At Advent, we believe that growth happens in groups, and we encourage everyone to join together on a journey of discipleship. Choosing to commit to a LifeGroup allows us all to share our journey, our hurdles, and our love for God together. Strengthen your bond to your community and Jesus Christ through small group learning.

Our vision for Adult Ministry at Advent is to build a community of adults actively engaged in their faith journey. Our mission in Adult Ministry is encouraging and nurturing adults to continue to grow in their relationship with Christ as they gather together to study, pray, and serve.

Growth Happens in LifeGroups

At Advent, we call our small groups, LifeGroups. LifeGroups provide adults with an opportunity to connect in smaller communities, to dig deeper into God’s word, and to grow as an individual and as a community.

We have a strong collection of established LifeGroups that meet weekly or, in some cases, monthly and span all different age ranges and life stages.

Pete Aubin, our Director of Discipleship and Connections, oversees all LifeGroups. We encourage you to find an established LifeGroup, but if you have an idea for a new LifeGroup, let Pete know!

Advent Book Club

Ladies, love to read? Please join this LifeGroup as we meet the first Monday of the month for fellowship and book discussion.

Meeting Time: First Monday of the Month at 7:00 pm – Currently not meeting due to COVID concerns.
Location: To be determined.
Who: Women, all ages

Adventurers

The Adventurers enjoy some great discussion concerning our faith journey as we seek to apply God’s word into our daily lives. We enjoy getting together for fellowship outside of class and being involved in the missions of the church.

Meeting Time: 9:55 am on Sunday
Location: Christian Life Center, Room C101
Who: Men & Women, Late 30’s to Early 50’s

Agapé Circle Meeting

Agapé Circle (Agapé, meaning love as revealed in Jesus) holds a Bible study discussion with refreshments and fellowship at each meeting and hosts at least two parties for the circle each year. Agape Circle also hosts Halloween, Christmas, and Easter events for the girls at Marie Yount’s home and assist with prom items if needed in the spring. This Circle also supports Backpack Blessings and provides dinner and overnight hosts for one night during each IHN Week.

Meeting Time: 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 pm (could vary)
Location: Christian Life Center, Room C101
Who: Women, 40s-60s

Applicators

This LifeGroup is learning to walk the walk together daily as Christians. This group shares, learns, and grows from tackling real life challenges.

Meeting Time: 6:00 pm on Wednesday
Location: Christian Life Center, Room C102
Who: Men & Women, All ages

Caregiver Support Group

The group is designed to provide caregivers with emotional, educational, and social support on a monthly basis. All caregivers, regardless of the diagnosis or level of disability of your loved one are welcome.

Meeting Time: Second Thursday of the Month at 2:00 pm
Location: Meeting Virtually
Who: All caregivers

Covenant Bible Study

The Covenant Bible Study is focused on building relationships while learning about God’s plan for each of us. We meet on Sunday evenings and plan to complete several short studies throughout the year.  If you are looking for a place to connect and grow, come join us.

Meeting Time: 6:00 pm on Sundays – Currently not meeting due to COVID concerns.
Location: To be determined.
Who: Men & Women, All Ages

Daughters of the King

Daughters of the King is a group of women who are discovering how their faith relates to the real world and how they can maintain Christian ideals in today’s world. They study the Bible through books and RightNow Media videos.

Meeting Time: 7:00 pm on Wednesdays
Location: Members’ Homes
Who: Women, All Ages

Effective Living

This is a group of individuals that enjoy variety! We do videos, books, and Bible studies that initiate spirited discussions from our diverse group. 

Meeting Time: 9:55 am on Sunday
Location: Education Building, Room E112 – Meeting in-person and also virtually.
Who: Men & Women, 50’s & above

Emmanuel Women’s Outreach Circle

Emmanuel Circle’s Mission is the Shepherd’s Gate Women’s Shelter. Emmanuel Circle collects toiletries and other needed items to give to the women every month. This Circle is fondly known as the “Chicken Pot Pie” Circle because of its November fundraiser to support Shepherd’s Gate. At each meeting, the ladies share concerns which we lift up in prayer.  We attempt to have a speaker each month for the sharing of information pertinent to the welfare of women in our area (i.e. Julie Valentine Center, Shepherd’s Gate Renewal Center). There is always plenty of laughter and fun. Each year is kicked off with a cookout and the fellowship continues all year.

Meeting Time: 2nd Thursday of the month (could vary)
Location: Christian Life Center, Room C101
Who: Women, 40s to 60s

Free Spirits

A group of senior adults who meet for fellowship and connection. Free Spirits have monthly dinner meetings, may go to a play or concert, or have a game night. Monthly evening gatherings have included Greenville Drive baseball games, cookouts, and annual Oktoberfest and Christmas Parties.

Meeting Time: Once a month, dates and times vary – Currently not meeting due to COVID concerns.
Location: To be determined.
Who: Men & Women, Seniors

Fuddbrothers

A lunch group with men of diverse life experiences, professions, and faith backgrounds who come together to fellowship and build faith primarily through short-term group studies.  We learn from experienced christian publishers and discussions of our personal experiences as followers of Christ and our other roles as  husbands, fathers and sons.

Meeting Time: 2nd and 4th Monday each month
Location: Meeting Virtually
Who: Men, All Ages

GIFT (Girls in Fellowship Together) Circle Meeting

GIFT Circle reads and discusses a book each year. They also host a great overnight retreat in the fall and a weekend retreat to the beach in the spring, as well as several social/dinners at local restaurants.

Meeting Time: Last Monday of the Month at 7:00 pm (could vary)
Location: Meeting in-person
Who: Women, 30s to 50s

Gleaners

We share an interest in scripture based studies and lively discussions based on our variety of life experiences. We are also passionate about demonstrating God’s love through community mission projects and service to Advent.

Meeting Time: 7:00 pm on every other Sunday
Location: Meeting Virtually
Who: Men & Women, 55+

Men’s Bible Study

We believe, as a group, that iron sharpens iron and that it is in God we grow. We come from all walks of life and ages, giving each other prayer and advice as we journey together.

Meeting Time: 7:30 am on Sunday
Location: Meeting in-person
Who: Men, All Ages

Moms of Teens LifeGroup

Do you have a teenager in your home?  If you do, you are well aware of the many challenges facing them and facing us, as moms, every day.  Join us on the 1st and 3rd Monday’s of each month at 7:00pm for a group where we can share, learn, and support one another through this season of life.

Meeting Time: 7:00 pm on the First and Third Tuesday of Each Month
Location: Education Building, Room E112
Who: The group is open to mom’s of teens of all ages (middle school, high school, and college students)

New Beginnings

The New Beginnings LifeGroup is an easy place to fit in if you are joining a group for the first time. All are welcome! We celebrate diversity and believe that friendships are born and spiritual growth occurs when we choose to walk alongside people who offer varying opinions and respect one another. At a New Beginnings gathering, you will find a group of friendly, kind people that are open-hearted. We believe that God is best found with others. Come, join us on the journey!

Meeting Time: 6:30 pm on Wednesdays
Location: Meeting Virtually
Who: Men & Women, All Ages

Open Hearts LifeGroup

This group welcomes people of every race, ethnicity, age, faith history, economic status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, physical and mental ability, and education level. We recognize that diversity is a gift and believe that all people are created in the image of God and worthy of God’s love and grace. Our discussion-based format will focus on helping us understand that we can love alike even though we may not think alike. With that in mind, we invite you to join us on our faith journey toward greater love, understanding, and mutual respect.

Meeting Time: 7:00 pm, 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the Month
Locations: Christian Life Center, Room C102
Who: We invite all people to join us!

Passages

Passages is comprised of members new to a Sunday School group setting. We are a mature crowd in general and are comprised of couples and singles who love to read and learn.

Meeting Time: 9:55 am on Sunday – Currently not meeting due to COVID concerns.
Location: To be determined.
Who: Men & Women, 50+

Place of Discipleship

Place of Discipleship is composed of mostly families with children. Studies tend to be topical and of interest to parents with children. Nursery Care Provided.

Meeting Time: 11:15 am on Sundays
Location: Meeting Virtually
Who: Men & Women, Families with Children

Tangents

Tangents is composed of mostly young families with children. Studies tend to be topical and of interest to parents with children. Nursery Care Provided.

Meeting Time: Wednesdays at 6:00 pm – Currently not meeting due to COVID concerns.
Location: To be determined.
Who: Men & Women, Families with Children

The Light

The LIGHT is perfect for those who attend worship at 9:55. We use a wide variety of materials to help develop our spiritual practices and discover our unique gifts, while sharing the journey with friends.

Meeting Time: 11:10 am on Sunday
Location: Meeting Virtually
Who: Men & Women, 30s-60s

The Watchmen Bible Study

A group of men of diverse ages coming together to fellowship and study God’s word.  We engage in robust discussion, going deep on a wide array of topics at the intersection of life today and God’s timeless truths.  We also enjoy cookouts and other fellowship time together.

Meeting Time:  Approximately twice a month in the evening, 6:00pm, dates and times vary
Location: Meeting Virtually
Who: Men, All ages

Thursday Morning Women’s Bible Study

A group of women who meet weekly for fellowship, prayer, and Bible study. Studies are usually 6-10 weeks each and may include a DVD and either participants’ guide or workbook.

Meeting Time: 9:15 am on Thursday
Location: Meeting Virtually
Who: Women, All Ages

Trinity Friends

We enjoy lots of lively discussions about how to live faithfully every day. Lesson leadership is shared amongst the group and missions include supporting IHN, Triune Mercy Center, Backpack Blessings, and others.

Meeting Time: 9:55 am on Sunday – Currently not meeting due to COVID concerns.
Location: To be determined.
Who: Men & Women, Primarily Couples, Late 30’s to Early 50’s

UMC Men: Brothers!

This Bible study meets every Thursday morning at 6:00 am. A light breakfast is enjoyed followed by a study of scripture. The group ends at 7:00 am with prayer. The Brothers also serves breakfast for IHN and other missions as the need and opportunities arise.

Meeting Time: 6:00 am on Thursday
Location: Meeting Virtually
Who: Men, All Ages

Walking Together

A LifeGroup dedicated to furthering our Christian knowledge and journey.  Come study and fellowship with us on Wednesday evenings. Light refreshments are served.

Meeting Time: 6:00 pm on Wednesdays
Location: Meeting Virtually
Who: Men & Women, All Ages

Wednesday Evening Women’s LifeGroup

Wednesday Evening Women are a group of moms who meet on Wednesday evenings to fellowship and discuss books we are reading.  Topics have covered parenting, various books of the Bible, and prayer.

Meeting Time: 6:00 pm on Wednesdays
Location: Members’ Homes and Virtually – Meeting both in-person and virtually
Description: Women, all ages – mostly women with preschool and elementary children

Women on the Journey

Women on the Journey is a group of women seeking to discern God’s will for our lives and to share this journey with others.

Meeting Time: 9:15 am on Monday
Location: Education Building, Room E110 (The Zone) and Virtually – Meeting in-person and virtually
Who: Women, All Ages

Young at Heart

The Young at Heart are adults who enjoy some laughter and fun as they seek to understand scripture. We encourage each other by sharing different thoughts, insights and perspectives, and have a rich variety of experiences that enhance our discussions.

Meeting Time: 9:55 am on Sunday – Currently not meeting due to COVID concerns.
Location: To be determined.
Who: Men & Women, 50s – 80s

Young Married Couples

Studies are discussion based and topical.

Meeting Time: 7:00 pm on Wednesday
Location: Education Building, Room E108
Description: 20s and up, Married Couples

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