Life Groups – Life is better Together

 Sign Up Now for Winter/Spring 2020 Life Groups!

Our goal is for each person at Generations Community Church to be involved in a life group. What is a life group? It’s a group of people who come together on a regular basis for a common purpose.

So why should you be part of one? God designed us for relationship with others and to encourage, challenge, and care for one another – and to invite new people in to learn about and truly come to know Him. We also need each other to grow in Christ, build fellowship in the Spirit, and be God’s church to those around us.

Real relationships are built out of shared experiences: meals together, conversations, adventures, serving others together, being there for each other when a need arises and creating memories together. As we follow Christ together, friendships emerge. And as we invite people from outside of our church to join us, they can see the love of Christ at work in us.

At our church, we have different kinds of life groups:

  • Study: The emphasis of these groups is on studying the Bible and prayer
  • Fellowship: The emphasis of these groups is  to have people connect around life, such as a dinner gathering, planned outings, or family days.
  • Activity: Such groups connect through activity, such as outdoor excursions, prayer groups or being on a worship team, and may be larger than other life groups.
  • Service: These groups are built around volunteerism in the community.

Life groups will run January through mid-June on the designated day of the week unless otherwise indicated by your group leader. For additional information, contact Pastor Joni.

*If you cannot afford a required book for a class, please talk to Pastor Joni. It is important to us that nothing should stop you from participating in a life group.

 

SUNDAYS

  • Adult Sunday School, Sundays at 9:00 a.m., West Wing Room 203. Led by Dennis Trautman. This winter/spring, the study will focus on the Gospel of John, which is clearly unique from the other three gospels. Within this book, the class will study intimate details of who the Messiah is (identity) and why He came (mission). Through this study, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of Jesus – the Word who became flesh.
  • Chronic Pain Support Group, 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 9:15 a.m., Pastor Craig’s Office.
  • Ladies Sunday School, Sundays at 9 a.m., Library. Led by Janice Craig, the class is studying The Power of a Woman’s Words by Sharon Jaynes. Any woman is welcome to join us. Our words can have a big impact on others. Our words have great potential for good. We will dig into God’s Word and see what He has to say about our words and how we use them. A workbook and study guide (one book) is required and costs ~$10. Can be ordered from the Amen bookstore in Marysville or online.
  • NextGen/Kids Sunday School, Sundays at 10:00 a.m., Children’s Wing.
  • NextGen/Youth Sunday School, Connect by Facebook to get more timely schedule/event updates.
  • Welcome Class, first Sunday of the month at 11:15 a.m., Multipurpose Room. Please sign up for this class.
  • Compassionate Ministry Opportunity, Sunday afternoons at the Salvation Army. Contact Cristina Badger for details at 425-232-7823.

 

MONDAYS

  • Kicks for Christ (Karate), Mondays and Thursdays at 6:00-7:30 p.m., Church multipurpose room. Led by Dave Card.Join this family karate class – open to all ages! This program helps participants become the best they can be, and directs, guides, and builds skills to prepare each individual for the path God has chosen for them. It also helps to train up martial artists who can defend themselves efficiently and effectively, without causing unnecessary harm to themselves or others. Note that this class is twice a week. Kids who are not potty trained or cannot read must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Cost for uniforms is $30 and optional safety equipment is at additional cost. Fees: Generations Framily: $0 a month; Community: $25 individual/$50 Family a-month.
  • Book Study: “The Rest of the Gospel: When the Partial Gospel Has Worn You Out” by Dan Stone, David Gregory, Mondays at 6:30 p.m., Youth Room. Led by Cathy Russell.  Having God’s forgiveness is wonderful. Spending eternity with God is great. But for now, where is the abundant life Jesus promised? Why is the Christian life such a struggle? Because getting forgiven is only half of the gospel! “The Rest of the Gospel” is not us striving on our own to be good Christians, but Christ in us, living His life through us, as we rest in Him. We will work through the text and workbook together in order to more fully understand God’s plan, promise, and provision for us, allowing Him to teach us how to live out of our union with Christ. Book ($13) and workbook ($12) are required (contact Cathy Russell to get pre-ordered copies).

 

TUESDAYS

  • The Girl’s Still Got It” by Liz Curtis Higgs. Women’s Bible Study, Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., Room 203 (West Wing). Led by Joan George. The topic of this study is Ruth, as covered in “The Girl’s Still Got It” by Liz Curtis Higgs. Priscilla Shirer says, “she is unmatched in the ability to take biblical truth and make it applicable to anybody.” Carol Kent says, “Liz will have you laughing and crying at the same time while being challenged with poignant choices that apply to your own life. This books sings of hope, redemption, and lasting joy. I highly recommend it for personal and small-group study.” This will be a fun and informative study. The book is available from several book sellers, including Christian Book Distributors and Amazon.
  • Service Opportunity: Feeding at the Salvation Army, Last Tuesdays of the month at 8:30-10 a.m. at the Salvation Army, 1108 State Street, Marysville. An opportunity to feed people and their souls at The Salvation Army. Contact Cristina Badger for details at 425-232-7823.
  • Serving at the Cold Weather Shelter, as weather dictates, at the Salvation Army, 1108 State Street, Marysville (next to 7-11). Shifts between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m.  The Marysville Cold Weather Shelter provides a safe and warm environment for those people who do not have such a place when the outside temperature is at or below freezing. Our church has a team of volunteers to staff its assigned night (Tuesday) and needs additional members to be substitutes for these volunteers as needed. Guests are provided lodging and food from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Two person shifts are 7:30-11 p.m., 11 p.m. – 3 a.m., and 3-7 a.m. Duties can include setting up sleeping facilities, registering guests, escorting guests to and from the rest room, monitoring the facility’s environment. and putting away sleeping facilities. Training can be on the job, and new volunteers are paired with a veteran to provide this training. Meeting the people rather than just seeing them from your car will totally transform your life. It has affected each volunteer’s life. Questions and/or an offer to volunteer should be directed to Mike Craig, 425-335-4853 or wa7tn@msn.com.
  • MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), Second and Fourth Tuesdays of the month at 9:30 a.m., multipurpose room. Led by Tia Dawson. We are so excited about our 2nd semester coming up starting February 11th. Motherhood is beautiful, messy, and just plain hard! Sometimes you need a safe space to sit and breathe and connect with other women who not only understand, but can say, “me too”! We want MOPS to be YOUR place to share your worries and fears, joys and triumphs, failures and messy moments as mothers. MOPS is for every mother from conception through Kindergarten. We offer a hot breakfast, hot coffee, and childcare. As well as mom night outs and play dates. Who can say no to that?  Cost: $45 meeting dues ; $31.95 MOPS International dues. Email mops@generationscommunity.org for more information. 
  • Gamblers Anonymous Support Group, Tuesdays at 6 p.m., West Wing Room 203.
  • Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL), Thursdays at 6-7:30 p.m., church library. Parents with a child addicted to drugs and/or alcohol can find hope in this support program. PAL is a Christian run non-profit. PAL’s primary goal is to provide hope through education and support for parents dealing with addicted loved ones. Details? Visit www.palgroup.org or call Deana at 425-221-3523.

 

WEDNESDAYS

  • Men’s Breakfast, Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m., Church Multipurpose Room.
  • Salvation Army Feeding the Homeless, 3rd Wednesday of  the month from 4:30-5:30 p.m., 1108 State Street in Marysville. Contact Cristina Badger for details at 425-232-7823.
  • Adult Bible Study, Wednesdays  at 6:30 p.m. The group starts with prayer. This winter/spring, the group is studying “The Twelve Disciples” by Douglas Connelly. No book required. Open to all ages.
  • Children’s Quizzing (Grades 1-5), Wednesdays at 6:30-8 p.m., Children’s Wing. Our Children’s Quizzing program is focusing on the book of Genesis. Come explore what life was like for Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, and many others as they learned who God is and about his great plan for us. The program runs through March, and will includes Saturday quiz meets with other churches (Jan. 18, Feb. 22 and March 21). Get ready for the new study on the book of Exodus, starting in fall 2020.
  • NextGen/Youth (Grades 6-12), Wednesdays at 6:30-8 p.m., Youth Room. (Connect by Facebook to get more timely schedule/event updates.)
  • Worship Team Life Group, Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., Sanctuary Stage and Back Stage. Led by Music Director Carl Martin. One of our core values at Generations Community Church is encounter God. We desire to equip our people to live a life ofworship, wherever they live, work, study, and play. Our worship ministry seeks to enhance that relationship by giving our people an opportunity to praise God together in a weekend worship environment. Another core value is connecting with others. Members of our worship ministry rehearse regularly. Team members serve on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. If you are interested, email Carl at carl@generationscommunity.org.
  • Membership Class, third Sunday of the month at 11:15 a.m., Multipurpose room. Join Pastor Ian for this in-depth class to find out more about Generations Community Church, our denomination, our beliefs, and church membership.

 

THURSDAYS

  • Prayer Group, Thursdays at 9 a.m., Church Sanctuary. Led by Sam Misquez. Join other believers in praying for the infirmed, our teams, our children, our church staff and other needs.
  • Joyful Saints, second Thursdays of the month at noon, multipurpose room. Join other senior adults this winter and spring! The group meets on the second Thursday of each month for a meal/fellowship. Current details will be in the bulletin.
  • Kicks for Christ (Karate), Mondays and Thursdays at 6:00-7:30 p.m., Church multipurpose room. Led by Dave Card.Join this family karate class – open to all ages! This program helps participants become the best they can be, and directs, guides, and builds skills to prepare each individual for the path God has chosen for them. It also helps to train up martial artists who can defend themselves efficiently and effectively, without causing unnecessary harm to themselves or others. Note that this class is twice a week. Kids who are not potty trained or cannot read must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Cost for uniforms is $30 and optional safety equipment is at additional cost. Fees: Generations Framily: $0 a month; Community: $25 individual/$50 Family a-month.

 

SATURDAYS

  • Game Night, monthly at 6:30 p.m. Co-hosted by Todd & Andrea Reynolds and Pastors Ian & Joni Kirk. Join us for an evening of fellowship and fun as we play games together. Bring finger food to share. Sign up for those dates that work for you (limit 10 people per game night). The leaders will reach out with address and other details prior to each game night. Dates are as follows: Jan. 25, Feb. 22, March 21, April 25, May 16, and June 20.
  • Men’s Breakfast, monthly on the first Saturday at 8 a.m. in the multipurpose room. Led by Mike Geer and Glen Wiley. This is a once a month opportunity for men of all ages to have a breakfast and hang out for an hour. Share a bit of laughter, tell some tall tales, and be part of a Ted-style talk discussion / sharing time.
  • Saturday Morning Prayer, Saturdays at 8:30-9 a.m., Sanctuary. Join us each Saturday morning for a prayer gathering at church. We incorporate prayer, music and singing into our time as the Spirit moves.

 

VARIES

  • Cooking for Christ, at 6-7:30 p.m., Church Kitchen. Led by Anne Perkins.This group meets once per month on Jan. 11, Feb. 14, March 13, May 8, and June 12. See life group catalog for details. Contact Anne Perkins for details at 360-651-0812 or anneperkins7211@gmail.com.
  • Church Softball Team. End of April – First Weekend in August (Sign Up by May 1), Led by Doug Kohl. This church team needs at least 16 players, both men and women, high school age and above. The cost is $50 for adults; all high schoolers play for free and must have their parents sign a waiver. Games are on a schedule and are usually played at one of the two fields: Twin Rivers in Arlington, and Henry M. Jackson field in North Everett. All team fees need to be into the league no later than May 20; sign up by May 1 (or earlier to save your spot). If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Doug Kohl at 425-737-1911 or kohldouglas5@gmail.com. Let’s Play Ball!
  • Handiwork Life Group. Are you handy with tools, paint brushes, or other trade-related techniques? Interested in helping with church garden beds and other beautification projects? This life group works together on projects around the church. Stay tuned for project announcements or call Robert Miner for details at (425) 315-6497.
  • Jetsetters Trips (Adults). These adventures are open to adults of all ages. Details will be in the bulletin.
  • Joyful Saints  Trips (Senior Adults). Join other senior adults (65+) for regular outings. Details will be in the bulletin.
  • Women’s Ministry. Led by the Women’s Ministry Team. Join the women of the church in a monthly activity. Details to be shared in the bulletin.

Want to Start a Life Group?

Contact Pastor Joni