Small groups help members of a congregation feel included and engaged and help meet people’s diverse spiritual, educational and relationship needs. These are not service boards or committees, but interest groups that are formed for mutual education, support and benefit. There are currently 14 small groups at CCC which offer a variety of experiences and ways to foster spiritual growth. These groups are open to new members at any time, unless otherwise indicated. Here are snapshots of the small group offerings at CCC, and how you can become involved. All are welcome to join these small groups, and we hope you find a group that is right for you!
Do you have a talent you want to share, or something you would like to learn more about? Feel free to start a new group yourself! If interested in this, please speak with Pastor Amy Lewis.
E-mail or call the church office to obtain small group facilitator contact information, email@example.com, 301-585-8010.
The Book Group gathers at a member’s home to discuss a mutually chosen book. The group is open to anyone and meets at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday evenings approximately once a month. It is posted in the church bulletin when a new book is being read.
CCC Women of the Heart
CCC Women of the Heart is a group that meets once a month on Saturdays to build friendships and enjoy each other. Each month is a little different and we schedule our “togethering” time for when the most people are available. We often go to the downtown Silver Spring Farmer’s Market, sometimes we take walks at Brookside Gardens, in December we bake and share cookies, and we always find time to have coffee and talk. We’ve also made Valentine’s Day cards for CCC seniors and for Springvale Terrace and when we can, we help with the senior adult events so they can relax and enjoy the activities. We’re pretty casual and try to make the group a time when all you have to do is drop by and chat. If you’d like to join us or learn more about the group, please contact Rev. Amy Lewis or one of the current group members. If you’d like to be on the email list to receive our notices, just let Holly know.
Couples Communication teaches basic relationship communication skills and provides the opportunity for the application of these in a supportive environment. The workshops begin periodically for any committed couple dedicated to fostering positive growth in their relationship.
Families with Young Children
This group is open to all families with children from newborn to second grade. It meets monthly-ish for Moms’ Nights at local restaurants, and enjoys several summer pool parties. Watch for announcements in the worship bulletin.
Joey’s Restaurant Review Club
This has developed into an opportunity for senior members of the church to socialize while sharing a meal together. The group generally meets monthly on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm and varies the venue of the gathering at a number of restaurants in the area. A sign up sheet is placed on the church bulletin board about two weeks before each event.
This group provides support to, and enhances the relationships of, participating couples with the primary focus on improving communication skills. The group is open to all couples who see themselves as married in the eyes of God. The size of the group is limited to ten couples, and it meets once a month (usually on the first Sunday.) Currently the group is filled, but the next time there is an opening, interested couples will be invited through NewsNotes and/or Sunday bulletins.
The CCC Men’s Group has two retreats per year and a Christmas toast in December. The group has no size limit. To join the Men’s Group, just attend a meeting!
Outdoor Spirited Group
CCC Outdoor Spirited plans and conducts year round day hikes to various locales within a few hours travel of the metropolitan area. Past tours have included the Harper's Ferry backcountry, Catoctin National Park, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Patuxent Wildlife Refuge, Antietam National Battlefield, and Shenandoah National Park. Participation is open to all in the congregation and the community. Outings are announced in the Sunday service bulletin and by email.
Parents’ Night Out allows parents an evening out while church members babysit. This is a cooperative experience – parents are expected to babysit once for every 3-4 times they use the service. Parents’ Night Out is held on the third Friday of each month from 6:30 -10:00 p.m. There is no size limit.
(Sign up on Church Life bulletin board.)
CCC members who live at Riderwood meet for dinner together every two months, in the private dining room of Windsor restaurant in Montgomery Station at 5 p.m. It is a social group, getting to know each other better since we live in several different areas and don’t see each other every day. We invite guests - staff members as well as others who might have something to bring to the group. Our meetings in 2013 will be the second Monday of every other month beginning Jan. 7th.
Each Saturday morning from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., women gather in room 208 at the church
to do knitting, crocheting, quilting or any other craft project they would like to work on. It is an informal gathering open to all who are interested.
If “a picture is worth a thousand words”, then a scrapbook must be….invaluable! Get your photos out of your drawers and boxes and into albums you can enjoy, by coming to CCC’s Scrapbook Club. Anyone is welcome to come and at any time. You don’t have to be working on a scrapbook – sometimes we just sort or label pictures, get inspiration from looking at each other’s work, and enjoy each other’s company. This group meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday night of every month at the church.
Sisters for Sisters
This is a social group open to the women of the church. The group meets September – May, usually on the 3rd Sunday after worship services for a bag lunch gathering. In September there is a potluck lunch, in December a Christmas party with a gift exchange and in May a luncheon at a local restaurant. The group has no size limit and interested persons may join by attending a meeting or contacting the group facilitator.
Stewards of the Earth
This group addresses how individuals and the church as a body can be more environmentally sensitive, as well as live up to our principles of economic justice. Past and current projects have been starting the printer cartridge recycling program, starting and running the fair trade coffee project, organizing the Earth Day/May Day fair, and arranging for the use of reusable cups and glasses at coffee hour and other church functions. In addition, Stewards of the Earth works with other small groups to organize educational programs and field trips that combine fun with learning about our environment. This group meets at CCC on an as-needed basis, depending on what projects they have going on.