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 are excited to offer a number of new groups this fall—some in person, some on Zoom—as well as a few older community groups that continue faithfully to meet.
There are a couple of other established groups that continue as well, but due to the size of these groups and COVID-19 limitations, they are closed to newcomers.
We hope that something here will be just right for you, but if not, please click on the button below to let us know you're still looking.
If you do find a group you're interested in checking out, please contact the leader to let them know you're coming.


Prayer Altar

Prayer Altar is a faithful group of prayer warriors committed to interceding for the Church and for our community, for revival, current events and government leaders. This group meets primarily on Zoom, but some participants are together in person; contact Lila for details.

Zoom  |  Lila Bishop  |  Mondays at 9:30 am  |  Meets year-round

Beth Moore Bible Study (Morning)

Jesus the One and Only is a Beth Moore DVD curriculum providing an in-depth look at the life of Jesus based on the book of Luke. Get to know Jesus intimately as though you walked with Him during His days of earthly ministry. Order your study guide soon—available through LifeWay or Amazon.

Vineyard Chapel  |  Laura Payne   |  Mondays, 10 am-12 pm  |  For women  |  Limited to 10, with masks and social distancing  |  Sept. 14-Dec. 7

Kay Arthur Bible Study

Lord, Is It Warfare? Teach Me to Stand, by Kay Arthur, will equip you to recognize and understand the spiritual warfare that is inevitable for those who follow Jesus and teach you how to overcome. Order your study guide soon—available through Christianbook.

Zoom  |  Tim & Michelle Pollard   |  Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm  |  Limited to 8 people (men and women)  |  Starts Sept. 21

Beth Moore Bible Study (Evening)

Living Beyond Yourself: Exploring the Fruit of the Spirit, by Beth Moore, is an in-depth DVD study of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Beth examines each fruit carefully and encourages all to know the freedom of a Spirit-filled life.  Order your study guide soon—available through LifeWay or Amazon.

Zoom  |  Becky Norman   |  Mondays, 7-8:30 pm  |  For women  |  Sept. 14-Nov. 23


Prayer Group

Open to everyone who seeks prayer and encouragement, both men and women, this group comes together each week to discuss Scripture and lift each other up in prayer.

Vineyard Room 207  |  Dale Wiora   |  Tuesdays, 9-10:30 am  |   Currently on break


Community Group

Every other week, this group alternates—one week at Tanya's home for prayer and discussion of the D. James Kennedy classic Why I Believe, and the next at the Schultz home for a Christian movie night. Contact Ralph if you are interested in joining either or both.

Elgin  |  Ralph & Tricia Schultz, Tanya Smith Johnson  |  Wednesdays, 7-9 pm  


Men's Group

Fellowship, Bible and prayer—this group seeks to encourage each other and apply the Word of God to draw closer to Him. Please contact Ron if you are interested in joining.

Vineyard Room 207  |  Ron Skol   |  Fridays, 9-10:30 am  |  Limited to 10, with masks and social distancing  |  Resumes Sept. 18


Men's Bible Study

Men's fellowship group focused on Bible study, probably starting with a dive into the fascinating book of Hebrews. Please contact Jim if you are interested in joining.

Vineyard Room 207  |  Jim  Hoeflich & Len Kruse   |  Saturdays, 8:30-10:30 am  |  Limited to 10, with masks and social distancing  |  Starts Sept. 19

Courtyard Prayer Group

Meeting outdoors in the church courtyard, this group spends time in praise and worship and also shares Scripture and prays for our country, community and each other. Please contact Brian if you are interested in joining.

Vineyard Courtyard  |  Brian Walker  |  Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 am  |  Limited to 10

Other Opportunities

Alpha Online

Alpha is a series of group conversations exploring life and spirituality through a Christian lens—and in a no-judgment environment so anyone who is atheist, skeptical or just curious about faith can feel comfortable. Alpha consists of a short film with big ideas and discussion about questions that matter. Second City Church in Chicago is our host for Alpha Online, but the Kruses are facilitating locally. Contact Claire for registration details.

Online  |  Facilitated by Len and Claire Kruse  |  Mondays, 6:30-7:45 pm  |  Sept. 14-Nov. 23

School of Kingdom Ministry

This 9-month course is for all believers! Learn about your identity and authority in Christ and how to live a naturally supernatural lifestyle, incorporating the ministry of the Spirit into your everyday life. Application deadline is Sept. 4.

Vineyard  |  Tuesdays, 6-9 pm  |  Masks, social distancing  |  Starts Sept. 29

The Art of Marriage

For couples—engaged or married for any length of time. This group enjoys going through the FamilyLife Today curriculum together and learning how to make a good or great relationship even better!

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

Adult Sunday School

Promises of God is a scriptural deep dive into the fundamental promises that God has given us and how they apply to current situations and everyday life. Breakdown of each of the five weeks: Perspective and Paradigm. Joy and Laughter. Trinity, Holy Spirit and Gifts. Sin, Repentance and the Gift of Forgiveness. The Blessing of the Ark and the Faithfulness of Noah. Registration will be available soon.

Vineyard  |  Brad Weiss  |  Sundays, 8:30-9:30 am  |  Masks and social distancing  |  Oct 11-Nov 8