Community Groups, or “RezGroups” as they are affectionately known in our church, provide a forum for people to practice Christian faith in community. Typically consisting of 8-14 people, RezGroups meet together in homes on a weekly or semi-weekly basis for fellowship, Bible study, worship, prayer, and service. (Meeting times and locations vary.) Some groups are more fellowship-oriented and have meals together often, others like to study more, and some specialize in practices of prayer. There is probably a group well-suited to your current situation and interests.
In a lonely, frenetic city like Washington, DC, RezGroups provide an oasis of spiritual and relational refreshment, where people connect more deeply with God by connecting more deeply with God’s people. Those who have been part of a RezGroup can’t imagine not being in one! RezGroups are important because there are aspects of a healthy, growing spiritual life that simply cannot take place in the weekly worship service of the whole church. RezGroups create a vibrant context for questioning, discussion, sharing, prayer, and meeting one another’s needs. RezGroups allow you to experience more deeply what it means to be part of a church family.
Here are three different types of groups you can join:
- RezGroups: Starting up again the week of January 12th, these ongoing groups meet throughout the city to be formed together in gospel practices, categorized in terms of four different movements: Up: rejoicing in who God is and what he has done. Down: studying and applying scripture. In: relating to one another in joyful fellowship. Out: revealing Christ in the home, workplace, and city. Here is a list of current RezGroups. Find a group you would like to try and get in touch with the contact person listed.
- RezFoundations: This class provides an overview of the Bible; catechesis from the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Ten Commandments; and lessons on important Anglican distinctives. A great way to grow in your understanding of the faith and to build new relationships in the church, Rez Foundations is also a prerequisite for membership and confirmation. The group will meet on Wednesday evenings at the Rez House (807 Independence Ave SE), beginning on January 15th. You can find a schedule and list of teachers here. Send an email to Tinbit Alemayehu to sign up.
- BetaGroups: BetaGroups are limited-term groups that have a particular focus. This term we have one BetaGroup and it will be a study of the book, The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story, 2nd ed. by Craig G. Bartholomew and Michael W. Goheen. The group will meet on Thursdays from February 27th to April 2nd at the Rez House (807 Independence Ave SE). Send an email to Matt Wilcoxen to sign up.