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 @ 7:00 PM

The Daniel Plan 2.0

Type
General

Leaders
Chris and Ingrid Libby

Focus
Health in community

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

Childcare
Not provided

Description
When it comes to getting healthy, two are always better than one. Research has revealed people getting healthy together lose twice as much weight as those who do it alone. God never intended you to go through life alone and that includes the journey to health. The Daniel Plan shows you how the powerful combination of faith, fitness, food, focus, and friends will change your health forever from the inside out. This session will be much like Daniel Plan 1.0 with a greater emphasis on Friends (community) and how we can encourage one another and experience better health together.

Tuesday @ 7:00 PM

Passport

Type
General

Leaders
Chad and Shanna Perreault

Focus
Exploring the Fundamentals of Our Faith

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

Childcare
Not Provided

Description
Passport is a powerful 10 week "how-to" guide through the Kingdom of God and is designed to help a new follower of Christ learn from and with a more experienced Christian. Includes daily Bible readings, fill in the blank questions, and practical spiritual exercises to help new and/or young believers grow in intimacy with God and meaningful kingdom service. Topics include: Salvation, Prayer, Belonging to a Fellowship, Holy Spirit, Forgiveness, Strongholds, Gifts of the Holy Spirit, Giving, and Living Supernaturally

Wednesday @ 7:00 PM

The Good Life: Living the Life God Created Me to Live

Type
General

Leaders
Mario and Ruth Maston

Focus
DVD series by Rich Nathan

Location
11 Mayfield Dr Westbrook 04092

Childcare
Not provided

Host
Larry and Jane Delponte

Description
During this series we will watch and discuss how we find the "Good Life" as followers of Jesus - by discovering who we're authentically made to be, and what we were optimally designed to do.

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

Breathe by Priscilla Shirer

Type
Women's Group

Leaders
Lori Gaunder and Robin Bennett

Focus
Bi- weekly Women's DVD study and discussion

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

Childcare
Not provided

Description
Before we can reach out and serve in our communities, we must replenish our souls, From that inflow we can then flow out in Christlike service to others. One of the greatest challenges amount women in our culture is taking time to cease from all the activities and just breathe. We are in bondage to busyness. We constantly strive to complete the limitless to-do lists that hinder us from experiencing all that God has for us. By neglecting time for tranquility, serenity, and repose, we limit our Christlikeness and miss out on some of God's greatest gifts. In the Old Testament, Sabbath was given to the Israelites as a gift, and it is still a gift to us today. If you are weary, worn out, and exhausted, then the concept of Sabbath will change your life.

Thursday @ 6:30 PM

The Art of Neighboring

Type
General

Leaders
Barb Cyr

Focus
Book study on Christ-like community

Location
52 Jacques Lane Windham, Maine 04062

Childcare
Not provided

Host
Cathy Truscott

Description
What if Jesus meant that we should love our actual neighbors?

When Jesus was asked to sum up everything into one command, he said to love God with everything we have and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Most of us have turned this simple idea of loving our neighbors into a nice saying, putting it on bumper stickers and refrigerator magnets and then going on with our lives without actually putting it into practice.

What would happen if every follower of Jesus took the Great Commandment literally? Is it possible that the solution to our society's biggest issues has been right under our noses for the past two thousand years?

Friday @ 7:00 PM

Ephesians: Building a Community in 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.