Real life change happens in the context of relationships. We believe one of the best ways to grow is in connection with other people who will encourage and challenge you.
We believe that you can’t do life alone. At BPC, life groups are how a crowd becomes a community and how we grow in relationship with God and those around us.
We want to help you grow deeper in your relationship with Christ and transform ordinary women and men into fully alive Christian disciples.
We all go through difficult seasons in life, but you don’t have to face it alone. Our Connect Care Ministry offers groups, classes and individual support for you during these times.
Life is not meant to be lived alone. God created you as a relational being, meant to experience life with other people. That’s why at Bidwell Presbyterian we encourage you to join a smaller community where you can be yourself and grow in your walk with God.
Groups come in all shapes and sizes – married couples, singles, men, women, kids, no kids, workplace, young adult, senior – the list goes on. No matter where you are in life, there’s a group for you.
Our Featured Life Groups
Young Adult Gospel of Mark Study
Join Herman and Bea Gray as they read and discuss the Gospel of Mark in this short term life group! They will utilize the commentary “Mark for Everyone” by N.T. Wright as an accompanying study. They invite people in their 20’s – 40’s to join them (8 max). Take advantage of this opportunity to study scripture, learn from a faithful, wise couple, and connect with other young adults! This group will meet in their home on Mondays from 7:00 – 8:00 pm beginning January 7, 2019.
New and Renewed Believers Life Group
Join Shannon Coon in this new “class in a life group format” focused on the basics of being a disciple! The group will primarily study “The Walk” by Stephen Smallman. Beginning January 23, 2019, the class/group will meet for 5 weeks in room 015. In order to maintain a meaningful small group discussion, class/group size is limited to 12. Registration opens Sunday 12/16/18.
Bidwell Presbyterian Church offers five terms of adult classes each year. Classes are taught by people from our staff, congregation, and community. Class subjects change each term. Most classes are offered at no cost to the participants, although some may require or recommend books you will need to purchase on your own or purchased from the teacher at the first class.. Typically BPC classes are held Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm and Thursday mornings at 9:30 am. Special weekend classes will be scheduled periodically throughout the year. Registration deadline for the Lenten Term is March 10, 2019.
Childcare for birth through 5th grade is offered during Wednesday night classes for free (with at least 1 adult attending a class). Check your children in on the first floor of the main church building. Our childcare workers are CPR and First Aid trained. All childcare staff and volunteers have undergone thorough background checks and training. Registration is required.
Mid Week Dinners
During class terms, we offer a family-friendly meal in our fellowship hall at 5:30 pm. It’s a great way to meet other people and enjoy a meal together before going to class.
Menu for Wednesday 3/20: Spaghetti, Bread, Full Salad Bar, and Fruit Cobbler
You are responsible for acquiring your books for your classes, unless otherwise noted. Check the class description for details. You may shop locally or online from retailers such as Amazon.com or check at your local library.
A weekly study and discussion group open to all ages and stages. We look at various books and themes from the Bible as a means of informing and enriching the participant’s Christian walk. This is a drop-in style class that meets every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in room 012.
This Lent we will offer the opportunity to be studying various topics that are relevant to the fundamentals of our faith: the Trinity, the Incarnation, the Atonement, Resurrection, and Hope & Glory. We will hear about these topics together and then split into small group discussions. This Mid-Week class will be presented by various teachers on Wednesday nights. Come with your questions.
Registration deadline: March 10, 2019
Week #1 March 13 – The Trinity taught by Ric Machuga
Week #2 March 20 – The Incarnation taught by Shannon Coon
Week #3 March 27 – The Atonement taught by Henry Hansen
Week #4 April 3 – Resurrection taught by Allen McCallum
Week #5 April 10 – Hope and Glory taught by Tammie Veach
This class will meet every Wednesday night from March 13 – April 10, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. in Room 206. Dinner is available starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
“Our Christian Heritage, part II: Apostolic Fathers through Constantine and the Creeds and Councils.”
This class will continue to use an excellent series of videos by Professor Ryan Reeves at Gordon-Conwell Theological seminary. The next five sessions will discuss the biblical, historical and theological roots of our Christian Heritage from Christ to Constantine and the Nicene Creed. We begin with the cultural context in which the Gospel was first preached, the Church Fathers, the early persecutions of Christians, and establishment of Christianity as “legal” religion under Constantine. Teacher: Ric Machuga
Registration Deadline: March 10, 2019
This class will meet every Thursday morning from March 14 – April 11, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. in Room 210. Snacks and coffee will be provided.
The Congregational Care arm of the church exists to be Jesus’ loving presence, his hands, and feet, in very tangible and deliberate ways. We seek to actualize Paul’s instruction to the Galatians, “Carry each other’s burdens” by reaching out to those in our church body and in the community at large who are in need of healing, who are experiencing a life crisis, or who are marginalized.
Join us for a special dinner and short program for our community affected by the Camp Fire. Anyone who was evacuated, has experienced loss, or is hosting individuals is welcome!
Tuesday, April 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. This is a no cost dinner but we need your RSVP. You can register online below or call the church office at 343-1484, or use the RSVP postcard available at the Welcome Cart on Sundays. RSVP deadline is April 7. Childcare available upon request.
60 Plus Event Luncheon
The 60 Plus Event luncheon on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 11:30 AM. is SOLD OUT. Please look for future gathering announcements! For more information please email Pam Wear at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We offer a variety of support groups to help individuals, couples and families deal with various life issues. Support groups provide a ring of supportive love and care around an individual who finds him/herself in a time of crisis, challenge, and/or heartache.