Small Group Update: Gigi Porter

What follows is the story of how one of our women's groups got started, and a look inside of their group time together.  While their model (4 hour meetings!) is atypical, it shows that there isn't one perfect way to do groups that fits everyone. Thanks, Gigi, for sharing your story!

My name is Gigi Porter, and I am a member of the McLane Church.

In addition to feeding the spiritual needs of our church members, McLane Church also reaches out to the community. One outreach was providing large muffins to the staff members of all the schools in our area. I enjoy cooking and baking; so I was glad to join other volunteers to make muffins.

While I was mixing batter, Joyce Wilkinson asked me if I would like to be a part of a small bible study group. It only took me a second to say yes. Joyce then proceeded to say that if I would be willing to be the leader of the group, she would be happy to have the group meet at her home. Since our church is large,they prefer small study groups. I thought participating in a small group would be fun and further my walk with the Lord, but I don’t mind admitting that I had not ever considered leading a group; so it took me a few minutes to consider the responsibility of being the leader before I said yes. Lo and behold two other ladies heard us talking, and they said they would like to be a part of the group also; so before we had our first meeting, we already had four members. We decided that we would meet on Wednesday morning, and "Our Wednesday Morning Bible Study Group" was officially formed.

Our group is small with just six dedicated members. We meet every Wednesday morning, summer, winter, spring, and fall. In addition to myself, the ladies in our group are Joyce Wilkinson, Peggy Snyder, Julie Willow, Nancy Cozzen, and Betty Lou Benke. The good Lord certainly knew what He was doing when He brought all of us together. Each lady is very firm in her faith, and we all enjoy crafting, cooking, and baking.

I can truly say that over the course of the past three years, we all have become closer, and our time together is very special. We begin at nine-thirty and conclude our meeting around one-thirty or two o’clock in the afternoon. The lesson we are currently studying is drawn from the book A Woman of Strength. We don’t just read the lesson; we dissect it. We listen and value each other’s thoughts. We uplift one another, and share our concerns, sorrows, and joys.

In addition to studying our lesson and growing in our daily walk with the Lord, praying for others is a large part of our time together. Our little group firmly stands on Matthew 18:19-20 where our Lord Jesus tells us “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Oh the joy we experience as we praise the Lord for our answered prayers, and our prayers are answered a lot.

Our Bible study time together has enriched the life of each one of us. It has strengthened our faith, increased our knowledge, brought us a close friendship with one another,and above all has provided us a means to serve the Lord through prayer. I believe I can speak for all of us when I say, we are very thankful, to God above, for "Our Wednesday Morning Bible Study Group."