Small Group Ministry
1st Church offers several opportunities for fellowship and spiritual growth through our small group ministry programs. We hope you will be able to find a group which meets your needs and helps you strengthen your relationship with God and other believers. For information on any of the small groups below, please contact the Church office (941) 639-3842.
Wednesday Night Bible Study – An apologetics ministry: Answers in Genesis is dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively. We focus on providing answers to questions about the Bible through video presentation and group discussion, regarding key issues such as creation, evolution, science, and the age of the earth. The ministry believes the first 11 chapters of Genesis is the foundation of the Bible and by knowing and believing what God has inspired men to write, gives reason to why Jesus came into this world.  On Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 – Larry is leading a Chronological Bible Study using Answers in Genesis materials. Sometimes a short video accompanies a lesson. For more information please contact Larry Keller: 941-391-3940 or
Discovery Bible Class – This group is for the Bible novice as well as the individual who has studied but needs a “refresher” course of the Word. Our goal in “Discovering” is to recognize the Bible is such a precious book that as you go forward…it’s a guidebook for daily life. Discovering meets Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in room 13. There’s a seat awaiting you.
Extraordinary Women – A women’s group of all ages, Extraordinary Women meets Thursday mornings at 9:00 am for a time of Bible study, prayer, and fellowship. (Life Center Room 5). New members are always welcome.
Gratitudes – Gratitudes meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings in Room 9 at 7:00 pm. There is always room for more!
Lifetime Journey – The goal of Lifetime Bible study is to gain a more intimate understanding of God and His Word. As David Jeremiah says, “We don’t read the Bible just to know it, but to be changed by it…But if we want to know the Word of God, if we want to grow in it, we have to make the input.” Lifetime meets every Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. in room 13. There’s a seat awaiting you.
Faith Builders – Faith Builders is a small group for believers of all ages who desire to build a Biblically strong foundation for their faith, whether that be spiritually, financially or relationally with their spouse, children, extended family or friends. Faith Builders meets on Sunday nights from 5:30-7:00 in classroom 9 during Illuminate Children’s Ministry and Middle School & High School Youth Group, which makes it a perfect time for parents to come to a Bible study. Childcare is provided for those younger families.
Men of Faith – One of our largest small group ministries, the Men of Faith meet every Thursday morning at 8:00 am for prayer, then at 9:00 for Bible study and fellowship. Men of Faith is an interfaith group centered on faith in Christ, and service to others. Men of all ages are invited to join this wonderful fellowship of believers. (Room 13).
New Voyagers – New Voyagers meets on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. We invite you to join us for a great time of fellowship and faith!
Pathfinders – The members of Pathfinders meet each Wednesday evening from 7:00 -8:30 pm. An interdenominational group, Pathfinders welcomes women interested in growing together in faith. Different studies are presented throughout the year. We are currently studying the 12 disciples of Jesus. Pathfinders is dedicated to assisting with charity and outreach in our community and around the world through projects like Operation Christmas Child. The Pathfinders meet in Seminole Lakes, a Punta Gorda gated community. For further information, contact Trish Rusca.