Ministries

Our ministries are dedicated to enriching people’s lives, contributing to the vitality of the community and leading individuals to a loving and intimate relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Intercessory

Intercessors Prayer Ministry Mission is to cultivate a fervent, consistent prayer life while growing in our understanding of prayer and the discipline of prayer and fasting, while deepening our intimacy with God and fellowship with one another through prayer.

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Children's Church

Sundays immediately following Praise & Worship during 11:00am Service

Teen Church

Sundays immediately following Praise & Worship during 11:00am Service

Small Group Ministries

Become a part of something great! Small Groups exist to promote spiritual maturity and personal growth through meaningful Christian relationships and the study of God's Word (Romans 8:29 & Hebrews 10:24-25).

Share, Study, Support and Serve

Our small group ministries focus on four primary activities.

Share, Study, Support and Serve Details

Share — Each week we take time to build strong friendships and share God Stories as we look to see what God is doing in and around us.

Study — Each week we'll study a section from God's Word that relates to the previous Sunday's message or an appropriate personal growth topic. Our goal is to learn how to live out our Christianity in everyday life.

Support — Each week we'll learn how to take care of one another as Christ commanded (John 15:9-13). This care can take on many forms such as prayer, encouragement, listening, challenging one another, and meeting real needs.

Serve — Spiritual growth is fostered not only by what we gain through the support and input of others, but also through service to others. The role of each of us fills is important to the health of the church and for us to be the hands and feet of Jesus to our community (Ephesians 4:11-16). It is our hope that each Small Group finds ways to serve and make a difference in God's Kingdom.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find out more about our small group ministries.

Frequently Asked Questions Details

What is a Small Group?
A Small Group is a home fellowship made up of 8-16 people who meet weekly to share, study and support one another. A trained leader and host lead each group. An average meeting lasts for an hour and a half, followed by light refreshments.

How Important Are Small Groups?
Here at Marion Christian Center, Small Groups are the hub of our ministry. They're the place where the real ministry of the church takes place as we study God's Word, while supporting and sharing our lives with one another. We believe that meeting together on a regular basis is time well spent. Our goal each year is to have at least 75% of our adults involved on a weekly basis.

When and Where Do They Meet?
Small Groups meet on various nights of the week in homes throughout Marion and surrounding counties. Most evening groups meet 7-8:30 pm, yet the Group itself may set a time that works best for them. The daytime groups meeting times vary.

How Long Do They Last?
Each Small Group session lasts 8 to 10 weeks. We have Fall, Winter & Spring sessions. At the end of each session, you will have the choice of staying in the same group, trying a new group or even taking a break. Most groups stay together throughout the entire year.

What Will We Study?
Most of the studies are based on the previous weekend's message. These "sermon-based" Small Groups are built on what we call a "Info-Lab" model. Imagine the weekend message as information on Christian living, and the Small Group as a lab where you get to roll up your sleeves and discuss how the weekend's message works in real life. Each week there will be a series of Bible passages and questions on the back of the sermon note sheet to study before the meeting.

What About Child Care?
Most Small Groups for adults only. (Exceptions can be made for nursing newborns, up to six months.) We leave it up to each family to work out their own child care. Sometimes it works best for families to share a sitter or to swap child care with another family whose Small Group meets on a different evening. We have child care available at the MCC campus on Wednesday nights (6:30-9:30 PM). A suggested donation of $5 for the first child, $5 for the second, with a $15 maximum per family is requested.

How Do I Choose A Group?
When selecting a group, we strongly recommend you choose a group based on its leader-host team and station-in-life, rather than its location. Over the years, we've found that groups do best when members share a common Station-in-Life and other interests with their leaders, hosts, and other group members. In the end, you'll find it's worth the drive!

At this point in time we have the following Station-in-Life groupings: Couples, Senior Adults, College, Inter-generational groups (General), Men only, Women only, and Family Groups. Remember, these Station-in-Life groupings are intentionally kept fuzzy and are meant to help you self-select an appropriate group for you. They are not intended to box you in.

If you have any questions (especially if you are new to Marion Christian Center), please don't hesitate to call the church, and we will gladly assist you. Keep in mind that it might take two or three groups before you find the perfect fit, but don't worry, you'll find it!

How Do I Sign Up For A Small Group?
Before each Small Group quarter begins there are three ways to sign up for a group - contact the leader, at our weekend services, or by calling the church office during the week.

Life is not meant to be lived alone, God intends for us to experience life together, and that’s why at the City of Joy, we encourage you to get into a small group. A small group is a gathering of believers who meet and socialize, support, study the Word, pray and to connect you to other believers.

Groups come in all shapes and sizes – married couples, singles, men’s, women’s, kids, no kids, under 20, over 40 - the list goes on! No matter where you are in life, it is important to have a group of people you get together with on a monthly basis to study God’s Word and have fun!

How Do I Sign Up For A Small Group?
Before each Small Group quarter begins there are three ways to sign up for a group - contact the leader, at our weekend services, or by calling the church office during the week.

Life is not meant to be lived alone, God intends for us to experience life together, and that’s why at the City of Joy, we encourage you to get into a small group. A small group is a gathering of believers who meet and socialize, support, study the Word, pray and to connect you to other believers.

Groups come in all shapes and sizes – married couples, singles, men’s, women’s, kids, no kids, under 20, over 40 - the list goes on! No matter where you are in life, it is important to have a group of people you get together with on a monthly basis to study God’s Word and have fun!

What are small groups?
Small groups provide an ever-expanding network for communication and impact. This is a huge benefit! There is a vast difference in the response to an announcement from the platform and a personal invitation. When this network for communication and impact is activated, reach becomes exponential.

The Orange Philosophy - Orange is what red (representing the warm heart of the family) and yellow (representing the light of the church) can do when they combine efforts. Orange is our strategically combined influence on the spiritual direction of the next generation. If you paint only with red, you will get what only red can do. If you paint only with yellow, you will get what only yellow can do. When you paint with red and yellow, you’ll get new possibilities, fresh solutions and vibrant outcomes.