If you’re young or if you’re old, if you’ve been following Christ for 60 years or you’ve just started the journey of getting to know Jesus, each one of us has something new to discover about God.
Highland Community Church offers a variety of small groups that are intended to help people of all ages walk another step closer with Jesus. We try to foster safe places where you can ask questions, tell stories, and grow in the Way of Jesus with others.
If you would like to start a small group, please do. Simply let us know what type of group you have started and when you meet. We can also help to connect you with others who are looking for a small group.
If you have any questions and/or are interested in being a part of a small group please contact Erin.
PRAYING THE PSALMS
Men of all ages are welcome to join this group every Wednesday, 6:30 a.m. at Highland. Group members read and pray through a psalm before sharing breakfast together. Over the years, this group has prayed each psalm at least 7 times, and has shared countless cups of coffee together.
WEDNESDAY bIBLE STUDY
This group meets 2x per month. Meetings rotate from one home to the next. The host(s) facilitate the evening’s conversations. A typical get-together includes time to “check in,” pray, and reflect on the Lectionary’s selection of Bible readings for that week.
This group is for people whose schedules don’t allow them to commit full time to a group (i.e. shift workers, people who snowbird or vacation often, newcomers to Highland, people who do not want a formal group commitment). The group meets the first and third Wednesday of the month to give Highlanders an opportunity to socialize with each other on an informal basis and get to know others a bit better. Participants can expect a time to check in with one another, enjoy a coffee time, and do some fun activities (like play games/cards).
This group is designed to be a safe and fun place for middle school– and high school–aged youth to explore their questions about God and life, and to understand themselves and the part they play in loving the world as followers of Jesus. A team of adults who facilitate inter-generational conversations and activities leads the Young Apprentices group. Meeting times and dates can vary, but the usual schedule is every Wednesday, 6:30–8:00 p.m. at Highland
This group includes empty-nesters and parents with young children. They meet 2x per month. When they meet as families, they share a meal, “check in,” followed by a time to visit. The next time adults meet without children. These gatherings include a time for Bible study, sharing and prayer.
This group meets two Thursday evenings per month to eat together and pray for Highland.
This group meets every 2 weeks—alternating between Thursdays and Saturdays. Thursday evening meetings are dedicated to adults and include prayer, sharing/ discussion, and study. Saturday meetings include food and fun activities together with children and members of the Saturday Group. People of all ages are welcome to join this group on an ongoing basis, or can come for just the “family events.”
This intergenerational group of singles and families meets every 2 weeks. One evening/month is dedicated to adults and includes prayer, sharing/discussion, and study. The other Saturday meeting includes food and fun activities together with children and members of the Saturday Group. People of all ages are welcome to join this group on an ongoing basis, or can simply come for just the adult meetings, or just the “family events.”
Jesus brings together people who, the world says, have nothing in common. Inspired by Jesus’ directive to go out in pairs, twosomes are formed by picking the names of Highlanders out of a hat. Each pair is then given simple instructions: • at least once a month, share a conversation—a meal, a walk in the park, grocery shopping together, and so on. • discuss your answers to a series of question prompts— What’s your deepest hope? What’s God teaching you in your life right now? Learn each other’s life stories—your joys, your challenges, your hopes, your fears. NOTE: The Kuhnekt Initiative is a short-term commitment. For example, from September to May, or January to June.
Asking questions about God, spirituality, or the Church? Each life journey is unique. If you are… • unfamiliar with Christian faith and want to explore and learn more; • a long-time follower of Jesus, exploring and asking questions, and wanting to learn more; • interested in baptism; • interested in belonging at Highland… then The Way is for you.
The Way encourages, challenges, and invites a deeper life of faith. Before the first followers of Jesus were known as Christians, they were called “People of The Way.” Then, and now, The Way refers to a style of life in which both believing and living are centered in Jesus Christ. At Highland Community Church, The Way is an opportunity for your faith to be explored, nurtured, and renewed, your commitment to Jesus Christ affirmed, and your walk as a disciple of Christ to be established or re-established in the life-giving waters of Holy Baptism or the Affirmation of Baptism.
Seasons of the Way
Autumn Meetings begin in late November and explore topics of interest such as scripture, worship, prayer, and sacraments. Winter Meetings resume in early January. In both small and large group conversations, participants continue to explore the presence of God in the world and in daily life. Early Spring Throughout the weeks of Lent, participants “dig deeper” into the Biblical stories that prepare for baptism and affirmation of baptism at the Easter celebration. Late Spring After Easter The Way looks toward the practice of living the Christian life as we explore faithful responses to care for the earth, for humankind, relationships and daily work.
Meetings times and dates TBA.
Do you want to be part of a HIGHLAND SMALL GROUP but can’t commit the time to being a full time participant? In the New Year we will have a group for you.
WHAT: A small group for people whose schedules don’t allow them to commit full time to a group i.e: shift workers, people who snowbird or vacation often, newcomers to Highland, people who do not want a formal group commitment etc.
WHEN: Twice a month. Day of the week to be determined. Hoping to start in January 2018 if enough interest.
WHERE: At the home of Reg and Erin. If group is successful would like to find one more host home for when Reg and Erin are unable to host.
WHY: To give people an opportunity to socialize with other Highlanders on an informal basis and get to know others at bit better.
WHO: Anybody who wants to come. Potential format probably not suited well for young children.
POTENTIAL FORMAT: We will check in with each other; have a coffee time and then do some fun activities (to be determined ie: play games/cards or any other ideas you might have).
Interested? Contact Erin on her landline (see Directory).
We gather Sundays at 10:00 am:
HIGHLAND COMMUNITY CHURCH 3130 McMillan Road Abbotsford, BC V2S 6A8 T: 604-853-7052