Are you ready to experience for yourself why life is better connected?

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Growing in Christ

Participate in engaging, interactive Bible studies and discussion. 

Connecting with friends

Live out your faith and establish Christian friendships that will last a lifetime.

Doing Life Together

Receive and give encouragement and support, as you go through life connected with other Christians.

Life was not meant to be lived alone!

It can be hard to find people you like spending time with who also make you better.  At Sunrise our Small Groups are key to building significant Christian relationships and growing closer to God.

We can help you find a group that’s right for you.

Host Resources

Teaching tools and resources for Small Group Hosts.

Going Deeper

Additional resources to help you grow.

Becoming a Host

Want to host a group? Fill out the host interest form.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Small Group?

A Small Group is a home fellowship made up of 8-16 people who meet weekly to share, study, and support one another.   Groups gather and discuss both real life and practical faith. An average meeting lasts for an hour and a half.

How important are Small Groups?

Here at Sunrise, Small Groups are the hub of our ministry. Sunrise is a church of Small Groups. They’re the place where the real ministry of the church takes place as we study God’s Word while supporting and sharing our lives with one another. We believe that meeting together on a regular basis is time well spent. Our win for Small Groups are to create more environments where people have the opportunity to pursue healthy relationships and spiritual growth.

When and where do Small Groups meet?

The majority of Small Groups meet on various nights of the week in homes throughout the Inland Empire and beyond. Most evening groups meet 7-9 pm. Daytime groups meeting times vary.

How long do Small Groups last?

Each Small Group session lasts 9-11 weeks. At the end of each session, you will have the option of staying in the same group, trying a new group, or even starting your own group. Most groups stay together for 1-2 years.

What is the required commitment?

Joining a Small Group requires a 9-11 week commitment to attend weekly meetings and listen to the weekly message ahead of time (either live or online). Obviously allowances are made for sickness, vacation, work conflicts and other special events, but not much more. The commitment is key to a strong Small Group. Typically it takes three weeks to decide if a group is a good fit for you.

What will we study?

Most of the studies are based on the previous weekend’s message. These “sermon-based” Small Groups are built on a “Lecture-Lab” model.

Imagine the weekend message as a lecture on Christian living, and the Small Group as a lab where you roll up your sleeves and unpack how the weekend’s message works in real life. Each week there will be a discussion guide to help promote interaction between group members.

What about child care?

Small Groups are for adults only (Exceptions can be made for nursing newborns, up to six months). We leave it up to each family to work out their own child care. Sometimes it works best for families to share a sitter or to swap child care with another family whose Small Group meets on a different evening.

How do I choose a group?

When selecting a group, we strongly recommend you choose a group based on the host team and common stage in life, rather than just its location (although location does help). Over the years, we’ve found that groups do best when members share a common stage in life and other interests with their hosts and other group members. In the end, you’ll find it’s worth the drive!

If you have any questions (especially if you are new to Sunrise Church), please don’t hesitate to call the church, and we will gladly assist you. Keep in mind that it might take two or three groups before you find the perfect fit, but don’t worry, you’ll find it!

Are there groups for teenagers?

Yes, our High School and Jr. High ministries both offer small groups for students. Although these groups are not included in this publication, they are very important to our church.

For more information about Junior High or High School groups, please contact our Church Office at (909) 875-5566 or email [email protected]

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