God created us to live in relationship with Him and with others. Small groups create space for us to care for others and to be cared for. They launch us into learning and growth – all in the context of community. It’s part of our design!

ABOUT THIS STUDY

Have you ever felt confused or guilty about prayer? Have you wondered if it works? Ever asked yourself “Am I doing it right? Are there certain words I should use or not use? Is there a minimum time requirement”?

Beginning March 1, we’re studying one of the most famous and profound prayers – The Lord’s Prayer. Together in small groups and through our Sunday morning sermon series, we’re going to learn how to pray from Jesus himself. This study takes place during Lent, the 40-day period leading up to Easter.

FIND YOUR GROUP

So how do I join a small group? Browse open small groups at the Current Focus Kiosk after services on February 16 + 23. You can also connect with our interim Director of Small Groups, Jenni Miller by filling out the “Joining A Small Group” opportunity at the bottom of this webpage. She’d love to help you find a group that fits for you.

Why small groups?

Small groups allow us to connect with others through a common activity or purpose. They give space for life-giving conversations and relationships. They can be a catalyst to a supportive community, through prayer and the sharing and meeting of practical needs. Small groups allow us to know others and be known.

How often does a small group meet?

Twice a year, Ward provides a curriculum that generally aligns with the church-wide sermon series. During these semester, usually 6-8 weeks long, we encourage groups to meet weekly. Outside of this rhythm, your small group may decide to meet once every other week.

How is childcare handled?

Childcare varies from group to group. Some groups chose to arrange childcare individually, others “pitch in” for a babysitter to supervise all children at the host home. There are many options here, as each group dynamic is different. Together, discuss what works best for your group.

How do I find a group?

We’re here to help! Our interim Small Group Director, Jenni Miller, would like to learn more about your season of life, location and schedule to help you explore groups that may be of most interest to you. Let Jenni know you’re interested by completing the opportunity at the bottom of this webpage. While not everyone will find a perfect fit in the first group they try, the Fall and Spring semesters are great opportunities to try out a short-term group for a set number of weeks.

HOSTING A SMALL GROUP

Being a group host isn’t about being perfect, it’s about serving others by making space for these connections. We’ll give you the tools you need to start a successful small group for the 6-week series, beginning March 1. You can start a group around existing friendships, you can open your home to individuals at Ward looking for a group – or a little bit of both! Contact Jenni at 248.374.5998 or jenni.miller@ward.church with questions or fill out the “Hosting a Small Group” opportunity at the bottom of this webpage to get started.

How do I get the curriculum?

All of our curriculum is accessible online starting March 1. We will have printed booklets available for $5 each at the Current Focus Kiosk on February 23 + March 1.

Is there a host meeting/training?

Training/host meetings are being done individually. If you have any questions before signing up, you can email jenni.miller@ward.church. After signing up, Jenni will contact you to set up a training time.

What are the qualifications?

Someone who is excited to welcome others into their home and help facilitate small group discussion. You don’t need any experience in leading a small group, but a willingness to learn. You just need a tv, a home, and six weeks!

Do I build my own group or do you assign me people?

It’s up to you! You can gather together with an existing group of friends and/or neighbors. If you are excited to host and open to welcoming new faces to join you, we can help! We’ll match you with people who are looking to join a group like yours.

Can I see a sample of the curriculum?

Yes! You can view the 2019 Fall curriculum here. 2020 Spring curriculum on The Lord’s Prayer will be posted online in the upcoming weeks.

OPPORTUNITIES

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