After our Small Group Leader Training this month, we have had four new small groups launch in our church family this week, and we wanted to tell you a little more about each. It’s exciting to us when believers are getting together to seek God together, mid-week, off-campus, in homes, in our church classrooms — all over the place — and almost every day of the week!
PINE VALLEY PAGOSA: Twice Monthly on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm in Pagosa Springs – First up, last night, our first small group was launched in Pagosa Springs! It’s 45 minutes down the road, but we have several families that make that drive to be a part of our gathering every weekend in Bayfield. We decided that it’s time to start building relationships between those coming from our neighboring town. Todd Shulda, who is hosting the gatherings at his residence, has a background in ministry, training up small group leaders and communities. To start off, their group will be going through “The Truth Project” curriculum.
MOM’S PRAYER GROUP: Thursdays at 6:30 pm at the Cook Residence – This small group is for moms of high schoolers. Your high schooler may have graduated years ago. Or you have a high school student, right now, that you are struggling with and you want to get together with moms who have same struggles. Join us as we lift up our kids in prayer, get some mom’s get-away time, and build friendship in a comfortable small group setting. Kids are welcome!
ALPHA AT PINE VALLEY: now starting a new Sunday morning class, weekly at 8:30 am – We are three weeks into our first Alpha gathering on Wednesday nights, and couldn’t be more pumped about being able to offer this amazing journey on Sunday mornings as well. Alpha is great for new or young believers, long-time believers who just want a fresh, engaging take on some of the foundational elements of the Christian faith, or even those who are not yet believers, that want to learn more. Click over to our Alpha page to watch the promo video. It’s a high quality, engaging series that — no matter where you are with your personal faith — will be an incredible journey!
WORSHIP AND INTERCESSION HOME GROUP: starting mid-February, Fridays from 6:00 to 9:00 pm – Do you ever struggle with discouraging or negative thoughts about your destiny or purpose in life? Did you know you can experience a deeper relationship with your heavenly Father through worship and intercession? As a believer in Jesus Christ, the same Spirit who raised Him from the dead, lives in you and gives you the authority to pray from a place of victory. You can learn how to confidently declare God’s Word over your life. Following a time of intimate worship led by Malinda Spykstra , we will engage in a short period of teaching, and then apply what we learn by allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us in intercession. This group is for adults / high-school and older. No childcare is provided.
Is that exciting?! All in all, Pine Valley is now offering 25 different small groups and classes — with an average class size of 11 (perfect for small groups) — and well over 100 attending a week (263 unique members who have participated since we started tracking last fall).
Have you jumped into a small group community? Take a look at our Small Group Directory and search by location, stage of life (ages), regularity, gender, and other group attributes, like groups offering childcare and/or groups that share a meal.
If you are interested in leading a small group, first, go through our four-week Growth Track Series (available on Sundays and/or Wednesdays), and then fill out our Small Group Leader Application. We’d love to see what kind of ministry God is speaking to you about starting here at Pine Valley!