List of fall semester Small groups

Check out below the complete list of fall small group available for you to be a part of. PLEASE NOTE in parenthesis is type of group it is made for. 

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  • Freedom (Cathy, Blake, Cris & Laura)

    Day- Sunday

    Time: 8:45

    Place: Classroom

    Cost: $10 per book

    Life as you know it may never be the same!

         Freedom provides the path for a successful journey. No matter where you are in your faith journey, this course will challenge you to take a step toward truth—about God, faith, and yourself. 

         It is for freedom that Christ set us free. Paul wrote that in Galatians 5:1 and Jesus Himself said that He came to the earth so that we may have life and have it to the full (John 10:10). Just imagine that: Life abundant.  Not barely surviving, but truly living. It means days filled with hope, joy and purpose. This is the kind of life God always intended for you to have. 

    Your pursuit of Freedom begins today!


  • E-kids Christmas Play- (Joyce Talbert & team)

    Location: e-kids room

    Day: Sunday

    Time: 1-2pm

    Join us as, we prepare to put on a Christmas play with all kids young and old.  There are many parts for people of all ages, men, women, boys, girls, and even a whole family can participate.

    The play will depict the prophecy of Jesus Christ's birth. We will hand out parts and rehearse for the play premiering in December.

    I hope you do join me as we dive into the story of the

    One-born King of the Jews.

  • Grief Share- Ray & Nina Goodrich

    Location: Dream Team Room

    Day: Sunday

    Time: 12-2pm

    Encounter Church grief support group is for our church family and the local community.  GriefShare, is established for people grieving the death of a family member or friend.  You don't need to go through the process of grieving alone. Join our caring group of people and let us help you walk through one of life's most difficult experiences.

    Each of the 13 weekly meetings will include a video message and support group discussion.  A Griefshare workbook will further a personal study of the grieving process.  

    You are NOT alone! We will walk this journey with you!

  • Do it for me- Dog Training class (Dixie Taylor)


    Day: Sunday

    Time: 12:30-2pm

    Join us as we teach you to train your service dogs. We start with basic obedience and move on to the more specialized skills such as Public Access Training.

    Beginner Class is at 12:30 pm every Sunday in the church parking lot.

    Advanced class is at 2:00 pm.

    We ask that you start in the beginner class then move up.  You must commit to training your dog every day. We will teach you how to train your dog.

    Suggestions: have a pinch collar for your dog, a hard cloth leash, and cut up hot dogs as training treats.  Instruction is provided free of charge.

  • life change happens in the context of relationships.....get in a group

  • Talk Sunday—Raymond & Shelia Castile

    Location: Castile Home

    Day: Sunday

    Time: 6-7 pm

    We cannot wait to discuss with you the Sunday morning messages. It’s such a great opportunity for you to ask questions and truly discover how every message contains life-changing principles and truths for your life.

    There is something powerful that happens when we join to join together and discuss GOD’s WORD. Growth definitely comes! We cannot wait to meet and see your life grow and become ALL that God created you to be! 

  • Lord I want to know YOU- Cathy Clifford

    Location: Lewis House

    Day: Monday

    Time: 6:30-8 pm

    Join me as we walk through this incredible study, by Kay Arthur. Let’s meet each Monday night from 6:30-8 pm and dive into the Names of GOD! Through this study, you will meet our Creator, Healer, Protector, Provider, the One who sees you and so much more of His attributes. Don’t miss it!

    Books maybe ordered at  Type in the name and author to pull up the book. 

    If you need help, please let me know. Can’t wait to see you!

  • 12 Ordinary Men- Nancy Byrd

    Location: EC Classroom

    Day: Tuesday

    Time: 11-12:30

    I cannot wait for you to join me as we study the 12 Disciples.  Let’s go through one character each week and discover how each one grew closer to the Lord.

    You will be challenged and motivated by this personal look into the lives of some of the most faithful men of the Bible. The struggles, temptations, and trials they faced are the same trials we struggle with today.

    The God they served is the same God we serve today, He is the same yesterday, today and forever.  Can’t wait to see you there!

  • The Life of Abraham—Arnold & Dee Howard

    Location: Encounter Classroom

    Day: Wednesday

    Time: 10:30 am-12 pm

    Can you guess who we’re talking about below . . .

    • His original name was Abram!
    • He was 99 years old before he had his first child!
    • He took reproductive matters into his own hands and slept with his servant!
    • He almost killed his son!
    • He remarried at age 140 and had 6 more children!

    Wow!!!  If you didn’t know, it’s Abraham (of Abraham and Sarah fame)!  This promises to be a study of enlightenment.  Join us as we learn about one of our greatest Patriarchs.

  • Relationship grow in circles not rows- Find your family!

  • S.Y.M.B.I.S - Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts- Arnold & Dee Howard

    Location:  EC Classroom

    Day: Wednesday

    Time: 6:30-8 pm  

    Cost: ASSESSMENT  $35 (must be completed by 9/11/22 to participate)


    Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts (SYMBIS for short) has become the gold standard for helping todays engaged and newlywed couples enjoy lifelong love. If you’re engaged, this is where you start. 

    SYMBIS is the prerequisite for those planning to marry at Encounter Church. Preparing for a strong and passionate marriage is one of the most important things you’ll ever do.

    If you’ve already started your marriage, give it a boost by renewing the joys that brought you together. You will . . . Uncover the misbeliefs of marriage, Learn to communicate with instant understanding, and Discover the secret to resolving conflict.

    Many other various topics that will help prepare for life-long love.

  • Prayer—Sherry Hale—

    Location: Encounter Church

    Day: Wednesday

    Time: 6:30-7:30 pm

    Why not join with us each week for an hour of power as we take time out from our busy lives to pray. 

    It’s a great opportunity to quiet your life and to hear from God. Each week we will have a short devotion on Prayer to help encourage you in your Prayer Life.


                                                                          Make plans to be with us weekly from 6:30-7:30 pm!

  • Alpha- Bill & Cathy Clifford

    Location: Encounter Classroom

    Day: Wednesday

    Time: 6:30-8pm

    What is Alpha? Great question! 

    Ever have questions like, “Why am I here? What’s next?” In this internationally bestseller, Alpha pioneer Nicky Gumbel addresses some of the foundational questions that challenge us all.

    We will explore key themes, questions and objectives of faith, leading us on an engaging personal journey of discovery. We hope you can join us for this journey. 

    See you soon!

  • Encounter Youth—Philip, Kelly. Jory & Victoria)

    Location: Youth Room

    Day: Thursday

    Time: 6:30-8pm

    We are so excited for this new Encounter Youth small group. We will meet at the church each Thursday night for food, fun and a great time to learn God’s Word together.

    This semester we are going to go ‘old School’  by getting our Bibles out to read some great Bible stories together. We will break down, discuss and see the life application they have for us.  These GREAT stories can still have such an impact on our lives even today.

    Invite all your friends as we learn God’s Word together- all while having fun and a good time each Thursday night.

    We will also have some special ‘pop up’ events we will let you know about- so come to be a part.

  • We may not know everyone at church....but we do need to know someone- get in a group!

  • 5 Love Languages- Alan & Ann Pimlott

    Location: EC Classroom

    Day: Thursday

    Time: 6-7:30p

    The five love languages are five different ways of expressing and receiving love: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service, and physical touch

    Not everyone communicates love in the same way, and likewise, people have different ways they prefer to receive love.

    Come and discover what your love language is, as well as your spouses- so you can speak the right language to each other. When the love tank is full...everyone will be happy!

  • The Chosen- Blake & Cris Melacon

    Location: the Barn (Gonzales)

    Day: Thursday

    Time: 6:30p-8p

    Join us for an interactive Bible study based on The Chosen. This Bible study is designed to bring both Old and New Testaments to life in a brand-new way.

         Being chosen by Jesus has beautiful and far-reaching implications; although it says even more about the Chooser than the chooses. We are loved because HE LOVED! We are saved because HE’s merciful! We belong to the family of GOD because Jesus has paid our debt in full. It is all because of HIM! This Bible study will lead us straight to JESUS!


    Being chosen means: You are called, you rest, are cherished, you change course, are a witness, made new, established, and are carried. Join us at 42304 Hwy 931, Gonzales

  • Encounter Recovery—ER Laura Simon and the ER TEAM

    Location: Encounter Church

    Day:: Friday nights

    Time: 6:30-8:00 pm

    Join us Friday nights at 6:30 pm for the support and encouragement needed to see people’s lives healed and restored. No matter what you are struggling with, we believe all are set free at the Cross where God’s heart can heal yours.

    “Create in me a clean heart O God. Renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10

    Life altering decisions can be made, hearts changed, and lives transformed through the love of Christ.  We are not a ‘program’, we promote relationship with Jesus. Doors open at 6:00 pm, groups after service!

    ER--Where freedom is one heartbeat away!

  • Men’s Breakfast—Blake Melancon

    Location: Zoom Meeting

    Day: Saturday

    Time: 8-9:30am  

    I hope you will be able to join in with us each Saturday morning for a great time of encouragement and support. We need to stay ‘connected’ with other men and be able to have an avenue where we can share and grow together, especially through these times. 

    This semester we are going to meet mainly via Zoom - why not grab a coffee and cereal and sit down with us from 8-9:30 am on Saturday morning. We will also meet month for breakfast together.

    Topics we will discuss are important to us as Godly men, husbands, and fathers. I really look forward to getting together each week and discovering ALL God has for our lives.

  • We are so much better TOGETHER! 

  • Crafting Christ's Love- Tara Mercer

    Location:  EC Lobby

    Day: Saturday

    Time: 9-11a

    If you love Arts and Crafts, Decorating, trying new Pinterest ideas and doing it all while having fun and fellowship, then this is the Small Group for You! 

    Whether you are an expert or a beginner, all are welcome to join in the fun.

    We will work together on various church projects, enjoy fellowship, and share our love for creativity and crafting to brighten our church family’s experience.

    He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work…. Exodus 35:35

  • Fellowship Adventure- Laura Simon

    Location: various

    Day: Saturday

    Time: 11a-2p

    Life is an adventure and Christian fellowship is a great journey. When we step into what Christ has made us to do and onto the path He set before us, the joy is deep and the adventure is real.

        This is an “everyone” small group! Men, Ladies, Family, married, single, kids, dogs, etc. all are welcome. We will be coming together on Saturdays from 11 am- 2 pm for different exciting and fun adventures. 

         Our first small group will meet at Encounter Church to review, talk about, and set our destinations for the next 11 weeks. Each Saturday’s meeting location will be determined by that Saturday’s fellowship adventure location. Come get connected and join in the


  • Kingdom Men-James Brewer

    Location: Crossroads Men’s House

    Day: Saturday

    Time: 3-4p

    You were created for greatness! In this study, Tony Evans challenges men to recognize and claim the standard of greatness that God has set forth in His word! 

    You will learn what it means to be a kingdom man who accepts responsibility for his domain of influence; who lives by kingdom principles; and devotes his life to advancing God’s kingdom at home, at church, and in the world.

    Hope to see you here!

  • Couples Table talk- Arnold & Dee Howard

    Location: EC Café

    Day: Sunday ( 9/11- 10/9- 11/13)

    Time:  directly after Sunday church

    Sooooo, you’re over 50 and need an emotional and snuggle boost to your marriage!

    Join us in the Café area on 2nd Sundays immediately after the Sunday experience during the Fall Small Group semester. Bring a casserole or your Sunday dinner (and a little extra to share).

    September 11th - Communication –“Why am I doing the talking and you’re not listening?”

    October 9th - Intimacy– “After 50 is it still necessary?”

    November 13th - Marital Growth - “Embracing a new season in your marriage.”

  • You were not made to do life ALONE!

  • Encounter Outreach--Rick & Kara Gaskin

    Location: Various Places

    Date:: Watch for dates and times

    Time: To be announced

    We love God and are anxious to love on people by meeting them where they are. We want to encourage them through a lifelong relationship with Christ. 

    Join us this semester as we have many hands-on community adventures scheduled. Would love to have your hands in ours!!! 

    Be a part of the 2022 movement, building God’s Kingdom…One soul at a time!

  • Growth Track Intensive—Dee Howard and the Growth Track Team

    Location: Encounter Classroom

    Date: Saturday, October 29th

    Time: 9a-2p

    Growth Track Intensive allows you to take the Growth Track course in one day. For some of you it’s been a challenge to be here each Sunday for

    4 weeks.  We’re making it easy for you.  You can take all the Growth Track course in one day!

    This is also an opportunity for those of you who are missing a week (or 2) that can come and complete the course. You can sign up for the week that you are missing and be there for that class.

                                         Step One:    Connecting ( 9:00-10:00 am)

                              Step Two:    Relationships (10:15-11:15 am)

                              Step Three: Identifying your Design (11:30-12:30 pm)

                              Step Four:   Joining The Team  (12:45- 1:45 pm)

    We will have a 15-minute break between classes and have snacks available for you.

    Check the class (week) you have missed and sign up to come and complete ‘Growth Track’ so you can begin your next step of serving on a ‘Dream Team’ here @your church!