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Care Groups @ BCC


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Care Groups...So Nobody Stands Alone 

Why Care Groups? 

We believe that a care group is the best place for sustained life change to occur. If you want to grow to have a deeper knowledge of God and his purpose for your life, then there is no better place to start than in a small group bible study.  Care groups provide a more intimate setting for exploring God's Word and digging deeper into more complex issues, like the challenges of life. It’s also where they pray, care for one another, and are missed if they don’t show up.

This is the environment where we celebrate the successes and good times of life, as well as comfort one another during the tough and disappointing times. It is a place to be encouraged, equipped, and challenged to become a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ. Small groups are a great place for new and experienced Christians to discuss the meaning and application of biblical doctrines. We can learn a lot from the stories of fellow group members and their insights into God's Word.

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one…may they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them, even as you have loved me.”         
(John 17:20, 23)

 

Perhaps you’ve never been part of a group before and are wondering, “What’s the big deal? Why care groups?” here are Seven Reasons to Join!

Seven Reasons to Join a Care Group at BCC

 

1. You will understand the Bible better in a care group.

If you’ve ever listened to a Bible teacher or preacher and wanted to stop that person and say, "But what about...?" or "I don’t understand," then a small group is for you! Preaching and teaching is
one way communication. You listen while the speaker speaks. It’s fine for imparting knowledge but
not as effective for personal application as a small group. In a small group setting, you can ask questions, participate in a discussion of the text, and hear others share insights and illustrations
of the truth you are trying to grasp. The Bible must be applied to your own personal situations and
that happens best in small groups.

2. You will begin to really feel like part of God’s family.

Most people who have been a part of a group say the greatest benefit is the close relationships and friendships that develop. They will frequently telephone each other during the week to share an
urgent prayer request or an exciting answer. You’ll discover that your needs and problems are not unique ~ we’re all in the same boat! It helps to know that others are facing the same difficulties, or have lived through them and learned spiritual principles in the process.


Over fifty times in the New Testament the phrase "one another" is used to describe our relationship
to other believers. We are instructed to love one another, encourage one another, pray for one
another, accept one another, bear one another’s burdens, and build up one another. The only way
you can obey these commands is in a small group! We really do need each other. God never
meant for you to go it alone in the Christian life.
If you’re lonely, the answer to your problem
is to join a group.

3. Prayer will become more meaningful to you.

Many people are hesitant to pray in front of others, especially in a large church. In a care group of 6 to 12, you will learn to participate in prayer by having a conversation together with God. No one is pressured to pray, but as you become comfortable, you’ll be able to pray sentence prayers and join in—sometimes we call it “popcorn prayer”. There are many promises in the Bible related to group prayer. In praying together with a few others, we are drawn together and we find answers to the needs in our lives.

4. You will be able to handle stress and pressure better.

Care groups provide excellent support in times of crisis, change, and stress. You’ll have a sense of stability and security knowing there are people who really care for you and are committed to standing with you.

When someone loses a job, or a family member has an extended illness, or a mother needs a babysitter - these are practical needs that will be naturally taken care of through your small group. Many people at BCC could testify that they would not have made it through a difficult time if it hadn’t been for the support of their group.

5. You will have a natural way to share Christ with friends, relatives, and work associates.

It may be that some of your friends who don’t know the Lord wouldn’t be caught dead in a church. They have a preconceived idea and just the thought makes them defensive. But those same people may be open to an invitation to a casual Bible discussion in a home or office setting. In a care group, your unbelieving friend can ask questions and express honest doubts without feeling "put on the spot". When your friend sees the love and warmth and honesty of your group, it will make him more receptive to the Good News.

6. You will develop leadership skills you never knew you had!

The Bible teaches that every believer is given certain talents or "gifts" to benefit others in the family of God. Unfortunately most Christians remain as Sunday morning spectators all their lives because large group meetings are primarily "sit and listen" situations. As you share and participate in a relaxed small group setting, you’ll discover your confidence and self-esteem rising. This will help you at work, at church, and in every other relationship.

7. You will deepen your understanding of worship.

Many believers mistakenly believe that worship can only happen on Sunday morning in a large group with a sermon, a choir, and an offering plate! Worship happens anytime we focus on God. Sometimes that happens best in a smaller group in praying or singing together.


I am excited about the incredible potential of the network of care groups we’re building within Brant Community Church. Care Groups have these seven benefits that no believer can afford to pass up. If you are not participating in a group, why not join one?

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Care Groups:

 

Q. When do care groups meet?

A. Each care group decides when and where it wants to meet. We can help you find groups that are meeting on a particular night or in a certain area of the city and connect you with them.

 

Q. How long does a care group last?

A. Most care groups form and immediately commit to meet for 12-24 months but the length of time that your group meets together is decided by your group.

 

Q. How do I join a care group?

A. Call the contact person and receive specific information about the group. If you need help in finding a small group contact Beth Morris at 519-759-2309 or beth_n_jax@hotmail.com. You can also email the church at bcc@bellnet.ca, or fill out the tear off section of the weekly bulletin and indicate that you want more information about small groups, and someone will follow up with you.  Click here for a list of ground rules you can use with your small group.
 

Click here for a list of current Care Groups

 

 

Care Group Co-ordinator:

Beth Morris (519) 759-2309

Email: 4themorrisfam@gmail.com 

 
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