First United Methodist Church

Red Wing, Minnesota


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Small Groups

In Scripture, small groups are frequently the way God helps to prepare and develop persons of faith. Even in the Old Testament, Gideon selects a few persons, rather than a massive army, to go the work which needs doing. Someone has called that small group "Gideon's Gang". Moses also learned to divide the People of Israel into small companies so they could be better served and taught and led. Jesus began his ministry with a group of a dozen very close followers, a small group that launched a millenia-old and global effort. John Wesley, the founder of the Wesleyan Movement in the mid-1700s, also relied upon small groups of different sizes--from larger gatherings, to meetings of a dozen, to the most intensive meetings of four or so.   

We share a belief that seeking persons, new Christians and mature ones are best incubated and developed in small groups. There is no point in starting someone on a Christian's path without also providing them with companions to accompany and mature them. That's why we offer small groups to all.

The pastors can help you to find a way to begin with one of the groups. Contact Pastor Clay Oglesbee or Pastor Pam Armstrong.  


We Make the Road by Walking
This year in coordination with our worship themes, we will offer a number of small groups opportunity to meet regularly, check in spiritually, study Brian McLaren's Bible survey, We Make the Road by Walking, and expand to service or ministry opportunities.  

Covenant Discipleship Groups
We will also offer small groups modeled on John Wesley's classes and bands. These regular groups will offer times for prayer for one another, examination of our discipleship, discussion of the Scriptures, and mutual encouragement.  

Other Small Groups
Some of our standing ministry teams and groups also are, in effect, discipling and support groups. We encourage each of them to use prayer and relational support in their ministries, whether as choir, women's groups, or ministry teams.  

Women's Circles
Most of these groups meet under the auspices of the United Methodist Women. Please inquire with the UMW leadership, including Jane Baker, the current chairperson.  

Book Studies
We offer periodic book studies of popular or award-winning literature from fiction, spirituality, political-economy and other fields in order to keep ourselves alert and informed Christian disciples.