We use the name "Small Group" to distinguish from the "Big Group"– the entire Bethany family – that gathers for worship in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings. There, we can do many things such as sing, pray, and share the peace with one another. But there are many different ways in which members can connect to God and one another – hence, "Small Groups."
When groups get together to read God's Word in a smaller setting, we are able to ask questions, share experiences that may connect to that Word, and even bring up concerns in the group for which people can pray.
There are other "small groups" in the church that also meet around an interest, instead of a Bible Study. If you like playing on a softball team, participating in communal singing, or going out to eat (and the occasional movie), then some of these other groups may interest you as well.
These are all opportunities to get to know each other outside of the Church services. Our small groups and fellowship groups are another way that we can grow in our faith and service to others at Bethany Lutheran.
After reading about the different groups, you can complete an online interest form, which will be directed to the leader of the group in which you've expressed an interest.
Bible Study Fellowship - Women's Bible study every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at a member's home.
Bible'n' Brew Men's Group - Men's Bible study on the first Tuesday of each month at 8:00 p.m. at a local eatery or a member's home.
Christ for All Nations Bible Study - Adult Bible Study on Saturdays from 5p.m. to 7p.m. in Adult Education Room #3 at Bethany.
Empty Nesters - Bible study and fellowship for (but not limited to) parents with grown children. Meets selected Friday evenings during the school year at members’ homes.
Wine and Word - Women’s Social Group/Bible Study on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00p.m. at a restaurant.
Created2Worship (C2W) - Bethany's praise team of singers and instrumentalists rehearses on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.
Bethany Singers - Vocal choir of youth and adults rehearses in split sessions (Tuesdays and Thursdays) at 7:30 p.m. during the school year in Adult Education Room #3 at Bethany (Wednesdays in the choir loft during Advent and Lent).
Praise Ringers - Handbell choir of youth and adults rehearses on Mondays at 8:00 p.m. in Adult Education Room #3 at Bethany.
Allelu Singers - Children's vocal choir (ages 4 through 6th grade) rehearses on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in Adult Education Room #3 at Bethany.
King's Ringers - Children's handbell choir (ages 5 or 6 through 6th grade) rehearses on Mondays from 7:20 p.m. to 7:55 p.m. in Adult Education Room #3 at Bethany.
Prayer Chains - The Bethany family supports its members and friends through telephone prayer chains. If you have a concern or reason for thanks you would like to have brought before God, we will pray with and for you.
O gracious Lord, grant that we may prize the privilege of prayer. May the matters of our prayers always be humble, raised in supplication, and in unwavering faith in the Son's never-failing intercession. Amen.
For more information, contact the office or call 703-765-8255.
Bethany Daily Prayer Groups Points of Contact:
Prayer Chain, Joyce Pukas, via the church office, 703-765-8255 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Christ for All Nations Prayer Line (conference call), 1-805-360-1000. Pin: 559429#;
Evening Conference Calls: Mondays and Wednesdays: 9 p.m., Fridays 12 midnight to 1 a.m.