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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.
When: Mondays at 7:30 PM Where: Virtual
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. There is also a time of worship and amazing fellowship!
Sign Up Here Contact: Pete & Laura Corwin
When: Mondays, 7:00-9:00 PM, beginning Jan. 18 Where: 8145 Mystic Harbor Cir., Boynton Beach
What if your marriage isn’t as much about you and your spouse as it is about you and God? Sacred Marriage invites you to view your marriage in a new and different light—as a spiritual discipline, a means whereby you can come to know God more fully and intimately. This group will enrich any marriage of any age or stage. We will be meeting in the backyard of Derek and Susie Greene’s home, outdoors and socially distanced. This study/discussion group is based on the book Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas.
Sign Up Here Contact: Jerry Hablitzel or Liz Hablitzel
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.
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!
Women’s Bible Study 1: Bad girls of the bible
When: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM, Starting Jan. 20th Where: Trinity Historic Chapel
Learn the truth about God’s goodness from the Bible’s “bad girls.” Think you’ve gone too far? Done too much? Take heart—you’re not alone! Eve had food issues. Potiphar’s wife and Delilah had man trouble. Lot’s wife and Michal couldn’t let go of the past. Sapphira couldn’t let go of money, and Jezebel couldn’t let go of anything! Yet the woman at the well quenched her thirst for truth, while Rahab and the sinful woman left their sordid histories behind. Let ten Bad Girls from the past show you how God can transform your future. Childcare available with advance registration.
Men’s Bible Study: The Chosen!
When: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM, starting Jan. 20th Where: Avenue Church Offices
Men! Join us as we watch and discuss the first ever multi-season historical drama about Jesus’ life. It looks afresh at Jesus through the eyes of His closest followers and will encourage you wherever you are in your faith journey. Each week we watch an episode together and discuss how the Person and Words of Jesus impact our lives.
Women’s Bible Study 2:Core Healing
When: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM, Starting Jan. 20th Where: Trinity Historic Chapel
Core Healing is designed to help trauma survivors move beyond trauma’s complex impact on mind, body, emotions, and relationships. The course workbook offers proven therapeutic techniques to help you heal at the core of your being, building your sense of purpose, competence, identity, safety, and belonging. Integrating biblical principles with evidence-based counseling methods and current research in neuroscience, Core Healing offers transformative hope to help you enjoy life again. It will help you move beyond anxiety, depression, helplessness, anger, and fear. You will learn to understand and manage trauma stored in your body so that the trauma you experienced no longer dominates your life. Childcare available with advance registration.
When: Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 PM Where: TBD
This group will be studying the book Boundaries, written by Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend. Just as there are physical laws that can be observed and govern matter, boundaries are the God-created physics of relationships. The primary purpose of healthy boundaries is to promote love and freedom while reducing resentments. As we unpack the “laws of boundaries” we will learn how to bring new health to our relationships. We’ll discover first-hand how sound boundaries give us the freedom to walk as the loving, giving, fulfilled people God created us to be. Many have found the principles of this book to be life-transforming. These groups have always been lots of fun, laughs, and tears, and an opportunity for personal growth and new friendships.
Missional Community: Middle school ministry oversight
When: Each Thursday, 7:00-9:00 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.
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!
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 of this Missional Community have included “Jesus Rocks Barbecue,” “Alpha Group,” and our newest monthly churchwide outreaches/fellowships called “Outdoor Nights.” For our study, we typically discuss the previous Sunday’s sermon.
Keep Going: Men’s Running Group
When: Fridays, Ongoing always, 6:00-7:15 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!
Missional Community: Recovery Church Delray
When: Each Fridays, 6:30-8:30 PM Where: Avenue Church Office
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. This MC’s mission is Recovery Church Delray Monday Nights and the Recovery Community of the Delray-Boynton area. How can we help newly sober individuals continue in sobriety, begin a relationship with Jesus and follow Jesus more whole-heartedly? This is one of the main questions driving how we live life on mission together for Jesus at the RCD MC. The best place to start is by going to RCD on a Monday night in Trinity’s Sanctuary at 7 pm to experience Recovery Church.
11th Element CrossFit Group
When: Saturdays, Ongoing always @ 8:30-10 AM. Where: HYPE Delray, 240 SE 2nd Ave. Delray Beach, Fl.
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!
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.