Grow Groups

A Grow Group is a group 3 to 15 people who commit to four practices to grow in Christ:
authenticity, care, spiritual growth, and engagement in real-world issues.

What is a Grow Group?

Grow Groups are small groups of 3-15 people who come together on a regular schedule to

  • Grow in Christ
  • Grow in community and support of one another
  • Support one another in prayer and missions to serve others

Faith comes to life in groups like these. Jesus had a small group of twelve. For three years, they were accountable to each other, they learned Jesus’ way together, and they learned how to engaged the world with their faith. John Wesley helped birth a Jesus movement, the Methodist movement, the lifeblood of which was small communities who cared for each other, grew together, and engaged their neighbors and world together. Faith comes to life when a small group of people committed to authenticity, care, spiritual disciplines and real-world engagement together. In Grow Groups, church happens. Faith becomes real beyond Sunday mornings.

Currently, there are 8 active Grow Groups meeting. Some meet in homes and some meet at the church. Are you interested in being a part of a Grow Group? Are you looking for common ground with others who are married, divorced, single, widowed, parenting small children, empty nesting, caring for elderly parents, your age? If there isn’t a current group for you, please prayerfully consider helping form and lead a new Grow Group.

Encouragement Groups

These groups build each other up, push each other forward, and send each other out into the world through shared life circumstances. Our Encouragement Groups are for those dealing with care of aging parents and for those who have been widowed.

Widows Encouragement Group

Meeting 1-2x’s per month, dates vary
Next: 4/27, 5/11, 5/25  | 6:00-7:00 PM | Room G/H 

As a branch off from last year’s Grief Group, we have launched a new encouragement group for those who have been widowed. Whether widowed recently or a long time ago, this group is a chance to find a listening ear through shared experiences–remembering anniversaries, unexpected griefs and joys, and all the new practicalities that one experiences in widowhood. Questions? See Meridith Anderson or email Jennifer Cloud-Buckner at grow@stmarkscarmel.org.

 

 

Caregiver Encouragement Groups

Meets one Wednesday monthly |  6:30 PM | Next: 5/4, 6/1, 7/6, 8/3

Led by Becky Mills

Meets one Sunday monthly |  9:45 AM | Next: 5/15

Led by Susan Jacques

No matter the stage — you are directly caring for aging parent(s), they are at home and nearing transitions, they are in a facility, or your parents have recently passed — these groups encourage one another through the emotional and practical challenges of dealing with the care and grief of aging parents.

 

We can help find a small group that works for you.

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If you are interested in joining or starting a Grow Group or have any questions, please contact Jennifer Cloud-Buckner.

Support Groups

AA groups

“Boiled Owl” meets Sunday Evenings at 8 PM 
Room B/C | Enter Door 2

“If Dogs Could Talk” meets Thursdays at Noon
Room G/H | Enter Door 2

Alanon

“New Life” meets Wednesdays at Noon
Room G/H | Enter Door 2

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