Small Groups

Let us not neglect meeting together . . . but encourage one another

Hebrews 10:25

The Purpose of Small Groups

Small groups at First UMC Cocoa Beach have two purposes. First, to help us grow as disciples of Jesus and help others follow Jesus too. Second, to develop authentic relationships with other Christians who can support our spiritual journey. Our hope is that every member of our church will join a group because they are essential in our growth in grace.

The Shape of Small Groups

To accomplish the purposes noted above, each group has four components. First, groups offer a time of fellowship in which participants can get to know each other and develop strong friendships. Second, groups offer a time of learning to help participants become more mature followers of Jesus. Third, participants join in some form of worship, such as praying for each other. Finally, each group plans and engages in a service project at least once a quarter.

The Rhythm of Small Groups

Discipleship groups meet weekly and typically follow a six-week rotation.  In weeks 1-4, groups have regular meetings that include fellowship, a lesson, and a time of prayer.  In week 5, groups share a meal together so participants can simply enjoy each other’s company and have fun.  In week 6, groups either plan or carry-out a service project of their choosing.  After completing the six-week cycle, it repeats. You can join a group at any point in the cycle. Throughout the year, participants decide together when the group needs to take a break.

Connecting With a Small Group

While new groups are always starting, below are some gatherings already meeting regularly. Consider joining one today!
(Mostly) Retired Men's Group
Leaders: Jim Dale and Rick Sickles
Regular Meeting Time: Mondays from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Place: Room 4 at First UMC with Zoom access for those out of town

The Faithful Women's Group
Leaders: Sherry Atkins and Carrie Stafford
Regular Meeting Time: Tuesdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Place: Room 4 at FUMC

Professional Men's Breakfast Group
Leader: Pastor Mark
Regular Meeting Time: Thursdays from 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Place: Local Restaurants

Focused Learning Group/Book Study
Leaders: Phyllis Day
Regular Meeting Time: Thursdays from 10:00-11:15 a.m.
(This group  does not typically meet during summer)
Place: Room 4 at First UMC

Golden Girls Small Group
Leaders: Carol and Lynda
Regular Meeting Time: Thursdays from 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Place: Lynda's Home

Inclusive Mixed Small Group
Leaders: Emily and Gloria Chen
Regular Meeting Time: Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Place: Emily and Gloria's Home in Rockledge

Young Women & Mom’s Group
Leaders: Rebekah Fifer
Regular Meeting Time: Thursdays at 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Place: Fifer Residence

Online Bible Group
Leader: Gabe Paoletti
This group uses the YouVersion Bible App and The Bible Project New Testament reading plan to form online community. Once you download the app and sign-up for the group, short daily scripture readings will be sent to your phone. After reading the passage, you can read comments left by the group leader and leave comments yourself. Since there is no regular meeting time, this group can easily fit into your schedule and put you in touch with others who are reading the same plan.

If you would like to try one of these groups (or start your own!) please contact the church office and we will connect you with someone who can help.