2019 SPRING COMMUNITY GROUPS

This Community Group meets on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 and is following along with the Sunday message through sermon-based curriculum that will help you dive deeper into some key spiritual truths. Childcare available.

This Community Group meets on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 and is following along with the Sunday message through sermon-based curriculum that will help you dive deeper into some key spiritual truths. Childcare available.

This Community Group meets on Sunday evenings at (waiting to find out what time) and is following along with the Sunday message through sermon-based curriculum that will help you dive deeper into some key spiritual truths. Childcare may be available, if needed by group.

ABOUT COMMUNITY GROUPS

We envision Community as a place where people learn together, grow together and serve together.  This is also where caring for one another takes place.  Each group will meet weekly to study the Bible, discuss what they have learned and encourage one another in responding to what they have learned.

Have more questions? Check out our FAQ’s!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Community Groups (click here)
When do the Spring 2019 groups start?

Spring 2019 groups begin on the week of Sunday, January 20th.

Why is it called a “Community Group”?

We need community, people are seeking community as a way to get connected with others, especially authentic community.  Growth takes place in Biblical community where we get to live out real life with one another.

Why are community groups so important in the life of the church?

The church we read about in Scripture lived in incredible, powerful, intimate community. We think they did a great job, and we want to follow their model of meeting together. Spiritual growth occurs when we share our faith journey, exchange life stories, and practice within a close-knit community.  These practices prepare us for an outward focus to step into our mission field.

I’m new to Skyline and/or small groups, how do I find out which groups are available?

Signups take place each January, May, and September.  Groups are also advertised by the way of the Skyline website, printed flyers, Skyline social media, in video promotions during Sunday services and at the Next Steps desk and word-of-mouth.  The next person you encounter on Sunday may be the person sitting next to you in a future small group – stop and introduce yourself NOW.

How do I sign up for a group?

Look over the variety of groups and descriptions and decide if the meeting day fits your schedule, then fill out the sign up form.  Select the name of the group you want to attend and hit SUBMIT. We’ll take it from there and provide you with an email describing more details about the group. Or if you prefer, you can stop by the Next Steps desk, chat with the staff, and sign up there.

Can I bring a friend to a group meeting?  

Yes, in fact we absolutely encourage you to do so.  Please be sure that there is a signup action taken, either by the friend or by you on the friend’s behalf.  If you are considering doing this after the group has begun meeting, check with the group leader.

Are Skyline groups open to folks that are unchurched or do not attend Skyline?

Yes.  We strongly encourage you to reach out to your friends, relatives, co-workers, neighbors, etc. and let them know about Skyline Community Groups that may interest them.  In-person invitations are the most effective, but you can also send them a note with the church web site address or give them a promotional flyer.

What should I expect in my Community Group?

We envision Community as a place where people learn together, grow together and serve together.  This is also where caring for one another takes place.  Each group will meet weekly to study the Bible, discuss what they have learned and encourage one another in responding to what they have learned.

What is a group meeting like?  

There is time for greetings and introductions to make sure everyone feels welcome and comfortable. The host will introduce and lead the group in the discussion topic chosen.  All of our groups are studying the same material. Everyone in the group is given the opportunity to share, ask questions and participate in heart-to-heart discussion around the theme.  You are encouraged to participate but are also welcome to just listen.

Can I sign up for more than one group?

Yes, but the groups are all studying the same material so if you don’t mind a repeat…

What if I need childcare?

The group details will indicate if childcare is or is NOT offered in the group.  Should childcare be offered, you would bring your child or children to the group meeting, and mature supervisors would provide activities for them, in a separate space in the host home.  You can indicate your kids’ ages in the signup form. After the group leader responds to you by email, acknowledging your signup, you can reply to indicate if there are special needs involved.  Or, you can email the Community Group Coordinator (annie@skyline.church) with any childcare concern prior to signing up. Typically, the participants requiring childcare would contribute an agreed dollar amount to offset the cost of providing childcare.

Are there a set of rules in every group or activity?

Yes.  Examples are: sharing personal experiences, being polite and respectful, and turning cell phone ringers off.  Since groups foster an air of protective intimacy, all discussions and disclosures of a personal nature must be maintained private within the group.

Do you have to pay a “fee” to attend a Small Group?

There is no fee to attend and our study materials are provided by the church.  The only fees incurred would be if you need childcare.

What if I have other questions?

Please reach out to Annie Warren with any questions not covered here.  Her contact information is provided to the right of this FAQ. If your question is one that may be of general interest, we may add it to the future FAQ section.

COMMUNITY GROUP CONTACT

For questions regarding the Skyline Bethalto Community Groups, please contact:

Annie Warren
Community Group Director
Skyline Church, Bethalto IL
email: annie@skyline.church