What are LIFE Groups?
LIFE Groups make up the small/community group ministry of RMPC. They are typically comprised of 10-12 adult members (plus children).
Why LIFE Groups?
We believe we were created for intimate community and it is what God expects of us. The problem is that we live in a culture that encourages radical individualism—so this means we have to work hard at engaging community. LIFE Groups are intended to be safe environments where people can just be their honest selves and trust one another with their lives as we come alongside each other to do life together. RMPC is committed to having intention, engaging communities of nurture within our church where people experience Jesus in his power and presence as we grow in him together and enter into deeper levels of vulnerability with each other. As we do this we will embrace, embody, and engage both the gospel and the community around us. We may not always do it well, but the more we work at it the better we will become and the Lord blesses that work.
What do LIFE Groups do together?
The primary purposes of LIFE Groups are fellowship and prayer. Some groups also include times of Bible study and worship—every group looks a little bit different. All individuals are encouraged to keep up to date with the others in the group throughout the week and lift each other up in prayer. LIFE Groups are also communities that are encouraged to engage in service/outreach projects together to those that need a good word or other expression of love.
When do LIFE Groups meet?
Most groups meet on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month. However, we have some groups that prefer to meet during the rest of the week as it suits their own group’s specific needs.
If I’m not a member of the church, can I be part of a LIFE Group?
Yes! LIFE Groups are the perfect place for those visiting the church to engage with the body at RMPC. LIFE Groups are encouraged to be an environment where friends and neighbors can get an introduction to our church body even before they have attended a worship service.
How do I get involved in a LIFE Group?
(1) Invitation: Someone from a group who you meet in church or some church-related activity may invite you to their group. Or you may discover through casual conversation with someone that they are part of a LIFE Group and then ask if they would mind you joining them. This is the preferred avenue.
(2) Request: You can indicate your interest in being in a LIFE Group by checking the appropriate box on the Visitor and Member Registration card on Sunday morning. We will respond as soon as possible.
(3) Start a new group: Perhaps you have been involved with a church previous to coming to RMPC or you would like to start a new group in your geographical area. You may feel, therefore, that you could help lead a group if you had sufficient support from the church staff. If this is the case, we welcome the opportunity to talk with you. Contact Pastor Luke Smith at the church office (327-2390) in order to meet together and discuss this possibility.
Current LIFE Groups:
Phil & Shelley Kruis - 1st and 3rd Sunday evenings (Northeast)
Dave & Brenda Wiersma - 1st and 3rd Sunday evenings (Southeast)
Jerry & Carol Potter - 1st and 3rd Sunday evenings (Far Eastside)
Luke & Joelle Smith - 1st & 3rd Sunday evenings (Midtown)
Greg & Victoria Wates - 1st & 3rd Sunday evenings (Eastside)
Jim & Lisa Collins - Two Fridays a month (Eastside)
Bret & Val Holley - Sunday evenings (Southeast)
Phelps & Strothmans - 2nd Tuesday evening (Foothills)
Stu & Carolie Sherard - 1st and 3rd Sunday evenings (Northeast)
Tom & Linda DeBerry - Fridays (Foothills) - Three meetings meetings a month (large group, men-only, women-only).
Sampsons & Klines - 1st & 3rd Sundays (Vail)