There are many smaller groups within the church to help you get acquainted with people and become connected within the church. Besides Adult Bible Study, we have two Affinity Groups, the Fix-it Crew, Swift Ladies Lunch group, and Mens’ Lunch Bunch. New people are always welcome. Try one, or several, to see which ones work for you.
The Church organizes dinner groups for those who indicate an interest. These groups of eight usually meet four times during the year, with each couple sharing responsibility for providing a portion of the meal. The goal is to provide an opportunity to get to know one another better through the sharing of food and conversation.
Affinity Groups are a yearlong venture, however joining an Affinity Group is not a binding decision. We expect people to come and go as their calendars require. Last season, two Affinity Groups were reading Barbara Brown Taylor’s Learning to Walk in the Dark about how in times of darkness — actual and metaphorical — we come to see the world and feel God’s presence in new ways. A new season began in October 2015, and we are learning and growing together in our faith journey.
This womens’ group meets the second Thursday of every month at 12:15 PM at the Swift House Inn. The cost for the luncheon is $12 per person; all are welcome. Contact Pat Chase (382-9325) to make a reservation.
This mens’ group meets the third Thursday of every month at 12:00 PM at Rosie’s Restaurant. New “members” are always welcome. Cost of the luncheon depends on what you order. To make a reservation contact Mal Chase (382-9325).
The Fix-it Crew is a volunteer group of men and women that meets the first Thursday of each month to keep the Church and Charter House in working order. The group meets at 9:00 a.m. to go over what needs to be done in each building, and then divides into groups to accomplish the tasks at hand. After a few hours of fellowship and work, the tasks are completed and some go to the Community Lunch for a well-deserved meal.
Our Prayer Circle meets at 1:15 pm on the third Wednesday of each month in the upstairs conference room at Charter House. While there are a dozen of us on the Circle’s email list, usually four or five people come to the monthly meeting; some prefer to just receive the monthly, updated prayer list of names. Our gatherings are very informal and last about 45 minutes. After the candle is lit, we begin with a sharing and check-in, then proceed to name people we want included in prayers. This is followed by a quiet time for meditation and prayer, and finally we close with a song, hymn, or psalm.
We want you to know that all are welcome to join us in a meeting at any time, and all are welcome to contact Joyce Foster if you wish to submit a confidential prayer request.