Small Group Resources

It is in uncertain times like these that our presence with one another offers a renewed sense of peace and comfort. Our already existing small groups will continue to connect virtually. If you are not yet part of a small group, but would like to join one:

Contact Jill Harman: Jill.livingston.harman@gmail.com.

Our virtual doors are open and hearts have plenty of room.

Weekly Small Group Questions

Seven – Waste

By Jen Hatmaker

Week of March 22 – March 28, 2020

Preparing for Your Small Group

Central Question:  What can we “give up” that will help us “give?”

Message Big Idea: Our own weakness reminds us that we need God.

Note to Group LeadersFeel free to skip around if the discussion is going in a different direction, and don’t feel like you need to get through everything!  We will offer extra copies of this sheet in case anyone wants to take it home and continue studying if you don’t get through everything.  You know your group best!

Opening Prayer and Icebreaker:

Open in prayer (either you or you can ask someone from the group)

Icebreaker: None this week!

Discussion

“Togetherness is more powerful than pain. Close connections are the anecdote to sorrow.  We are the anecdote to loneliness.  This is how we will get through this time.  I just know it to be true.” ~Jen Hatmaker

Question:  I imagine we’re all reflecting in different ways from this past week. What have you lost? What have you gained?

Question:  How is that changing how you schedule your day/week?

Question:  Jen Hatmaker says, “Positive support helps us flourish.  Connectedness forges resiliency in our souls.”

How have you seen this come to life lately?  How can we help it continue?

Question:  Just being loved and knowing we belong is powerful fuel for a purposeful existence.  This is not small, this is truly powerful.

Pastor Bill mentioned 3 ways to stay connected and help right now.

  1. Blood Drive (Held on March 30th)
  2. Calling Tree (Supply Runs and Phone calls)
  3. Small Groups (That’s YOU!)

What are some other ways to stay connected and be the “powerful fuel” for someone else?

Scripture:  1 Peter 3:8-12

This is taken from Eugene Peterson’s “The Message”.  It’s an interesting thought experiment to read this translation.  Really take some time to read this.  Stop as words or phrases that jump out to you and write them down.  What do you notice about this passage that you may not have noticed before if you have read it before?

“Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble.  That goes for all of you, no exceptions.  No retaliation.  No sharp-tongued sarcasm.  Instead, bless-that’s your job.  To bless.  You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.

Whoever wants to embrace life and see the day fill up with good,

Here’s what you do:

Say nothing evil or hurtful;

Snub evil and cultivate good;

run after peace for al you’re worth.

God looks on all this with

approval,

listening and responding well to

what he’s asked;

But he turns his back

on those who do evil things.”

Question:  How can we not “waste” our words?  Meaning, how can we speak sensibly in what feels like chaos right now?  

Question:  What are some ways you can reduce the waste in our lives right now? (I.e. Reduce anxiety, Reduce fear, Reduce idleness, Reduce anger, Reduce frustration)

Question:  It is our job right now to bless. What does that mean to you?

P.S. Check out Jen Hatmaker’s *new* podcast that she created just for help in the midst of Covid-19.  It’s called “Quarantine Queens” and is available wherever you get your podcasts!

The Closing Prayer

The Paradoxical Commandments 

(This version credited to Mother Teresa)

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.  Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.  Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  Create anyway.

If you find serenity, and happiness, some may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten.  Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.  Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.