how to connect at Zion

Connect by gathering with us over coffee and donuts after worship


Connect by joining us for a Discipleship Elective during our Christian Education Hour


Connect by participating in our Midweek Fellowship Supper and Bible Studies


Connect by discovering a place to serve at Zion


Connect by finding a more intimate community in a LIFE Group


We were created for relationships. As a people created in the image of God, we are created by a God who exists in relationship with himself. While corporate worship and discipleship electives allow for directed teaching time, they do not allow for the formation of significant relationships, real intimacy, or discussion. Our Life Groups do allow for these things to take place in an atmosphere where people can be known and cared for in the context of loving community centered around the gospel. We invite you to get involved in one of our Life Groups as we seek to grow in greater knowledge and love for the Lord Jesus Christ together in community.


"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up." 1 Thes. 5:11

Connect in l.i.f.e. groups

We are committed to developing disciples who are growing in fellowship and service to their Christian brothers and sisters. One of the ways we foster this commitment is through the development of L.I.F.E. groups.

L.I.F.E. groups are a good place in church life where the “one another” passages of the bible can be carried out. In a sense, this makes L.I.F.E. groups, or community groups, a “contrived necessity.” Contrived in the sense that genuine community is organic and flows out of an individual's understanding and application of the gospel. Real relationships aren't organized or programmed, and L.I.F.E. groups will never replace genuine, godly relationships.

 

But, by God's grace, they will provide the context for those relationships to begin to develop around the gospel. So, they are also a necessity in the sense that in our day and age, we live in an increasingly fractured world where most people have little experience with “whole” relationships. Divorced homes, commercialism, the automobile, and modernism have all contributed to a culture where we are less dependent on each other and more individually oriented. We need to be put in a context where our lives mesh together.

 

L.I.F.E. groups can become the primary place where lives are known and shared, where wounds are exposed and healed, and where burdens are revealed and carried. When a member of the L.I.F.E. group is in the hospital, the L.I.F.E. group rallies around that individual and their family. When someone’s life is falling apart, the members of the L.I.F.E. group should become aware of it long before anyone else does and should begin to apply God's word in a way that encourages, teaches, rebukes, and trains for righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16-17). When a family has a death, the L.I.F.E. group is able to plan to help with the extra expenses of a trip home and the emotional care of losing someone close. The end result is that God's people are learning that the truths of his Word and the promises of the gospel are genuine and real. These truths apply to the reality of their lives, and they begin to see them fleshed out in a way that promotes genuine gospel living. 


We desire for our L.I.F.E. groups to be a place where we can LEARN together by studying the scriptures and inquiring how the gospel applies to our daily lives. Since prayer is what unites us around God's throne, L.I.F.E. groups provide a place where we can INTERCEDE through prayer for one another. They also provide opportunities for FELLOWSHIP with others by sharing time and our needs, bearing one another's burdens, and encouraging one another.  Lastly, L.I.F.E. groups provide us the opportunity to live in an EXTERNAL manner by investing in the lives of those in our community (neighbors, co-workers, and friends) through sharing the love of Christ and extending mercy to those in need.

Central Columbia

The second and fourth Wednesday night at 7:00 PM.  Contact Dustin or Tenisha Mitchell.

 

County Wide

The first and third Sunday. Contact Bill Courter.

  

Sunnyside Area (A)

The first and third Sunday nights of the month. 6:30-8:00PM. Contact Paul or Kim Brenner. 


Sunnyside Area (B) 

The second and fourth Wednesday nights of the month. 6:30-8PM. Contact Chad or Jessica Middlebrooks.

 

Williamsport Area

The first and third Sunday nights of the month. 5:30-7:30PM. Contact Larry Rhodes.