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To JOIN a NEWLIFE Group, click the image below and complete the form.
We will place people in groups based on their specific interests and availability. 


           

To START a NEWLIFE Group, click the image below and complete the form. Then, gather a group of people—family members, friends from MPC, co-workers, neighbors—and get started!

                                 

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Life is better in a NEWLIFE Group

God created us to enjoy relationships! We are all born with a deep need to know and be known. Our God is a relational God and he has created us to “Do Life Together” as well. His design for us has wired us to want vibrant and growing connection with Him and each other, so it’s natural that we grow deeper in our faith and in abundant, joyful living when we live life together. NEWLIFE Groups are a place to learn from God’s Word and each other and gives us a place to belong.

Living in community in the form of groups has been a longstanding value of Memorial Park Church. We offer two pathways to help you get connected — by starting or joining a NEWLIFE Group and by serving in a ministry at the church.  NEWLIFE Groups at Memorial Park are a place to:

CONNECT with God and others
CARE for one another through joys and sorrows of life
GROW in our faith as we help one other apply God's truth and Word to our lives.

NEWLIFE Groups are a great place to ask questions, express opinions and relate scripture to our lives. We desire for our groups to reach out to others in their everyday lives with loving-kindness. This simple act of intention can be life changing for a hurting person.

NEWLIFE Groups is our new name for small groups. Memorial Park members have enjoyed them for years and have said things like:

  • “The closest friends I have in the church are people I met in my group. I can’t imagine life without them now.”
  • “The most significant periods of growth in my relationship with God have all come when I’ve been active in a group.”

 So, come on! Let’s Connect, Care, and Grow with NEWLIFE Groups!

  “…The God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”    2 Corinthians 1:3-4

NEWLIFE Leader Resources

Congratulations! You have responded to the call to invest in your spiritual growth
by helping develop community for yourself and others in an atmosphere
of mutual discipleship.

NEWLIFE Leader Tips for Groups

 There are roles in the family of God that surpasses the contribution you will be making in the kingdom and in the lives of your group. As you prepare to lead, one session or an entire series, here are a few thoughts to keep in mind.
We encourage you to read these and review them often
as a reminder for good group practice and effectiveness.

 

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Small Group Churches has many resources and tips for small groups
and churches wanting to build their church through relationships
and discipleship.

 

COVENANTS

Why have a covenant in your NEWLIFE Group?

  • It will give the group an agreed upon purpose and vision
  • It is a road map to arrive at a desired destination
  •  It is a framework for managing potential conflict
         (As does our essential practices for NEWLIFE Groups below) 
  •  It creates healthy boundaries to function in
  •  It eliminates unspoken expectations

 For more on Small Group Covenants samples, visit www.smallgroups.com  

Essentials in NEWLIFE Groups

  • We accept one another as we are.
  • We share our struggles, successes, joys and pains.
  • We are honest with each other and ourselves - able to start removing the "masks" that we hide behind.
  • We listen intently as others are speaking.
  • We do not criticize or condemn what others share.
  • We do not give unsolicited advice.
  • We gather to care, God does the curing.
  • We share our own stories and experiences.
  • We trust one another completely, confidentiality is key in all group discussions.
  • We are free to remain silent, if we wish.
  • We keep the discussion informal and accept that we don't have all the answers to life's questions.
  • We encourage one another to minister within the group and to others outside the group.
    (adapted from "Twelve Crucial Ingredients" - Pittsburgh Experiment)

What do I need to know?

The best way to experience a small group is to start one of your own. It’s simple! Just grab two friends, find a place to meet, and you’re good to go!

Groups can share the different responsibilities of group life. It starts when someone commits in their heart to develop community in their life. They "get the ball rolling" and keep the group moving forward. We generally call this person the leader (or point person) but this does not imply that they are teaching the group but more of a facilitator or host. Many groups share leading the discussions from week to week or year to year. 

Tips for leading a successful group.

Other other group responsibilities can be shared as well -  including food, journaling the groups’ prayer requests, communications within the group and social and outreach events. Shared ownership in the group helps everyone to feel valued and use their SHAPE.

How long is my commitment? For the length of a chosen study. While the core of some groups may have been around for decades, every group and participant is different depending on the nature of the group or where God may be calling us elsewhere to serve. We should celebrate what God has been able to teach us during our time together.

We recommend a 6 week study for new groups, "Beginning Life Together". This study focuses on helping groups get to know each other. In your final week of the study, each group member may decide if he or she desires to continue together with another study.

 

What do NEWLIFE Groups look like?

NEWLIFE Groups come in all shapes and sizes — with groups of married couples, singles, men, women, kids, no kids, workplace, life stage, life interests (i.e. hobbies) – the list goes on.

No two groups are alike, people gather for many reasons, and the expressions and experiences of each group will look different because of the unique gifts, personalities, and passions of the people involved.

An important element of NEWLIFE Groups is confidentiality. What is shared by one person within the group is kept confidential and within the group. This confidentiality of New Life Groups allows us to “get real” so we can be loved and encouraged wherever we are without having to pretend that everything is fine.

"Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples - when they see the love you have for each other."         John 13:34-35


NEWLIFE Groups Booklet for new members and groups

NEWLIFE Groups  Pathways Booklet

We are called to live in community, serve others and speak life and love into one another. Our time together should  be intentional and a priority in our schedule, otherwise our harried busy life will try to find a way to squeeze it out.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”   Romans 12:2

When we can be honest and love others unconditionally, God will use our relationships and His Word to bring about transformation in our lives.

For additional Study Materials click here .

Inductive Bible Studies - submitted by John Christopher


Click on each one to open -

Advent 1                             James

Advent 2                             Malachi

Advent 3                                Malachi Introduction

Advent 4 and Carols            Mark of the Christian

Claims ofJesus (The)            Philemon

Daniel                                     Prodigal God (The)

Hebrews                                Foundations for Evangelism

Hebrews 11

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family project

Why do families work? Because God Himself designed them! Thriving families will lead to thriving communities, and thriving communities will transform the world. People will find purpose, joy and redemption. The Family Project is a 12 session DVD experience that explores the theological, philosophical, and cultural underpinnings of the traditional family.Click here if you are interested a new Family Project group.


 

 

 

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