“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
We believe it is important that we are continuously growing in our relationship with the Lord as well as in relationships with one another. Small groups meet regularly to study the Bible, pray for one another, and offer opportunities to build lasting relationships.
- Eat Together – There’s something special about sharing a meal together
- Study Together – Engaging in discussions of scripture and its application
- Share Together – Building friendships and sharing in one another’s lives
- Pray Together – Talking to God on behalf of those in and outside the group
- Serve Together – Contributing our part to those in and outside the group
- Play Together – Group should be getting together frequently for social events
- Multiply Together – Adding people and developing new leaders to start new groups
It’s far too easy for us to stay on the surface in our relationships. Being real and honest with others is often messy and painful, so it requires being intentional. But growth happens when we choose to engage, to ask the hard questions, to give authentic answers, and to let others into our lives.
Community that is focused on Christ and intentionally opening God’s Word together will be a place that is shaped by God’s Word, focused on helping one another become more Christ-like, and rooted in biblical truth.
The more richly that groups engage with each other, the more they will need to be Christ-centered and focused on the Word. As groups grow closer, leaders and group members should ask questions about one another’s hearts, relationships, or backgrounds that don’t normally come up in a surface-level social group. This depth leads us to the beautiful reality of seeing our need for Jesus individually and collectively.
Biblical community is about living life together and being committed to walk through the good times and the hard times with one another—not just during the group meetings, but all throughout the week. This might mean meeting for dinner together, a group outing, an email or text to connect during the week, or being prompted by the Spirit to pray for and encourage a group member.
Our Home Groups exist to provide a safe environment where authentic community might develop and spiritual transformation might occur.
Group members covenant to meet regularly and discuss the sermon-based application questions provided weekly. Then the group takes requests and prays for one another. Group members pray for one another throughout the week.
These groups are about life more than doctrine, doing more than hearing, application more than education.
“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers” (1 Timothy 4:16)
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22).
Relationship: Relationships are God’s catalyst for spiritual transformation (Heb. 10:24; Prov. 27:17).
Realness: Openness and transparency are essential to spiritual transformation. The groups will model Jesus who did not come to condemn us in our sins but to save us from them (cf. Jn. 3:17; Gal. 6:1-2; 1Jn 1:7-9).
Respect: What happens in the group, stays in the group. During group meetings, members should never say anything that puts down or embarrasses their spouses or other members of the group (Eph. 4:29). This needs to be safe place where God can do spiritual surgery.
Responsibility: We are accountable for one another. Spiritual transformation can be hard, messy and dangerous but we’re in this together. I’ve got your back. Leave no one will behind (Matthew 18:15-17; 1Cor. 12:21-27; Gal. 6:1-2; James 5:16,18-19).
Most groups plan to meet 2nd and 4th Sundays. Please connect with one of the home group contacts listed below for schedules and further details.
Camden – 4:00 pm potluck & childcare, kid-friendly, early meeting for early bedtimes
Location: meets at 15 Knowlton Street, Camden
Contact: Adam & Leah Kohlstrom, 236-4766
Camden – 5:00 pm-7:00 pm potluck and study
Location: Camden (rotating)
Contact: Dan & Candy Smiley, 508-877-7953
Camden – 6:00 pm-8:00 pm potluck & Bible study
Location: 39 Curtis Avenue
Contact: Brain Vanden Brink, 596-1446
For general questions about home groups, please contact Dan & Candy Smiley, 508-877-7953, email@example.com
OTHER SMALL GROUPS…
The Saturday Morning Men’s Group.
Every Saturday Morning, 7:00 am -9:00 am, meets second floor of the church building in the Teen Room. An informal time of fellowship and prayer where we encourage each other in our walk with Christ and with each other; ALL are welcome who desire to grow in their Christian faith and as Christian men. (High school class room, 2nd floor) For more information contact Brian Vanden Brink.
Music Discovery Group
Music Discovery Group exists to meet people where they are musically and spiritually and to help them take steps forward in their musicianship and in their walk with God. We are an inter-generational instrumental and vocal ensemble that meets monthly to practice for leading music in the morning service. Youth with a year of experience up to adults who play or used to play come together for musical and spiritual encouragement. If interested, please contact Esther McKay at firstname.lastname@example.org
OWLS (Older, Wiser, Loving Servants)
For our youth ages 60 and over. We meet every first Wednesday of the month and devote time in fellowship, prayer, and some singing. Many meetings happen here at CSBC and some are spent exploring mid-coast Maine by visiting the many museums, historical venues or just some of the vast desserts and dining settings in our area. Each month is always something new and exciting. Any questions please contact Jerry Gabriele: email@example.com | 236-4039
Ladies Mission Circle
A group of faithful women who meet on the second Wednesday of the month from 9:30am to 1:30pm Our primary focus is on making articles for nursing homes. We have also provided for needs for the Hospitality House, Care Net, our college students, needy families at Christmas, and a card ministry to our shut-ins and missionaries. In the morning we have a work session, eat lunch together at noon, and have a short business meeting and prayer meeting for the requests of our missionaries, and a devotional after lunch. This is all accompanied by much fellowship, laughter and fun. All ladies of the church are invited to join us; curious please contact Priscilla Siegel 236-6735