WELCOME TO GROUPS
Here at Bayside, we believe in groups. We believe in community. We believe in transformation through relationships. We believe every person on every campus should be connected to a group of people who encourage and support each other in their spiritual journey and in the day-to-day challenges of life.
"To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us."
– Timothy J. Keller
How are you doing on that front? Do you feel loved and known by God? Join us in this new study as we explore the revolutionary way our Savior loves us.
HOW BAYSIDE DOES GROUPS
Invite – Invite - Invite
We have found that the best way to be in a group, is by invitation! In our experience, the most successful groups are those formed with people you already know. Who is in your life right now that might be interested in joining with you once a week? Brainstorm a list of friends you have from work, your neighborhood, your kids’ school or sports program, family, the gym, etc… If you already have one or two people who would like to join you, have them also brainstorm the same list of people in their life. You’d be amazed at who God sends your way!
But I’m not a good leader or teacher...
Remember, you are the host. You don’t have to be the expert! Allow the video and discussion questions to do the teaching – you just provide a gathering place and review it! As time goes on, ask others if they are willing to host at their home. We’ve discovered that the healthiest groups rotate host and homes on a regular basis.
Curriculum and Materials
Each week you will receive an email with host tips, updates, and materials. Included in the email will be a 5 minute video to share with your group along with 5-10 discussion questions. The material will follow along with the weekend message. You are welcome to use these resources in the manner that fits your group best.
Meeting times and locations
Traditionally, groups meet together weekly, for a couple hours, in a home. This is great model to follow, however, we encourage you to think outside of the box!
- Perhaps you have a couple co-workers who want to join you.
Maybe you have the freedom to meet together once a week on your lunch break for 30 minutes and follow the discussion.
- Perhaps you’re a mom with young kids and you have a couple other moms who want to join you. Maybe you have the freedom to schedule a weekly or monthly play date at a park where the kids can play and you moms can have a discussion.
We don’t limit you and your group on the time and location of your meeting. You have the freedom to host a group your way, on your time, with your people!