We believe that growing in love for neighbor and love for God are best done while walking alongside one another. We have various small group offerings to help with that. Check them out below!


Community Groups

WHAT IS IT?: A community group is a group that is focused on building relationships with other members of the church. This might happen through conversation, service, games, prayer, sermon study, and fun or spiritual activities. The point is to build deeper friendships with your brothers and sisters in Christ across all three services and across generations, while also drawing close to God. 

HOW MANY PEOPLE?: 7-10 people

TIME FRAME?: 10 weeks, 1.5 hour each meeting. First week of October through the first week of December. 

WHAT HAPPENS?: You might gather in someone’s home each week to discuss the sermon, pray for each other, and talk about the highs and lows of your week. Or maybe your group shares their life stories, with a person telling their story each night. Or you might have a couple of nights where you do something fun: maybe you go on a walk together, have a picnic, game night, or do a service project together.

HOW DO I SIGN UP?: Please sign-up online (HERE) or at Connection Central by September 22. You will be sorted into a group by September 24 and your group will start the first week of October.


Bible/Book Studies

WHAT IS IT?: A Bible/book study is a group that is focused on studying a book of the Bible or an important Christian theme or idea. A Bible/book study might require you to read or take notes before meeting together. Taking part in a Bible study allows you the chance to grow closer to God and study His Word with others. 

HOW MANY PEOPLE?: 8-15 people, depending on the study. 

TIME FRAME?: Most Bible/book studies run from September to December or January to May, while others are year-round. 

WHAT HAPPENS?: You discuss the assigned reading, wrestle with questions that come up, and grow in knowledge and understanding of your faith. You also have time to pray with, celebrate with, struggle with, and live life with your other group members. 

HOW DO I SIGN UP?: Sign up on the church deck on Sundays September 8th or 22nd, or contact a group leader to join. Times, leader contact info, and  study descriptions can be found in the bulletin insert, at Connection Central or listed below.

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GROW GROUPS

 WHAT IS IT?: A Grow Group is  smaller and more intentionally focused on growth in your relationship with God and your understanding of the Christian faith. We’ve identified three possible options depending on the stage of your journey: 

1) New Believer: people who have just come to the faith 

2) Firm Foundation: more seasoned believers wanting to build a Firm Foundation

3) Spiritual Life: mature believers desiring to go deeper in their Spiritual Life. 

HOW MANY PEOPLE?: 2-5 people, depending on the track you choose. 

TIME FRAME?: New Believer (12 weeks); Firm Foundation (6-12 months); Spiritual Life (3-6 months)

WHAT HAPPENS? : You will meet on a weekly basis with your group to discuss the resources you have been studying and the practices you have been engaging in throughout the week. Your group provides encouragement and accountability as you take intentional steps to mature in your faith.  

HOW DO I SIGN UP?: Grow groups will be starting up at the end of September (they will start up on an as needed basis throughout the year as well). Email Pastor Nikki at nikki@fmcsb.org or call 805-965-1338 ext. 225 to sign-up.

Grow Groups

Colossians 2:6-7

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Contact Pastor Nikki at nikki@fmcsb.org with any questions.


Men's Morning Bible Study

 

Tuesdays, 6:45-7:45 am
Ongoing
Mesa Cafe, 1972 Cliff Drive
Contact: Mark Bates (3.14guy@gmail.com)

Join other men from the church in a great study of 1 and 2 Corinthians. Breakfast with the Bible is a great way to start your day! Feel free to join at any time.

College Bible Study

 

Tuesdays, 7:30 pm
Starting September 17
5671 Cathedral Oaks Road, Goleta
Contact: Ryan Radjuko (rradujko@westmont.edu) and Megan Hollingsworth (hollingsworth.mj@gmail.com)

A place where college students can be with other college students, grow together, and have a space to flourish within the larger church.

Women's CHAT

 

2nd, 4th, & 5th Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Ongoing
Pastor Colleen's Office
Contact: Jen Gamez-Sparrow (616-540-6687)

This group for women with younger children looks at how God’s Word can Challenge us, Help us, be Applied to our lives, and Teach us. Childcare provided.

Men's Bible Study

 

Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Starting September 17
Upper Fellowship Room
Contact: Phil Guenthart (805-705-2819) and Bruce Williams (805-331-9281)

This year, we will be studying the book of Revelation. Men, come find great fellowship, pray together, and study a great book of the Bible that we don’t talk much about.

Women's Bible Study

 

Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Starting September 17
CDCC Counseling Center
Contact: Astrid Guenthart (805-705-1503)

Women of all ages, join us for a study of the book of James! We want to take a closer look at this book of the bible as we are also studying it each Sunday morning. We look forward to growing and praying together.

Morning Prayer

 

Wednesdays, 7:30 - 8:00 am
Ongoing
FMCSB Sanctuary
Contact: Jake Elliott (jake@fmcsb.org)

Begin your Wednesday mornings by seeking the Lord’s Presence. All are welcome as we dwell on scripture, pray through the back of our weekly bulletin, and pray for each other.

Wednesday Night Open Bible Study

 

Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Ongoing
CDCC Counseling Center
Contact: Mark Bates (3.14guy@gmail.com)

All are invited to come, open the Bible, and discuss the many truths God has for us. Feel free to join anytime and invite a friend! We are currently studying the book of Hosea.

Women's Early Bird Study

 

Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:15 am
Ongoing
CDCC Counseling Center
Contact: Janet Allen (805-729-0803)

Start your Thursdays with a study of Messy Spirituality: God’s Annoying Love for Imperfect People by Mike Yaconelli. Join us for study, prayer, and fellowship.

Senior Study

 

2nd & 4th Thursdays, 2:00 - 3:15 pm (on the 5th Thursday, we do not meet)
Ongoing
Pastor Nikki’s Office
Contact: Nikki Ramage (nikki@fmcsb.org) or (949-241-7851)

In early April we launched a senior book study of Richard Rohr's "Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life." We discuss a chapter of the book each week and then pray for each other.

A Year with C.S. Lewis

 

Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Starting September 25
Pastor Colleen’s Home, 1269 Mountain View Road
Contact: Pastor Colleen (colleen@fmcsb.org) and Fred Kass (fred.kass.md@gmail.com)

We will be reading through and discussing C.S. Lewis’ book, The Great Divorce! Later in the year we will read other works authored by him. Books will be provided.

Sermon Study

 

Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Starting September 25
50 Cedar Lane (Eales Monroe Home)
Contact: Meagan Eales Monroe (megancmonroe@gmail.com) and Kevin Monroe (kevin@eales.co)

We will gather to reflect on the sermon from the previous Sunday and discuss how we can apply that to our lives. Feel free to come even if you missed Sunday.

Deep Dive into Acts

 

Thursdays, 7:00pm - 8:30pm 
Starting September 26
Pastor Nikki’s House, 1413 Cliff Drive
Leaders: Pastor Nikki (nikki@fmcsb.org) (949-241-7851) and Morris Hutchins (515-344-7856)

We are so excited to dive deep into the book of Acts together using the inductive method. As we submit ourselves to the beauty and mystery of Scripture we pray that our lives would open up to God’s powerful work, even TODAY, even right now.