Community Groups

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.

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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 if you need further assistance.


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Questioning Christianity Groups

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:

  • Isn’t the Bible a myth? Hasn’t science disproved Christianity?
  • How can you say that there is only one way to God? What about other religions?
  • What gives you the right to tell me how to live my life? Why are there so many rules?
  • Why does God allow suffering? Why is there so much evil in the world?
  • Why is the church responsible for so much injustice? Why are Christians such hypocrites?
  • How can God be full of love and wrath at the same time? How can God send good people to hell?

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

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.

Beta Groups

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:

  • New members: There is no need to be nervous about your first meeting! Everyone will be new to the group.
  • Community life: It is easy to feel lost in a bustling city and disconnected in a large church. As a member of a Beta Group, you will be part of a smaller community, allowing you to build friendships with a group of people who grow to know and care about each other.

Registration for Beta Groups occurs every fall. Find a Beta group near you. Contact for more information.

 Lead a group

Interested in leading but not sure what to expect? Learn more here.

Already lead a group? See leader resources.