Zion LIFE Groups FAQs

Here are our most frequently asked questions: 

How Important Are Zion LIFE Groups? 
Very Important! They are the place where the real ministry of the church takes place as we encourage, support, and challenge one another. God doesn’t want any of us to be left to walk alone – we need each other. We want to be a church, not a crowd!

What Is a Zion LIFE Group?
A Zion LIFE Group is made up of 8-12 people who meet weekly to study, to share, and to support one another in their Christian lives. Each group is led by a trained leader and host couple. A typical meeting lasts for an hour and a half, with light refreshments.

Are Zion LIFE Groups relational or educational?
They are both! We want people to form significant relationships with other Christians while learning and growing in faith together. Small group conversations take place around topic of that week’s sermon and each group will decide how in-depth the study goes. You do not have to be an expert to study the Bible and explore faith in this way.

Which Group Should I Join?
We suggest you join a group based on your “station in life” rather than on geography or the most convenient night of the week. Groups may work best when you share common interests, backgrounds, marital status or similar aged children.

How Long Does A Group Last?
We are forming small groups for the season of Lent, which means the groups will last for 6 weeks, starting March 1st. In order to encourage the most participation in Zion LIFE Groups many other activities will not take place during this time; including Church School, Food-Faith-Family, Confirmation, and Wednesday Night Lenten Worship.

What Is The Required Commitment?
Joining a Zion LIFE Group requires a 6‑week commitment to attend the weekly meetings and complete the questions provided for the week. Our groups only meet for six weeks, so committing to attend is important. Commitment is the key to strong relationships and healthy groups.

What About Childcare?
We leave it up to each family to work out their own childcare, but some groups will work together to have childcare available. Sometimes it works best for families to share a sitter or to swap childcare with another family whose group meets on a different evening or time.

What Will We Study?
The studies are based on the previous weekend’s sermon. Our Zion LIFE Groups are built upon what we call a “Lecture‑Lab” model. If you imagine the weekend sermon as a lecture on Christian living, then the group meeting is a lab where you get to roll up your sleeves and discuss how the sermon works out in real life.

How Do I Sign Up?
In February sign-up boards will be in the hallway outside the sanctuary. There you will find groups with a bio and contact information for group leaders and hosts.

When and Where Do These Groups Meet?
Our Zion LIFE Groups meet on various days and nights of the week in homes throughout the community. And a few of them may actually meet at the church or other locations.