Community Groups are an essential part of GCC's mission.
Each Community Group meets at different times during the week to pray, to listen, and to grow together by learning the Word of God.
Community Group Locations & Times
Community Groups meet every week in three Community Group "Seasons." For 2019-2020, the Fall Season runs for 10 weeks from September 15 - November 17, 2019, the Winter Season runs for 10 weeks from January 12 - March 15, 2020 and the Spring Season runs for 8 weeks from April 19 - June 7, 2020. Those dates are for the beginning of that Community Group week and end the Saturday after that date.
Childcare is handled differently by each group, but typically parents handle childcare on their own.
Contact the group leader to find out more!
Loxley-Smith Community Group: ALL AGES, 6:30-8:30 PM
Contact: Justin & Evaline Loxley-Smith, (248) 391-1168 or email@example.com
Karios Community Group: 18-29 year olds, 6:30-8:30 PM
Contact: Abi Hornung, 248-736-0909 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mack Community Group (GCC Conference Room): Ages 50+, 6:30-8:30 PM
Contact: Les Mack, (248) 909-0149 or email@example.com
Rutledge Community Group: ALL AGES, 5 PM Dinner, 6:30-8:30 PM Study
Contact: Gary Rutledge, (248) 464-9338 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hornung Community Group : ALL AGES, 6:30-8:30 PM
Contact: Dave Hornung, (586) 663-8982 or email@example.com
Yates Community Group: ALL AGES, 5-7 PM
Contact: Josh Yates, (248) 420-6323 or firstname.lastname@example.org
5 Reasons to Join a Community Group
1. You will understand the Bible better
If you’ve ever listened to a Bible teacher or preacher and wanted to stop that person and say, "But what about...?" or "I don’t understand," then a Community Group is for you! Preaching and teaching is one way communication. You listen while the speaker speaks. It’s fine for imparting knowledge but not as effective for personal application as a Community Group. In a Community Group setting, you can ask questions, participate in a discussion of the text, and hear others share insights and illustrations of the truth you are trying to grasp. The Bible must be applied to your own personal situations and that happens best in Community Groups.
2. You will begin to really feel like part of God’s family
Most people who have been a part of a group say the greatest benefit is the close relationships and friendships that develop. They will frequently call each other during the week to share an urgent prayer request or an exciting answer. You’ll discover that your needs and problems are not unique ~ we’re all in the same boat. It helps to know that others are facing the same difficulties, or have lived through them and learned spiritual principles in the process. God never meant for you to go it alone in the Christian life. We really do need each other.
3. Prayer will become more meaningful to you
Many people are hesitant to pray in front of others. In a Community Group, you will learn to participate in prayer by having a conversation together with God. No one is pressured to pray, but as you become comfortable, you’ll be able to pray short prayers and join in. In praying together with a few others, we are drawn together and we find answers to the needs in our lives.
4. You will be able to handle stress and pressure better
Community Groups provide excellent support in times of crisis, change, and stress. You’ll have a sense of stability and security knowing there are people who really care for you and are committed to standing with you.
5. You will deepen your understanding of worship
Many believers mistakenly believe that worship can only happen on Sunday morning in a large group with a sermon, a choir, and an offering plate! Worship happens anytime we focus on God. Sometimes that happens best in a smaller group in praying or singing together.
Community Groups have these five benefits that no believer can afford to pass up. If you’re not participating in a group, why not join one this week?