The most important way to get plugged into the life of our congregation is to become involved in a Community Group (CG). These are places to grow as disciples of Jesus by cultivating our relationship with God and friendship with others.
A Community Group is a place that helps you grow as a disciple of Jesus by cultivating your relationship with God and friendship with others. It is within these small communities that men and women can build personal relationships and encourage each other in practices that support our spiritual formation. Community groups also welcome those exploring Christianity who would like to experience what community life is like within the church.
Composed of 6 to 12 people, groups usually meet in homes throughout the city, but in this season of social distancing, all of our groups will be meeting virtually. All groups are led by trained lay leaders from our congregation who receive continued oversight and support from our pastoral staff. Groups generally meet two to four times a month for worship, Bible discussion, fellowship and prayer. Many groups also participate in monthly service projects or social events in place of one regular meeting.
These groups provide sanctuary from the pressures and anxieties of life in the city and facilitate the formation of new friendships. Community Groups are places where we can be revitalized and strengthened as we seek to reflect the love of Jesus Christ to our fellow New Yorkers. As God made us for community, we need others to help us apply the gospel to our lives. Our hope is that everyone who attends our church will be involved in a Community Group.
We have many groups that you are welcome to join. Find a group near you. Please note, almost all of our groups are taking a break from meeting for Summer 2020.
Questioning Christianity Groups are informal discussion groups specifically for people who are curious about Christianity. They provide a forum for people to openly and respectfully discuss foundational topics about Christianity and explore deep questions. Here you can process your questions with others who may be asking similar questions and learn how the claims of Christianity relate to everyday living. Questioning Christianity Groups are geared toward people who are in process with the Christian faith. They are designed to be a respectful, moderated dialogue. Contact [email protected] if you might be interested in joining a Spring 2021 group.
The purpose of Moms Groups is to create an environment of prayer, worship, Bible study and connection, renewing us in the gospel so we can effectively serve our families and our neighbors. Moms meet for weekly Bible study and prayer (with childcare provided) and also get together for occasional playground dates and other special events. Moms Groups follow the school calendar and are available for sign up September through June on our online map. If you have questions or are interested in participating in a group, please contact [email protected].
Men at all stages of fatherhood welcome. Join other dads to share ideas and ask questions about what it means to see our families formed in Christ’s image.
- The large group typically meets monthly on Saturdays with free childcare but in this season of social distancing, our Dads Group is currently on pause. Sign up here to be added to the mailing list for updates.
- The small group meets bi-weekly on Thursdays (no childcare available). More info here.
West Side Women consists of two groups which typically meet at W83 Ministry Center, but in this season of social distancing, both groups are meeting only virtually. These meetings are open to all women from Redeemer and their friends for worship, prayer and Bible study to better know and experience God in community. Registration is required for Zoom details to join online or dial in.
- Tuesday 7:30 p.m. group | Register here or contact Marion Melton at [email protected] if you have questions.
- Friday 9:45 a.m. group | Register here or contact Lisa Shackelford at [email protected] if you have questions.
All men are welcome to join us on Tuesday mornings at 7 a.m. each week online for fellowship and prayer. Our meetings are informal and no preparation is required. Registration is required for Zoom details to join online or dial in. For more information contact Drew Melton at [email protected].
The Diaconate OWLS (Older Wiser Loving Servants) is a gospel-centered group for adults 60 and over. Learn more about getting involved with this group here.
What happens at a typical Community Group meeting?
A typical meeting would begin with some initial catching up about the week with familiar faces and getting to know new ones. Then, the leader will officially start the meeting with an opportunity for people to re-center their hearts and minds on God through worship in meditation, song, and/or prayer. This is followed by a time to reflect on and discuss the Bible text that was preached on Sunday as it relates to our lives and this city. Finally, the meeting is closed with a time of sharing prayer requests, praying for each other and for the healing and flourishing of our neighbors, city and world.
There are so many group choices. How should I go about deciding on one?
Start by visiting the "find a group" map. Then filter by region, time and type of group. Regular group attendance is important and beneficial for community, so try to find a group that is convenient for you. If you need further guidance, contact [email protected].
Can I visit a few different groups before deciding on one?
Yes, we understand that you may want to visit more than one group before deciding on the best one for you. We do recommend that you visit a group at least a couple of times before deciding to try another one.
Can I be a regular group member of more than one group at a time?
Yes, you are welcome to be member of more than one group, but we have found that with the typical New Yorker’s schedule, it is often difficult to participate fully in the life of more than one group at a time.
How can I find a group with people in the same work field as me?
We do not offer Community Groups for specific work fields. If you would like to engage in something vocation-specific, visit Center for Faith & Work to explore its programs.
If you are a musician, you can join The Hang which is a community of fellow professional musicians regularly attending Redeemer West Side. If interested, contact [email protected].
How can I start my own group?
If you are already a member of a CG, talk to your group leader about your interest in co-leading your group or in starting a new group. If you are interested in starting a new group, contact [email protected]. All CG leaders are required to attend New Leader Basics Training before leading. See lead a group for more information.
If I haven’t heard back from a group that I contacted, what should I do?
Contact [email protected]. While our leaders do their best to contact you in a timely manner, things happen. If you have not heard back after a week, we will be happy to help contact the leader for you.
Am I allowed to join a group that is affiliated with a different Redeemer church than mine?
While you are free to join any Community Group that is convenient for you, we highly recommend joining a CG that is affiliated with your church. Instead of seeing the members of your group just once a week at CG, you will see them again at worship services and other events, which provides the opportunity for deeper, stronger relationships with others in your church.