Sign-Up for a Group
We believe that one of the critical environments for spiritual growth is connecting to other believers. We all need spiritual friendships of belonging, care and encouragement to help us grow. Our groups are a great way to get connected to others at Faith and find those spiritual friendships. And so, whether you are new here at Faith or have been here for a while, our hope is that everyone will find a place to connect in a group.
What are the different types of Groups?
Life Groups - These are groups that meet to study the Scriptures, pray and care for one another. Some of them are life-stage specific (i.e. singles, young married, empty-nesters, etc.) while others are more general.
Interest Groups - These are groups that gather together around common interests. Though the focus of each group is on developing relationships in the context of pursuing the common interest, these groups will also often incorporate some type of brief spiritual content.
Faith Equip Groups – These are groups that focus on equipping in important areas of the Christian life and service. Groups offered include such focus areas as theology, Bible, ministry and life skills.
How long do groups last?
Our groups are oriented around a semester schedule and so most Life Groups and Interest Groups last 12 weeks in the fall and spring semesters and then 9 weeks in the summer. At the end of the semester they take a short break before beginning again the following semester (if they are continuing). Our Faith Equip Groups vary in length. Some are only four weeks long; others are a bit longer.
Where and when do groups meet?
Groups meet on all different days and times. Some meet in the early mornings; others meet in the evenings. Some meet at church while others meet in homes throughout the Manhattan area. The fall semester runs from September to early December, the spring semester runs from late January to April and the summer semester runs during the months of June and July.
What do Life Groups study?
Many of the Life Groups are what we call sermon based groups. For these groups, a study guide is prepared for everyone based on the previous week's Sunday sermon. These studies seek to foster a discussion about how to live out the sermon in everyday life. Some other groups are book-based, topic-based or special interest-based studies.
What about childcare?
Childcare is provided for Sunday morning groups, Alpha (when it meets at the church) and women's morning groups. For all of the other groups childcare is case-by-case. Check with the group leader for specific information.
How do I choose a group?
Some people pick a group based on a desire to be with people in their same life situation (i.e. single, young career, married with kids, etc.) while others are drawn to specific topics. Some choose a group based on a time that works well for them. If you have any questions , especially if you are new to Faith, please don't hesitate to call the church office and we will gladly assist you. Keep in mind that it might take a couple of tries before you find a good fit in a group.
How do I sign up for a group?
New groups start three times a year (January, June and September). During these times, groups are open for you to join. You can find a list of the current groups in the Faith Groups catalog (right side bar). During sign up periods, you can either register your interest in joining a specific group on the Connections Card on Sunday mornings or here on our website. Please indicate your top two choices in case your first choice is already full. If a group you select still has openings, the group leader will contact you about the first meeting. If, however, your choices are full, the Group Life ministry will contact you about other group opportunities. Please contact Brian Anderson (ObscureBrian) if you have any questions. He will be glad to answer any questions you might have and assist you in finding the right group for you.
What about Alpha?
Alpha is for the those who are exploring Christianity, for new believers in Jesus, or for those who are looking to be reenergized in their spiritual lives. If you have a friend who is exploring Christianity, we would encourage you to consider inviting him or her to Alpha and then joining him or her in attending. For more information on alpha check out this link.