Small Group Ministries
We are very excited about the new and existing small group ministries at St. Paul’s Ventura. Both online and in-person options are offered. We invite you to explore all the possibilities. Come get connected and explore your faith.
Why Small Group Ministries? Because we follow Jesus and recognize the benefits of small group ministry he and his disciples enjoyed. For us, they offer the opportunity to make deeper connections with God and one another, can help us to heal from the isolation and fear we’ve all experienced recently, and are a fun and important way to love and support each other on this journey of faith.
About the Small Groups: Each have their own “flavor” – they meet on different days, at different times, organize themselves in different ways, and study different things. With so many options, you’re bound to find something that interests you!
What do they have in common? They all offer a small group experience of faith and fellowship.
Participating in a small group can be a great blessing in your life and help you find the support you need as you grow in faith.
For more information, speak to one of the leaders or contact [email protected]
Check out all the choices:
Lectio Divina - In Person
When & Where: Sunday Afternoons 1:30–3:00pm on Campus at St. Paul’s
How Often: Weekly Leader: Drew Darby
Start Date: September 26, 2021 - November 28, 2021
We will gather each week to not only read and discuss the Scriptures, but through this ancient practice we will allow the Scriptures to read us. Join us as we engage the biblical texts of the week in a contemplative group setting with the fourfold method of lectio, meditatio, oratio, and contemplatio. No experience with lectio divina or “homework” will be necessary—if you are looking to cut through the noise in your life and to hear more clearly what the Holy Spirit is saying to you, this may be the group for you!St. Paul's Book Club - Online
Lectio Divina - Online
When & Where: 1st Monday of the month 5:30-6:30pm via Zoom
How Often: Monthly Leader: Paula Robertson
We meet monthly year-round and enjoy the opportunity to catch up with each other and discuss the latest book and what is happening in our community. Book selections range from religious to secular, autobiography to historical fiction, romance, and more! There is no pressure to complete the book to participate. Check the church newsletter for our current book and how and when to join on Zoom.
Email us at [email protected] for details!
Monday Evening Bible Study - Online
When & Where: Mondays (excluding first Mondays) 6:30pm – 8pm pm via Zoom
How Often: Mostly Weekly (all but one Monday a month) Leader: Paula Robertson
Start Date: September 27th
This group will focus on a video and workbook-based bible study, with Now that Faith Has Come: A Study of Galatians by Beth Moore. Beth and her daughter Melissa co-wrote this seven-week deep dive into Paul’s letter, which is astonishingly relevant to our present world. The online experience contains all the elements of in-depth Bible Study: weekly video teachings, video guide for note-taking, five days of homework each week, and a bonus podcast. No no preparation is needed for the first session.
Email us at [email protected] for details!
Healing Prayer Group - Online
When & Where: Wednesday Mornings 9:00-10am on Zoom
How Often: Weekly Leaders: The Rev. Liz Williams & Amelia Sugden
We meet during the Healing Service each Wednesday morning to offer prayers for all who suffer in mind, body and spirit. We learn about the saints on their feast days exploring the many and diverse ways in which Christ, through the agency of the Holy Spirit, has been present in the lives of men and women across the ages, just as Christ continues to be present in our own day. We share personal prayer requests and support one another as we learn and grow together. We welcome your prayer requests and invite you to join us.
Zoom meeting ID: 843 826 06484 or join the meeting here.
Wednesday Morning Bible Study - Online
When & Where: Wednesday Mornings 10:30-11:30am on Zoom
How Often: Weekly Leaders: The Rev. Liz Williams & Joanne Wakelee
Book selection rotates, so feel free to email our office at [email protected] for more information on what we're reading.
Men's Group Bible Study - In Person
When & Where: Friday Mornings at 7:00am at Denny’s in Ventura
How Often: Weekly Leaders: Miles Sexton & Larry Myers
Our main focus is on studying and discussing the lectionary for the week’s worship service. But an important part of our meetings is fellowship and talking about life, current events, our joys and challenges, our families and anything else that comes to mind. We also offer prayers for all those in our lives who are in a time of need or hardship. The Men’s Group is also an active service group in the parish and community, most known for the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Party and preparing meals for other events.
Women's Bible Study on Friday Mornings - Online
When & Where: Friday mornings at 9am via Zoom
How Often: Weekly Leader: Suzanne McCombs