VINE GROUPS


This is our small groups program at Westminster. It’s the place to go if you want to grow. Click on the short animated video below to learn more:


SUNDAY MESSAGES


Through the week, small groups (at Westminster, called “Vine Groups”) discuss the sermon and Bible reading from the previous Sunday.

The Bible passage for the week of December 10th is: Matthew 2.

The sermon link below takes you to the latest message. However, note that due to the annual Christmas Pageant on December 10th, this week’s Vine Groups will not be focused on the pastor’s message. Instead, they will be diving into Matthew chapter 2 and a fascinating part of the Christmas story in more of a Bible study format.

Q AND A

What is this?

Westminster has a small groups program. The groups meet throughout the week in different people’s homes (and one group meets at the church). These groups are called “Vine Groups.” They’re designed to help you grow spiritually through small group discussion. It’s also a great place to connect with others and receive and give encouragement. It’s the place to go if you want to grow.

What does the name mean?

The name “Vine Groups” are taken from Jesus’ words in John 15:5: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

When does it run?

The groups will resume the week of November 19th, run for four weeks, take a break for Christmas, and then start meeting again in January.

What will happen?

After you sign up at the church [or by emailing the pastor] and get assigned to a group, participants gather over the course of 1.5 hours and have a time of discussion based on the pastor’s message and Bible passage from the previous Sunday. The evenings end with prayer.

There are trained small group leaders who facilitate these discussions. Previously we did a similar version of this program. When it wrapped up we surveyed people about their experience and 100% said it was positive. We’re guessing the same might be true for you.

Does it run all year round?

Yes and No. The Vine Groups run in 10 week installments. That way, the hosts and leaders have a bit of a break between sessions. Plus, if your schedule or circumstances change, you can request to move nights/groups at the start of a new session.

What if I’m interested but can’t come to a group every week?

That’s okay. Come one time, some of the time, or all of the time. It can benefit you from being there every night; but if that doesn’t fit with your schedule, one-offs will still work.

You will be welcomed into a friendly group, and at the start of each gathering, the small group leader will review the main point and Bible passage from the previous Sunday so that everyone is on the same page – even if you missed it.

Westminster isn’t my church home. Can I still participate?

Yes. We expect that many of the participants will be a part of the Westminster community, but also that several people won’t be. That’s okay. Some may have no church home, and some may even worship at other churches on Sundays. That’s also okay. We just want to encourage each other and help one another grow.

I’m shy. Is this for me?

Some people really like to contribute to a discussion verbally, and that’s great. But some people hold back a bit more. That’s also totally acceptable. There is no pressure to talk. Sometimes we just need to be with other people and hear their perspectives as we think through things for ourselves.

How many people will there be in each group?

Each group usually has between 8 to 12 people.

I’m interested. What do I do?

Sign up at Westminster on Sundays. Or you can email our pastor, Matthew Ruttan, at matthew [at] westminsterpc [dot] ca. He will be in touch to let you know a few procedural details, assign you to a group, and tell you when and where it meets. Then just show up and bring a Bible!

Small groups at Westminster are the place to go if you want to grow.