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 Small Groups

Are you craving meaningful connection along with the spiritual accountability that can accompany sharing your faith with an intimate group? While online groups may leave something to be desired, they CAN offer solace for those who deeply desire connection.

This fall FUMC will be forming small groups for people who wish to grow their faith and trust in God within a small community of 8-10 other people. Groups will meet for 12 weeks. Even members who already participate in other classes will benefit from these smaller gatherings.

Please contact Emily Buchanan, Director of Discipleship, at emily@fumcaustin.org with any questions. Please register online at fumcaustin.org/smallgroups.


 Table for 8

Table for 8 is a fun way to connect with people from FUMC in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Singles, couples, and families of all ages participate in this fellowship ministry that creates dining groups by geographical area. Groups are changed each year, with annual registration in July. They are encouraged to meet three times in the fall and three in the spring. Questions? Visit our FAQ below or email Emily Buchanan, Director of Discipleship, at emily@fumcaustin.org.

Registration for 2020-2021 Table for 8 groups is now closed. 

Please contact Emily Buchanan, Director of Discipleship, at emily@fumcaustin.org. with any questions.

FAQs

Q: How are the groups formed? Can we be in the same group as our friends?

A: Each group will usually consist of seven to ten adults. Since the intent of the dinners is to get to know new people, we will not accommodate requests to be in a certain group. The mystery is part of the fun!

Q: Will there be separate groups for singles and couples?

A: No. Our intent is to mix everyone together.

Q: I don’t have room at my house to host eight people or I really can’t cook!

A: We want you to spend time getting to know one another and to include everyone. We highly recommend rotating hosting duties among group members. However, if that is not feasible, your group might choose to repeat a host home, schedule dinner at church, or meet at a restaurant.

Q: Are children included?

A: Parents may choose to leave their children at home with a sitter or bring them. As part of the registration process, tables will be set as adults only or child friendly. Ultimately, it is up to each group to decide the best options for its participants.

Q: Who cooks all meals?

A: That’s up to your group! We think potluck dinners are fun. You can even pick a “theme night,” (i.e. Italian night, Mexican Night, soup night, etc), and everyone can bring a dish that goes with that theme. Or, restaurants or alternative locations are also an option.

Q: What happens after our final gathering?

A: Hopefully, you will have had a wonderful experience and might even decide to continue to meet as a group. You can also sign up for another round with a new group.

Q: What if I missed the July deadline for registration?

A: Contact Emily Buchanan at emily@fumcaustin.org to determine if any groups have openings or new groups might be forming.


Grief Groups

We are living in such an unprecedented time that almost everyone is struggling with grief and loss, whether it’s the loss of health and safety, the loss of a job, the loss of community, or the loss of normalcy or a daily schedule. Add to that the grief that you may have already been experiencing over the loss of a loved one or a relationship, the loss of a job, divorce, or other life transitions, and it’s almost overwhelming.

If you find yourself struggling to process and in need of a small group support community, sign up below to be included in groups that are forming. Groups will meet for 8 weeks on Zoom, co-facilitated by trained FUMC church members.

If you have questions, please contact Daviss King at daviss@fumcaustin.org or visit fumcaustin.org/grief for more information.