Core Development at Sugar River
Core Groups & Events
We are committed to being a church where learning & forever forming as disciples is an important part of our growth.
Advent Core Groups begin SOON!
Check out the 'GROW' section in our newsletter HERE for opportunities!
CORE DEVELOPMENT BEGINS WITH OUR SOUL CENTERED IN GOD. FROM THAT CENTER WE DEVELOP SPIRITUAL PRACTICES THAT LEAD TO A VITAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD, OTHERS AND OURSELVES.
What are Core Groups?
Core Groups pursue all the purposes of the church: CONNECT through a life of worship and hospitality, GROW through a life opening and obeying Jesus and SERVE through a life of service and generosity. Core Groups also include a time of prayer.
When & Where do they meet?
Core Group Offerings are created for Winter/Spring, Summer, and Fall. We are proud to offer a variety of ongoing groups as well as one-time events! Check the current offerings for dates, times and places.
Just some examples:
Weekly book & video based studies:
LOL Group (Love of Life), Men's Morning Group, Wednesday Night Mixed Group, Sunday Night Women's Group
Women's & Men's Day Retreats, Valentine Couples Night, MasterPeace Paint Nights, Spring Tea Party, Lent Together, speakers, outings, & more!
* Other offerings: Care & Share Sewing Group, Young Adult Gatherings, Online Studies via Facebook & YouTube, and more.
Sugar River is also a Stephen Ministry Congregation
How do I know what group or event is right for me?
Sugar River organizes our offerings into levels (see below) similar to how you might find college courses arranged. Still not sure? Take this easy Discipleship Survey to see where you might find a good fit. We are always happy to help too: just email us anytime!
100 LEVEL EXPLORING: RELATIONSHIPS AND FAITH
Meaningful fellowship and learning opportunities that are accessible, low expectations on prep, time, and energy.
200 LEVEL BEGINNING: FOUNDATIONS FOR CHRISTIAN LIFE
Designed to assist essential Christian faith understandings and practices. Some expectations on prep, time, and energy.
300 LEVEL GROWING: DEEPENING DISCIPLESHIP
Guiding a deeper understanding and practice of Christian discipleship. Medium expectation on prep, time, and energy.
400 LEVEL MATURING: SERVANT-LEADER DEVELOPMENT
Supporting the servant-leader to grow and disciple others into Christ-likeness. High expectation on prep, time, and energy.
Why should I participate?
We are called to be life-long learners. Learning encourages us to be followers and students of Christ-- being more like Him! We do this by being accountable to growing personally and in community: participating in Core Groups & events, reading daily devotionals, studying Christian books and the Bible, and ongoing prayer.
How Do I Sign Up?
To sign up or request information just email us!
Do you have a great idea for a group or event that you would like to lead? Get in touch- we'd love to talk!