Small Group Opportunities

Group of PeopleAs individuals, we have differences in our journeys and our places along the path.  Wherever you are, being in a supportive and purposeful small group will allow your relationship with God to grow.  It is the act of being connected that gives us strength. We work together for the understanding and living in God’s Word.

Find that comfortable place, settle in, and may you find many blessings as you take this journey in building your relationship with God and the faith community.  For more information, contact the church office (, 269-327-6643).

Sunday Morning Small Groups
Parenthood!  Hey Moms and Dads! We have a small group for you. Let's get together in fellowship, reflect on some scripture and talk about the joys and struggles of parenthood. In the choir room, during the Sunday school hour (10:15-11:15) during the school year September through May.  Summer schedule to be determined.  Please contact Greathen Derenne, with questions, all are welcome!

LiFt (Ladies in Fellowship Together)                                                                                                                                                                          LiFT will now meets EVERY Sunday at 10:05 am in the Fellowship Hall! Still the same, awesome people of LiFT just a new time, new location and WEEKLY Fellowship! This will be a come as you are available small group, sometimes with planned activities and some weeks just sharing and connecting.In addition: the last Sunday of the month will be set aside for a book club and LiFT's ever popular book swap! We are still figuring out all the details, so feel free to add questions, ideas, etc!  This group is for you so please speak up and let us know what YOU want! For more information contact Kristen Lendzion at


Monday Small Group An Invitation to a Small Group                                                                                                                                                                                                                 A small group meets on Monday nights from 6:30 to 8:00p.m. at Park Village Pines, 2920 Crystal Lane in Kalamazoo. It is a senior assisted living center:  we use their activity center which is complete with access to beverages, a flat screen TV and tables and chairs. This fall we will begin a series about women in the Bible which includes Esther, Ruth and Mary. We are actively seeking additions to our group. You are welcome to join us at any time. Questions? Contact Deacon Pat at

Tuesday Small Group-Tuesday's Grace                                                                                                                                                                                                                This small group meets on Tuesday (duh!) evening at 7:00 pm with a variety of activities and lots of fun! We meet in the library unless we have a craft that is not “library friendly” or we are on an outing. We started with a book, have done crafts (Pumpkin centerpiece, Mother’s day cards, mod-podge clay pots), meet off-site for coffee and other treats (think Water Street and Station 66), and have walked the trail at Celery Flats.  We also strive to provide service to the church and community.  We provided the breakfast for our graduates and a Vacation Bible School meal on (wait for it…) Tuesday night! We are open to a lot of subjects and activities and would love to have you join us as we learn and demonstrate God’s grace in our lives. Contact Andrea Tramel for more information at

Wednesday Night Small Group                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Join our Wednesday night small group on Wednesday   evenings from 6:00-7:15pm in the Conference Room. We will be watching Oprah’s SuperSoul sessions that are about 25 minutes and then discussing.  Example of the speakers include: You can check out the link if you like, but a few names of speakers that I recognize include Oprah, Pastor John Gray, Glennon Doyle Melton, Tony Robbins, Gabrielle Bernstein, Brene Brown, Deepak   Chopra, Rob Bell, Cheryl Strayed.  Childcare provided!         Contact Andrea Johnson for questions about the group at

Thursday Night  Small Group                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A Thursday night small group has room for more members. Meetings are held each Thursday from 7pm to 8:30 p.m., in the Upper Room. We're enjoying getting to know each other and deepening our faith together. If you're interested in joining, contact Dawn Kemp at  269-365-7380 or

Bible Study and Book Groups
Amazing Women’s Fellowship
Ruth Stoddard, Coordinator, 269-375-1406,
Fourth Friday of the month in Ruth’s home, 9:00 - 11:30am.  Most months have a video-based Bible Study.  The group meets weekly as a location during all-church book reads.  There is always time for sharing what is going on in member lives and for prayer requests.

Sisters in Spirit
Jean Christie and Shirley Freeman, Coordinators, 269-327-3213, ; 269-381-8208,  Wednesdays, 10 - 11:30am in Jean’s home (wheelchair accessible).  This is a group of women that love books!  During the school year, books are read and discussed on topics of theology, spirituality, social justice and living in the world.  During the summer, members meet socially and share books being read.   All women are welcome. 

Mission Focus
Mission Quilters
Gayle Franklin, Coordinator, 269-217-6866,  Mission Quilters - returning for our 13+ season!!
If you can thread a needle and tie a knot, come join our fellowship starting Thursday, September 15th. We meet every Thursday, excluding holidays, from 6:30 to 8:30, Room #108.  Tied quilts are distributed to Parent to Parent, The Free Store at Sunnyside and YWCA Women’s shelter.  No experience is necessary.  Please contact Gayle Franklin at 269-217-6866 or email

Senior Ministries
Bob and Jean Christie, Coordinators, 269-327-3213,  Third Thursday of the month in Bob and Jean’s home at 7pm.  (wheelchair accessible)  This group coordinates meals for people following illness or surgery, transportation and/or much-needed assistance in times of difficulty.  A published directory is available listing where seniors may locate different forms of assistance in the community. 

Fun and Fellowship
Camera Club
Matt Kerr, Coordinator, 269-324-5664,  Events and time varies. This group focuses on learning more about photography and its many elements. Regardless of make and model of camera, whether it is film or digital, SLR, compact camera, smartphone with a camera app or just the desire to learn more about photography, there is a place for you! 

Co-Ed Volleyball
Russ Hankey, Coordinator, 269-324-7669,  Mondays at Portage Central Stable at 7pm. With two courts, there is the opportunity for a beginner game and an advanced game. All ages are welcome but at least 14 is recommended.  There is a small fee ($5 ) to the Portage Public Schools for the use of the gym and custodial staffing.  Financial arrangements can be made.

Genealogy with Doris
Dorris Mettler, Coordinator, 269-327-8272,  Third Tuesday in the Wesley Room (Rm # 218) from 10:00 to 11:30am.  Sessions will be discuss how to do research and searching on the Internet.  Any level of experience is welcome. 

Sewing Group
Jean Christie, Coordinator, 269-327-3213,, Tuesdays Sept – May in Jean’s home (wheelchair accessible) from 1 - 3pm.  If you enjoy crocheting, knitting, cross-stitch (any hand sewing) and like to do it with others, this group is for you!

Over the Chapel Hill Gang
Dorothy Harrington, Coordinator, 269-327-0303,  First Wednesday of month at various local restaurants at 11:45am.  This group is open to any retired, or close to retired friends from Chapel Hill.  All interested adults are welcome.  Personal care items for the Romence Road Food Pantry are collected each month.