The bible teaches that once we accept Jesus, we become friends with God and also with other believers. These friendships are basic to what it means to follow Jesus. (Romans 12:4,5)
Unfortunately, it’s hard to experience real friendship or community at our weekend worship services. Meeting “face-to-back-of-head” once a week for an hour and a half with a crowd of people is not what the writers of the New Testament had in mind when they wrote about community. While our worship services are a very important part of our church life, it’s at our small group meetings that we can experience and build lasting friendships.
We believe that community is basic
Being in relationship with other believers is vital to your spiritual health and growth. If you are not yet involved in a small group, we would urge you to make time for this in your life. Here is some helpful information to get you started and answer some of your questions.
How do I choose a small group that’s right for me?
Click here to be taken to our FIND A GROUP page. There, you can see a list of groups and can filter them by several criteria, including area of town, the day and time they meet and whether or not they offer childcare. In addition to our web information, there are displays of group cards in the church foyer. Each card contains information about a different small group. Trinity Vineyard’s small groups meet throughout the week at various times and all around Greater NW Houston/Cypress. You should be able to find something that fits your need and situation.
What goes on at a small group meeting and how long is it?
The average small group meeting lasts about two hours. For part of that time, the group is focused on their relationship with God. There will be worship music, group discussion over a passage from the bible and then members will pray for each other. The rest of the time is spent in building friendships over coffee, cake and conversation.
Do I have to be invited first before I can attend a small group meeting?
Absolutely not! All of our groups are open to anyone who would like to visit and “check them out.”
What will happen if I just “show up” at a small group?
You will be warmly welcomed and invited to participate to the degree you feel comfortable. All of our groups are accustomed to visitors and new people. We do advise, however, that you email or phone the leader in advance to make sure the group is still meeting at the same time and place. Leaders can be emailed from the FIND A GROUP page and phone numbers are listed on the information cards in the foyer.
Do I have to make a long-term commitment to a particular small group?
No. You are free to visit as many groups as you like, and to attend a group for as short or long a period of time as you want. We do recommend, however, you eventually select a group and stick with it for a while in order to form meaningful relationships with others.
Church and Christianity are both very new to me. Should I wait until I become more familiar with the bible or prayer before going to a small group?
Absolutely not! Small group involvement is the best way to grow in your knowledge and understanding of spiritual things.
Can I bring my kids with me to the small group meeting?
Some groups do provide supervision for children either at the place of meeting or nearby. It is best to check in advance by calling the leader or host of the group you are interested in. A list of groups providing childcare is also available on our FIND A GROUP page.
Please feel free to contact the church at firstname.lastname@example.org or (281-897-8463) if you have any other questions or concerns about small groups.