Our Community Group vision is to deepen devotion with God and connection with others.
A Community Group is:
- 12-15 people meeting up face-to-face
- For 10-12 weeks of intentional growth
- 3-semesters per year
Calvary Wallingford community groups gather three times throughout the year - fall, spring, and summer. Each semester an offering of groups is carefully planned to meet the specific needs of our church. During our fall semester all the community groups will study the same curriculum together, which will build off of the Sunday gathering. During the spring and summer semesters additional issues and topics will be addressed in specific community groups in addition to groups who use the Sunday gathering curriculum. The rhythm of a semester brings appropriate breaks throughout the year, as we understand that certain seasons demand more from our schedules.
Sunday and Community Group together constitute "church"
Therefore we set aside time to spend with one another during our community group semesters. But that doesn't mean it comes easy. Through working at fellowship we remember we are in Christ together.
When Jesus said "by this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:35), he knew that his death and resurrection would eliminate animosity and open up fellowship in an unprecedented way. Because of this new relationship all boundaries that separate people are now removed in Christ (Ephesians 2:13-16). We join together to participate in Christ's mission, and one of the highest forms of fellowship is providing for one another's needs.
Reasons we gather:
- Community Group expands fellowship: Fellowship is the cornerstone of Christianity (1 Cor. 12:12). Sin brought separation from God, and separation from God led to separation from each other. But, restoration with God brings restoration with each other. Finding fellowship within a community group builds on this new relationship with God and proves to be vital to maturity.
- Community Group helps us better understand God’s word: The Bible is authoritative because God possesses all authority and he uses the Bible as the witness and the vehicle of his authority (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Adhering to God’s authority and studying within a community group exponentially increases a person’s understanding of God. We have found that learning others perspectives of Scripture expand our view of God, help put our views into words, and openly deal with questions.
- Community Group provides an actual network of support: A community group will open opportunities for many different types of support. For example, regular prayer unites the group and regularly reminds of God’s provision. We long for God, and our prayers connect our reality to the living God. To support one another in prayer, along with other types of support, is a great privilege.
- Community Group carries out God’s mission in specific neighborhoods: The church is on mission because God is on mission. A community group supplies opportunities to share and show this mission – God’s love for the world. A local community group feels the pulse of needs within the community and is able to nimbly and appropriately respond.