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Watering Your Group

Just as a gardener continues to nurture the plants in their garden as they grow, a small group leader also provides ongoing care to their members—even when they’re apart!

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Ask Me About It!

Jesus used questions to engage people in God's story. This article, from the new Coffee Break newsletter, provides helpful ideas for all types of small group leaders who lead Bible discovery conversations.

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Profile of a Coffee Break in Fremont, Michigan

To help attendees and leaders walk in the sandals of the people in the Bible stories, Director and Small Group Leader Julie Baker uses maps, photographs, and her experiences...

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Profile of a Coffee Break in Olympia, Washington

Women who attend Coffee Break at Olympia CRC can "expect to meet new friends, share a cup of coffee, laugh, cry and discover new insights from the Bible" in a casual setting where "no one will call on you..."

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Welcome and Welcome Back!

Have you ever watched a makeover on TV where the beauty expert pulls someone from the audience and gives them a refreshing update? Well, Coffee Break is turning 44 and we think it’s time to push the refresh button!

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Story Hour and Little Lambs

This webinar recording highlights the benefits and learning aspects of two Bible story curricula for preschool age children.

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Big News!

Plans are underway for a “refresh” that will energize Bible discovery, invigorate small group leaders, and enliven the evangelistic mission of sharing God’s Word with our friends!

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Profile of a Coffee Break in Worcester County, Mass

Each week 65-90 women gather together for Bible study in a church that’s located close to the largest transitional shelter in the state of Massachusetts.

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Creating Small Groups for Bible Engagement

Bible engagement is critical for spiritual growth. What kind of small group environment encourages Bible engagement? What kind of leader can help cultivate such a group?

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Meaningful Change in Small Groups

Small Groups carry a lot of weight in churches. We expect that if people participate in groups they will grow and change. What change are we working toward and how do we know if it happened?

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Koosh Balls and Small Group Conversation

A quality Koosh ball is my favorite tool to illustrate small group the communication opportunities and challenges.Buy a Koosh ball. Take the ball to your group and throw it around.

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ESL Coffee Break

Yesterday, I had a conversation with a couple of people regarding Coffee Break being used for ESL (English as a Second Language) groups in churches. I admit that this is not my area of expertise, and yet I do agree that ESL can use the Bible very effectively to teach English. I know of a Chinese couple who came to know the Lord through the ESL. They came to the church to learn English; they met Jesus in the process! I'd love to hear from more of you who are doing this, or are considering this ministry in your church. What resources do you use? How do you train your leaders? Is there a story...
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Where can I find coffee break materials?

My wife's small group is finishing up the first study book of "The Gospel of Mark" and they will need the next set of books to continue on. I tried to find where I can order these on this website but to no avail. Please direct me to where these can be ordered. Thanks, Neil.
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Consider Women's Ministry

Perhaps some of you have read the dialogue on the Small Groups Forum, about Women’s Ministry. If not, I encourage you to go there, and read through the post by Freda Kennedy, as well as all of the follow up comments. There are some great ideas percolating there. The concept that is being discussed is the nature of Women’s Ministry that often includes Coffee Break, but can be so much more. I am doing a workshop on this theme, this Saturday (Oct. 15) at our Day of Encouragement, in Hamilton, ON. I look forward to an open dialogue about Women’s Ministry, as we wrestle with the dynamics of our...
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Infuse Bible study - Jonah

Last month we completed the new Infuse Bible study "Jonah" from the Faith Alive Resources. It took 10 weeks for us to discuss the four chapters - there was a lot of discussion material. We loved to chat and discover how our lives are affected by the topic of forgiveness. Hopefully, more existing studies will be modernized to incorporate research ideas using the Internet & library. Thanks!
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Coming to the Table of the King

Who's Coming to Dinner? ... and you shall always eat at My table . 2Sam 9:7b In Ontario, we're planning our bi-annual Coffee Break Conference - for all women, not just Coffee Break members - its actually our Inspirational Women's Conference . The theme of the day, will be reflecting on the story of Mephibosheth from 2 Sam. 9. Here we read of the crippled grandson of King Saul, forgotten, yet invited to be seated at the table of King David. We hope that all women will hear and receive the invitation to come and be seated at the table of the King. In addition, we recognize that many of us are...
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Encouraging a New Generation?

On Sunday, while visiting the church of my youth, I had the chance to sit next to my uncle, who has recently been widowed. He welcomed me with enthusiasm, acknowledging the loneliness that lurks when your partner is gone. As the service began, I noticed how Uncle John sang with gusto the words of “Here I Am to Worship”. Together, we sang a newer song that was only somewhat familiar to him. His singing, however, did not lose its fervour. As the children were called forward to witness a baptism, he chuckled at the chaos, and made a comment about the blessing of the next generation. At the close...
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Looking for Special Brunch Ideas

Hi, my name is Michelle Hoyt and I am a director and small group leader for Coffee Break in South Windsor, Connecticut . We have about 40 ladies attending our study on Thursday mornings. I am a busy mom with a part time job and am trying to come up with ideas for our special Christmas brunch we always hold on our last meeting in mid-December. We have a shoestring budget. One year we did a little skit which I found on our denominational website...it went over well. Last year we were blessed to have a woman in our church who has a strong music and encouragement ministry come out with a new CD...
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news story about Racine CRC's Coffee Break

This morning, my Google news alert brought me this this story about Racine CRC's Coffee Break program: The Word: Coffee Break Bible study groups bring together people of different churches I'll bet they get a bunch of new people from this kind of publicity! What do you think of the article? And have you ever contacted your local media about your Coffee Break program?
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Descubriendo Tu Biblia

Aunque este título es el nombre que lleva el material de estudio bíblicos para grupos pequeños, es también además un método de estudio. Descubriendo Tu Biblia es estudiar juntos la Biblia a través de preguntas que nacen de la Escritura y que a través de las preguntas, aprendemos a aplicar las verdades a nuestra vida diaria. Te invito a compartir las experiencias que líder tienes al guiar tu grupo pequeño. Te invito a compartir tus preguntas, tus consejos con los demás líderes...te invito a Descubrir Tu Biblia junto a los demás.
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Coffee Break in a Coffee Shop?

Recently, someone challenged me to consider what Coffee Break might look like if we took it out of the church. I wonder... Imagine, 3 or 4 women (the group should remain small), sitting together, week after week, in the same coffee shop, sharing the things of the Lord. Imagine relationships that begin to be formed, with serving staff, and other regular customers. Imagine what they might see as they connect in this new space. Imagine what others might see in them. Could this be a way to be salt and light in a new space? Or imagine gathering in your home, and inviting neighbours. (some of you...
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Is Coffee Break a Missional Small Group?

Like many readers, I've been involved in the ministry of Coffee Break for many years. I began leading a group, with a babe in arms. Coffee Break, indeed the study of God's word with other women, changed my life. But more impacting was the opportunity to share the truth of scripture with someone who had never heard. That was life changing, for me! In my early years, a woman shared with me that she simply didn't understand how Christ's death and resurrection could connect to her, 2000 years later. I was invited to share the gospel message, plain and simple. I began to see that in sharing the...
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