Living out our faith together as a family at First United Methodist Church Winter Park
What is a Connect Group? We believe that everyone who desires to be a part of the vibrant family of FUMCWP should find a group of people to live out their faith in Christian community. Connect Groups are informal gatherings in homes of 6-12 people that meet weekly for fellowship, sharing, prayer, and reflection. The Connect Group gives us the opportunity to live out our faith, not in isolation, but as a family in a small group.
The groups come in all shapes and sizes, married couples, singles, men, women, all ages- the list goes on. No matter where you are in life, everyone would be blessed to belong to a Connect Group.
How do you start this journey? Well, first let us know if you want to find a group, start a group, or simply learn more.
“I was saved within a Connect Group setting while in college. God reached me through people who were in the same walk of life, fellow students. Years later I met my wife through a similar Connect Group being in community with those in the same stage of young adult life. We’ve hosted our own life groups since and have walked through various stages of life together which included miscarriage, job loss, moves, adopting our beautiful son, and more. It’s very personal and it’s a great way to grow, through relationships with others.”
This is what Connect Groups are all about, Leading one another to the feet of Christ and living out our faith together in community. We are looking for people who like us are passionate about Connect Groups, willing to facilitate a group like this in 2017.
“I believe in connect groups, and how God uses these connections between us to draw us closer to Himself. He definitely sharpens our faith as we walk alongside each other.
I actually didn’t love the first couple of connect groups I tried, but I didn’t give up on finding the right fit for me. My husband and I started attending a married couples group, years ago, and we hit it off with everyone. Something just clicked there.
Into our second year of meeting together, our church suffered the terrible loss of our lead pastor. It was a great time of transition and uncertainty for the whole congregation. I know if it weren’t for the strong bond we formed in our connect group, we would not have transitioned through that season as well. We felt God leading us within our meetings and studies, despite the turmoil at the head of our church. Our group still meets till this day, years later. We do life together. We’ve become great friends, accountability partners and supporters of each other’s faith. We’ve truly become a spiritual family.”