Small Groups and Studies

God designed each one of us for community.  This means that we will not grow and experience the fullness of the Christian life outside of helping and being helped by others in the church.  The way that we do this at Grace is through our small groups.  Below you will find a few of the small groups that are continuing to meet during the winter.  These groups represent the heart of our church and we invite you to sign up and discover the joy of connecting with others and the power of God for a transformed life.  Below the description small group opportunities are the answers to some of the most common questions that people ask. 

MOm’s Connection:  Wednesday evenings 6:30-8:00pm

Motherhood is not meant to be experienced alone! Mothers of ALL ages are welcome to join this group and its exciting upcoming events to find and share encouragement and advice in this life-long adventure. Mom’s of ALL ages are invited to gather weekly for learning, laughter, and fun.  This year we’ll be studying the book “No More Ordinary” by Carol McLeod

When:  Wednesday Nights from 6:30 PM–8:00 PM.   (Optional Play Dates are planned for 10:00 AM on January 11, February 8, April 1, May 11 and May 25) Special, fun events will also be held throughout the year.  Cost:  $10 to cover the cost of the book.   FREE childcare will be provided. Click HERE to sign up.

 

Men’s Huddle  Thursday, December 20 at 6:30 pm – Fort Smith Brewing Co.  (Men Only)

Guys, are you ready for some male bonding time or a way out of Christmas shopping and wrapping?

Come hang out with some guys from Grace and connect with some other men in a casual environment. No study, no plans….just come and enjoy a good time with some friends! Sign up HERE so that we reserve you a chair at the table.

FIGHT CLUB for MEN , Saturday, January 5 at 8:00pm

It is no secret that the disappearance of men is a cultural epidemic affecting our homes, schools, workplaces, and churches.  Fight Club is a 12 week journey for men, designed by men, to reach men.  Men are challenged each week in four areas of their lives:  spiritually, relationally, intellectually, and physically. The goal of Fight Club is to AWAKEN Christian men from mediocrity, STRENGTHEN them emotionally, intellectually, physically, and spiritually, RESURRECT true masculine community, and MOBILIZE men for maximum impact in their families, churches, and communities. The journey begins on Saturday night, January 5, at 8:00pm.  We will gather around a bonfire at Grace. Cost is $25. Sign up HERE to join us for the journey!

Disciple 1 – Fast Track Part 2 , begins January 6 (Sunday mornings 10:45am-12:00pm)

Disciple 1-Fast Track Part 2 is a comprehensive overview and study of the New Testament. This NEW 12 week study has been streamlined from the original study to help it blend with our busy lives. Part 1 of Disciple 1 is not required in order to participate in this class. Disciple 1 Part 1 will be offered again in the fall of 2019. Time commitment is an average of 20-25 minutes per day. Cost for the study manual is $16. Mary Carter and Doc Acklin will be leading this class. Click HERE to sign up.

Emotional Healing: Grief, Sadness and guilt Begins January 9 (Wednesday mornings 10:00-11:30am) for women only

Say “Goodbye” to Unhealthy Emotions and “Hello” to True Peace. This study is for those who want to experience the “peace of God which surpasses all comprehension” and be set free from emotional bondage. Whether you have experienced traumatic events in your life or just normal life experiences that have left some emotional scars, the Lord wants you to be set free. Using the biblical, prayer-based program designed by Dr. Jim Gardner, Joanne Craig will lead this 6-week class on healing from past or presents hurts that can produce various emotional struggles. Click HERE to sign up.

divorce care  begins january 13 (sunday evenings 5:00-7:00pm)

DivorceCare is a support group that will meet every Sunday evening, January 13 – April 14, 2019. The program is non-denominational and features practical information and biblical teaching for recovering from divorce or separation.  You’ll find it to be a warm, caring environment and will come to see your group as an “oasis” in an otherwise difficult season of your life. Click HERE to sign up.

Registration fee:  $15 (scholarships available)

Contact: John & Brenda Hook (479)783-5672

Free childcare will be provided

Value-Packed Parenting  Begins January 16 (wednesday evenings 6:00-7:00pm)

Value-Packed Parenting, from well-known Christian psychologist Dr. Kevin Leman, is a small group study for parents on raising kids in a pleasure-driven society that focuses on ME, Me, me.  This 7 week class is designed to encourage parents to build healthy relationships with their children and at the same time help them understand that they are not alone in the challenges they face. Parents will find biblically sound guidance on a variety of topics that are dealt with every day. Led by Steve & Erin DeLassus.  Click HERE to sign up.

Experiencing God   begins January 16 (wednesday evenings 6:00-8:00pm)

Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God is a 13-week course that guides learners to experience the kind of relationship with God through which you come to know and do His will. Through examination of biblical and contemporary illustrations, participants will understand and apply seven realities of experiencing God. Join us for this class if you are wanting to develop a true relationship with the Creator. This class will meet weekly from January 16 – April 18. Cost of the workbook is $20. Leader is Doc Acklin. Click HERE to sign up.

isaiah study  Begins january 20 (sunday evenings 5:30-7:00pm)

Often named “the fifth gospel,” the book of Isaiah has more to say about Israel’s coming Messiah than any other Old Testament book. In The Epic of Eden: Isaiah, Dr. Sandra Richter takes participants back to the eighth century BCE. This eight-week study explains Israel’s religion and economy, explores the definition and role of the prophets, and helps us to apply the message of this great champion of the faith to our lives today. Join us as we share a meal together, watch a video, and have discussion time around tables. Cost of the meal will be $5 per person. Click HERE to sign up.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is there childcare available?  Yes, free childcare is available for both the Sunday night and Wednesday night classes.

Where will these classes meet?  Most of the classes will meet at the church.

Why is there a cost for some of the classes?  Some of the classes require a book or a workbook.  The cost of the class simply covers the cost of the book or workbook.  Some of the classes are subsidized by the church to make it as affordable as possible.  We don’t ever want finances to be a limiting factor for anyone.  If you need financial assistance, simply contact pastor Jeff at jeff@gracefs.com and we will make sure that you have all the resources necessary for the class.