Small Groups

To register, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Celeste Deveney in the church office at 425-486-7132. Please include your choice or choices of the group(s) you care to join, as well as your contact information (email and phone number). Confirmation and details will be sent back to you.

What are small groups?

A mosaic is a piece of art where different, seemingly unrelated bits and pieces are placed side-by-side, creating a beautiful, integrated composition. The church is God’s mosaic, made up of people with different thoughts, gifts, talents, experiences, and so much more that side-by-side, grow together in community and faith.

To help us “motivate one another to love and good deeds,” small groups will meet from September 2017 to May 2018. The groups will get together for nine months on a regular basis (some weekly, some monthly, some bi-monthly) around a topic, practice or study.

The purpose of small groups is to grow our individual faiths by enriching our minds and hearts together in community. With small groups you get input, support, and fellowship. You also get the voices of people who will challenge you to think and to look at things from a different point of view.

Here are a list of small groups sorted by day of week they are held:

Sundays

Beginners’ Study: The Book of Revelation
Facilitator: Ji-Young Kim
Purpose:
Explore together one of the most mysterious books in the Bible by asking questions and researching materials to gain better insight and understanding of the Book of Revelation
Practice: Read the book and share relevant academic research materials to help us gain greater understanding. Compile a list of questions to share with our pastors.
Time: Once a month on Sunday at 3 pm beginning on September 24 – 9/24; 10/22; 11/19; 12/17; 1/21; 2/18; 3/18; 4/22; and 5/20.
Location: TBA
More Information: Please email Ji-Young at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mondays

Early Morning Prayer
Facilitator: Rev. Joe Kim
Purpose:
To center ourselves at the start of every week and to surround our community in prayer.
Practice: Every week, we will gather to reflect, to share, to center and to pray.
Time: Every Monday at 7 am (until we’re done) beginning September 18.
Location: Bothell UMC Chapel
More Information: Please email Pastor Joe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Authentic Manhood
Facilitator: Kirk Scarbrough
Purpose:
Together we will explore being a Christian man in a culture that often is not very supportive. How do we unlock the passion and purpose in our lives and the lives of those around us? How do we come together to sustain each other in our personal journeys?
Practice: We will begin our journey together by viewing and discussing a series of six videos on authentic manhood. From there, we will seek group consensus on continuing deeper into this video series or pursuing other media for a more diverse perspective. Regardless of the path, the focus will remain on creating a space where we can all experience fellowship and mutual support.
Time: First and third Monday of every month @ 6:30 pm starting on September 18.
Location: TBA
More Information: Please email Kirk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesdays

Networking with God
Facilitator: Aaron Keating
Purpose:
To find ways to reflect God in our daily business activities.
Practice: To humorously discuss the challenges that come from running and working for a business. Bring your stories and experiences to share and open ears to learn from others.
Time: The second Tuesday of the month for breakfast, the fourth Tuesday for lunch starting September 12. All sessions will run for an hour.
Location: TBA
More Information: Please email Aaron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Life and Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Facilitator: Rev. Joe Kim
Purpose:
To study the life and works of the theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and to find application to our daily lives.
Practice: We will read together about Bonhoeffer’s life as well as some of his major works, and share our insights with one another. Each gathering will begin by sharing food through a simple potluck.
Time: The third Tuesday of every month, 6 - 8 pm starting September 19.
Location: TBA
More Information: Please email Pastor Joe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Faith and Photography
Facilitator: Reverend DJ del Rosario
Purpose:
To spend time together honing our love of photography while exploring the beauty around our world.
Practice: We will explore our world together through photography, biblical study and companion studies that supplement photojournalism as a spiritual practice. Each month we’ll spend time shooting in preselected areas, focusing on different theological themes. After our photo sessions, we’ll share our work and experiences. Everyone of all ages are welcome to join. You can even share your camera. Any camera including a phone may be used. The only caveat is that we need to be able to send your picture from your camera to a laptop for viewing/printing.
Time: Once a month from 7:30 - 9 pm starting September 19 – 9/19; 10/17; 12/12; 1/16; 2/20; 3/20; 4/24; 5/8
Location: TBA prior to each session
More Information: Please email Pastor DJ at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesdays

Reading into Hope
Facilitator: Rev. Kristin Joyner
Purpose:
We’ll read and discuss spiritually uplifting books that challenge us to explore our personal faith journeys amidst contemporary issues and complex cultural contexts.
Practice: We will read approximately 1 or 2 books every 3 months or so. Members of this group will communicate between meetings in a closed Facebook Group in order to enhance our conversation and communication! Our first book will be Living Into Hope, by Joan Brown Campbell. Please have it by our first meeting which will be Wednesday, September 20.
Time: Every Wednesday 3:30 – 5 pm beginning September 20.
Location: Bothell UMC Lounge
More Information: Please email Rev. Kristin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Choosing Gratitude, Your Journey to Joy
Facilitator: Susan Slate
Purpose:
To explore some of the practices of gratitude to experience greater joy in life even in light of personal and global challenges.
Practice: Follow a different exercise every month in gratitude suggested in the book, Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy by Nancy Leigh DeMoss (Example: Gratitude Lookout - Decide on a day during which you’re going to be on the lookout for people you can thank. Actively watch for things that others do that are helpful, kind, and considerate. Be generous with your “thank-yous.”) Everyone in this group will have input with the content.
Time: Second Wednesday at 7 pm starting September 13.
Location: Bothell UMC Lounge
More Information: Please email Susan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Creativity as an Act of Faith
Facilitator: Joann Kim
Purpose:
To nurture ourselves and others on the spiritual path to higher creativity.
Practice: By using "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron as a guide, we will explore the narratives that block us, commit to finding joy in our lives, encourage each other in our creative practice, and collaborate on a project that will serve the community. Each gathering we will share food through a simple potluck.
Time: Every other Wednesday evening, 6 – 8 pm starting September 4.
Location: TBA
More Information: Please email Joann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Getting Ready for the Real World
Facilitators: Julie and Eric Trott (with sons Sam and Cary)
Purpose:
Geared for families with teenagers (grades 7-12), this group will discuss the joys and challenges of growing up Christian in the Pacific Northwest. Parents and kids alike discover all kinds of situations as the kids move through junior high and high school, and then on to college. How do we build (and maintain) a strong Christian faith when so much is changing around us?
Practice: Parents will meet “upstairs” while kids meet “downstairs.” Each group’s sessions will be based on the same topics, with the book Cold-Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace and the movie “God is Not Dead” as the leading sources.
Time: The first Wednesday of each month 7- 8:30 pm, – 9/6; 10/4; 11/1; 12/6; 1/3; 2/7; 3/7; 4/4; and 5/1
Location: Bothell UMC
More Information: Please email Eric at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursdays

Men, Families and Life!
Facilitator: Bill Price
Purpose:
A place for discussion and sharing of issues men face in their daily lives.
Practice: Discussing and exchanging views and ideas affecting men, their families, and their life. The basis of study will come from group considerations and ideas and/or from the Upper Room Small Group monthly plans
Time: The first and third Thursdays of every month from 4 to 5 pm starting on September 7. We have an option to meet at 7 am too, if that works better for the group or some members of the group.
Location: TBA
More Information: Please email Bill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

That's the Book for Me
Facilitator: Becky Keene
Purpose:
To build and deepen relationships through studying the Bible together.
Practice: Studying the Bible through books written by different authors. We will start with Adam Hamilton’s Making Sense of the Bible. We will decide among the members of the group what book we will study next.
Time: The first and third Thursday of every month from 1 to 2:30 pm starting on September 7.
Location: Bothell UMC
More Information: Please email Becky at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturdays

Riffin' on the Good Book: The Bible, Books, and Movies
Facilitators: Laura and Grayson Holmes
Purpose:
To approach our faith and the Bible in new and invigorating ways, aided by popular culture.
Practice: This group will gather once a month. Before the monthly gathering, the group will have either read a book or watched a movie (alternating months) with theological themes. We will decide these movies/books together, in advance. Our goal in coming together is to talk about these pieces of popular culture in light of the Bible and theology, trying to understand how they can help us see our faith in new ways and grow in our discipleship. Our first movie will be "A Man for All Seasons.
Time: First Saturday of every month, 9 -11 am starting October 7 (due to Labor Day).
Location: TBA
More Information: Please email Laura at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Grayson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Understanding the United Methodist Social Principles
Facilitator: Patsy Ethridge-Neal
Purpose:
To understand our social principles based on the 2016 Book of Discipline and to inform members about FAN (Faith Action Network) and other faith-based groups/networks.
Practice: what your group will be doing or studying: The Social Principles section of the 2016 Book of Discipline and materials from other faith based social justice networks. Group may decide to take on a project.
Time: The second and fourth Saturday mornings of every month (excluding December) from 9 to 11 am starting on September 9
Location: Bothell UMC
More Information: Please email Patsy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Year of Small Things
Facilitator: Celeste Deveney
Purpose: To simplify our lives by adopting some of the practices of New Monastics in order to grow and deepen our faiths in new (and old) ways.
Practice: We’ll read one chapter a month from the book, The Year of Small Things, by Sarah Arthur and Erin F. Wasinger. Over the course of the year, we’ll tackle such things as growing a covenantal relationship with another person (or within a family), hospitality beyond Martha Stewart, reclaiming spiritual habits, downsizing our stuff, and sustaining creation. If you’ve been longing to simplify your lifestyle and integrate spiritual habits in energizing ways, consider joining this group.
Time: The third Saturday of every month at 9 am starting September 16. Covenantal partners meet weekly at their convenience.
Location: Tentatively we’ll meet at the home of Sherri and Drew Johnson More Information: Contact Celeste Deveney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..