Growing in Groups
Growing requires many different things. Growing toward the fullness of life, Jesus, requires me to grow with others. This involves liturgical worship in our ancient faith (which happens in rows) and in conversation and activities (which happens in circles).
At St. Mark Church, we have seasons of life groups and leisure groups. Life groups are focused on edifying conversations in people’s living rooms or at church. Leisure groups can be any activity you want to do with others.
Why Life Groups?
Life Groups is the Christian Life of Community manifested. Think of The Eight and the Sunday Sermon as the textbook and Life Groups as the Lab; knowledge versus life application.
If we, as a church, concern ourselves with knowledge only and not who we need to connect with, we as individuals or as a group will not grow/change. Many times, we concern ourselves with information download and we don't take community and relationship-based discipleship seriously.
We are all social beings driven by the pressure to conform. The Bible tells us that evil company corrupts good habits; the Bible warns us against fellowship with an ungodly community. We should, therefore, surround ourselves with the right godly community that promotes spiritual growth.
Are Groups For Everyone?
We exist to bring the fullness of Christ to everyone inside and outside of the faith by ministering to people inside and outside of the church. We are invited to grow to become, in every aspect, the mature body of Christ. When we minister and preach the gospel to one another in a close-knit community, there is spiritual growth that changes all of us, individually and as a whole church. That change is what will position us for an outward focus (outside of ourselves) and encourage gospel transformation in the communities inside and outside the church.
What Should I Expect in Life Groups?
"They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer" – Acts 2: 42
Life Groups, in a small classroom, around a dining table, or in a loving room around a fireplace – is where theology taught on pulpits begins to be fleshed out in conversations and actions. It forces up to think more analytically and practically. It challenges us to live theology, equips us to wrestle with it and allows it to change us.
Which Life Group Should I Attend?
For now, all life groups will be discussing the same topics in different locations. Make your selection based on where you are most likely to attend. If driving is your biggest concern and deterrent from going out on weekday evenings, then select the life group closest to your house/work. Commit yourself to where you know you will attend every week.
What If I Attend A Life Group And Later I Wish To Change It?
Life Groups topics/series are 4 to 6 weeks long. Once a round ends, you can attend any Life Group of your choice. However, it is preferred that you eventually select a Life Group where you get plugged in long term to allow for spiritual growth to occur, develop accountability partners and be comfortable sharing life challenges.
If you are interested in regularly participating and growing at St. Mark Church, we ask that you participate in a membership group. Whether you are new to orthodoxy or new to St. Mark Church, all are asked to join a 5 week membership group. In it you will enjoy getting to know other new members and gain an understanding of what it means to be an orthodox Christian and member of the church. Our program is based on the teachings of the early church fathers and the catechism program they developed. Participants will also learn about the church’s mission and vision and spend time discovering their own spiritual gifts.
The fall season of membership group begins Saturday, September 7th
The 5 dates: September 7th, 14th, 21st, October 5th and then October 13th will be held after the Eight that Sunday.
The first 4 sessions will be held at Sandy Springs Christian church at 5:45pm.
ANYONE is welcome to attend the membership group.
Bible Study Group
Looking to get more out of the Bible? Join a three-week Bible Study into the book of II Timothy. This is open to anyone and will be held Saturday evening from 7:30-8:30pm at Sandy Springs Christian Church. No RSVP is needed
The three Saturdays are August 31st, September 7th, September 14th.
Want to try out that new restaurant? Or do a new activity?
Email us or let the connection table know on Sunday of your activity you want to do and then invite others to join! This is a great way to connect with others. Anyone can lead a leisure group!
Married Woman’s Group
This group is enriching, encouraging and supporting married women on their journey to becoming the women we are intended to be. Through building Christ-centered relationships, we want to come along side each other on this journey as married women to enable us to focus on spiritual growth, marriage enrichment, parenting, and women’s health. We want to grow together to become better wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, and Godly women.
Every 2nd Thursday of the month
2215 Perimeter Park Dr. Chamblee, GA 30341
Neighborhood Gate Code: #5607
Contact Sarah Guirguis for details at 678-492-7970
“To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.”