Spiritual growth doesn’t only happen in corporate worship, but often happens in less formal gatherings like small groups. A small group typically meets on a weekly basis for fellowship, study, prayer, and reflection. Small groups of six to 10 people allow us to experience the purpose and power of Christ in our lives, dig deeper into our faith and grow closer to God. We want to help you find a place to truly belong, to celebrate the joys of life and to weather the storms together. And, we want you to become who God made you to be through personal and spiritual growth.
Want to join a new small group?
Two Ways To Get Started!
Start with a new group: Twice a year, St. Luke’s has a launch event. At the launch, you’ll learn what it means to be in a small group and meet others looking for the same type of group. The Small Groups that form at the Launch follow an 8-week curriculum based on building and growing community around issues of faith. After completing the initial curriculum, your group will decide if you want to continue meeting and will have the opportunity to pick new curriculum. Register today for the next launch on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, from 6:30-8 pm, in the Fellowship Hall.
Start your own small group: Do you have friends that are ready to dive deep into Christian study and have meaningful accountability? It only takes three to eight people that share the goal of becoming a more deeply devoted follower of Jesus Christ to start a small group. Let us help you get started! We’ll meet with the group, cast the vision and provide the kickoff curriculum. Contact Rev. Katie Montgomery Mears to get started.
Want to join an existing group?
What is the Old Testament all about? Who wrote it? Have you heard of Esther, Habakkuk, and Nehemiah and wondered who they were, but were too afraid to ask? Join us for a 10-week study of the Old Testament, during which you will gain a deeper understanding of the birth of Israel, its rulers and prophets, the exile and return of the Israelites, and the way that God was with them the whole time.
Tuesdays │ June 4 – August 6
6-7:30 p.m. │ Room ES313/314
Led by Rev. Katie Montgomery Mears and Rev. Thomas Harper
Join us for a special class designed to read the Bible from cover to cover…in 90 days! Ted Cooper, Jr., author of The Bible in 90 Days says, “Reading every word of the Bible is not the norm, nor is doing so in such a short time frame. Something just happens when you do this. In your case, this “something” might be obvious, or maybe it won’t become apparent for a while.” Committing to competing this challenge will positively impact your faith journey in ways you cannot imagine…. sign up today! The registration fee of $15 includes the participant book. An “official” Bible in 90 Days Bible is available for $15, if desired, but any Bible will suffice.
Tuesdays │ June 4 – August 27
6-7 p.m. │Hines Baker Room
Led by Ken and Gail Jacobson and Peggy Keus
In this 10-week course, we will study the groundbreaking book, Bible Women: All Their Words and Why They Matter by Lindsay Hardin Freeman, identifying the women who speak in the Old Testament and learn their words, context, and historical background. God’s sacred circle included mothers, grandmothers, warriors, prophets, prostitutes, and murderers―and readers who take in Bible Women will be changed for the better because of it. Join us as we reflect on how God is speaking through each of these women. Participants will purchase their own book, Bible Women: All Their Words and Why They Matter by Lindsay Hardin Freeman.
Wednesdays │ August 28 – October 30
9-11 a.m. │ Room ES311
Led by Louise McEvoy
Etched Upon the Heart: The Power of Character in Life and Work
Some people strive to be successful. Others strive to be good. Some people strive to be happy. Others strive to be holy. Some people strive to be valued. Others strive to be helpful. Sometimes, we put these sets of traits in conflict with one another, but must it be so? Do we give up success in order to be good? Must we give up happiness to know the holiness of God? Is it crucial to turn away from expecting reward to be a servant of others? At the heart of all these pursuits are questions of character. What are the essential qualities, the internal character traits, like integrity and humility, which guide our actions as men? How do these show up in our life and in our work, and what difference do they really make? Men of all ages are invited to join Dr. Tom Pace for teaching, a light breakfast, and round-table discussion.
Wednesdays, September 18-November 20
6:30-7:45 a.m. | Fellowship Hall
Led by Dr. Tom Pace
Men’s Small Group
Join men of all ages for breakfast, study and fellowship on Thursday mornings.Beginning August 8, the group will study Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference by Philip Yancey. All men are welcome!
Thursdays │August 8-September 12
Led by John Holmes
Men’s Small Group
Join other men (ages 25-45) for a downtown study group at lunchtime on Thursdays. This summer Whitney and Barry will be leading a six-week study on the book by Adam Hamilton, Simon Peter: Flawed But Faithful Disciple.
Thursdays │beginning June 6
Led by Whitney Mears and Barry Alsup
Set Apart: Holy Habits of Prophets and Kings Bible Study
Set Apart is a dynamic six-week study of 1 and 2 Kings that examines the holy habits of the prophets and kings who were set apart by their close walk with God. Each week we will explore the central story of one of these intriguing followers of God and the specific practice each observed, as well as what the Bible teaches about this practice. As we consider their example, we will discover that even prophets and kings struggled and grew in their faith through spiritual practices, and we will learn how to follow God’s unique purposes for us in His Kingdom. Participants will purchase the participant guide Set Apart by Jessica LaGrone.
Mondays │ July 8 – August 12 │ 7:30-9 p.m.
Room ES308/313 │ Led by Catherine Washington and Rebecca Alsup
Mom’s Bible Study
A weekly Bible study for mothers of children, led by Children’s Ministries Director, Julie Ellerbrock. Moms are super busy; yet, we all need time with Christ and time with each other as we journey through motherhood. This commitment is simple – just come. The conversations are rich. The studies are impactful. The relationships formed are life-changing. Childcare is available at no cost to participants with an advance reservation. Contact Adrian Chandler to make a childcare reservation at [email protected]. For more information or to receive a copy of the book or current study, contact Julie Ellerbrock at [email protected].
Tuesdays │ Ongoing
9:15-10:30 a.m. │ Room ES314
Led by Julie Ellerbrock
God and Girlfriends
Throughout the school year, these women gather weekly to study the Bible, encourage each other, and pray. The group includes a variety of ages and professions — all women are welcome. Current members are in their 40s, 50s, and 60s and range from mothers of young children to grandmothers. For information, contact Mary Schuler at 713-402-5008.
Wednesdays │ Ongoing
12 – 1 p.m. │ Room ES306
Busy Moms’ Bible Study
Striking a balance between work, motherhood, and all of the other things that fill up our lives can be tough. Bible study may get pushed to the side because it feels like one more thing on the “to do” list… but the truth is that time spent studying scripture and being in fellowship with other women brings refreshment. Join Lori and Katie on Wednesdays at lunch time for encouragement and meaningful discussion about our faith.
Wednesdays │ Ongoing
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. │ Room ES309
Led by Lori Fahrbach and
Rev. Katie Montgomery Mears
Sundays │ 4-6 p.m. │ September 8 – November 1 │ Led by Brian and Katy Cox
Are you ready to take control of your money? Financial Peace University (FPU) is a nine-lesson course designed to help you build a budget, dump debt, grow your wealth, and leave money stress behind! Each lesson, taught by Dave Ramsey and his team of financial experts, is based on biblical wisdom and common sense. In your FPU group, you’ll be motivated and encouraged by others just like you! When you sign up for FPU, you’ll get your member workbook and one free year of Financial Peace Membership, with access to exclusive online tools to help you on your journey. Cost is $129. Register at https://www.fpu.com/1093354
Six-session program on Sundays | September 8 – October 3 | 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Room ES301
Caregiving, especially for someone dealing with dementia, is difficult and requires special skills and knowledge. The SAVVY Caregiver Class*, presented by Amazing Place, helps caregivers and family members understand the changes a loved one is experiencing and how to provide the best individualized care throughout the progression of dementia. Registration required. For more information and to register for this free program, contact Sharon Cantrell, Caregiver Educator with Amazing Place, at [email protected] or 713-440-8177.
Tuesdays | September 10, 17 and 24 | 6 to 8 p.m. | ES311 | $15 supply fee per person payable at first class | Led by Mary Schuler and Tina Melo
This 3-week class is beneficial for adults of all ages and stages of life, but especially appreciated by those 50+ who want to ensure that loved ones have the documents needed to manage their affairs should they become incapacitated or pass away. This class is for educational purposes and is not intended to provide financial, tax, legal or medical advice. Register below, call 713-402-5087, or email [email protected].
Join us in exploring this creative approach to Bible study. We will share techniques and spend time together in God’s word. No art experience needed. Supply list and Bible selection information will be emailed after registration. Childcare is available with advance registration. Go to https://www.stlukesmethodist.org/childcare-request-form/ to make a childcare reservation.
Fourth Sundays │ Beginning June 23
4:30-6 p.m. │ Room ES306
Led by Sally Penning and Helen Shultz
All are welcome at this growing, informal group interested in learning or brushing up on bridge played by Goren rues. Contact Kathy Austin, 713-252-6727. No reservations necessary.
1:30-3:30 p.m. │ Room EN205
All who enjoy reading and discussing books are welcome. Each month a book is read and then discussed at the meeting. Books are chosen by members of the group and range from the most contemporary to the classics. Whether you read the entire book, make it part way through, or did not have a chance to read it, everyone is welcome to come join! Contact Dorothy Voss, 713-660-7243, for more information.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
The Gown by Jennifer Robson
Educated by Tara Westover
Wild Swans by Jung Chan
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by G. Honeyman
Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock
The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Oil and Marble by Stephanie Storey
Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
The Dairy of a Bookseller by Shawn Bythell
Second Mondays │Monthly
10-11:30 a.m. │ Room ES306
The group plays American Mah Jongg where all levels of experience are welcome. For more information contact Lori Wilson-Reynolds, 713-665-3553.
Mondays (1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th)
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Women’s Night Circle
The Night Circle welcomes all women of the Church and friends to join this caring group of praying and supportive women. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of the month and rotate meeting locations between member’s homes and the Westheimer campus. Programs are presented by members or outside speakers and light refreshments are served. For more information, call Pat Deckert at 713-334-6848.
3rd Tuesdays (monthy)
SCRIPTURE + SHARED
Scripture+Shared is a church-wide Bible Study ministry with materials written by St. Luke’s clergy launched every fall and spring for 8-10 weeks. The studies feature daily and weekly readings, as well as a video lesson. You can access the material by downloading the Scripture+Shared app or by clicking here. For more information contact Kathy Neely or call her at 713-402-5139.
In a Sunday morning class you will find opportunities to enrich your Christian education, continue growing, develop friendships, study, serve and journey together! Not sure which class to try? Stop by the Connection Desk on Sunday morning or contact Kathy Neely for guidance. Classes expect new visitors every week, so feel free to visit! Check out individual class information here.
Ready to move forward on your spiritual journey, transforming your heart, your relationships, and even our city? We all want to live and love more like Jesus each day, but we don’t know where to start, and the last thing we need is another commitment. It just shouldn’t be that the demands of our lives keep us stalled on the journey. We get it- and we care about your spiritual growth and want you to grow constantly in your love for Jesus, for one another, and for the world.
So we designed Starting Point, a three-week class designed to jumpstart your journey! Starting Point Classes take place predominately on the first, second and third Sunday of the month at 11 a.m. (except for July and December) and run just a little more than an hour in the Hines Baker Room.
Week one: “UP” – hearts transformed by a relationship with Jesus
Week two: “IN” – lives transformed by Christian community
Week three: “OUT” – our city transformed by our service and witness
You may take the classes all in a row, or pop into any class you missed the following month. And yes- childcare is always available. To learn more or register, call Rebecca Alsup: 713-402-5032. Or just drop into a class that works for you!
Class schedule for 2019:
Up: August 4, September 8, October 6, November 3
In: August 11, September 15, October 13, November 10
Out: August 18, September 22, October 20, November 17