GROW:groups | Fall 2019

The GROW:groups listed below are open to everyone! These groups aren’t about having the right answer to questions, or who looks the smartest or most holy. GROW:groups are casual, conversational, and while the conversations are meaningful and focused, the emphasis is on building relationships among the group, and learning to practice spiritual disciplines together for 10 weeks (ending before Thanksgiving). Read the information below to find the GROW:group option that works best for you!

Fall Weekly GROW:group & GROW:deeper groups are in progress. Check back for mid-semester groups forming soon! You can still sign up for Method to the Madness and Wild Bible Rumpus here (or just show up)!


Weekly GROW:groups – In Progress

Sunday Afternoons with whitney & page

🕒 Time: 12:45-2:30pm (starting September 8)

📍Location: San Francisco Coffee (on Dekalb Ave, quick walk from church)

👶 Childcare: No

ℹ️ Things to know about this group: A free flowing sharing and connecting group that uses inspiration from a “conversation guide” and other books and writings that are inspirational to group members. Our focus will be on personal expression and spiritual growth through discussion and creative expression of personal experiences. This group meets in a not-so-noisy coffee shop, and no purchase is required (although good lunch and snack options are available).

❗Max group size: 10 people. Facilitators: Page Ferris and Whitney Brown. 


Monday Mornings with katie & brooke

🕒 Time: 10:00-11:30am (starting September 9)

📍Location: Paden home, Decatur

👶 Childcare: Yes, for our three little ones and whoever else joins up

ℹ️ Things to know about this group: This group centers around small-group conversation, and how weekly time together can guide us to new or growing relationships and spiritual practices. We'll gather each week over coffee and tea in the living room, opening with time to check in with each other about our weeks and lives. We'll also focus on exploring “listening to God” and paying attention to God both alone and in community.

❗Max group size: 12 people. Facilitators: Katie Paden and Brooke Broadway.


TUESDAY EVENINGS WITH MICHELLE H.

🕒 Time: 7-9pm (starting September 10)

📍Location: Moes & Joes Tavern (on Highland, in Virginia Highlands Village)

👶 Childcare: No

ℹ️ Things to know about this group: This group will center on building relationships through sharing stories and checking in each week with what is happening in our lives, alongside a curriculum that focuses on spiritual disciplines that help us pay attention to the presence of God in our lives. This meets in a tavern, with great food and beverage options, and the environment will be social and conversational.

❗Max group size: 10 people. Facilitator: Michelle Hettmann. 


GROW:deeper groups – In progress

Two group options (The Universal Christ group and The Next Faithful Steps group) will center around discussions of books. You can either find your own copy of these books, or purchase them here and they will be available before the group starts.

TUESDAY EVENINGS WITH KATIE B.

The Universal Christ Book Conversation Group

🕒 Time: Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm (starting September 10)

📍Location: Neighborhood Church (Candler Park)

👶 Childcare: Yes, if needed

ℹ️ Things to know about this group: Some books are worth reading in community! This group will meet for 10 weeks and discuss a couple of chapters each week of The Universal Christ by noted author, speaker, and Franciscan priest Richard Rohr. The conversation will be guided by questions posed by the group, with the aim to explore and understand the impact of the book’s ideas on our own lives. 

So what is The Universal Christ about? From the book’s description: “Drawing on scripture, history, and spiritual practice, Rohr articulates a transformative view of Jesus Christ as a portrait of God’s constant, unfolding work in the world. ‘God loves things by becoming them,’ he writes, and Jesus’s life was meant to declare that humanity has never been separate from God—except by its own negative choice. When we recover this fundamental truth, faith becomes less about proving Jesus was God, and more about learning to recognize the Creator’s presence all around us, and in everyone we meet.”

This group will most likely do a rotating snack schedule, or you are welcome to bring your own dinner if you are coming from work.

💸 Cost: $17 for The Universal Christ (Please let us know if this cost will be a burden or barrier to your participation in this group, because we still want you to be with us!)

❗Max group size: 12 people. Facilitator: Katie Baughmann.


WEDNESDAY EVENINGS WITH ANJIE & TRISHA

The Next Faithful Steps: Exploring the Mystery of God’s Guidance

🕒 Time: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm (starting September 11)

📍Location: Neighborhood Church (Candler Park)

👶 Childcare: Yes, if needed

ℹ️ Things to know about this group: 

dis·cern·ment

noun

1. the ability to judge well.

2. (in Christian contexts) perception in the absence of judgment with a view to obtaining spiritual guidance and understanding.

Maybe you have a big life decision ahead of you. Maybe you're trying to figure out whether or not it's even time to make a big life decision. Or maybe you're new pondering ways to think through the day to day decisions that end up shaping life. You'll be a great part of this group! We will spend 10 weeks diving into ways to do what Parker Palmer calls "listening to your life." We will explore different ways to center God in our listening and decision making and to listen to our own selves. There will be no wrong answers and lots of opportunity for community connection. We will call upon several resources and wise people, but will particularly utilize The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions by Emily P. Freeman and, hopefully, The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna. This group will most likely do a rotating snack schedule, or you are welcome to bring your own dinner if you are coming from work.

💸 Cost: $20 to cover the cost of the books (Please let us know if this cost will be a burden or barrier to your participation in this group, because we still want you to be with us!)

❗Max group size: 15 people. Facilitators: Anjie Woodworth and Trisha Cousino


Super Short Groups/Stand Alone Experiences – you can still sign up for these, or just show up!

two Sunday Afternoons with Andy & Tayler

Method to the Madness! 

🕒 Time: 1-3pm for two Sundays (offered twice: session 1: September 22 & 29; session 2: October 27 & November 3) 

📍Location: Neighborhood Church (Candler Park)

👶 Childcare: Yes, if needed

ℹ️ Things to know about this group: Did you know Neighborhood Church is a United Methodist Church? Cool! So what is a Methodist? These quick two-week groups are designed to be a crash course in Methodism - our history, how we are connected to other Christians, some of our core beliefs, and we’ll even talk about the Method behind Methodism. Bonus: we’ll also discuss some of where United Methodism might be headed in the coming years. 

You are encouraged to pick either session 1 or session 2 - these two sessions will be identical and repeated to allow as many people as possible to participate. Snacks will be provided!

❗Max group size: 150. Facilitators: Andy Woodworth and Tayler Johnson. 


Second Mondays with Andy

Wild Bible Rumpus

🕒 Time: 6:30-8:30pm, Second Monday of the month for Fall 2019 (Sept 9, October 14, November 11, December 9)

📍Location: Neighborhood Church (Candler Park)

👶 Childcare: Yes, if needed

ℹ️ Things to know about this group: Are you interested in exploring Scripture, but don’t want to be involved in intimidating conversations where everyone speaks Hebrew or Greek and already seems to know the right answer? What if faithful people could approach Scripture as a “script” to rehearse, embody, and enact? What if our exploration of scripture was less about arguing over “the right answer” and more an exploration of “Where the Wild Things Are?” We will gather once a month (come every time, or come when you can - each session will stand alone) and use a process of Scripture exploration outlined by Anna Carter Florence in Rehearsing Scripture: Discovering God’s Word in Community. It is going to be a Wild Bible Rumpus!

Snacks will be provided for each session, or you can bring food if you are coming from work.

❗Max group size: 25. Facilitator (and King of the Wild Things): Andy Woodworth