Wesley United Methodist Church
Monday, May 29, 2017

Small Group Ministries

 Remember...Jesus started the Church with a small group.

John Wesley began the Methodist movement with small groups.

A spiritually-growing, relationship building experience awaits you in a Small Group @ Wesley Church.
 
Why small groups?  Because Christian life was not intended to be lived alone.  We were formed by God to be in connection; with God and with one another.   It is in that spirit that Wesley offers small groups starting each September.
 
Even though we each must take our own path, we need the support and strengthening of others to become a more deeply committed Christians.  It is in small groups where persons receive encouragement and challenge to deepen their faith and to live out the calling of all believers to be disciples in the world. 
 
Becoming a disciple takes work. It isn’t something that just happens by spending time in worship or through the wishing of well-intended, good and decent folk.  “Faith without works is dead,” says the Apostle Paul.  Small Groups provide a foundational way for that work to occur.  Without committed disciples, the church cannot fulfill the purpose of being the living Body of Christ for the transformation of the world that Jesus intended. 


 
Sign up online or fill out a form at the church.

Service
Become Christ’s hands in the world.
 
Feed My Sheep: Monthly volunteering at the Not Bread Alone soup kitchen in Amherst, providing food and friendship for those who are lonely, homeless or disenfranchised. Come and help when you can or help us find ways to expand our ministry to the hungry in the local area.
Prison Ministry: Existing group which visits the women’s prison 4-5 times a year and provides a worship service, music, Bible lesson/discussion and personal sharing.
Hadley Elders Ministry: Wesley youth and adults work with UMass students to provide assistance to elders in need in the local community. Includes spring and fall sessions of physical work (yard work, painting, etc.) to help out some folks who aren’t as strong as they once were. Also includes the planning and coordination to make it happen.
Church and Society: The violence, racial tensions, and turmoil in our society seem to be ever present. Do you say to yourself, “I don’t want to be a passive onlooker, but what can I do?” Come meet with topical experts and discuss ways of developing a Christian response.
Ministry to the Wider World: Education of our congregation and fundraising and support to various missions in the world.
 
 
Spiritual Development
Deepen your relationship with God and learn more about our Christian faith.
 
The Daytime Spiritual Journey Group gathers weekly for in-depth discussion and prayer. Discussion centers around a chosen spiritual growth book. A different book is chosen every 8-12 weeks. Examples of books we have studied are: “The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus” by Peter Gomes; “On God’s Side” by Jim Willis; and “Mountains Beyond Mountains” by Tracy Kidder. All welcome.  Daytime group meets Thursdays from 12:30-2:30 PM.
Prayer Group: The Prayer Group shares in a daily devotion and lifts in prayers the joys and concerns of the church, the community and the world. Meets Thursdays at 8:30 AM
Bible Study: Wesley’s Sunday evening Bible Study will resume on Sunday, January 29, 2017 pm,  at 6 PM, meeting for one hour each week. This winter we will be studying the book of Genesis, from the Old Testament. We welcome anyone – from Bible study veterans to those who have no knowledge of the Bible. Also, you don’t need to have attended in the past. So join us as we seek to illuminate our spiritual journeys that we might live more meaningful lives.
Men’s Evening Prayer Group: Will share devotion and study around a chosen book and will lift in prayer the joys and concerns of the group members. Meetings will be held from 7-8 Wednesday evenings at the Ryan home in Amherst.
Healing Ministry: This small group will study principles of Christian healing, including the role of the Holy Spirit, with the goal of strengthening our existing healing prayer ministry. We will study from the book "Anointed to Heal". If you are interested in Christian healing, but don't' know where to begin or are afraid to start, this group may be for you. Meets Thursday evening.
Wesley Book Club: Meet monthly to talk about books that delve into the intersection of faith and life. Last year we read: The Signature of All Things, Wolf Hall, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage, All the Light We Cannot See, Dear Life, Being Mortal, Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People, and Just Mercy. Book Club is a nice way to be exposed to some books that you might not otherwise have read and be able to discuss them with a group of fellow Wesley-ites. All are welcome whether you can come to every meeting or to just one or two. We will be meeting on Monday nights this year.
Youth Group: The youth of the church, grades 7 through 12, meet most weeks after the worship service on Sundays for a mixture of bible study, discussion, service and fellowship.
 
Music
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!
 
Sanctuary Choir: Meets Wednesday evenings at 7:00 and prepares music and sings at nearly every Sunday Morning Worship. Not only are we a musical group, but also a prayer and spiritual growth group. If you love to sing, come join the fun.
Omega Hand Bell Choir: Rehearses Sunday evening and plays for Sunday service once a month. No experience necessary. Jr High through adult welcome. It helps if you can read music, but that is not necessary. Come join us!
Praise Group: Rehearses most Monday evenings at 6 pm and provides music for Sunday service once a month. We need instrumentalists (all kinds) and singers. If you enjoy playing or singing contemporary worship music, this is just the place for you.
Children’s Choir: Open to children ages 4 and up. Rehearsal time is Saturday morning at 10 am. Come join the fun!
 
Fellowship and Learning
Building relationships and learning new skills within a Christian context.
 
Cards and Games: We had so much fun playing card games (spades, cribbage, Euchre, etc.) on the mission trip, we’d like to start a small group to play cards once a month. A great way to get to know folks. Meets the 2nd Friday of the month at 7:00 at 257 Long Plain Road (Craig Charlebois’ home).
Relive a Vacation Group: Do you have fond memories of that favorite trip? Just found your slides or digital images and would like to see them again? Come share your trip with us. Haven’t been on a trip, but like to explore the world anyway? Come and enjoy other folks’ experiences. No audio/visual or speaking experience necessary; we’ll help you out. Meets 7 pm on the third Friday of the month.
Retreat Planning Group: Have you ever wondered how retreats are put together? This group will teach you the nuts and bolts of retreat development with the goal being the planning of a spring retreat. Come join the fun. Time to be decided.
Introduction to Music: Did you ever wonder what all that music notation means? Did you ever wonder what in the world that director is talking about? Would you like to learn to sight-read? This group will meet three or four times and will teach the basics of music theory. We will start right at the beginning. Time to be decided.
Gardening: Beautify the grounds of Wesley. Meet a few times per year at the church to plan, maintain and improve the church gardens.
 
Church Committees
Please come to any of the meetings to learn more about the functioning of the church, even if you’re not officially on the committee.
 
Worship: Plan the worship life of Wesley, including all Sunday and special worship services. Meets the third Monday of the month at 5:15 pm.
Mission: Support to our local and worldwide community.
Education: Plan and provide the Christian education of our youth from pre-K through high school. Meets after the Worship Committee, the third Monday of the month at 6:30 pm.
Hospitality: Provide for coffee hour after worship services plus a few special events throughout the year.
Finance: Plan and administer the stewardship of church financial resources and establish financial policies.
Trustees: Care, supervision and oversight of the buildings and properties owned by Wesley Church.
Staff Parish Relationship Council (SPRC): Encourage, strengthen, nurture, support and respect the pastor and staff and their families, communicate with the congregation and the charge conference regarding personnel matters.
Communications: Organize the communications and outreach support including website, Facebook, newsletter, email.
Nominations and Leadership Development: Reflect on the mission, identify spiritual gifts, recommend, recruit, nurture and support spiritual leaders.
Membership Care and Outreach: Welcoming, supporting and maintaining current members, new members, and visitors. Chair needed!
Church Council: Provide for a program of nurture, outreach and witness in Wesley UMC. Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month, 7 pm.