Care Groups


A care group is just what the name implies. It is a small group of people who gather regularly to care for one another and to study God’s word, the Bible or related topics. The focus is mutual care in a small setting. The study part is usually a mutually agreed on topic, passage or video where a leader (facilitator) guides the group discussion and learning. There is ample time for open discussion so this is not preaching or a lecture. The objective is to become more like Christ by learning His words and ways through active study, discussion and service.

The care part is a sharing of prayer or other needs so the group can come along side and help each other. This is most commonly by focused prayer but can also be in the form of physical help.

Each care group has its own characteristics depending on the makeup of the group and time of life focus. Some include a time of worship and song. Others are more introspective and quiet. You need to find a place where you feel comfortable and welcome.

Care groups are open to all comers—whether members of Lakeside or another church, adherents, or those just interested or seeking to know more about God and His creation. Due to space limitations, however, some care groups become filled.

Some groups have a specific focus such as Grief Share and are more specific. They are often support type groups. These are noted in the name and description.

Attention Care Group Leaders

All care group materials are now in the church library area and have been catalogued in the computer database. This database is available online at

bible1From there you can see all the materials in the library including the care group materials. There are three tabs— Detail, Covers and List. It will open in list view.

To find all the care group materials only, click on the Genre “button” to the right. It will open a small window of that genre only. Look at the list and select Care Group this will then show only care group materials. You can click on Author to sort by author or Title to sort by Title etc. You can click on any item to get details. (Look at the notes for sessions and format etc.) In the search area you can search on any of the fields, Author, Title etc. Click the [x] in the search field to clear the search. Searches will look at all material and not just care group so after you clear a search you need to select Genre and care group again. Feel free to explore.

When you borrow material from the care group shelves please take the card from the pocket, fill in your name and the date. Deposit the card in the library book sign out slot.

When you return materials put them in the care group returns cabinet on the floor, do not re-shelve them. Thanks.

Any questions about either of the above, please call me.

Gord Forbes