What are Community Groups?
Community Groups are small, intentional, diverse groups of people connecting in homes throughout our city. They are safe and authentic communities where we can be known, experience shalom, grow in our faith, in the Word, and in love. Community Groups are primary expressions of discipleship & mission within Reality.
Community Groups work out what it means to be a family of followers, servants and peacemakers, worshipping in the Spirit + Truth of Jesus, working for the glory of God and the good of the city.
You can expect a weekly gathering to involve food, conversation, laughter, prayer, repentance, grace-application, biblical discussion, and missional application. Groups often engage & participate in a mission or service in their neighbourhood & city as part of their rhythm.
There are two primary Community Group seasons each year: Autumn runs from mid-September through mid-December. Winter/Spring runs from mid-January through May/June. The change of each season allows groups to remix. There are fewer community groups in summer as many are travelling and enjoying community on the beach and around BBQs.
How do I join a Community Group?
Check out the info on our current community groups in the column to the right and email one of our group leaders. You can also sign up for a group at one of our Sunday gatherings.
Why do we have Community Groups?
God exists in community and has made us in His image. As we live life together, we most reflect God and how He has created His church and people to be. Therefore, when we live in isolation, we suffer. Life in a broken world is far too complex and tempting to journey alone. We were designed to live in community and, because of Jesus, we now have the grace to do so.
Community groups are essential to us as a church family. They are where we learn together, build our lives together, eat together and pray together. Your new birth means that you have been born into a family – community groups are a place to embrace that. Our hope is that our groups would reflect the community of the early church as described in the bible in Acts 2:42,46-47
They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer... They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Spring 2017 Community Groups by night & neighbourhood
Community Group season: mid-April through mid-June
Newcomers can join anytime, so invite your friends & neighbours.
Neighbourhood: Gastown - Woodward's Building
Missional Focus: Neighbourhood
Leaders: John & Sarah Hau
Women's Running Group: Scienceworld
Time: 9:30am - 10:30am (every 2nd weds)
Coffee / prayer after the run
Leader: Kari Wiens
Neighbourhood: Metrotown/Champlain Heights
Missional Focus: Family + Neighbourhood
Leader / Host: Derek & Heather Ratzlaff
Neighbourhood: Grandview / Commercial Drive
Missional Focus: Neighbourhood
Leaders: Gareth and Tiffany Jones
Missional Focus: Move-In prayer
Leaders: Alex & Belle Dykstra
GOSPEL FOUNDATIONS GROUP
Leader: Kris Martens
Time: 12:45pm - 2pm
Dates: May 21 - June 18