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the avenue church groups
NOTE: All groups will follow CDC and Palm Beach Guidelines for staying safe during Covid-19 Pandemic.
Salt and Light: Adult Sunday School (Mixed)
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.
Contact : Matt Mueller *Will be Zooming.
Sole Sisters (Running/Walking Group)
When: Sundays, 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.
Contact: Amanda Devlin or 561-541- 8787
Missional Community: High School Ministry Oversight
When: Each Tuesday, 7 PM- 9 PM Where: Sam and Clara Powers Home
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
GLOW: Middle School (6th -8th grade)
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!
Contact: Sam Powers
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!
Men’s Bible Study
When: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM Where: Avenue Church Offices.
Join us for a 5-week study of the book “The Five Marks of a Man.” The author, Pastor Brian Tome, calls on men to examine themselves and take steps in the direction of the adventure of a fully realized manhood that honors God, respects women, elevates others, and works purposefully for an end greater than their own satisfaction or pleasure.
Contact: Rick Ireland
When: Wednesdays, 7 PM Where: Backyard of the Greenes, 8145 Mystic Harbor Circle, Boynton Beach.
This group is led by Jerry and Liz Hablitzel and 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.
Contact: Jerry Hablitzel
Missional Community: The Hinz’s Home
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.
Contact: Nathan Hinz
High School Crew (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!
Contact Sam Powers
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.
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
11th Element CrossFit Group
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!
Contact: Logan Poirier
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
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."
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.