In our effort to help develop opportunities for churches to do ministry outside of their four walls, Operation Transformation is promoting "Connect Groups". We have been in conversation with the YMCA, the Housing Commission, senior and retirement homes and local businesses to launch Connect Groups. A Connect Group is an opportunity for followers of Christ to share their faith with unchurched community members in non-confrontational, fun and relational way.
We estimate that only about 10% of the people in our County go to church anywhere. We would wager that the percentage is considerably less in the last year. What if we could saturate our County with many opportunities for those who can’t or won’t step into a church to be exposed to the Christian faith?
Connect Groups will utilize the Alpha Course. Alpha is used worldwide and has been translated into 112 different languages. It is an evangelistic course which seeks to introduce the basics of the Christian faith through a series of talks and discussions. It is often promoted to potential participants as "an opportunity to explore the meaning of life.” It has been used in churches, homes, workplaces, prisons, universities and a wide variety of other locations. There are 15 sessions in the course and has both adult and youth versions available.
Since launching 9 groups in the fall of 2021, many of them have continued to meet, or are using other varied materials to meet the ongoing need. Alpha continues to be used, but several of our groups are now using the "Life Recovery Bible" as a helpful resource. Initially launched at BWROC(Blue Water Recovery Center), LRB is now used in 4 Bible Studies in our county jail, and 2 more community based Bible Study Groups are being launched, one at an area restaurant, and the other downriver where the need is just as prevalent.
The Reality in early 2022 is well over 15 groups multiplying quicker than we can keep up with them. And the best part? All these teams are coming from local churches. God is moving strong in this area of ministry. Contact Randy Bennett, our Outreach Coordinator if you are interested in helping us continue this countywide evangelistic effort or would just like to learn more.
Current Connect Groups
These groups have been started by leaders from our local churches and represent how we are all committed to connecting with marketplace outreach around Port Huron.
1. Peru Village Bible Study – PH Assembly of God
Tuesdays – 5:30 pm
2. BWROC Life Recovery Bible Study
Bruce Clark/Rick Collins/John Grenfell/Pat Patterson
Thursdays – 6:30 pm
3. Northport Towers Connect Group
Mondays – 6:30 pm
4. Palmer Park Bible Study – St. Clair
5. Grandview Towers Connect Group–Fellowship Baptist
Jim Jabe/Dave Taube
6. Huron House Bible Study
David Black/Gary Mose
Thursdays – 7:30 pm
7. Sacred Heart Bible Study -
Dennis Crimmins/Al Pionk
Tuesdays – 5:30 pm
8. Clearview Center Rehabilitation - Life Recovery Bible Study
Wednesdays - 7:00 pm
9. Dorchester Apts. Connect Group - Mary Hewlet
10. SONS Woodworking Connect Group - Bruce Clark
11. Life Recovery Bible Study - East China, Fellowship Baptist Church, Terry Kuhns/Rick Collins
12. Lake Huron Medical Center - Weekly Chapel
13. All Nation Warming Shelter - Daily Life Recovery Bible Study
11. St. Clair County Jail Ministries:
Pod A Bible Study: Tues – 5:30 pm
Pod G Ladies Bible Study: Thurs - 5:30 pm
Pod A Bible Study: Fri - 1:30 pm
Pod A - G Worship Service: Sat. once a quarter
Saturday Morning Catholic Lesson & Communion
(Men’s Pods A-D, one Sat. a month)
(Women’s Pod G, each Saturday)
In the Works:
1. Desmond Village - Nathaniel Tucker
2. Andrew & Cait Seppo - Home
3. First Presbyterian - Roxie Davis
4. Medilodge Chapel Services
We have many more potential locations, feel free to contact Randy Bennett for more information at 734.536.8864.