The Sanctuary women have an active support network in place and have 1-2 retreats each year, a quarterly brunch, and other events and activities including the Ladies Tea, and a Christmas luncheon.
The men of The Sanctuary meet on the second Saturday morning at 8:30. It is a time of sharing, learning from the Word and application. Our annual Men’s Retreat is usually planned for late September.
Home Growth Groups
At The Sanctuary, we place a high priority on meeting together in smaller groups so we can get to know one another without getting lost in a crowd. The primary way we do that is in the Home Growth Groups. In these small groups we meet various times during the week. Here we apply the Bible to our lives, develop meaningful relationships, serve our church and community, and we blend age groups, cultural backgrounds, and even different levels of spiritual maturity. This is where we truly come to be a church family.
Relationships are central to being a Christian. When we commit our lives to the glory of Christ, we immediately become a part of His family. Scripture describes God’s people as a body, where each member is essential to the well-being of the whole. We need one another. However, as churches have become larger, maintaining essential relationships has become increasingly difficult. As a result, smaller groups become important. In every church there are naturally occurring relationships. But there are also intentional small groups that are formed. These intentional groups are what we call Home Growth Groups. In our groups we seek to encourage one another to be faithful to the Lord until He returns.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:23-25)
This exhortation is at the heart of our Home Growth Group ministry. It is our desire that each member of a group seek to faithfully live this out in context of their intentional community. Our goal for our Home Growth Groups is to seek to bring glory to God through relationships, character transformation and mission by:
- Applying the Bible to our lives
- Developing meaningful relationships
- Reaching and serving our church and community
- Developing leaders
- Providing a place for encouragement as we seek to live faithfully in this world.
Our Growth Groups are formed with the desire that they reflect the overall body of Christ as much as possible. We do not seek to create “special interest” groups even though we recognize the unique roles they play in the body of Christ. We form our groups with the following values in mind:
- Diversity in age, spiritual maturity, ethnicity, etc.
- Building on existing relationships
- Geographical location
Intensive Care Ministry
When there is a need for more intensive prayer ministry to deal with issues, struggles and burdens in one’s life, we have a team which desires to meet with them, listen to them, listen to God, and interact to bring healing in all areas of their life: Spiritual, Emotional, Relational, and Physical. This could be for an hour, or ongoing as directed by the Holy Spirit.
Mastering the Mysteries of Love – Enhance Your Relationship for a Lifetime!
MML is an eight week workshop that seeks to enhance the communication skills of couples. The benefits include: learning to understand your mate, learning to express yourself in healthy ways, learning to discuss problems without eruptions and managing conflict with trust and skills, as well as problem solving where both sides win! It can change your relationship from the inside out!
MML is co-taught by John and Beverly Littau, Certified Marriage Educators in the State of California, in cooperation with The Healthy Marriage Project.