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 people looking for the same type of group. The Small Groups that form at the Launch follow a 6-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 Monday, February 10, 2020, from 7-8:30 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?
Join Rev. Katie Montgomery Mears for a 6 week study on Taste and See by Margaret Feinberg. Learn to nurture deep connections around the table and gain fresh perspective on how the foods in the Bible — figs, bread, fish, olives, lamb, and salt — are symbolic of God’s provision. Historical context of the scriptures is woven in with stories of fishing in the Sea of Galilee and baking matzoh bread. Cost $12. Participants will purchase the book, Taste and See: Discovering God among Butchers, Bakers, and Fresh Food Makers by Margaret Feinberg, on their own or request to pick up prior to the first class.
Sundays: February 9, 16, March 1, 8, 22, 29
4-5:30 p.m., Room ES306
Led by Rev. Katie Montgomery Mears
Life throws a lot our way; physical ailments, relational brokenness, emotional wounds and that’s just a Tuesday. The world is broken, but God is not distant from us in all of this brokenness. Through the ministry of Christ we are offered healing and wholeness. Join Rev. Michelle Manuel for a six-week study on the healing ministry of Christ both historically and today. Participants will purchase the book, Wounds That Heal: Bringing Our Hurts to the Cross by Stephen Seamands.
Tuesdays, January 28-March 3
6-7:30 p.m., Room ES314
Led by Rev. Michelle Manuel
It is an age-old question: how does Jesus fit in with all the laws and rituals we read about in the Old Testament? How are we as Christians related to the covenants made with Abraham, Moses, and David? If you are unsure you are not alone. Hebrews is perhaps one of the most overlooked books in the entire New Testament that provide good answers to these questions. Within this book we find a gem of knowledge that helps us look at the gospel of Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection through a unique lens. Join us for this six-week study as we journey together through Hebrews in lecture and discussion and explore Jesus Christ as our Perfect Priest. No book purchase required, just bring your Bible.
Tuesdays, January 28-March 3
6:30-8 p.m., Room ES313
Led by Madison Garcia
The Christmas story we know so well is really a compilation of accounts found in each of the Gospels. Although the four books present the event somewhat differently, each of them leads us on the Advent journey of preparation for Christ’s coming. Awaiting the Already takes us on a tour through the Gospel narratives, showing us what parts of the Christmas story come from which Gospel, and helps us to recognize that each Gospel writer invites us to encounter a fresh experience of the birth of Christ. Participants will purchase the book, Awaiting the Already: An Advent Journey Through the Gospels by Magrey deVega.
Wednesdays | November 13, 20, December 4, 11, and 18
9-10:30 a.m. | Room ES311
Led by Louise McEvoy
Women of the New Testament, Their Words, and Why They Matter
In this 4-week course, we will study the second half of the book, Bible Women: All Their Words and Why They Matter by Lindsay Hardin Freeman, identifying the women who speak in the New 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 what we might learn from each of these women and how God is speaking through them. Participants will purchase the book, Bible Women: All Their Words and Why They Matter by Lindsay Hardin Freeman.
Wednesdays │ January 22-February 12
9-11 a.m. │Room ES311 │Led by Louise McEvoy
Struggles and Victories: Lessons from the Life of the Prophet Elijah
Men of all ages are invited to join Dr. Tom Pace for teaching, a light breakfast, and round-table discussion. This semester is a 10-week study entitled “Struggles and Victories: Lessons from the Life of the Prophet Elijah.” Elijah had some amazing victories, as well as some moments of great anguish and even depression. And yet, the Bible views him as the model prophet, whose reappearance would mean the Messiah’s salvation was imminent. What can we learn about how to live through struggles and victories, trusting God to stand with us no matter what?
Wednesdays, January 22-April 1
(no meeting March 18)
6:30-7:45 a.m. | Fellowship Hall
Led by Dr. Tom Pace
Join men of all ages for study and fellowship on Thursday mornings. This semester we will Meet the Pastor…Discover the Book:
November 14 – Rev. Bill Denham will discuss the book, The God We Never Knew by Marcos Borg
November 21 – Sermon study from Rev. Eric Huffman, Earth to God: Questions People Ask about Prayer, How should you pray when your life is a dumpster fire?
December 5 – Rev. David Horton will discuss the book, Barking to the Choir by Father Gregory Boyle
December 12 – Gregg Taylor will discuss his book, Here Now With You: Six Movements of Compassion for Life and Leadership
December 19 – Rev. Michelle Manuel will discuss the book, Disunity in Christ by Christena Cleveland
Led by John Holmes
Come join the downtown men’s group at lunchtime on Thursdays. The group alternates between book studies and Scripture + Shared.
Thursdays │ 12-1 p.m.
Led by Whitney Mears and Barry Alsup
Want to join a community of other moms to share in the joys and hardships of motherhood? Moms need other moms. We just weren’t made to do it alone and that together is better. Come join the community! A place to find friendship, community, resources and support. Childcare for your “little” is available with an advance reservation.
Mondays │ Ongoing
9:15-10:30 a.m. │Room ES308/313
Led by Julie Ellerbrock and Cindy Donaldson
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
A group for women ages 40 and above
Join St. Luke’s Chief of Staff, Jennifer Boubel, for the seven-week study of Discerning the Voice of God: How to Recognize When God is Speaking by Priscilla Shirer. Learn how surrender unlocks God’s many blessings intended for us, centers us in his will, and helps us discern his voice in everyday life. Gain practical advice for knowing and understanding God’s voice through his word. Learn to recognize the Holy Spirit’s character, language, and tone of voice. Experience a deeper relationship with God and strengthen your daily walk with him. Participants will purchase the book, Discerning the Voice of God: How to Recognize When God is Speaking by Priscilla Shirer.
12 – 1 p.m. │ Room ES306
Led by Jennifer Boubel
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
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, October 13-November 17 | 4-5:30 p.m. | ES308/313
This parenting program is designed to help parents raise responsible, respectful children who are fun to be around and become productive adults. It provides solutions for families of children from early childhood to beyond adolescence. Hosted by Childrens Ministries.
Going through the valley of grief is a difficult journey, but working on and leaning into the grief is worth the investment. Course materials: $35. Contact Shelley Quillin to register.
Tuesdays | September 10–December 3 |6:30-8 p.m.
Hines Baker Room | Led by Rev. Bill Denham
DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you and help you face challenges and move toward rebuilding your life after divorce. Course materials: $35. Contact Susan Silvus to register.
Tuesdays | September 10–December 10 | 6:30-8 p.m.
ES309 | Led by Susan Silvus and Jon Norman
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
Interested in learning or brushing up on bridge? All are welcome. No reservations necessary.
1:30-3:30 p.m. │ Room ES309
Contact Kathy Austin, 713-252-6727
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.
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.
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 6-10 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 2020:
Up: January 5, February 2
In: January 12, February 9
Out: January 19, February 16