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, small 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. In fact, God hates loneliness. You were created to experience life with other people, and that’s why at Bidwell Presbyterian, we encourage you to get into a small group.
A small group is a group of three or more people who gather each week in a home, workplace, or online. In a group, you’ll hang out, study the Word, and pray together.
Groups come in all shapes and sizes — married couples, singles, men, women, kids, no kids, workplace, under 20, over 40 — the list goes on. No matter where you are in life, there’s a group for you.
Where and when do groups meet?
Some groups meet weekly or twice a month in homes, coffee shops, businesses, or at the church. Every group chooses a different time to meet, so if a certain day of the week works better for you make sure to include that information when you sign up.
Is childcare provided?
Every group is different. Some groups look to include children in part or all of the meeting, while other groups prefer to not have children at their meetings. Some groups rotate the care of the children between group members while others hire a sitter.
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.
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.
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 5:30pm. It’s a great way to meet other people and enjoy a meal together before going to class.
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.
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.
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.