Life was not meant to be lived alone!
Although we are operating in unusual times we are committed to advancing the mission of the church together! We live in a time where we have options to meet in groups other than being in the same room. You can join any of our “virtual” groups or even start your own. Either way, you don’t have to live life alone!
Participate in engaging, interactive Bible studies and discussion.
Establish Christian friendships that will last a lifetime.
Fulfill God’s purpose and share a life that makes a difference in others.
Frequently Asked Questions
How are groups meeting during the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Until the restrictions in place to help fight the spread of the coronavirus are lifted, our groups will meet virtually using platforms such as zoom, google hangouts, facebook messenger, etc. Once the Pandemic is under control most will return to home-based locations with some exceptions.
What is a Small Group?
A typical Small Group is a gathering of 8-16 people who meet weekly (currently online) to share, study, and support one another. Groups discuss both real life and practical faith. An average meeting lasts for an hour and a half (currently 45-75 minutes when meeting online)
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 is to create more environments where people have the opportunity to pursue healthy relationships and spiritual growth.
What is the required commitment?
Joining a Small Group requires a spiritual, relational, and time commitment. The spiritual commitment is to listen to the weekly online message. The relational commitment is to show up or group at the agreed upon time. The time commitment is to meet weekly for anywhere from 6-11 weeks per season depending on the study and the type of group).
Because of that it usually takes about 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.
How do I choose a small group?
To choose a Small Group click on the orange “Find a Group” link above. You will be taken to our “All Groups” page where you can choose between Joining a New Group, Joining a Current Group, or Start a New Group. From there you can browse what’s available and sign up for the group that looks like the best fit, or you can request more info on how to start your own.
Are there groups for Students?
Yes, our Jr. High and High School ministries both offer Virtual small groups online for students. Although the specific groups are not included in this publication, they are critical to our church.
For more information about Junior High or High School groups, please click “Find Your Small Group”, then select “Students” on the dropdown menu or email [email protected] and someone will be in contact with you.