Lifegroups + Learning Communities
At Gayton, we are spiritual growth enthusiasts! One way we grow in Christ is by experiencing our faith life in the midst of intentional community. We offer two environments for learning in the context of community: lifegroups and learning communities.
Lifegroups are small groups (typically 6-12 people) that gather on a regular basis to discuss matters of faith and journey together in following Jesus. Each group is sized with deeper discussion in mind, and is facilitated by a leader whose goal is to engage the whole group in conversation about faith. Lifegroups generally circle up their chairs for conversation. All lifegroups at Gayton are Bible-based. Some study a Bible passage each week, while others use a book or short video to prompt discussion. Many of our lifegroups meet during Midweek at various locations, including homes, restaurants, and our facility.
Learning Communities are larger gatherings led by teachers who are more lecture-oriented. A learning community is usually in a classroom-style setup, with chairs in rows. The teacher may involve the group in discussion, or may primarily lecture. Many of our Sunday morning Bible studies fit the learning community model.
Q & A
Why offer both learning communities and lifegroups? Why not pick one or the other? People are unique. Some learn most by listening while others benefit more from discussing ideas. Also, some learners are most comfortable in smaller groups, while others enjoy learning alongside a larger community. We believe both approaches offer unique benefits and that these learning opportunities function well side-by-side.
How do I join a learning community? Learning communities are always open for new participants. You can join an existing learning community at any time, just by showing up!
How do I join a lifegroup? Lifegroups function differently than learning communities. Members share at a deeper level, so lifegroups are not designed for new participants to just drop in. However, there are intentional entrance points three times a year at Gayton. In January, May and September, new members are welcomed to groups that have capacity. If you desire to join a lifegroup at another time during the year, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for help connecting.
Can I start a lifegroup? Absolutely! To discuss starting a new group, please send an email to email@example.com. Our discipleship pastor will respond to set up a time to meet.
Can I join more than one lifegroup? Since we desire for everyone to have the opportunity to engage a group, and since lifegroups are limited by size, we request that you pick only one lifegroup experience. Also, lifegroups offer a depth of relationship that is difficult to maintain in more than one setting. We’ve found over time that the most effective way of engaging a lifegroup is by going deep in relationships in one setting.
Find a description of Lifegroups that are currently open to new members here. To learn more about joining a Lifegroup or Learning Community, let us know of your interest through the form below.
Interested in becoming a member of Gayton? If so, Gayton 101 is the place for you!
This one-time seminar-style introduction will give you an opportunity to learn about the vision, beliefs and core ministries of the church. It will also provide an opportunity for you to connect with various members of our staff team. To register or to find out when Gayton 101 will be offered next, contact Patricia.
Baptism is an ancient tradition. It’s a visual statement made by people new to the Christian faith (young and old) that they are part of God’s family.
The act of going down into the water symbolizes Jesus’ death. Coming out of the water symbolizes His coming back to life. Because Jesus did what He did, dying on the cross, we can have our sins cleaned — that’s what the water symbolizes, too.
Are you interest in baptism? The first step is to come to the cross after worship and have a conversation with a minister. Contact a minister, or use the form below to indicate your interest.
Baptism is held throughout the year during worship services, as well as outside during our annual church picnic.
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