All people who attend Hyattsville Mennonite Church are encouraged to join a small fellowship group. These groups may include people interested in a particular focus, such as Bible study, music or book study, or people who are more generally interested in fellowship. Components of group meetings may vary, but usually include some aspects of nurture of members, worship together and mission toward others.
All groups are encouraged to become real community to each other, providing care in the spirit of Christ. A fellowship group can become the primary unit of the church family, with whom struggles and victories, sorrow and joys, may be shared without any fear of condemnation, criticism, too much advice or breach of confidence. Small groups are formed on request under the guidance of the pastorate. The pastorate can also create or convene small groups and responds to requests for group membership, solicits new members, provides guidance for small groups and assists in reorganizing groups periodically.
The pastorate is trying to improve how we nurture existing small groups, and structure and form new ones. Over the next few months we expect some new groups will form, others will add new individuals and others will remain the same.
For more information on the purpose and guidelines for small groups click here.