Updates from The Small Group Ministry Team
Heritage Christian Reformed Church
November 2021

A new name:
We are re-naming our groups from L.I.F.T. groups (Living in Faith Together) to LIFE groups. We are hoping that this new name will be more self-explanatory.  Re-naming our groups to LIFE groups is simply because we want to be doing LIFE together, for many different agreed upon Christian purposes in order to be the church God intends us to be.

A new logo:

A new small group definition:
A small group is an intentional face-to-face (or on-line) gathering varying in size and meeting regularly together to accomplish an agreed upon Christian purpose.

A new mission statement:
Our mission is to inspire a variety of small groups to meet together for fellowship and for the advancement of God’s Kingdom.

A new vision: 
We have all been through a lot this past year, and for many of us, that meant that we were not able to meet together. Some of us became comfortable in that, while others sense a need for revival.
We want to give our small group ministry a renewed sense of purpose and direction.  We want to shift from having small groups that not only meet for fellowship and Bible Study, but also for many other agreed upon spiritually motivated purposes.  Each group can be unique.  Each group can look different.  We want to provide a wider range of opportunities and reasons to meet. Ideas for possible new groups might include: Leadership Training Group, Marriage Enrichment Group, Parent Advocate Group, Mama Bear Apologetics Group, Parenting Teens Group, Christian Influence Group, Hunting, Biking, Cooking, and etc.   Some groups may decide to meet every week for 6-8 weeks.  Some groups may decide to meet once a month for a whole church season.  Existing groups might want to continue to meet as before. The small group ministry team seeks to establish and support a variety of small groups in which people will grow in their faith, experience God’s love, care and support one another, build relationships, and advance God’s Kingdom together as a church family.   Let’s move on as a church with renewed zeal and purpose!

A new theme song:
“Build Your Kingdom Here” Let the words of this song inspire you as you think of all the ways that we can approach our fall season with a fresh start.  Let your imagination fly, as you talk about all the different reasons that you could come together to advance God’s Kingdom as a church family. How can you do that, as you share LIFE together in your group? As the song says, “Fill us with the strength and love of Christ …We are Your church… we are the hope on earth….build your kingdom here ….we need your power in us.”  

Step One: 
We will need to rebuild our Small Group Ministry Team.  We will need an additional 2-4 people on this team. If you feel led to serve in this way, we would love to hear from you!

Blessings,
Pastor Bob Huisman (bhuisman@heritagecrc.net)
John & Eunice Netz (jenetz71@yahoo.com)
Scott VanderHoning (svanderhoning@digitraceitd.com)
Shari Murdock (smurdock@heritagecrc.net)
Stephanie Green (stephanieandrobby@gmail.com)