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NOTE: All groups will follow CDC and Palm Beach Guidelines for staying safe during Covid-19 Pandemic.

Monday groups

Prayer Group 

When: Mondays at 7:15 PM.
Where: Meets virtually three times per month and in person once a month.

This group prays for the needs of the church and one another, including those submitted via Connect Cards on Sunday mornings and sent to the church during the week. A meal is shared when meeting in person.

Contact:  Pete/Laura Corwin (corwins24@gmail.com).

Boundaries in Marriage

When: Mondays, 7:00-9:00 PM, starts Jan 17, 13 wks.

Where: Avenue Church Office.

Two becoming one: that's the marriage ideal. Maybe you’ve discovered that it’s easier said than done. One-ness is not same-ness. How do we find unity while still respecting our differences? That’s why boundaries—the ways we define and maintain our sense of individuality, freedom and personal integrity—are so important. And it’s why the principles described in this book study are essential if you want your marriage to flourish. Some reading and homework required.

Contact: Jerry Hablitzel (561 504 2832, Hablitzel@aol.com).

Liz Hablitzel (561 632-0996, LKH1178@aol.com).

TUESDAY GROUPS

Missional Community: youth ministry oversight

Missional Community: Youth Ministry Oversight.

When: Tuesdays, 7 PM- 9 PM.

Where: Trinity Campus, Youth Room.

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.

Contact: Sam Powers (sam@kingdomstudent.com).

Home Group: Jeff and Diane Rose.

When: Tuesdays, 7:15-9:00 PM, starts Jan 18, ongoing.

Where: Rose’s Home, 4 Beachway N. Ocean Ridge

Hosted by Jeff & Diane Rose, this group includes fellowship, prayer, and discussion of Sunday’s sermon. Join as we take a deeper dive into the life-changing truths of God’s Word. All are welcome.

Contact: Jeff Rose (jeffrose7777@gmail.com).

WEDNESDAY GROUPS

 

GLOW: Middle School (6th-8th grade)

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

Where: Trinity Campus.

Glow is our main middle school program. Each Wednesday, 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!

Contact Sam Powers (sam@kingdomstudents.com)

 

 

Wed. Women’s Group: Seamless, with Life Inventory.

When: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM. Starts Jan 19, 11 weeks.

Where: Trinity Lutheran Fellowship Hall.

FIRST 2 WEEKS: “LIFE INVENTORY PACKET”: Kick off 2022 with God in community by dreaming, grieving, and celebrating. We will examine every facet of our lives (family, friendship, career, spending, and more) and reorient with a focus on God’s greater and more satisfying purpose for us. With the aid of a “Life Inventory Packet,” we will reflect on what God has done in our past and envision together what lies ahead in 2022!

FOLLOWING 9 WEEKS: “SEAMLESS” BIBLE STUDY: Whether you’ve grown up hearing Bible stories or you’re exploring Scripture for the first time, the full story of the Bible can be overwhelming. In this study, author and teacher Angie Smith shows us how the whole Bible--from Genesis through Revelation—connects as one beautiful, seamless thread.

Cost: $15. Scholarship available upon request.

Contact: Allison Hix (561 901 1302, allison@theavechurch.com).

*Childcare available with advance registration.

 

Men’s Bible Study: 33-The Series

Men’s Group: 33-The Series.

When: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM. Starts Jan 19, 12 weeks.

Where: Avenue Church Office.

FIRST 6 WEEKS, “A MAN & HIS TRAPS”: “Idols” such as control, significance, and comfort can wreak great havoc in your life. Through practical teaching, powerful testimonies, and compelling interviews, you will learn to identify and overcome these traps and thrive in greater freedom and wholeness.

SECOND 6 WEEKS, “A MAN & HIS WORK”:  God created you to work, which you CAN find engaging and enjoyable! Learn how to deal with the tensions and obstacles of work-life, and move beyond frustration to fulfillment.

Cost: $30 for both books. Scholarship available upon request.

Contact: Jon Hix (jonhix@theavechurch.com).

*Childcare available with advance registration.

 

Gospel Community Group, John & Joy O’Brien.

When: Wednesdays, 6:30-8 PM, starts Jan 19, ongoing.

Where: O’Brien’s Home

We welcome individuals and families of all ages and stages to join us for a time of fellowship and encouragement in the Gospel! 

Contact:  Joy O’Brien (561 324 8191, jbobrien84@gmail.com).

Rooted.

When: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 PM, Starts Jan 19, 13 weeks.

Where: Trinity Campus, Hoffman Building, Room 7210.

Whether you are a new believer or have walked with Christ for decades, Matt Chandler’s Recovering Redemption consistently delivers essential theological principles. Join us as we learn about the wondrous gift of salvation and the journey we embark on as followers of Christ. We will take small bites of video with ample time for discussion. This format allows us to question, wrestle deeply, and personally apply profound truths which will set us free. No homework, but regular attendance brings great reward.

Contact: Jerry Hablitzel (jerry@theavechurch.com).

Liz Hablitzel (561 632-0996, LKH1178@aol.com).

*Childcare available with advance registration.

 

THURSDAY GROUPS

Thurs. Women’s Group: Seamless, with Life Inventory.

When: Thursdays, 9:30-11:00 AM. Starts Jan 20, 11 weeks.

Where: Avenue Church Office

FIRST 2 WEEKS: “LIFE INVENTORY PACKET”: Kick off 2022 with God in community by dreaming, grieving, and celebrating. We will examine every facet of our lives (family, friendship, career, spending, and more) and reorient with a focus on God’s greater and more satisfying purpose for us. With the aid of a “Life Inventory Packet,” we will reflect on what God has done in our past and envision together what lies ahead in 2022!

FOLLOWING 9 WEEKS: “SEAMLESS” BIBLE STUDY: Whether you’ve grown up hearing Bible stories or you’re exploring Scripture for the first time, the full story of the Bible can be overwhelming. In this study, author and teacher Angie Smith shows us how the whole Bible--from Genesis through Revelation—connects as one beautiful, seamless thread.

Cost: $15. Scholarship available upon request.

Contact: Allison Hix (561 901 1302, allison@theavechurch.com).

High School Crew (9th -12th grade)

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

Where: On campus @ Trinity

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!

Contact Sam Powers (sam@kingdomstudents.com)

FRIDAY GROUPS

Keep Going: Men’s Running Group

When: Fridays,

Ongoing always @ 6-7:30 AM.

Where: Downtown Starbucks (205 E. Atlantic, Delray)

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

Contact: Casey Cleveland (casey@theavechurch.com).

 

SATURDAY GROUPS

11th Element CrossFit Group, HYPE

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

Where: HYPE Delray in Delray Beach. 240 SE 2nd Ave.

Eleventh Element seeks to combine and elevate the importance of physical and spiritual health. We gather at HYPE Delray at 8:30 for a time of fellowship and a short message followed by a free workout. No prior experience in CrossFit is needed and EVERYTHING can be modified to your current level of fitness. Look forward to seeing you there!

Contact: Logan Poirier (logan.poirier@gmail.com).

11th Element Exercise Group, Purlife 

When: Saturdays, Ongoing always @ 11:00 AM-12:30 PM.

Where: PurLife Gym in Delray Beach. 42 NE 2nd Ave.

Eleventh Element seeks to combine and elevate the importance of physical and spiritual health. We gather at 11:00 for a time of fellowship and a short message followed by a free workout. No prior experience in CrossFit is needed and EVERYTHING can be modified to your current level of fitness. Look forward to seeing you there!

Contact: Mike Critch (mike@mikecritch.com).

Sunday GROUPS

To Know and Be Known by God. If We But Realized: A Study of Ephesians.

When: Sundays, 9:15-10:15 AM, starts Jan 26, ongoing.
Where: Youth Room #8260, upstairs behind gym.

It has been referred to as the Alps of the New Testament, the Mount Whitney of the High Sierras of all Scripture. Some have considered this book as Paul’s crowning achievement in all his writings. Who are the called of God? What does it mean to be a Christian? Are we saints? If we but realized the hope of our calling, the riches of the glory of His inheritance, and the exceeding greatness of His power, what a difference it would make. Join us as we dive deeply into “The Epistle to the Ephesians,” or should we say, “The Epistle to The Avenue Church?”

Contact:  Frank/Jodie Guerrieri (frankg@preferhome.com; jodyg@preferhome.com).

 

 

DNA Groups

When and Where: Various Times and Places

DNA stands for Discover, Nurture, Act. This smaller group (between 2 and 4) focuses on discipleship and mentoring. DNA groups are for Christians who want to dive deeper into the faith and into each other’s lives. A higher commitment is required.

Contact: Jon Hix (jon@theavechurch.com)

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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