Life Groups

barbcyr2016aLife Groups are a vital expression of church life at the Vineyard. Our church structure is different from the traditional pastorally centered church whereby we consider the life group leaders and members as the first line of pastoral care. We take our cue from Ephesians 4:11-12 that apostles, evangelists, preachers, pastors and teachers were given to the church for the “perfecting and full equipping of the saints, that they should do the work of ministering toward building up Christ’s body (the church).” (Amplified version)

We believe that meeting in the life group format compliments the larger celebration services and helps to facilitate genuine community, committed discipleship, and effective ministry thereby fulfilling the command of Jesus to go into the world and make disciples.

How do you get involved with Life Group Ministry at the Vineyard? Group listings will be available below one month in advance. If you find one that interests you give the facilitator a call to let them know you are interested or if you aren’t sure what might be a good match for you, call the office (207.854.8339) and they will be happy to help with your search.

Life Groups Signup Form

  • Childcare only provided for LG1
Tuesday @ 6;30 PM

Crazy Love

Type
General

Leaders
Chad and Shanna Perreault

Focus
Health in community

Location
46 Great Falls Rd Gorham, ME 04038

Childcare
Not provided

Description
Does something deep inside your heart long to break free from the status quo? Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical, solutions? God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn't working harder at a list of do's and don'ts — it's falling in love with God. And once you encounter His love, as Francis describes it, you will never be the same.

Tuesday @ 7:30 PM

Come, Holy Spirit

Type
Mom's Group

Leaders
Ingrid Libby

Focus
The power of the Holy Spirit

Location
Vineyard Church of Greater Portland 715 Bridgton Rd Westbrook, ME 04092

Childcare
Not Provided

Description
COME, HOLY SPIRIT – SMALL GROUP STUDY is a prayer Vineyard people have been praying for decades – and it’s also a prayer that has been prayed throughout church history. What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the Church, and in our lives? Help your congregation understand what the prayer “Come, Holy Spirit” means – and why it is such a transforming cry of the heart. This group meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month.

Tuesday @ 7:00 PM

The Lord's Prayer

Type
Men's Group

Leaders
Chris Libby

Focus
Small group study on praying as Jesus prayed

Location
Vineyard Church of Greater Portland 715 Bridgton Rd Westbrook, ME 04092

Childcare
Not provided

Description
THE LORD’S PRAYER – Praying As Jesus Taught Us is a discipleship booklet with a complete sermon/study package for a Sermon Series or Small Group Study on prayer. This group meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Wednesday @ 6:30 PM

Sharing Our Faith with Children

Type
General

Leaders
Ruth Maston and the Vineyard Kids Team

Focus
Equipping Children in Faith

Location
Orange Room @ Vineyard Church of Greater Portland 715 Bridgton Rd Westbrook, ME 04092

Childcare
Not provided

Description
For parents, children’s ministry teachers, and especially people who want to find out what we do, how we do it, and learn how to do it too!
Join us for practical, hands-on, fun sessions with time to ask questions and share your faith journey.

Wednesday @ 7:00 PM

The Ragamuffin's Path to God

Type
General

Leaders
Mario Maston

Focus
Trusting God

Location
6 Sabatus Lane Windham ME 04062

Childcare
Not provided

Host
Isaiah and Melissa Bennett

Description
Brennan Manning’s major work - The Ragamuffin Gospel - reminded us how furiously God loves us. Now Manning examines the major obstacle to living in that unconditional love and grace - our inability to trust God ruthlessly. A life changing discussion of how the whole Christian practice can be summed up in a single five-letter word - trust.

Wednesday @ 7 PM

Intercessory Prayer

Type
General

Leaders
YoungSook and Denny Beausoleil

Focus
Prayer

Location
Vineyard Church of Greater Portland 715 Bridgton Rd Westbrook, ME 04092

Childcare
Not provided

Description
It’s time, more than ever, to press into God in prayer regarding where we are today, in our personal life, and as a church. Scripture talks about praying in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. One of the ways to care for each other in the Body of Christ is to lift one another up in prayer. As we do, we draw near to Him and realize once again how much we need Him. We learn more and more to trust Him with our whole heart. We trust Him with our future because things are not in our control. Come join us in His Presence. We will be going on field trips upon invitation from people at church.

Thursday @ 6:30 PM

The River of Life

Type
General

Leaders
Barb Cyr

Focus
Book study by Francis Frangipane

Location
61 Emerson Rd Windham ME 04062

Childcare
Not provided

Description
A river is flowing from the throne of God. In its waves are healing for the church and renewal for our society. Topics include: The Father’s Unchanging Purpose, Christ’s Commitment to His Church, The Holy Spirit’s Transforming Work in Us, Surrendering to the Lordship of Jesus, Achieving Unity in the Body of Christ, and more. Discover the source of the abundant supply of God’s grace that transforms our lives so that we can impact our world for Jesus Christ.

Friday @ 7:00 PM

Ephesians: Building a Community of Faith Christ

Type
General

Leaders
Travis and Derian Lonigan

Focus
Bible study on Christian Community

Location
303 W Main St Yarmouth 04096

Childcare
Not provided

Description
We long to belong. We crave unity. We want to be loved and accepted by others. Paul's letter to the Ephesians is about uniting all things in Christ. Here we learn how to break down what separates us from God, one ethnic group from another, husband from wife, parent from child and employer from employee. These studies provide a vision of the new society God has planned in his church.

Saturday @ 6:00 PM

Walk As Jesus Walked

Type
General

Leaders
Jack Rozelle

Focus
Devotion to Christian Community

Location
Vineyard Church of Greater Portland 715 Bridgton Rd Westbrook, ME 04092

Childcare
Not provided

Description
This five-session video-based small group bible study (guide sold separately) by noted teacher and historian, Ray Vander Laan, is volume seven of the That the World May Know series. In this volume, Vander Laan helps you experience how the disciples translated Jesus’ call to passionate discipleship into language and imagery the Roman culture already understood.

Faith Lessons is a unique video series that brings God's Word to life with astounding relevance. By weaving together the Bible's fascinating historical, cultural, religious, and geographical contexts, teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan reveals unique insights into the Scriptures' significance for modern believers.

Filmed on location in Aphrodisias, Antioch Pisidia, Lystra, and Cappadocia, these illuminating "faith lessons" afford a new understanding of the Bible that will ground your convictions and transform your life. The Faith Lessons video series is ideal for use in small groups, personal and family Bible studies, and adult Sunday school. Individual believers and families will gain vital insights from long-ago times and cultures through this innovative approach to Bible study.