"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and ball the more as you see the Day drawing near." --Hebrews 10:24-25
As Christians, we recognize the vital importance of fellowship with other Christ-followers and the study of God's word. St. Thomas UMC offers serveral opportunities to meet with other like-minded people in biblical study and to uplift each other.
As Methodists, we mark subtle distinctions between Bible studies and small groups. While they do share certain characteristics (e.g., friendly fellowship, service to each other and the community), typically Bible studies focus primarily on various studies of the Bible. They usually provide in-depth study of a specific book of the Bible or follow a Bible-centric study. Small groups, on the other hand, focus primarily on fellowship--certain small groups may do some Bible study, but the commitment of small group members is primarily toward caring for and meeting the needs of other group members. The biggest difference between a small group and a Bible study happens outside of the group time--your small group can become some of your closest friends and the people you turn to when you need help of any kind.
Some of our groups are separated based on gender (e.g. our Men's and Women's Ministries) or marital status, as they focus primarily on ways those particular groups of people can uniquely interact with God. However, unless otherwise stated, Bible studies and small groups both are open to anyone who is interested in learning more about God's word or developing a closer sense of community and fellowship.
Check out our list of groups below to find one today: