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Our new Fall series and small groups will be kicking off on September 6th! Our hope is to go even deeper as a community into the life-changing truth of the gospel, in the context of where freedom happens best... relationships!

Sunday Groups

sole sisters

(Running/Walking Group)

When: Sundays, starting September 6, 5:00 or 6:00 PM depending on time of year (park closes at sundown).

Where: Caloosa Park, 1300 SW 35th Ave, Boynton Beach

 

Sole sisters is a walking and running group for women of all experience levels who desire to join in the pursuit of relational, spiritual, and physical wellbeing. Whether you're a seasoned runner looking to connect, or you'd just fancy a stroll in the park, all paces are welcome! A special note for moms: can't find a sitter? Bring your kiddos along for this family-friendly activity. Each gathering lasts 75-90 minutes and includes fellowship, devotion, physical activity, and prayer. 

*Will follow along with the sermon series.

Sunday Bible Study

“Salt & Light”

When: Sundays, Year Round, 8:45-9:45 AM

Where: The Ave Church Offices

 

Every Sunday morning this group gathers to engage in fellowship, enjoy coffee, dig into the Bible, and pray and encourage one another. This group studies verse by verse through the Bible. **Will be Zooming.

Monday Groups

Virtual Group:

John & Joy O'Brien

When: Mondays at 7:30 PM, beginning September 7 Where: Online

This group is hosted by John and Joy O’Brien and discusses the sermon from the previous week. The church supplies a discussion guide.

Contact: John O’Brien (jbobrien84@gmail.com). *Group will follow along with the sermon series. **Group will be online.

Tuesday Groups

MISSIONAL COMMUNITY:

HIGH SCHOOL MINISTRY

When: Each Tuesday, 7 PM- 9 PM

Where: On campus in youth room (subject to change)

 

A Missional Community (MC) commits to doing life together and serving a mission together. MCs meet weekly, share a meal, encourage and equip one another, and plan the details of the group’s mission. Group members also covenant to serve the mission for a determined amount of time (usually in 1-year increments). This MC’s mission is Kingdom Students (9th – 12th grade), which is the combined youth group of The Avenue Church and Trinity Lutheran Church. Under the leadership of our youth pastor and MC leader, we serve and support the youth ministry by assisting on Thursday nights, Sunday mornings/afternoons, and with other events, activities, and trips throughout the year. There is a “dating period” before a commitment is required during which time interaction with our students is limited. A background check is also required.

*Group will be discussing High School Ministry Curriculum 

Virtual Group: Charlie & Mary Claire LaLane

When: Tuesdays, Starting September 8th, 7-8:30 PM. Where: Online

This group is hosted by Charlie and Mary Claire LaLane and discusses the sermon from the previous week. The church supplies a discussion guide.

Contact: Charlie LaLane (charlie.lalane@gmail.com). *Will follow along with the sermon series.
**Group will be online.

Wednesday Groups

Men’s Bible Study

When: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM.

Where: Avenue Church Offices.

 

Men! Join us as we discuss the Fall Church-wide sermon series for 8 weeks! Fellowship, small group discussions, prayer! You can join in anytime throughout the 8 weeks! 

*Will follow along with the sermon series.

**Childcare available with advance registration.

Couple's Group

Women’s Bible Study

When: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM.

Where: Avenue Church Offices or Courtyard when it is nicer weather.

 

Ladies! Join us as we discuss the Fall Churchwide sermon series for 8 weeks! Fellowship, small group discussions, prayer! You can join in anytime throughout the 8 weeks!  

*Will follow along with the sermon series.

**Childcare available with advance registration.

GLOW: MIDDLE SCHOOL

(6TH-8th GRADE)

When: Begins September 9, Wednesdays, 7 – 8:30 PM, 8 weeks.
Where: Backyard of the Greenes, 8145 Mystic Harbor Circle,
Boynton Beach.

 

Led by Jerry and Liz Hablitzel, this group is open to all couples. It is an opportunity to gather for fellowship, personal enrichment, and a shared experience of life-changing theology as we discuss the sermon from the previous Sunday. The material is encouraging and challenging, and will lead to self-reflection and marital enrichment. Whether married 5 days or 50 years, you are welcome.
*Will follow along with the sermon series.

When: Each Wednesday 6:30-8:00 PM.

Where: On campus @ Trinity

 

Glow is our main middle school program. Each Wednesday night, middle school students can expect to enjoy food and games, hear a gospel centered message, and engage in small groups! We have a team of dedicated adult leaders who are committed to seeing students grow in their love for Jesus and for one another. We hope to see you there!

THURSDAY Groups

HIGH SCHOOL group

(9th-12th grade)

When: Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 PM.

Where: On campus @ Trinity

 

This is our new High school ministry. Three times per month, students will engage in gender specific small groups led by an adult leader. The aim of these groups is to create a context in which students enjoy being together and can dive deep into their faith. On the Third Thursday of each month, all of the small groups will come together for some fun and fellowship!

Missional Community:

MIDDLE SCHOOL MINISTRY

When: Each Thursday, 7-9 PM.

Where: 1440 Via de Pepi, Boynton Beach

 

A Missional Community (MC) commits to doing life together and serving a mission together. MCs meet weekly, share a meal, encourage and equip one another, and plan the details of the group’s mission. Group members also covenant to serve the mission for a determined amount of time (usually in 1-year increments). This MC’s mission is Kingdom Students (6th – 8th grade), which is the combined youth group of The Avenue Church and Trinity Lutheran Church. Under the leadership of our youth pastor and MC leader, we serve and support the youth ministry by assisting on Wednesday nights, Sunday mornings/afternoons, and with other events, activities, and trips throughout the year. There is a “dating period” before a commitment is required during which time interaction with our students is limited. A background check is also required.

*Group will be discussing sermon series and SOAPING through daily Scripture.

Missional Community: Led by Drew Bencivengo

When: Each Thursday, 7-9 PM.
Where: 14314 Ruby Pointe Dr, Delray beach.

A Missional Community (MC) commits to doing life together and serving a mission together. MCs meet weekly, share a meal, encourage and equip one another, and plan the details of the group’s mission. Missions have included “Jesus Rocks Barbecue” and “Alpha Group.” We will be following along with the sermons.

Contact: Drew Bencivengo, 561 255 2668.

FRIDAY Groups

KEEP GOING: MEN'S RUNNING GROUP

When: Fridays, Ongoing always @ 6-7:15 AM.

Where: starts and finishes at Subculture Coffee

Led by Pastor Casey Cleveland, this group helps guys live with great endurance!  We meet at Subculture Coffee on Fridays at 6 am and go for a 30-minute run followed by coffee and encouraging discussion. All levels of runners welcome!

Contact: Casey Cleveland ().

*Will follow along with the sermon series.

Saturday Groups

Eleventh element

When: Saturdays, Ongoing always @ 8:30-10 AM. 

Where: HYPE Delray in Delray Beach. 240 SE 2nd Ave. Delray Beach, Fl.  (Mixed Group)

 

The Eleventh Element CrossFit group will be doing two things. First, we will work out! We'll spend about an hour doing a group style CrossFit workout. After that, we will have a 30-minute cool down fellowship time. We will share some snacks, replenish our fluids, and engage in a short 10-15 minute "sermonette" style message to fill our souls!

other Groups

DNA Groups

DNA groups are gender specific groups comprised of 3-5 people with the goal of following the ways of Jesus and teaching others to do the same.  These are most often organically produced groups that meet weekly where you will Discover God, Nurture one another, and hold one another accountable.  

WHY SMALL

GROUPS EXIST 
Small Groups have one, simple purpose—to bring people together.

We believe God created us to live in community with others and only then can we experience the full life He intends for us. We believe life change happens in the context of Relationships.
 
Meaningful relationships can be hard to find, and Small Groups exist to make life-changing

relationships  relevant and accessible to you.
 
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."

ECCLESIASTES 4:9-12
 


We believe our church must grow larger and smaller at the same time.
 

We grow larger to reach as many people as possible with the life-giving message of Jesus.

We gather in Small Groups to build community and care for people.


"Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching

and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah."
ACTS 5:42


Small Groups offer people:


1. A Place to connect
"Yes, whatever a person is like, I try to find common ground with him so

that he will let me tell him about Christ and let Christ save him."
1 CORINTHIANS 9:22 TLB

 
We were not made to do life alone. God created us for community, and Small Groups

provide a place to connect with others, share life, and grow in faith together.


2. A Place to protect
"We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So

we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters."
1 JOHN 3:16 NLT

 
It is through life together that our problems become smaller, and God uses others to bring support and encouragement to our lives. Small Groups become a place where others don’t just know your name, but care about what is happening in your life and want to support you in your spiritual journey.

 

2. A Place to GROW
"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."
PROVERBS 27:17

 
We believe every person is created with God-given potential to make a difference in the world. Small Groups are a place you can grow with others to become more like Jesus and reach the potential God has put inside you.

 

 

 


WHAT A SMALL GROUP LOOKS LIKE


Your Life is Your Group

 
We are implementing a free market approach to Small Groups. This means we want people to gather together based on the things they enjoy and are important to them. Essentially, the things you are already doing in your life are the things that can make up your Small Group!
 
Free market leaders form their group around their gifts or interests.
 
From sports groups to lunch groups, mom groups to student groups, Bible study groups to creative arts groups, our groups are as varied as we are. All groups fall within one of 10 hubs. Men’s, Women’s, Marriage and Family, Home Groups, Students, Rooted, DNA, Redemption/Restore, Outreach, and Prayer


Inside these hubs you can become even more specific if you desire to.

For example:  Recovery, Jeeps, Golf, Coffee lovers, running, bird watching, etc.

 

 

 


Group Structure

Groups meet throughout the year in three semesters. 
WINTER/SPRING 13 WEEKS | SUMMER 6 WEEKS | FALL 13 WEEKS
 
Groups meet weekly during each semester.
 
Groups meet in a variety of places like homes, parks, restaurants, coffee shops and office buildings.
 
New groups start every semester making it easy to build community and enjoy different types of groups.


 

 


No matter what your group meets about, each meeting

should be made up of four things:

1. CASUAL FELLOWSHIP
Laid back time for group members to talk and get to know each other. 

2. ACTIVITY OR DISCUSSION 
This will vary based on what kind of group you’re leading. It could be an activity like Frisbee or outreach or a discussion about a book or Sunday message. 


3. PRAYER
Ask for prayer requests from group members and pray at the beginning and/or the end of each group meeting.

 

4. SPIRITUAL COMPONENT
This is what differentiates your Small Group from your neighborhood supper club. Whether it’s through activities or discussion, always find a way to include the Word of God. This can be as simple as sharing something God is teaching you with the group or talking about a verse you read that week.

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DELRAY BEACH, FL 33444

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