Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a small group?
- How important are small groups?
- When and where do they meet?
- How long do they last?
- What is the required commitment?
- What will I study?
- How do I choose a small group?
- How do I signup for a small group?
- What happens when I sign up?
- Can I invite others to my small group?
What is a small group?
Small Groups at Golden Hills Community Church are comprised of 5-20 people who meet together weekly for about 1-2 hours. The groups typically last between 8-12 weeks and are the perfect place to meet new friends, grow in your faith and learn more about the Bible. These groups meet during the week in homes and offices in various locations and study a variety of different topics.
How important are small groups?
Here at Golden Hills, we believe Small Groups are an incredibly important part of a person’s spiritual growth. They're the place where great relationships are formed as we study God's Word together, while supporting and sharing our lives with one another. We believe that meeting together on a regular basis is time well spent.
When and where do they meet?
Small Groups meet on various nights of the week in homes throughout East County and beyond. Most evening groups meet between 7-9 pm. We also have some daytime groups and those meeting times vary.
How long do they last?
Each Small Group session lasts between 8 to 12 weeks. We have Fall, Winter & Spring sessions. At the end of each session, you will have the choice of staying in the same group, trying a new group or even taking a break. Most groups stay together throughout the entire year or longer. If you find yourself in a group that’s a great fit for you, by all means, stay! Most Small Groups do not meet July and August.
What is the required commitment?
Joining a Small Group requires an 8 to12 week commitment to attend the weekly meetings and do the homework ahead of time. Obviously, allowances are made for sickness, vacation, work conflicts and other special events. Strong commitments are the key to a healthy Small Group. You have the first three weeks to attend the group to make sure it's a good fit for you. It’s a short term commitment that will make a positive impact on your life!
What will I study?
Our groups cover many different topics. Some go through books of the Bible while others study different topics that are relevant to Christian living. We also have groups that are based on the previous weekend's message. These "sermon-based" Small Groups are a great opportunity to roll up your sleeves and discuss how the weekend's message works in real life. Each week there will be a study guide that you can download or pickup on your way into church. The study guide has questions to answer and a sermon outline to help you study before your Small Group meets. It will usually take 20 to 40 minutes per week to complete the homework.
How do I choose a small group?
Our groups are divided into the following Group Categories: Books of the Bible, Recovery, Special Interest, Topical and Sermon-Based. When choosing a group, you may decide you want to meet with people who are in a similar life stage. Our groups are divided in the following Life Stages: Young Adult (18-25), Singles, Married, Coed, Seniors, Men Only or Women Only.
How do I signup for a small group?
Before each Small Group trimester begins there are three ways to sign up for a group: on our website, at our weekend services, or by calling the church office. There are four sign-up Sundays before the beginning of our Fall session in September, our Winter session in January and our Spring session in April. During the Sunday services, Small Group staff members and pastors are available to help you choose a group and answer any questions. We will also have catalogs available to help you choose the right group.
You can call the Small Group office at any time to speak to Small Group staff members who can assist you in finding and signing up for a group, or answer any questions at (925) 516-0653 ext. 7150
What happens when I sign up?
When you sign up, the leader of your new Small Group will contact you to introduce themselves.Once you’ve both determined their group is the right fit for you they will provide you with the address of the group’s meeting place, the date and time you’ll be starting on, and all the other information you’ll need to have a great small group experience.
Can I invite others to my small group?
Absolutely! Just be sure you connect with your Small Group Leader to be sure there’s room in the group. If so, you can invite as many friends, co-workers, neighbors or family as you want. Small Groups are designed to get people connected to our church and to one another. The more people, the better.