
Will there be food?
We believe that sharing meals together as believers is important! Most groups will offer meals or some sort of snack option.
What if I have more questions?
If you have any additional questions please email Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Millers (leader) / Viras (host)
Bishop • 5:45-7:45pm
Dinner • No childcare
Bogart • 6:00-7:30pm
Light Dinner • Childcare provided
Williams (leader) / Barrows (host)
Watkinsville • 6:00-8:00pm
Dinner • Childcare provided
Woods (leader) / Smithwicks (host)
Watkinsville • 6:00-7:30pm
Light Dinner • Childcare provided (Joiner's home)
McDaniels/Morses (co-leaders) / Townsends (host)
Bishop • 6:45-8:00pm
Snack • Childcare provided (McDaniel's home)