LifeGroups

Our LifeGroups ministry strives to help people connect with God and with others. We desire to grow in the knowledge of God and apply biblical truths to our lives. Each LifeGroup class aims to serve within the Church in different ways. Finally, our LifeGroup ministry goes “Beyond These Walls” of the Church and to the surrounding community with the love and truth of Jesus Christ.

At 9:15am we offer classes for everyone, including nursery, toddlers, pre-k, kindergarten, grades 1-5, youth group (Grades, 6-12), college, young couples, couples, men, and women’s classes.

Please download our LifeGroups Directory for a full list and descriptions of classes.

Come on down to Woodland Hills this Sunday morning. You’re sure to make a friend or two!

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LifeGroups Directory

 

Cafe Logos (Coed 2)
Randy & Cindy Haley, Teachers

The church is a diverse group of people, and the Café Logos LifeGroups Class represents that diversity well by welcoming all age groups, single or married, with or without children. The class is led by Randy & Cindy Haley, co-teachers, who invite questions and love frank, honest discussion. Randy & Cindy have been teaching LifeGroups for over 20 years.

In Café Logos, you can expect to look deeply into the Word of God – DEEP BUT NEVER DRY! The application of Christian beliefs to everyday life makes this class a worthwhile endeavor, and the relaxed atmosphere encourages fellowship, conversation, and the formation of solid life-long friendships.

Teaching and learning techniques are varied in Café Logos, keeping the class fresh and vibrant. We decide, as a class, what area of study to pursue. Currently we are looking deeply into the Gospel of John and its parallels with the other gospels; but we do not always follow a verse-by-verse type teaching plan. Past studies have included subjects such as: the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the life of David, the journeys and writings of Paul, the Proverbs, to name a few.

Café Logos: It’s a good blend! Find us upstairs above the sanctuary room A-205.

The Open Circle (Young Couples 2)
Greg & Michelle Stewart, Teachers

Couples 2, The Open Circle, is a small and informal LifeGroups class for couples in their thirties and forties.  Instead of a lecture type class, individual participation is both welcomed and desired. We have a lot of fun studying together. If you are intimidated by large groups or just prefer a small class setting, this is the class for you. We aren’t fancy, but we’re friendly. Coffee and donuts are provided in the room.

Hosea 4:6 laments “my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge”. The Open Circle is a class where you can come study the Bible, the living Word of God. We do not study books about the Bible, we study the Bible itself.  Our lessons are modified from a quarterly which takes us through the Bible in seven years. We meet in room A-200, at the top of the stairs above the stage. Come study and fellowship with Greg & Michelle Stewart and the rest of the class.

The Mix (Young Couples 1)
Michael Purifoy, Teacher

The Mix is a LifeGroups class that is made up of a diverse group of singles, newlyweds, and couples that have been married for a while. It is a good “MIX” of young adults that love Jesus and love each other. During the LifeGroups hour we look at what the Lord has to say about our marriages, our children, and the hope that we have in Jesus. Most of all it is a time that we allow the Lord to challenge us through His Word to be different from the world, to love and encourage one another, and grow in our relationship with Him. Sometimes we may meet as a large group, sometimes in small groups, other times we may split up into groups of guys and girls. I guess you could say we like to “mix it up”. We also love to fellowship with one another outside of the LifeGroups hour as often as we can. Hebrews 10:24-25 tells us to “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” We can see that Day coming soon. So we would love to have you come and check out the mix. We will encourage, support, love, and pray for you as we walk together through this temporary journey called life. Please join us! We are located above the Fellowship Hall at the top of the ramp.

The Bereans (Coed 1)
Ronnie & Glynda Jones, Teachers

We started a class several years ago and then we took advantage of an opportunity to combine our class with another established class. We had selected “The Bereans” as a name for the class. The name comes from Acts 17:11. Where Paul the apostle says of the ‘believers’ in Berea, “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” That is exactly what we want our class to do every Sunday. We paraphrase it as, “Don’t believe anything that Ronnie says until you check it out by God’s Word.” We usually teach through one of the books of the Bible, and we have recently finished a verse by verse study of the book of Revelation. The current focus is an Old Testament study focusing on what we call, “Portraits of Christ in the Hebrew Scripture.” In this study, we take a fresh look at the Hebrew Scriptures and we look for Jesus on every page. He may appear as only a shadow, but He is there and it is exciting to find Him as a shadow that will be revealed later in the New Testament. I bring information that I have gleaned from other teachers that I have studied under, conference speakers that we have heard, books that I have read or Bible commentaries. We have a diverse group of students. We welcome individuals of any age or status. We have couples, several singles, and several men and women who come to our class and their spouses attend or teach in a men’s or women’s class. More than two thirds of the class have been members of WHBC less than five years. Most are also actively involved in other church activities. If you are interested in a different type of ‘in depth’ Bible Study than what you might get from the Quarterly, this might be the place for you. Come to the Chapel and check us out at 9:15am.

Doulos (Median Aged-Couples 3)
Mike & Barbara Taylor, Teachers

“Doulos” is a LifeGroups Class made up of people who love and serve the Lord. Doulos is a Greek word meaning bond servant or slave of Christ; we believe this is what the Christian life should be about. Luke 22:27 For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves? It is not the one who reclines at the table? But I am among you as the one who serves. Jesus served others, we should as well!! Our class is mostly married couples in their 30’s to 60’s however all are welcome; we believe God uniquely places people where they can grow spiritually. We enjoy a class where there is a lot of discussion and interaction as we study God’s word. We change the curriculum as God leads; we have studied entire books of the bible verse by verse, done video series as well as studying tough subjects that challenge us. We enjoy fellowships together where there is always good food and lot of fun times. If you are not connected to a LifeGroups class come serve with us in “Doulos”. Come to room C-216 (second floor above the Fellowship Hall) and check us out at 9:15am.

Koinonia (Median Aged-Couples 4)
Mark & Monica Kuykendall, Teachers

We’re Mark and Monica Kuykendall and on behalf of our class, we would love to invite you to become a part of the Koinonia Couples Class. Koinonia means “fellowship.” As a LifeGroups class, composed primarily of couples, we enjoy fellowshipping with one another with Jesus being our central focus. We range in age from about forty to sixty plus years of age. We start each class as a large group Bible study time and following that we break into small groups and have a more personal discussion. The format for the class study varies from watching different video series to studying different books of the Bible. Currently we are working through the Book of John. We encourage class discussion and participation during the lesson. Our class goals include: learning practical and applicable ways to live out our Christian walk so that we may be a light in this dark world and to grow in our faith and know Him more intimately. It is our desire that our classmates would enjoy our time together and encourage one another along our Christian journey. Within the class we have a ladies ministry that gathers our ladies for different activities, which always include food and laughter, our men’s ministry meets on a regular basis for fellowship, usually over a meal as well as couple fellowships. If you like to eat and love Jesus, you will fit in perfectly. We also have “group leaders” that help us minister and attend to the needs of the class. Please try us out in the fellowship hall at 9:15 on Sunday mornings. Also “Like”us on Facebook: Koinonia Couples Class or visit our class website at: Koinonia.whbcclass.com.

DeniseEkdotos (Ladies Young-Median)
Denise Bowens, Teacher

“Ekdotos” is a class made up of a group of ladies who believe we must be surrendered to Christ in every area of our lives. “Ekdotos” is a Greek word meaning given up, delivered up, surrendered. This class is made up of young ladies to middle aged ladies who are seeking out Christ and learning how to surrender to the ways of God instead of the ways of the world. We have studied the character of Joseph verse by verse and how we can apply these scriptures to our everyday lives and are currently doing a video study called “Breathe” by Priscilla Shirer. In this study we take our books home and read during the week and come back and discuss how it relates to our own lives. Regardless of what we are studying, we always take time out to talk about what’s going on in our lives so that we can stay connected and pray for one another. We believe it is important for us to have a place where we can feel safe to talk about our struggles and our praises! God always shows us that no matter how busy our lives get, or what’s going on, we must let go and surrender to Him! We try to study whatever The Holy Spirit leads us to and with out rushing through it. This class is made up of both single and married ladies. We relax, enjoy each other’s company, talk and dig in Gods Word every Sunday in expectation of what He will show us next! We are all just growing in Christ together! Come grow with us , we would love to have you!
Ekdotos meets every Sunday morning in room A206 located above the office area.

Naomi (Senior Ladies Class)
Gloria Williams, Teacher

As we study the book of Ruth we see where Naomi puts her daughter-in-laws’ lives above her own. The women of this class are some of our most beloved senior adults. Most are widows and have lived life to the fullest. These women are one of the most faithful classes in attendance considering some of the obstacles they have to overcome. This has not slowed any of them down from wanting to further their Bible study and bind-up an even stronger walk with the Lord. The start of each session begins with prayer requests and concerns for each other. Their devotion and close relationship to the Lord make them very strong prayer warriors for Woodland Hills and the community. If at anytime anyone in this congregation has a prayer concern, this class has a direct line to God. We are all confronted day to day with issues regardless of age, so we combine our study of the Bible with each lesson so that it will relate to mature living. Serving the Lord with gladness lets us add humor and always trying to make the lessons enjoyable so the joy for our Lord shows. We study the word of God as if it has a fresh meaning to apply to our lives for all situations regardless of any age and any lady would be more than welcomed to join us for our Naomi LifeGroups class. Naomi Class meets every Sunday morning in the prayer room A128 located in the office area.

 

fondren-2016Ladies 1 Class (20’s & 30’s)
Holly Fondren, Leader

Woodland Hills saw the need to start a LifeGroup for ladies in their 20’s to 30’s, specifically those who were out of college with careers and perhaps even families; but not limited to just those criteria either.  We kicked off on the 1st Sunday in April and to my surprise, it has been an awesome start!
I have to admit, I was slightly concerned I might be doing our opening Bible study alone.  9:15 comes early on a woman’s day off….but my heart was joyfully overwhelmed to see the show of ladies honoring God!  What a legacy they are creating for God’s glory!
We started with a study by Jen Polluck Michel, titled “Teach Us to Want”, about desire’s role in the life of faith.  It is proving to be a great study full of biblical examples with an added touch of real life stories from other women like us.  It’s never to late to join or walk into class on a Sunday morning – we want you there so God can strengthen you!
So come join me, Holly Fondren, and a great group of ladies as we strive to be ‘transformed by the renewing of [our] mind’ (Romans 12:2) each week at 9:15 in the Parlor.  My hope is that through this time together we will ‘encourage one another and build each other up’ (1 Thess. 5:11) and ‘stir up love and good works’ (Hebrews 10:24), as I see it is already happening!
Through the gifts and talents God has already placed in this group of ladies, I’m excited to see how God will use us to go beyond these church walls!
As I ease into the position of leading this group, I’m grateful for the opportunity and for the new friendships it is creating!  I am happy to answer any questions or concerns or just be a listening ear – so give me a call at 903-573-3060 or email fondrenfam@icloud.com
Love In Christ,  Holly Fondren

 

Sonlight Class (Ladies 2)
Charlene Stevens & Pamela Fisher, Leaders

I’m Charlene Stevens and I am blessed to co-teach the ladies 2 or “Sonlight” class with Pamela Fisher.

Pamela and I love this group of ladies. We come together on Sunday morning and open the Word of God and we learn together. We study from the “Explore the Bible” Study Guide and we interact in our class. We love a good discussion and stay on topic most of the time.

We love each other and pray for each other regularly. Once a month we have a class fellowship that always revolves around something good to eat. We would welcome any lady who is looking for a LifeGroups class to join us Sunday mornings.

So come and join us Sunday morning at 9:15 in room C-107. Our class is mostly made up of senior women. If this sounds like a good fit for you come on and give it a shot. You will be welcomed by a wonderful group of ladies!

 

The Seekers (Senior Couples & Singles)
Jim & Jan Albritton, Leaders

We are the Seekers and that is what we do. The Seekers is a class of older couples and singles (40-100) but very young at heart. We are a class of servants, we love to serve other people. We are a loving, praying class and we have a desire to walk with God. The class is led by Jim and Jan Albritton who spend a lot of time preparing for our lesson. We use the Bible as our study guide. We are going through the Bible Chapter and Verse. We study a verse or verses and then we have a discussion. We don’t rush. We take the time to discuss the lesson. Sometime we chase rabbits, but Jim tries to keep us on topic. We do value every opinion. So if you are looking for a class that has lively debates, loves people and enjoys spiritual unity then the Seeker’s Class is just for you. We would be very happy to have you visit our class. You can find us in room A-125 (Conference Room).

 

CatalystCatalyst Class
Kason & Brittany Kuykendall, Leaders

Catalyst refers to: ‘an agent that provokes change and action.’ Our goal is that the study of the Word of God will be a ‘Catalyst’ into our lives and that it will propel us to be more like Christ in our daily walk.

We began this class last April, and it has been such a blessing in our lives. We have made amazing relationships with some great couples that mean so much to us. We come together every Sunday

Morning; and I can honestly tell you it’s not that we feel like we have to go and be a part of this Bible study time we honestly cannot wait for Sunday mornings to come so that we can spend some time studying the Word of God with our friends.

Two things always abound in our time together on Sunday Mornings; we have great fellowship together and great discussion around the Word of God. This group has not only blessed me with great friendship; but they have challenged me in so many ways in my daily Christian walk.

If you have not found a place where you can grow in relationship with other believers as you grow in your relationship with the Lord, I want to challenge you to do so. Maybe Catalyst will be a good fit for you, we meet in room number C-211 which is upstairs and straight up the ramp. We would be so glad for you to come and visit our class. Or maybe one of the other incredible groups that we have at Woodland Hills would be a better fit. I can promise you that if you are not a part of one of these groups you are missing an incredible blessing.

Don’t put it off any longer, come and be apart on Sunday Morning!! We will have a donut and coffee waiting on you!

 

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