The most important way to get plugged into the life of our congregation is to become involved in a Community Group. These are places to both cultivate a relationship with God and friendships with others.
Click on the image below to find a East Side Community Group near you. You can use the filters to select a group that meets at a time/location that would be easy for you to attend regularly. Email email@example.com if you need further assistance.
Have you ever had questions about the Christian faith or wondered about its relevance? Are you curious about Christianity, but not sure how you relate to the church? Do you want to understand what the Bible really says, but don’t know where to start? Are you looking for answers to some tough questions, but don’t know a safe place to ask? There is a place for you.
Questioning Christianity Groups are informal discussion groups specifically for people who are curious about Christianity. They provide a forum for people to openly and respectfully discuss foundational topics about Christianity and explore deep questions. Here you can process your questions with like-minded people and learn how the claims of Christianity relate to everyday living. Questioning Christianity Groups are geared toward people who are in process with the Christian faith. They are designed to be a respectful, moderated dialogue as they meet over the course of seven weeks and discuss the following topics:
As specialized Beta Groups, these Questioning Christianity Groups meet for seven weeks only and begin each year in late September. Find a group near you.
Community Groups are a place to cultivate a relationship with God and friendships with others. It is within these small communities that men and women can build personal relationships and practice applying the gospel to their lives. Each group expects to experience Jesus Christ in its midst, enabling participants to be transformed through mutual ministry and to experience life in the family of God.
Composed of 6 to 12 people, groups meet in homes and offices throughout the city. All groups are led by trained lay leaders from our congregation who receive continued oversight and support from our pastoral staff. Groups generally meet two to four times a month for worship, Bible study, fellowship, and prayer. Many groups also participate in monthly service projects or social events in place of one regular meeting.
These groups provide sanctuary from the pressures and anxieties of life in the city and facilitate the formation of new friendships. Community Groups are places where we can be revitalized and strengthened as we seek to reflect the love of Jesus Christ to our fellow New Yorkers. As God made us for community, we need others to help us apply the gospel to our lives. Our hope is that everyone who attends our church will be involved in a Community Group.
We have many groups that you are welcome to join at any time of the year. Find a group near you.
We invite you to “beta test” community life every fall by joining a Beta Group. Beta Groups are seven-week Community Groups that start in late September and are designed especially for those who are new to our church, new to Community Groups, or interested in exploring Christianity. Beta Groups feature the following:
Interested in leading but not sure what to expect? Learn more here.
Already lead a group? See leader resources.