Why Small Groups?

Jesus gathered around him a small group of followers—the twelve Disciples. For three years they lived together, prayed together, served together, and ate meals together. They asked questions and discussed the Scriptures. They struggled with how to put Jesus’ teachings into practice. And they built the church after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension. Small groups have been key to the growth of disciples ever since. John Wesley built the Methodist movement by developing small groups across England and in the American colonies. Small groups offer an aspect of spiritual development that cannot be found in other settings. When eight to twelve participants engage at a deeper level of learning, new friendships develop, you are able to ask questions and find answers together, and you can discover how others apply their faith to daily life. Here at Centenary we have a long tradition of small groups and continue to develop creative ways to grow this ministry. If you have not yet participated in a small group, please prayerfully consider one of these fine opportunities listed in this booklet. I promise you will grow in faith and knowledge of yourself and God. As always, these small groups are open to the community, you do not need to be a member of Centenary to participate. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Grace & Peace, 

Rev. Bret Cogan, Associate Minister with Adults 

Ext. 1334

Water to Wine Study

Water to Wine is an ongoing small group led by Rev. Bret Cogan. Water to Wine grew out of a desire to gather for informal, and yet still serious discussion about the meaning of following Jesus. Through our study and discussions, we seek to better understand how to practice our faith. We begin with the premise “Faith” is more than a set of beliefs. Faith that is transformative invites us into a growing awareness of God’s presence in our lives. Through the practice of prayer and intentional study, we learn to open ourselves, allowing the Spirit of God to lead us into an embodiment of our faith where our actions become the defining witness to what we say we believe.


Water to Wine will begin again on February 21. We will be looking at Richard Rohr’s book, “The Wisdom Pattern – Order, Disorder, Reorder.” We meet virtually on Sunday evenings at 7:00 pm.

We are an open group and welcome others to join. If you would like more information contact Rev. Bret Cogan.

The Epic of Eden: Understanding the Old Testament

January 10 - March 28, 2021 • Sundays • 9:45 am • (online only)

Led by Suzanne Epermanis


This small group is full, so we are creating a sign-up for the next offering either later this spring or fall. Epic of Eden is a Zoom-based study focused on the "fundamentals” of the Old Testament, and if you would like to know more about the Old Testament please consider adding your name for this 12-week study that includes daily readings, a weekly video, and group discussions. For more information contact Bret Cogan and to view an introductory video, go to

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