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
Study of Psalms
Tom Cannon is the Facilitator for this continuation of the study of the Old Testament book of Psalms. They will meet on Wednesdays starting on September 16 virtually from 9:30 am - 10:30 am. They will spend 4 weeks finishing the study of Psalms, then begin a 6-week study of Adam Hamilton’s “Christianity and World Religions: Questions we Ask About Other Faiths.” If you would like to know more about this small group contact Rev. Bret Cogan or Tom Cannon.
Water to Wine Study
Water to Wine is an ongoing small group led by Rev. Bret Cogan. The current focus is Henri Nouwen’s “The Way of the Heart: Connecting with God Through Prayer, Wisdom, and Silence.” W2W has been meeting outdoors in person with social distancing required and masks recommended. These gatherings are hosted by various individuals who have yards and/or porches that are large enough to accommodate the group. We often enjoy a beverage of our choice during the study and celebrate God’s good gifts of love, grace, and mercy always! Our gathering schedule for the next few months will be 9/13, 10/4, 10/18, and 11/15. All of these gatherings begin at 7:00 pm. We are an open group and welcome new people. If you would like more information contact Rev. Bret Cogan.
Understanding the Old Testament
Beginning in October with the time and date to be determined. This will be lead by Suzanne Epermanis virtually. It is a 12-week study that will include a daily reading (10 minutes) and weekly videos viewed prior to the gathering, and discussion. With a deeper understanding of the Old Testament, our understanding of our New Testament faith will be refreshed. If you have questions or are interested in joining contact Suzanne Epermanis or Rev. Bret Cogan.
Book Study – “Black & White: Disrupting Racism One Friendship at a Time” by Teesha Hadra and John Hambrick
Beginning in late September or early October at a time that works best for those who interested. This will be a virtual gathering and will include the reading of the book with discussion based upon questions that arise out of each chapter. “Most of us don’t need to make speeches. We need to make friends.” The authors of "Black & White", Teesha Hadra and John Hambrick, have come to understand Racism can be disrupted by relationships. They encourage us to risk creating friendships with those who do not look like we do. They have experienced and believe these friendships will change the way we see one another and could just change the world itself. If you have questions or are interested in joining contact Rev. Bret Cogan.