Connection Group Sign Up- OFallon

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Connection Groups (click here)
When do the Fall 2018 groups start?

Fall 2018 groups begin on the week of Sunday, September 30.

 

Why is it called a “small group”?

A small group is a gathering of 5, 8, 10 or maybe 15 people like you, looking to connect with church members and friends, in the comfort of a host home.  This is one important way we do life together, in a protected and spirited gathering around a study or an activity.

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

Small groups foster discipleship and friendship.  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. Friendship breeds most awesomely in this environment.

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 below, decide if the meeting day fits your schedule, and scroll back to the top of the page and fill out the 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 small 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 then a promotional flyer.

What should I expect in my small group?

In a study group, you should find the topic and accompanying material intriguing, challenging, and beneficial for your spiritual growth.  You should experience great camaraderie and a sense of personal devotion from your fellow members and your group leader, who is prepared to help guide you through the material and manage the tempo of the discussions.

What is a group meeting like?  

It’s like being at a home away from home.  A greeting at the door, a snack and chit-chat, a settling into the common area with announcements, a video or audio or note page reading, some Q&A, prayers and praises, tidying up of the snack area and common spaces, and a departure to wrap up a satisfying session of study – a great way to spend 2 hours with your friendly, fellow church mates.

Can I sign up for more than one group?

Yes, if you are intending to attend for a full session (i.e. 3 month period).

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 Connections Director (Tina@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?

For devotional/study-type groups, there may be a cost associated with purchasing participant study guide material that will be used during the course of the small group.  Each Group Leader will provide details on the devotional/study participant specific guide used for that group in advance of the first meeting, this will include some researched pricing at web sites and/or bookstores.

For ING-type groups, the cost is reflective of the expected costs for activities scheduled for the course or a specific meeting of the small group.

What if I have other questions?

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

Skyline O’Fallon Connections Ministry Contact

For questions regarding the Skyline O’Fallon Connections Ministry or Small Groups, please contact:

Tina Leadley
Connections Director
Skyline Church, O’Fallon IL
mobile: 618-980-9974
email: Tina@Skyline.church

2018 Fall Groups are listed below

Groundbreaking evangelism course has helped over 1 million people to share the Gospel. This revised and updated training DVD avoids common mistakes some Christians make when introducing others to Christ. Avoid stereotyped approaches that feel intimidating to your friends with this six-session course. Learn to share your faith in a natural and effective way while being the person God made you to be.
The purpose of the group will be to provide a ministry for participants to make sewing projects for those in need, in a fun and spirit-filled activity.

Covering 10 of the 31 chapters.  “THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD” IS MORE THAN JUST A CLICHÉ. God goes to great lengths to rescue lost and hurting people. That is what The Story is all about: the story of the Bible, God’s great love affair with humanity. Condensed into 31 accessible chapters, The Story sweeps you into the unfolding progression of Bible characters and events from Genesis to Revelation. Using the clear, accessible text of the NIV Bible, it allows the stories, poems, and teachings of the Bible to read like a novel.

Life Lessons with Max Lucado are multi-week studies with each lesson including Reflection questions to begin your study, Bible Reading section with text in both NCV and NKJV, Discovery questions to help you explore the Bible, Inspirational thoughts from the writings of Max Lucado, Response questions for discussion, a prayer, additional questions, and room for journaling.

#Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World.  We all love the benefits of technology, but even with the upsides, many of us suspect there are negative consequences beyond our control. In this timely small-group study, pastor and bestselling author Craig Groeschel shows how we can stay engaged with technology in our social-media saturated world while still keeping our eyes focused on Jesus.

This is a great opportunity to take a different look at Pastor Lance’s messages each week. In these sermon based Connection Groups you will be able to dive a little deeper into the text, discuss the overarching points, and better apply them to your life.
Psalm 107 is a call to worship. It reminds us that each season of life is an opportunity to reveal the anchor of our souls. In this 7-session Bible study, learn to face both storms and deserts with courage and trust in Jesus, and discover how tests in our journeys of faith reveal the true condition of our hearts. For there is no fear for the one who fears the Lord, the one whose soul is anchored in His steadfast love.
Did your childhood dreams involve a beautiful princess (you), a dashing hero, and great adventure? John and Stasi Eldredge share their unique insights on the core desires of women. Invite your friends to join you on a journey of spiritual self-discovery and deep community.
Someone came between Lee and Leslie Strobel, threatening to shipwreck their marriage. No, it wasn’t an old flame. It was Jesus Christ. Leslie’s decision to become a follower of Jesus brought heated opposition from her skeptical husband. They began to experience conflict over a variety of issues, from finances to child-rearing. But over time, Leslie learned how to survive a spiritual mismatch. Today they’re both Christians – and they want you to know that there is hope if you’re a Christian married to a non-believer.
8-session exploration of the Bible’s grand story and where you fit into it. You will be part of a conversational small group environment where you can explore faith and experience community.
Improve your marriage and reduce marital problems with Mark Gungor’s exclusive advice. Mark Gungor, one of the most sought-out speakers on love and marriage, explores the underlying dynamics of male/female relationships, combing striking clarity and practical solutions to common relationship woes. Mark’s humor makes his teaching enjoyable, effective and memorable, helping husbands and wives remember these insights and immediately put them to work.
Curiosity is hardwired in humanity. We have this innate need to question and seek after what we don’t know or understand. In this 6-session Bible study, delve into Scripture to explore how God created us to seek after Him–a God who desires to be found and known. In this lifelong quest of faith, learn to develop your intimacy with Him and embrace the adventure that comes with living a life for God.
We all have relationships that drive us crazy. Whether it’s a boyfriend or girlfriend, spouse, sibling, parent, co-worker, or crazy relative you see once a year at Thanksgiving, a crazy-maker can really make life difficult. This 6-week video study from Rick Warren will help bring sanity to your relationships so you can do more than just coexist. Learn how to connect with the crazy-makers in your life through these six sessions.

Curious about what happens in the booth at the back of the auditorium during service? Wonder how magically the words appear on the screen? Looking for a ministry opportunity that sometimes includes loud music? During T3 the Worship Tech Team will be providing training on the three booth positions, the use of the computer and sound board, providing opportunities to practice those skills, and looking at worship in the Bible. The group will meet on Thursdays and join the Worship Band during rehearsal to learn and practice the skills necessary to support the worship experience at Skyline. Great opportunity to explore this ministry and fellowship with others.

Join us on Saturday mornings for walking, exercise stations, devotionals and scripture readings, and social time with friends at the O’Fallon Sports Park. All ages are welcome. Strollers also welcome. Different groups will accommodate speed walking or light jogging, but no sprinting. This will offer a great cardiovascular workout.
This is a great opportunity to take a different look at Pastor Lance’s messages each week. In these sermon based Connection Groups you will be able to dive a little deeper into the text, discuss the overarching points, and better apply them to your life.