Covenant Study Overview

Glen Mar will begin an 8-week Churchwide Bible Study the week of September 22nd. The study will be the "Creating" module of the Covenant Bible Series. The Creating module examines how the covenant community is created and established. It discusses the story of our origins in Genesis, the Exodus narrative, the teachings of Moses, the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, as well as other books from each Testament that focus on the foundation of Christian faith. In doing so, it lays out the framework for a life lived in concert with God and others.

Covenant is based on the understanding that it is through community—through shared reflection and engagement—that we can best discover the Bible’s transformative power. We hope you will join us!

Sign Up

Sign-ups begin the weekend of Sep. 7 in the Gathering Place and will continue through Sep. 15. If you are unable to sign up in person, please contact growthgroups@glenmarumc.org or Pastor Anna Schwartz at anna.schwartz@glenmarumc.org, or 410-465-4995, ext. 206.

Groups will be meet at Glen Mar at the following times: Mondays at 9 a.m., Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays at 9 a.m., Thursdays at 7 p.m., Sundays at 9:30 a.m., Sundays at 11 a.m., Sundays at 4:30 p.m. Existing growth groups are also invited to participate in the study.

There will be a sermon series in conjunction with the study, with the first sermon on Sep. 21/22.

Group members will need to purchase the Participant’s guide entitled "Covenant Bible Study: Creating - Participant Guide", available through on-line retailers, including christianbook.com.

See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below for more information.

Host a Group for the Study

We are looking for hosts for the study. If you would be willing to host, the only requirements are a place to meet and access to a DVD player and screen for viewing. Groups can also be hosted at Glen Mar too, if desired.

FAQs

What is a Growth Group?
Growth Groups are small groups that meet to study the Bible in community with others. Church-wide Studies, such as the upcoming Covenant Bible study, are held periodically at Glen Mar to people the opportunity to experience a Growth Group over a short period of time.

What is the Study?
The study will be the Creating module of the Covenant Bible series. The Creating module examines how the covenant community is created and established. It discusses the story of our origins in Genesis, the Exodus narrative, the teachings of Moses, the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, as well as other books from each Testament that focus on the foundation of Christian faith. In doing so, it lays out the framework for a life lived in concert with God and others.

How long is the Covenant Bible Study?
It is an eight (8) week study, that will be held between September 22 and November 17, 2019. Groups will be available during the day, evening and on the weekend. You can choose which group best meets your schedule. Childcare will be available for the Thursday evening and Sunday morning groups.

What is the format for the Covenant Bible Study?
Each meeting lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours. There will be a DVD session of 15-20 minutes, and then discussion on the DVD and information in the study guide. There will also be time to discuss joys and concerns of the group. Each meeting will attempt to balance conversational teaching from biblical experts in the DVD with engaging discussion among the participants.

Who will be included in my Covenant Group?
The size of the Covenant Group may vary, but the likely size will be less than 10 people. An experienced facilitator will be part of the group to guide the discussions.

Where will the meetings be held?
Meetings will be held either at Glen Mar or an individual’s homes. Details on the location the group will meet will be included as part of the sign-up.

Will there be childcare available when my Covenant Group meets?
Childcare will be available for groups meeting at Glen Mar on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings.

Are we required to do homework? If so, how much?
To fully take advantage of the study, participants needs to commit to read daily (30 minutes) the assigned scriptures and to reflect on the them. There is a participant study book that will guide you through this process.

Am I going to have to talk or can I just sit and listen during meetings?
Participation and sharing one’s thoughts are encouraged, but not required.

What is the cost of the Study material?
The cost of the participant study guide is approx. $20, or $10 as an eBook.

How much do I have to know about the Bible?
No prior familiarity with the Bible is necessary. Spending a few minutes each day reading the daily assigned scriptures will prepare you for the group discussion.

How do I register to join this Covenant Bible Study as part of a Growth Group?
Sign-ups in the Gathering Place will start of September 7/8 and will continue September 14/15.

How long is this group going to last?
The groups for Covenant will be established for the 8-week study period only. However, at the conclusion of Covenant, your group can decide to continue to meet if desired. The church can also assist you in connecting to another Growth Group if you would like to continue in a different group.

Where can I buy the study materials, and which ones do I need?
The only study guide you will need as a participant is titled "Covenant Bible Study: Creating - Participant Guide", by Covenant Bible Study. You can find it in various formats on christianbook.com.

Still Have Questions?

Contact growthgroups@glenmarumc.org or Pastor Anna Schwartz at anna.schwartz@glenmarumc.org, or 410-465-4995, ext. 206.