We all desire to be known and loved, yet in today’s world, true friendships are hard to come by. Soul Connection Groups are a place to experience real connections with God and others as you grow in grace together. These groups are all about moving closer to God by living out our faith, not just learning more about our faith. They prioritize transformation over information and relationships over rigidity. We really believe “We’re Better Together” at First United Methodist Church and desire for every single person to live out this truth in the context of transformative community.
Interested? Fill out the Soul Connections Interest Form and let us help you find a group.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are Soul Connection Groups important?
When something we need and count on is broken, we seek help to repair it. We quickly call the mechanic or our doctor to get it fixed. Yet, our spiritual lives aren’t quite that easy to correct. None of us are capable of “fixing” ourselves alone. Soul Connections offer a safe place, at a set apart time, to build meaningful community, share the state of our souls, discern God at work in our everyday lives, and encourage one another to live in God’s grace. These groups keep our eyes and our hearts focused on God in the ordinariness of our days and give us people to journey with through the ups and downs of life.
The Power of Two Simple Questions.
Soul Connection Groups are based around two primary questions: “How is it with your soul?” and “How have you experienced God this week?” These questions stem from John Wesley’s class meetings, the engines for growth in faith and discipleship of the early Methodist movement. Knowing that you will be asked these questions every week, will lead you to pay more attention to your daily spiritual formation and help you to be “real” with others in a world that shies away from vulnerability at all costs. You will begin to see the subtle and obvious ways God is moving in your life, as well as the lives of others in your group. Consistently answering these questions in front of other believers, who are all on the same journey as you, is a powerful practice the Holy Spirit will use to draw you closer to God.
What is the format of a Soul Connection Group?
Groups of 8 – 12 people will meet for an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes once a week. Our first launch will require a 6-week commitment beginning the week following Ash Wednesday throughout the season of Lent. Confidentiality is expected. We will open and close with prayer and a short time of discussion on the previous week’s Scripture passage from worship. But again, the key component of Soul Connection Groups are discussions and answers to the two questions “How is it with your soul” and “How have you experienced God this week?”
How do I get in a Soul Connection Group?
The easiest way to get into a Soul Connections group is to fill out our Interest Form here. Also, from January 24th – February 14, after every Sunday service, there will be a Soul Connection Group representative in the lobby area to answer your questions and help you register.
For more information, contact Rev. Ben Wills.
Spring 2021 Groups
|Groups Hosts||Group Make-Up||Time|
|John Morgan and Christina Jackson||Young Adults and Parents of Young Children||Thursdays at 7:00 PM|
|Kim Burch||Parents||Wednesdays during Kid’s Ministry|
|Jay and Ida Russell||Couples||Tuesdays at 6:00 PM|
|Jennifer Emery||Intergenerational||Mondays at 6:00 PM|
|Sammi and Ben Wills||Intergenerational||Sundays at 6:00 PM|
|Elissa Lamoree||College Students||Mondays at 6:30 PM|