EPWORTH UMC

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SATURDAY . OCT 5

Why Small Groups are a Big Deal

While "small groups" has become a bit of a buzzword in Christian communities, they have been a vital part for many churches who seek to foster discipleship and nurture spiritual growth. 


Ed Stetzer, Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center, offers these four reasons why small groups are vital to a church's health ...


1. Personal Discovery

First, personal discovery happens in small groups better than large groups for a number of reasons. You can learn, ask questions, involve yourself in the lives of others, and generally make yourself vulnerable among other people who are doing the same in small groups.

You just can’t do that in sermons. There is no conversation, no feedback, and no questions. There’s no room to challenge the preacher or even question any part of what’s being taught. Spiritual growth happens better with others, in community, with open lines of communication and freedom to speak into one another’s lives.


2. Smaller Communities Are More Effective

Second and closely related to the first, smaller communities act more like, well, communities. That may seem like a given, but the bigger the group is, the less like community it feels. The kind of community I am advocating requires a level of intimacy easily lost as numbers grow.

You simply cannot know everyone beyond a certain point, and you certainly will not open up about your struggles and sins in a large group of people you don’t know.


3. Deeper Friendships

With that in mind, the third factor is that small groups deliver deeper friendships that double as accountability. When people know you, really know you, your life becomes far more transparent, including your sin.

Others learn to read you and will call you out for those sins, creating opportunities to deal with real life difficulties as they surface. This is part of what we should expect from good friends.


4. Maximum Participation

Finally, small groups deliver maximum participation. There are opportunities to discuss the issues with others in the church. Church life issues can be discussed openly among trusted friends.

Mission can be planned out and participated in together. Lives are sharpened and leaders developed. Small groups are an absolute necessity for involving as many people as possible in the life and ministry of your church.



Epworth's Small Group Expo

Epworth will host a small group expo and ministry fair on Saturday, October 5 beginning at 9:30am in the Widenhouse building.


Details are still forthcoming but we hope you'll plan to stop by and take time to learn about the small groups being offered and ask lots of questions.


For more info contact Pastor Sonny at 

sreavis@wnccumc.net

Small Group Article by Ed Stetzer

Worship with us ...

More than just Sundays

THE FLOCK PRE-SCHOOL

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The Flock Preschool is a Christian pre-school supported by Epworth UMC. Our preschool provides a safe learning environment for children 1 - 4 years old. We also offer a transitional kindergarten (TK) program for children who are not quite ready for kindergarten.


Contact Teresa Gray

epworthchildren@epworthnc.com

EPWORTH HOT DOGS

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Epworth has been serving hot dogs in our community since 1946 and we are still going strong. Come see us on Thursdays (August - June) between 9:30am-2pm. We also offer FREE delivery!


FOR DELIVERY CALL:

704.786.5500

(Thursdays only)


SOS (SERVING ON SATURDAY)

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SOS (Serving on Saturday) helps out our neighbors who need a hand. We do things like odd jobs, yard work, and a little minor construction. SOS is fueled by Epworth's youth ministry but there is an open invitation to ANYONE who would like to serve. SOS meets the second Saturday of the month at 10am (Sept - April) weather permitting. We are happy to take requests for help if you have a home project.


Contact Jen Hedrick 

 duhsciples@gmail.com

FELLOWSHIP GROUP

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Epworth's Fellowship Group meets the first Saturday of the month for dinner at a local restaurant. It's a perfect opportunity for all ages to come together and share a meal. We'd love to have you join us and invite a guest. Dinner is usually around 6pm;  reservations are made in advance so we'll always have a seat for you! 



Contact Us

Epworth United Methodist Church

1030 Burrage Road Northeast, Concord, North Carolina 28025, United States

704.786.6183