Small Groups

Our basic assumptions

1. Our God is a caring God who wants us to experience the richness and support of a caring community.

2. The church is to be a caring community that offers close, accepting relationships through careful listening, forgiving attitudes, personal care, and encouragement for Christian discipleship.

3. Personal care and community become most concrete and meaningful in small groups of 12 or less. At BMC we call these Small Groups.

4. Small Groups are the key caring structure of our church. Small Group leaders are supported and supervised by our pastor for providing an environment of care for each member.

5. BMC’s leadership invites all attendees to become part of a Small Group!

Qualities of a Small Group

* Has five to twelve members.

* Comes together around a common interest or need.

* Meets regularly (usually twice a month).

* Is people-centered. Meetings include building relationships.

* Groups agree to confidentiality. Nobody criticizes behind another’s back.

* Group members listen to, care for, laugh with, and support each other.

* Groups are encouraged (but not required) to consider ways of doing study together and to consider ways of offering service outside of the group.

Small Group Options, Spring 2016 – Spring 2018

1. Rewilding Our Way

Leader: Morgan Shimabuku (503-975-1623 / morganshimabuku@gmail.com)

When: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:30-9:00pm OR different day/time if group decides.

Where: Meeting in members’ homes.

The “Rewilding Our Way” Small Group will primarily draw its inspiration and discussion from one of the newest and highly invigorating Mennonite Herald Press books: Rewilding the Way: Break free to follow an untamed God by Todd Wynward (270 pages). As a group, we will set out on a journey together, with Todd Wynward’s words to lead the way, asking questions, challenging our personal faith-based assumptions and exploring the “wilder” side of Jesus’ life and message. If you struggle with or worry about our culture’s (and/or your personal) attachment to a “good life” based on technology, monetary status, and the fossil-fuel based economy, but you aren’t yet sure what to do about it, then this group will be great for you! We will seek out a service project that provides everyone in the group with an opportunity to experience creation in a way that brings us closer to the untamed God that we are exploring through our gatherings.

2. The Periodically Pious Pickers

Leader: Jonathan Falk (303-506-5364 / jonathan@jwfalk.com)

When: 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month, 6:30-8:30pm.

Where: Meeting at the Church

A group of musicians that meet to sing familiar and new songs that are roughly in the ‘folk/bluegrass’ space with occasional dalliances into rock, gospel and blues. Singers and instrumentalists welcome! We will play during BMC’s worship service once or twice/month.

3. Good Food, Friends, and Faith (GF3)

Leaders: Berit Jany (614.915.2500 / beritjany@aol.com) and Terry Mast (720.340.2220 / terry.mast@gmail.com)

When: 2nd Sunday of the month, 5-7:30pm, plus 4 Saturday afternoons per year.

Where: Meeting in members’ homes.

At our Sunday meetings, we’ll meet for a brief Bible passage reading and reflection, followed by snacks and game playing. On our quarterly Saturday gatherings, we will spend time baking and wrapping items as an outreach project before enjoying a potluck supper together. (The food creating and food sharing may be based on International menu suggestions.) After worship on the day following these activities, we will sell our baked items to raise funds for outreach and hospitality. A certain number of the items will also be kept frozen at the church for spontaneous gifting to new visitors.

4. Stitchery Social

Leader: Sandi Sanborn (303-464-9856 / celialynn@earthlink.net)

When: 2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month, 10am-noon.

Where: Meeting in members’ homes.

The Stitchery Social group will provide a craft environment of teaching, learning, supporting each other to form a community of care and growth. We welcome all to enjoy crafting, crocheting, knitting, cross stitching, sewing. All ability levels are welcome. Beginners will find the help they seek and advanced stitchers will be encouraged to share their knowledge.

Envisioned service project: making bags for school kits for MCC and for personal care items for EFAA.

5. Life Hacks for World Servers

Leaders: Jan DeCourtney (303-527-2886 / coloradojan97@yahoo.com) and Ellen Morrison (303-955-1422 / ellendelano@comcast.net)

When: Once a month for 1-1/2 hours. Date and time TBD by group members (not Wednesdays or Sundays).

Where: Meeting in members’ homes.

How can we cut through the details of daily life to save time, energy, and money? This group will share tips, ideas, resources, and invite wise members of our congregation to speak, all to help each other simplify our lives and make them work better so we can be of more service to the world. On one level, everything is service, so anyone who wants a more efficient life is welcome.

Possible service projects:

  1. Collect ideas for a booklet to share with the congregation.
  2. Fulfill some need at the church or assist church members needing help.

6. Centering Prayer/Meditation

Leaders: Mary Jungerman (720-539-3885 / mcjungerman2@gmail.com) and Kathy Streid Noe (303-449-3183 / kadoodle09@gmail.com)

When: 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month, 11:00am-12:15, followed by optional lunch.

Where: Meeting in Group Leaders’ or members’ homes.

We will gather to nourish our spirits and each other with centering prayer and meditation. A brief reading or verbal reflection that draws from sacred wisdom traditions which are in harmony with and including the Bible will provide the container, support or guidance that leads into our meditation/centering prayer. The leadership style will encourage all participants to share their wisdom and experience with the group during the opening and if desired teaching different forms of centering prayer and meditation. Following the time of silence, we will have a structured personal sharing time, and informal sharing among those who choose to stay for lunch. Research and experience show that centering prayer/meditation help sharpen our mental faculties, improve our emotional and physical health, and sense oneness with our Creator and all creation. A service project will be decided by the group.

7. Walk and Talk

Leader: (contact churchadmin@bouldermennonite.org for leader information)

When: 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month, 8-9:30am.

Where: Meeting at the Church and walking from there.

Gather for a short devotional thought, then we’ll walk the neighborhood paths and streets for an hour. Talking along the way will allow us to get to know each other, to support each other, to share with and learn from each other. And we know that walking is a way to care for our bodies. Prayer for each other will close our time. Service project will include picking up trash as we go. Other projects to be determined by the group.

8. Discovering the Historical Jesus

Leader: Eldon Mast (303-478-2673 / eldon.s.mast@gmail.com)

When: 1st Sunday of the month, 7:30-9pm

Where: Meeting in group leader’s home.

Springing from an investigation into ZEALOT: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan, this group explores the history of Jesus of Nazareth and his context.


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