New Small Groups

Small groups are places to CONNECT – to grow closer to God, to connect with other people, and to share in a faith study or enjoy a common interest together. Learn more.

Here are the small groups getting started or expanding right now…

To sign up for the following groups, contact Denise Floe by e-mail or by calling 651-484-7213.

A wide variety of small groups are starting this fall, including the new Connecting in Grace small groups and several new small groups for moms  and more.  Check back – new groups are being added throughout  September!

Connecting in Grace Small Groups

Be part of a wave of new small groups starting October 2017!

Engage in meaningful conversations to connect faith and life, while you connect with other people too. New Connecting in Grace small groups get together to take a deeper dive into themes that are at the heart of faith – grace, love, hunger, discovery, relationships, generosity, service and worship. What does God say about living into these themes today? When or where do we wrestle with the inherent challenges? Is there any guidance, grace and hope?

New small groups will get together around a new faith study, Connecting in Grace: Filled by God’s Grace. The faith study is written at Incarnation, mindful of the joys and challenges faced by people who live and work in our community today. The themes are drawn from Incarnation’s new Mission, Vision and Values statement and the group conversation is a chance to explore how each theme is lived out in our own lives and across the community.

Included in the faith study are short videos from the website, The Work of the People, featuring well-known Christian writers and speakers on each theme. Each gathering also includes a reflection from an Incarnation writer, including Joel VanderWal, Janet Karvonen Montgomery, Jeanne Hartfield, Gary Medin, Becky Benson, Denise Floe, and Lynda Thompson.

Starting in October, there will be a number of new groups to jump into. The groups will meet just once a month, with no preparation or experience needed, typically from October to May, for just 90 minutes. Groups listed below are now taking registrations. More groups will be added in September. Space is limited in each group, so don’t hesitate too long. Suggested contribution to take part: $10.

Starting in October/November:

Sundays, 9:45-10:45 a.m. at Incarnation
Leader:  Grant Rykken (and other leaders)
Focus area:  Open to all

Mondays (twice/month), 6:30-7:30 a.m. at Incarnation
Leader:  Tim Gray
Focus area:  Men (ages 40-60)

Mondays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Incarnation
Leaders:  Mary DeJarlais and Mary Farquhar
Focus area:  Open to all

Mondays, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Incarnation
Leaders:  Gary Moen and Steve Dorr
Focus area:  Men

Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m. at Incarnation
Leader:  Anne Cremons
Focus area:  Open

Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Incarnation
Leaders:  Don and Martie Martin
Focus area:  Open

Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Incarnation
Leader:  Katrina McCarthy
Focus area:  Moms (elementary to high school)

More New Small Groups

NOOMA small group for women

Once/month on Mondays, 7:00-8:30 p.m., starting in September

Watch a variety of short NOOMA films, created by Rob Bell, on how the Christian faith speaks to life today.  Connect and talk with other women about the films in a small group setting.  Each film takes up a new faith topic and explores how faith and life intersect.  This group is an opportunity to get together with new people, while taking a new step in your faith journey. Leader:  Jennie Norberg.  More information: www.nooma.com.  Register: dfloe@incarnationmn.org.

Goliath Must Fall Small Group for Young Adults

Once/week on Thursdays from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., October 12 to November 16

Connect with other young adults (post high school/pre baby) in a small group setting, while exploring Louie Giglio’s, Goliath Must Fall. Goliath Must Fall uncovers a newfound twist on the classic story of David and Goliath. The key to living free from our giants is not better slingshot accuracy, but keeping our eyes on the one and only giant-slayer—Jesus. Suggested Contribution: $5. For more information or to register, contact: Kbloxham@incarnationmn.org.

Sunday Morning small group

Once/month on Sundays, 9:45-10:45 a.m., starting in September

Sunday morning small groups are a chance to connect with others and take part in a conversation on faith, based on a short reading and brief video. The groups are easy-to-do, with no preparation. No experience is needed. And, the groups are convenient, meeting for just 60 minutes. You’ll know and recognize more people after taking part in the group. The conversations will be a blend of rich, meaningful discussion with enjoyable dialogue and light-hearted laughter. You’ll leave with thought-provoking, hopeful messages and an upbeat start to the week. For more information or to sign-up, contact dfloe@incarnationmn.org.

Small Groups for Moms

Get to know new people, especially other moms with children the same ages as your children. Enjoy a fun and meaningful conversation to take a next step in your faith and find ways to bring your faith into your life and your family. These small groups are designed to be easy to do, with little or no preparation, and a valuable time with laughter and fun conversations, along with new discoveries to enrich your life and faith. For morning groups, child care is available for an additional cost, with pre-registration by mid-September. The child care cost is $5/child/session or $10/family/session (payment requested at the start of the group with scholarships available).

God Loves Moms small group

Once/month on Fridays, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Focus area: Moms with young children (infants to early elementary)

How does God show love to you and through you to others? How does God show up in the challenges and blessings of a typical day? This small group is a chance to meet other moms and gather around the stories of women in the Bible. It’s a chance to explore how each woman in the Bible served as an example of God’s love – and how you do too! Take a break to discover God’s love for you and how it shows through you to others! The group will gather around the book God Loves Moms (cph.org/p-18457-god-loves-moms.aspx). Suggested contribution: $10.

Friendship & Purpose with God’s Love small group

Twice/month on Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Focus area: Moms (open to all moms, designed for moms of preschoolers)

Friendship – it’s a gift that God wants for us, but in today’s busy world it can often get lost, set aside, or be tough to do. This small group is a chance to remember that Jesus is the ultimate friend, offering us love unconditionally and showing us how to love others. The group is also a chance to unpack what it means to be a friend and to love one another. The group will use the faith study “We Saved You a Seat” to guide the conversation and spark new ideas (www.lifeway.com/n/Product-Family/We-Saved-You-A-Seat). Meet new people and join the conversation! Suggested contribution: $10.

Holy Moments small group

Once/week on Thursdays, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Focus area: Moms (open to all moms, designed for moms of middle/elementary school children)

What are the small, ordinary moments that make up your life? Our lives are lived small moment to small moment, in simple ordinary days. Yet, we all wonder when the big, larger-than-life moments will come along. We find ourselves asking, “Are we doing enough? Is our life big enough?” What if we believed that the small, ordinary moments are holy moments? What if we discovered God at work, weaving together a beautiful tapestry from the small holy moments of our lives? Through humorous stories and engaging conversation, this group will discover the value of simple moments and watch for God’s presence all around us, giving purpose and meaning to each day. The group is based on “The Church of the Small Things” (www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0m7pqnf3f4). Suggested contribution: $5.

Contact Denise Floe by email or at 651-484-7213 to hear about other small groups in the planning stages.

Connecting in Grace small group for moms (elementary to high school)

Once/month on Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Connect with other moms in an easy-to-do, once-a-month small group for conversations about faith and how to connect faith with daily life.  This group will offer plenty of opportunities to get to know one another, along with a chance to consider how to live out our faith with our families and in the wider world.  Dive deeper into your faith by exploring topics like grace and love, generosity, relationships, spiritual hunger, service, discovery, and more.  The group will use the new faith study, Connecting in Grace: Filled by God’s Grace (see description above).  Suggested contribution: $10.

How do I sign-up?

To sign up or for more information, contact Denise Floe by email or at 651-484-7213. Space is limited in each small group, so sign up early!

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