This step is ultimately for you. We desire for everyone who comes to Stone Ridge to not only participate in large group environments (e.g. the Sunday morning gathering) but also to be actively involved in smaller (community) groups. Relationships are a priority at Stone Ridge, and though relationships can be messy, we believe small groups can offer the benefits of: authentic community, encouragement, accountability, connection and fun. Ultimately, we believe sustaining life change occurs through small groups.
You will have the opportunity to do the following:
1. Study the Bible together and be able to ask questions.
2. Develop deeper friendships with other people who will walk beside you on your journey.
3. Find some answers and support regarding the needs in your life through group prayer.
4. Demonstrate the New Testament example of community. Early followers of Christ gathered in homes, shared meals, read the Word, prayed, worshiped and helped one another. (Acts 2:42-47, 5:42)
5. Serve others by bearing their burdens, meeting their needs and stepping out beyond your own issues.
6. Move from simply being a spectator to being a participant.
When do small groups meet?
Each small group decides when and where it wants to meet. We can help you find groups that are meeting on a particular night or in a certain area of town and connect you with them.
How many people are in a small group and how long does it last?
Typically a small group consists of 8 to 12 individuals who have committed to meet for 12-18 months.
How do I join a small group?
Fill out a yellow small group card at the Information Center and either drop in the offering basket or leave it with the volunteers at the Information Center.