Adult Groups & Classes
Are you longing for meaningful relationships as you grow into your full potential in Christ? While participating in weekend worship services is essential, you also need a smaller group. We like to say that everyone needs to move…
…from sitting in rows to sitting in circles.
…from looking at the backs of other people’s heads to looking at faces.
…from listening to a monologue to sharing in a dialogue.
…from making acquaintances to making friends.
When you join a group or a class, you will be encouraged to take your next steps in your faith. As you discuss the Bible and how it applies to life, you will become more like Jesus. Your group members will encourage you to put your faith in action in your daily life. You will learn how to read and study your Bible not only in class, but on your own time as well. As you discuss life, share prayer requests and get to know group members, you will develop caring, supporting friendships. We regularly hear stories of how group members have visited each other in the hospital, provided meals for each other, helped each other move, and become the friends we call when it is time to have fun. We encourage you to join a group or class today!
While all of our groups and classes offer spiritual growth and relationships, we have created four environments that each offer a different experience.
A small group consists of 6 to 12 people who meet regularly to discuss and apply the weekend sermon. Most of our small groups meet in members’ homes on weeknights or on Sunday nights. Groups meet weekly or bi-monthly (as decided by the group). Each group is led by a trained leader and host, using the sermon discussion questions and suggested Bible readings provided in the bulletins. A typical meeting lasts for an hour and a half.
You can join a group based on your life stage, or on geography, or the most convenient night of the week. We currently have groups meeting in Ridgefield and Woodland. We have groups for young families, empty-nesters, and everyone in between. We are constantly starting new groups as new leaders are trained and ready. Sometimes it takes two or three groups before you find the perfect fit. But don’t worry, you’ll find it!
If you are interested in joining a group, please fill out the form below and someone will get in touch with you to help you connect with a group leader. If you are interested in leading or hosting a new group, please let us know that as well.
Adult Bible Studies
While there is no ideal environment, many of our adults prefer the more structured format of a Bible study. These groups meet at the church or in homes at varying days and times during the week. Each group is led by a gifted teacher who is well-prepared to lead a study of God’s Word that is both informational and full of life application. Not only will you learn a lot, but you will be challenged to put your faith in action.
The Tuesday Ladies Bible Study is led by Nancy Elson and meets on Tuesday mornings at 9:30am at the church in Room 202.
Butch & Nancy Petrick's Bible Study meets on Tuesdays evenings at 6:30pm at Butch & Nancy’s home. Contact Butch at 360-887-4279 for more information.
The Wednesday Ladies Bible Study offers a morning and evening option to study the same curriculum. Both groups meet at the church. The morning group meets at 9:15am in the Café, and the evening group meets at 6:00pm in the Library.
For more information about any of these Bible Study opportunities, please submit the form below.
Adult Sunday School Classes
Many of our adults prefer the traditional format of a classroom setting at the church on Sundays. Sunday school classes meet at the church at either 9:00 or 10:30am. Classes are taught by experienced teachers. You are welcome to visit any of these classes on any Sunday.
Butch Petrick teaches through books of the New Testament at 9:00am in room 202.
Jim Gola teaches the Senior Adults class at 9:00am in room 221.
Will Thompson teaches on issues and studies related to the end times at 10:30am in room 233.
Dan French teaches through books of the Old Testament at 10:30am in room 202.
For more information about any of these Adult Sunday School Classes, please submit the form below.
Our final environment features groups that gather primarily for the purpose of prayer. These groups meet for approximately an hour to share prayer requests and to pray for each other, for our community, for our church and for others.
Loren Hanna, our Director of Spanish Ministries, leads a bilingual prayer meeting on Wednesdays at 6:00pm in the sanctuary.
The Men’s Prayer group meets on Tuesdays at 6:00am in the sanctuary.
You are welcome to visit and participate in either of these gatherings at any time.