Willowdale Chapel is a nondenominational church founded in 1956. From our humble roots, we've grown to be a thriving body of 1,500 people. Today we are one church in two locations, with campuses in Kennett Square and Jennersville. We're passionate about Jesus and his Gospel, which offers the grace we all need every day. Whether they're longtime followers of Christ or just trying to figure it out for the first time, we love meeting people where they are and helping them grow in their faith.
We have all the core ministries that most churches have — children, youth and adult small groups — along with some "specialty" ministries that meet particular needs we sometimes face. Three of those — Celebrate Recovery, Re|engage (marriage) and Special Needs — offer distinctive help for some during the biggest challenges of their lives.
God intends to make all things new. That's why he sends us into the world with a gospel that touches—and begins to transform—all of life. Thus our Outreach Ministries are built on three pillars: Gospel Proclamation, Justice & Mercy, and Cultural Engagement. We organize around these key priorities to give full expression to God's love for the world.
Discovery Bible Groups are a core part of our Discipleship Pathway. We invite anyone to participate – whether you are new to Willowdale, new to the faith, disconnected from church community or even if you are in a group but need a reboot to join us.
In Discovery Bible Groups, our hope is that in meeting up with others in small groups we are given a little gift: A tiny glimpse into each other’s heart; a little window into who we are and what makes us tick. We also discover together who God is and how God through His word and spirit can transform us. The transformative effect is the whole goal of these groups. Which is why we say our Discovery Bible Groups are where we are transformed by God’s word together.
As the name implies, the foundational text for the group to study is the Bible. We’ll start in the Gospel of Mark this fall. The methodology for our group study is incredibly simple. We will study God’s word together in real time, in small groups of 6 – 8 people in person at the church together. At the heart of our Discovery Bible Groups are four questions that we will bring to every single text we read.
Now that is so wonderfully basic. We don’t do homework in preparation for meeting. In the group meeting we focus on what you see, and what you feel you can do and share. And your answers don’t have to be profound; often, the simpler the better. We don’t want to get too complicated or sophisticated.
As the group arrives there will be a brief time for catching up and connecting and then everyone will go to their respective groups for our study and group time.
During the group time the passage for the night will be read aloud by two people, then a third paraphrases the story in their own words.
Now everyone takes about 10 minutes to answer the 4 questions. Then we discuss. The group leader will prompt us question-by-question and we share our thoughts and observations.
We end the meeting with prayer, praying through the text we just read using our P-R-A-Y acronym. Afterward everyone is welcome to hang around for some refreshments and conversation.
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