So why do we do small groups?
At Harvest Bible Chapel, our aim is to glorify God by loving God and His mission of making quality disciples of Christ. We believe this is best accomplished in the context of community, where believers are able to mutually care for and encourage one another in accountable relationships by growing in Christ-likeness through God's Word, worship, prayer and witness. This is why we are a church not simply with Small Groups, but of Small Groups, since we believe Small Groups are not merely beneficial, but essential for everyone's growth in Christ-likeness.
So what does a small group look like?
A typical small group meeting consists of a praise and prayer time, Bible study, mutual accountability time (men with men, women with women) and fellowship. The biblical curriculum is based on the sermon preached at the Saturday and Sunday services and is common to all groups. Meetings are in the evening and are approximately two hours in length (e.g. 7:00 to 9:00 pm.)
So when and where do groups meet?
These groups meet weekly, three to four times per month, in host couples' homes. We have small groups meeting from Sunday evenings through Friday evenings in many locations including around Markham, Scarborough, Richmond Hill, and Newmarket.
Here are our current small group Locations:
How can you get connected?
- 1. Attendance at DISCOVER HARVEST. This is also an important step in getting connected in a small group. This class explores what it means to be a disciple of Christ – one who worships, walks and works for Jesus Christ.
- 2. Read and agree with our SMALL GROUP MEMBER COVENANT so that you understand ahead of time what it means to be involved in a small group.
- 3. After completing steps 1 and 2, please feel free to sign up online by filling out a quick “SMALL GROUP SIGN UP” form to help us best fit you in a small group.
We also encourage everyone who is interested in joining a small group to take the time and read our DOCTRINAL STATEMENT and attend PARTY WITH THE PASTORS as well. This gives you an opportunity to hear about our beginnings, meet some of the staff and leadership, and hear about our doctrine and direction as a church.
Do you have groups specific to my age and/or circumstances? i.e. single; single parents; newlyweds etc.
All of our small groups are cross-generational, a balance of male and female, married and singles. We believe this most likely resembles the early church in Acts. Our topics of study are aimed at sanctification and growing disciples where we are all on the same journey.The particular struggles indicative of our age groups are opportunities for the body of Christ to come around us to support us and encourage us in our pursuit of Christ-likeness. You can expect to find people within your group to whom you can relate and fellowship with in addition to the weekly meetings.
Do I have to be a member of the church to get into a small group?
Church membership is not required to be a part of a small group, however to apply for church membership, identification with a small group is required.
Can I bring my child to small group?
We kindly discourage the attendance of children to our groups, not only because of the distraction for the participants but largely because of the distraction for the parents.
How can I apply to lead a small group?
Potential small group leaders are identified by the present leadership in the church because of their humility, faithfulness, availability and ‘teachability’. No application is necessary. We believe God will call you to ministry by bringing your giftedness to the attention of others. Once identified you would be invited to leadership training and then spend a reasonable period apprenticing under a small group leader. It frequently takes over a year to train a new small group leader.
“What does a small group meeting look like?”
- Opening Time [15-20 min.] to connect with one another and the Lord.
- Bible Study [30-40 min.] based on weekend sermon to apply the truth of God’s Word to our daily lives.
- Ministry Time [30-40 min.] to pray for needs and hold one another accountable.
- Fellowship Time [15-20 min.] to build godly relationships.