The early church provided a blueprint for growing in our faith: gathering together as a community for worship, prayer, communion, radical hospitality, and study. In Acts 2:42-47 we see this lived out on a personal level. Early believers engaged in life together eating, learning, celebrating, proclaiming the Good News, and supporting each other.  As a result, the church was born and flourished.
Christian community was a place where believers loved, forgave, served, bore burdens, encouraged, exhorted, prayed, equipped, spoke truth in love, confessed sins, and treated each other as fellow members of the body of Christ.
God never intended us to live this Christian life alone. Nor did He intend us to meet just once a week in corporate worship.  He’s called us to live and love in relationship with others, where iron sharpens iron.  This is why small groups are an integral part of the Christian walk — we do not just “do” church, but we start “being” the church.
For further information on participating in a small group, please contact the small group leaders below or contact the church office. Some small groups are on-going “life groups” and others are designed around specific topics and timeframes.
Day:        ON HIATUS    
Time:       TBA
Location: TBA
Contact:  802-779-5191
This is an ongoing “life group” where strong relationships are established and nurtured over time.  The group is currently on hiatus but we’ll notify you when it starts up again.
Day:          Fridays
Time:        6:30 PM
Location: Fellowship Hall
Paul & Olivia Teja 802-489-0088
by Francis Chan 
    Kim McGee and Jamie Falco will be leading a ten-week study of Francis Chan’s “Crazy Love”.
“Have you ever wondered if we’re missing it? It’s crazy, if you think about it. The God of the universe–the Creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E-minor–loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response?  We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss.                                       
We all know something’s wrong.  Does something deep inside your heart long to break free from the status quo? Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical, solutions? God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn’t working harder at a list of do’s and don’ts–it’s falling in love with God.  Because when you’re wildly in love with someone it changes everything.” This is a great follow-up to “The Christian Atheist”.
Hope to see you there!
Dessert at 6:30 pm and discussion starts at 7:00 pm.  
Day:        Wednesdays
Time:      10:30 AM
Location: Pat Falco’s,
  490 Campbell Road
                Center Rutland, Vermont         
Contact:  802-775-5358
Current topic: Women of the Bible
We spend time studying the Word or a DVD/book discussion series. We also pray for each other & pressing issues facing us and the community, Come, grow closer to God as we build relationships with each other. You are important to God, your families, this church and your community..
Everything has a starting point–your life, your relationships, your education, your career. Faith has a starting point as well.
An 8-week small group conversation about faith — for those who have just started this walk of faith — or those who were part of a church but walked away and are now just coming back — or for those who have no faith background but are seeking to learn more about God, the Bible, the church, and faith.  This is a place to ask the hard questions you didn’t dare ask elsewhere.  
The first of a three-part discipleship/faith series of discussion groups.
Contact the church office for the next available start date.
Imagaine how different your life would be if you had absolute confidence that God was with you. Imagine how differently you would respond to difficulties, temptations, and even good things if you knew with certainty that God was in all of it and was planning to leverage it for good.  
This 6-week discussion group is a follow-up to StartingPoint.  In StartingPoint we learn what faith is.  In Five Things, we learn how God grows that faith through practical teaching, providential relationships, private disciplines, personal ministry, and pivotal circumstances.
Contact the church office for the next available date.
The words used to describe Christians today often bear no resemblance to what Jesus wanted His followers to be known for.
In this study we learn:
What one word should be descriptive of every Christian.
How Jesus followers should treat those who are outside the faith.
Why people love Jesus but can’t stand His followers.
This 8-week series is the third in our discipleship/faith series of discussion groups.   In StartingPoint we learn what faith is. In Five Things, we learn how God grows that faith. And in Christian, we learn how to live out that faith.
Contact the church office for the next available date.