Community Groups

Get connected. Build relationship. Go deeper.
Plugging into a Community Group, or Small Group, is one of the best ways to grow as a believer in Christ, no matter how long you’ve been walking in the faith. We need the encouragement that comes from doing life with other believers!
We hope you'll find a group just right for you! If you would like to visit a group, please sign up to let them know you're coming.


Community Group

The Pollards lead a discussion of The Secular Creed, a provocative book that helps us disentangle the beliefs of culture that Christians can affirm from those they cannot, and invites us to engage with others about the things that matter most. Christianity, the author argues, is the original source and firmest foundation for diversity, equality and life-transforming love.

St. Charles  |  Tim & Michelle Pollard   |  6-8 pm  |  Jan 16-Mar 20


Prayer Altar

Prayer Altar is a faithful group of prayer warriors committed to interceding for evangelism and revival. Meeting locations rotate; contact Lila for information. There is also an opportunity to join this group through Zoom.

Elgin/South Elgin  |  Lila Bishop  |  Mondays, 10 am-12 pm  |  Meets year-round


Bible Study

Bella and Becky facilitate this Beth Moore video series, James: Mercy Triumphs, an intensive study of the book of James and its author. Topics include joy, hardship, faith, wisdom, dangers of the tongue and many others.  Open to both men and women; masking required.  Please be sure to sign up and also purchase the workbook in advance.

Elgin  |  Bella Curtis & Becky Norman   |  Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm  |  Sorry, this group is full


Community Group

Bob and Cheryl facilitate Why I Believe, a video series by Chip Ingram. Responding to the perception that Christians are anti-intellectual and closed-minded often results in withdrawal and even doubts among God's people about what we really believe. Through the videos and study guide, Ingram gives solid, biblical, logical answers to satisfy honest doubts. Light potluck dinner.

East Dundee  |  Bob & Cheryl Chojnacki  |  Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm  |  Feb 9-Mar 30


Men's Breakfast

Join Len and other men for breakfast at Briana's (1568 Larkin Ave., Elgin) on Thursday mornings, at your own expense of course. They meet to enjoy not only a good meal but also a good Bible or book study, as well as the encouragement of fellowship and praying together.

Briana's Pancake House  |  Len Kruse  |  Thursdays, 9-10:30 am  |  Meets year-round


Men's Group

It's all about "iron sharpening iron" (Proverbs 27:17). Focused on fellowship, Bible study and prayer, the Friday morning men's group seeks to encourage each other and apply the Word of God together to draw closer to Him.

Vineyard Room 207  |  Ron Skol   |  Fridays, 9-10:30 am  |  Meets year-round

Men's Bible Study

Men's fellowship group and Bible study prior to the Street Reach dinner.  They are continuing their study in the Book of Acts, and all are welcome to attend.

Vineyard Room 207  |  Jim  Hoeflich & Len Kruse   |  Fridays, 5:15-6:45 pm 

Women at the Well

Women's fellowship and discipleship group. They're currently watching The Chosen prior to the Street Reach dinner every week. See Jesus through the eyes of those who met Him! The Chosen brings the stories of Jesus and his disciples to life in a powerful new way.

Vineyard Chapel  |  Fridays, 5:15-6:45 pm  |  Runs until mid-February, when all episodes have been enjoyed

The Art of Marriage

If you’ve been married for one year or 50 and want a better marriage, or if you're engaged or even just thinking about marriage, you're invited to join a 9-week course called The Art of Marriage. This video curriculum from Family Life involves purchase of a workbook for $14. The group is limited to just 2 or 3 couples for a more intimate setting.

Elgin  |  Ralph & Tricia Schultz  |  Limited to 2-3 couples  |  Day and time are flexible; contact Ralph & Tricia


Men's Fellowship

Led by Dick Schmidt, this men's group dives into the material used in a recent Adult Sunday School class: Peter Payne's Holy Love: Finding and Becoming Holy Love. If God is Love, and we are made in His image, then we too should take on the appearance of Love. Learn how to access Holy Love...and what it means to actually become Holy Love.

Vineyard Loft  |  Dick Schmidt  |  Saturdays, 7-9 am 

Courtyard Prayer Group

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Psalm 100:4  The Courtyard Prayer group spends time in worship, sharing Scripture and praying for our country, community and each other.  In good weather they meet outdoors in the Courtyard. In bad weather, they're in The Loft. The meeting time is subject to change if the choir is rehearsing.

Vineyard Courtyard  |  Brian Walker  |  Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 am  |  Meets year-round

Women's Bible Study

This season's focus is a Beth Moore study, Chasing Vines, on having a more abundant and meaningful life. Beth takes participants on a spiritual journey and uncovers how every part of our lives―even the rockiest, most difficult soil―is used by God to make a difference for His Kingdom.

Elgin  |  Tanya Smith Johnson  |  1st & 3rd Saturdays, 1-3 pm  

Young Adults Fellowship

If you are in your 20's (or close!), you're invited to join with other young adults for an evening that includes dinner, worship and fellowship. This encouraging group of singles and married couples meets every month on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays.

Elgin  |  Tom & Jill Severson, Matt & Molly Ackerman  |  1st & 3rd Saturdays , 6-8 pm 



Crafting and encouragement! Registration is now required for each meeting so leaders know how many kits are needed. Bring cash for your kit order, and also bring a snack to share. The schedule has details on all the projects, and you can find registration there, too.

Elgin  |  Claire Kruse & Cindy Olsen  |  2nd Monday, 6:30-9:30 pm

Men's Game Night

Board games and brotherly fellowship. Men's Game Night meets every month, except July, on the second Saturday. Please bring a snack or soft beverage to share.

Vineyard Community Room  |  Chris Hunt  |  2nd Saturday, 6:30-10 pm