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.
I see that the group listing indicates multiple days, which specific does that mean?
When you are signing up for a group indicating multiple days, you are asked to identify all days/times that you would be available to attend the group. This is a new process that caters to choosing a day that accommodates the most signups and gets more people into connection groups. In some of the ING activities, there may be multiple days on which the group meets, and you can choose which one you prefer to attend.
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 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.
Costs are listed for each group, what do they signify?
For study-type groups, the price range reflects an average cost for study guide material that will be used in the course of the small group. The range of cost does not include shipping but is generally the price for a study guide and any required textbook. The cheaper eBook options are generally reflected by the lower figure. Each Group Leader will provide details on the study 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 the Connections Director or the Connections Coordinator with any questions not covered here. Their 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 Contacts
For questions regarding the Skyline O’Fallon Connections Ministry or Small Groups, please contact Tina or Tom
Skyline Church, O’Fallon IL
Skyline Church, O’Fallon IL
Fall 2018 groups are listed below
Updates and more groups to be added in coming days
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