Jay and I have been part of a small group for the last five years. For those who don't come from a church background a small group is just that. A small group (I would say no more than 10 people) who gather together once a week (or possibly more, or less) and get to know each other, pray together, study the Bible and partake in delicious snacks (well maybe a little less delicious without Lyn's snacks, haha).
Over the five years our group has entirely changed. We started out with one group of people, then when we heard some friends were looking for some group members we decided to join that group about three years ago. Since then we have had a few steady group members and seen some others come and go from the group. I think it's just the nature of the small group. Especially a small group of people who are in the age bracket that we are in. There are a lot of people who are starting families or whose work situation is such that they don't always have the same evenings of the week free.
Looks like this year we will be starting nearly from scratch (us and one other couple will stay the same). It's definitely nice when you get comfortable with a group of individuals and can share your hurts and joys with people who will comfort or celebrate with you. Not that 'new' friends won't do that, but there is a certain comfort with people you know. That being said, I am kind of excited/anxious/curious to see who we will find in our small group this year. We have made some great new friends in the last couple of years in our small group and I look forward to making more new friends. I am not exactly sure when we will start up small group for the year, but I am looking forward to it.