Making Connections

Small Group Ministries

There’s A LOT going on this fall…West End is brimming with opportunities to get involved – and better yet – to get connected. 

We have many Adult Small Groups, and volunteer opportunities that provide SO MANY ways for everyone to grow in faith, hope and love.  Take a look at this year’s ministry options to find out where you can connect. If you would like to register as a participant for any groups, please contact the church office: admin@westendcrc.ca or 780-454-8151

If you would like to volunteer for any of these groups, please use the sign up button below.

SMALL GROUP MINISTRIES

INQUIRER'S GROUP

What does it mean to be Christian Reformed?

What is the faith of this church?  What is membership all about? Inquirer’s class is an opportunity to explore some of these areas both for newcomers, adults interested in Profession of Faith, and members who would simply like a “refresher.”  If you are interested in learning more, please contact one of our pastors.

FAITH AND SCIENCE GROUP

This group, led by Pastor Bob, will continue from last season its discussion of Origins: Christian Perspectives on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design, by Christian and Reformed physicists Deborah and Loren Haarsma. We hope to cover Chapters 9-14 this season. If you didn’t participate last year but are curious about how the world and humanity came to be, and you don’t mind “Jumping into the conversation midway,” you’re certainly welcome to join us. This group meets on ZOOM. Contact Pastor Bob for more information.

SENIOR'S BIBLE STUDY

Led by Pastor Lisa, this group meets bi-weekly on Wednesday mornings from 10-11ish am in the church fellowship hall. This season will offer a study on the book of Romans. Begins October 5.

CROSS WEAVERS WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY

This Bible Study group is for women of all ages. This fall we will study Beth Moore’s Children of the Day series, 1&2 Thessalonians. Thursday evenings @ 7pm from Oct 6-Dec 1 ~ Hybrid option available. Contact Jane Schreiber for more information.

WHAT'S SO AMAZING ABOUT GRACE?

“Grace…  I know I need it but am not sure I deserve or have it.”

True grace is shocking because it suggests that no one is unforgiveable. In fact, Jesus said it’s not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  “I have not come to call the righteous,” he said, “but sinners, to repentance.” Pastor Henry will lead this six-session series using the book and video series by Philip Yancey to consider what God’s grace means for us and then through us for our church. Meeting schedule will be based on participants’ schedules. Contact Pastor Henry for more information.

EXPLORING BEYOND LORD'S DAY ONE

A 6-week study of the most loved and celebrated of the Reformed Confessions. Brush up on your confessional knowledge with Pastor Lisa. Every other Wednesday, beginning October 5 from 7:30-9ish pm. A copy of the Heidelberg Catechism and “Comfort and Joy” by Andrew Kuyvenhoven is strongly recommended. Contact Pastor Lisa for more information.

STORY WRITING GROUP

“Leaving a legacy” can mean much more than leaving just money, possessions, and photos for your children and grandchildren. Sharing written stories with them about the most meaningful, telling, and funny experiences in your life can be an amazing gift that will allow them to celebrate your life with you. Banner “In Memoriam” writer Janet Greidanus is well-trained and well-equipped to help guide participants through the process.

HOW (NOT) TO READ THE BIBLE

A 6-week video series during which Dan Kimball guides you step-by-step through making sense of the most misunderstood, difficult, and disturbing Bible passages. Whether you’re a Christian, a doubter, or someone exploring the Bible for the first time, this study is your guide to understanding and contextualizing passages in the Bible that seem to be backwards on topics related to women, science, violence, slavery, and world religions.

This group will meet every other Wednesday with Pastor Lisa from 7:30-9ish pm, beginning September 28.

DINNER AND A BOOK

The last Sunday evening of the month (Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb) at Pastor Lisa’s. We’ll read a variety of books related to faith – some stretching, some comfortable, none perfect. Then discuss it together over a good meal. We will begin with “Furnishing Eternity” by David Giffels; followed by Kaitlin B. Curtice’s “Native: Identity, Belonging and Rediscovering God.”

NEWSHOUND'S SPECIAL

This informal group of seniors will gather once or twice a month in church during the daytime during weeks when the Senior’s Bible Study does not meet. The group will discuss current events as we try to apply our Christian faith to what’s going on out there in God’s world. We will agree to share our honest opinions and agree to disagree graciously wherever necessary. Pastors Bob and Cecil will lead the conversation and, when it comes to sharing their own pet opinions, have agreed to behave themselves. Begins October 12.

HOSPITALITY

A “hands on” group for those interested in helping create a climate of welcoming and generous hospitality for welcome functions and special events. Irene Vanderveen will contact you when events are being planned.  The tasks for these events will be very simple and conducive to children helping.