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 Winter Term is January 16, 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 2/13/19
Beef Stroganoff with Butter Noodles
Full Salad Bar
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.
Job and Human Suffering: By all accounts, Job was a righteous, godly man. In a heartbeat, his home, wealth, family, health and status were gone. On November 8, 2018, without warning the Camp Fire took our members’ homes, businesses, family members, friends and upended our lives. Using Job as a model of “suffering well” we will look at how we can emulate Job’s experience of lament, anger and hopelessness and follow his path of healing, forgiveness and restoration to one’s self, God and the community. Teacher: Tracy Davis
Tracy Davis is passionate about restoration, peacemaking and community. She is married to Grady and they are enjoying their youngest daughter, Willa. Tracy had practiced law in Chico for over 20 years, before returning to school to pursue a Master’s Degree at Fuller Theological Seminary. She has been a missionary in Uganda and enjoys running, being with her friends and serving her community.
Recommended book: “Raging With Compassion: Pastoral Responses to the Problem of Evil” by John Swinton. Available on Amazon.
This Class is a study of the Book of Romans using Beverly Geventa’s excellent little introduction, When in Romans. “Geventa focuses on four key issues in Romans – salvation, identity, ethics, and community-that are crucial both for the first century and for our own. As she helps us navigate the Book of Romans, she shows that the gospel is far larger, wilder, and more unsettling than we generally imagine it to be.” Teacher: Ric Machuga
Ric Machuga and his wife have been members of BPC for 16 years and is an emeritus philosophy at Butte College. They have two married children, three grand children, lived in Paradise 9pre-11/8/18), and are now Airibnb vagabonds in and around Chico.
Recommended book: “When in Romans: An Invitation to Linger with the Gospel according to Paul” by Beverly Gaventa. Available on Amazon.
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. There is a $10 book fee.
“Our Christian Heritage: The Early Church”
This class uses an excellent series of videos by Professor Ryan Reeves at Gordon-Conwell Theological seminary. The first 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
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.
February 27, 5:30pm, Fellowship Hall
Join us for a special dinner for in our community affected by the Camp Fire.Anyone who was evacuated, has experienced loss, or is hosting individuals is welcome!In addition to a free, delicious dinner, we will have a brief program on “Compassionate Communication” led by Leslie Amani. No cost dinner but we need your RSVP at bidwellpres.org/events or 343-1484. Childcare available upon request. Use the sign-up card available at the Welcome Cart today or sign-up online below.
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.