Small Groups in New Hope

Small groups are a primary place for community, connection and growth in New Hope. The New Testament depicts Christianity as a vibrant community characterized by shared life: believers met together in homes, broke bread, and had everything in common. Small groups build community by providing a space for people in the church to know and be known, and to care and be cared for. Small groups are also a place to grow through discipleship. The Apostle Paul suggests that the church is like a body that grows as each member uses his or her gifts to build it up. In the intimate setting of small groups, we seek to create ways for church members to challenge and encourage one another.

Ephesians 4:11-12
It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.

We believe that we can best encounter Jesus through the intimacy of small groups. Small groups are the primary place of membership and belonging in the church. Each small group has a unique identity that springs from the diverse backgrounds, experiences and gifts of its members. Small groups are where members reflect on scripture, pray together, and provide support and encouragement to one another. It’s also a place where leaders develop and members grow in all the spiritual gifts. We encourage small group members to invite their family and friends to join. Our hope is that as small groups grow in number, there are new members ready to lead, so small groups can multiply.

Women’s and Men’s Groups
In addition to small groups, there are also smaller groups (3-6 people) who meet to share with, pray with, encourage, and be accountable to one another. Although these groups may meet less frequently than standard small groups, they usually require a higher commitment, as their purpose is to go deeper with one another and to be a consistent presence in each others’ lives.If you are interested in attending a small group or joining a women’s or men’s group, please contact the groups directly or (for women’s and men’s groups use the Contact Form to send an email to General Contact.

Thursday Night Small Groups

Friday Night Small Groups

Holy Ground
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Small Group Members’ Homes
Led by: Wayne Hu (wayne.hu.seven at gmail.com)
and Ryan Hunger (rghunter at gmail.com)

A small group focused on studying God’s Word, mutual discipleship, and enjoying life together. We seek opportunities to serve and pursue justice together. Once a month we volunteer together; lately we’ve been helping with New Hope’s tutoring program.

Palabra de Dios
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
2422 E. 15th Street
Led by Blanca Suarez (blancasuarezvargas at gmail.com)

The word of God changes lives! Palabra de Dios provides an opportunity for Spanish speakers and Spanish learners to explore the word of God en Español. The group will gather weekly to worship, study scripture, and support one another in prayer.

SEAZNS
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Sophie’s or New Hope Office
Led by Tracy (chio4re at gmail.com), Dan and Barb

Grows by seeing the gospel through each person’s cultural lens. We value hospitality and spiritual support, in whatever season you are in. “We hope to create a comfortable and safe place to be together.” (No meeting on 4th Friday of each month)

P25 (From Philippians 2:5)
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Cell Members’ Homes
Led by Carlos (cflores_oakland at yahoo.com), Russell J., and Joan.

P2:5 encourages members in their spiritual growth through mutual discipleship, shared leadership in the small group, and service to the community. “We value diversity in our small group and reaching out to young adults.”

Life Together
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Russel & Lisa Y.’s
Led by Lisa Y. (lwyee at att.net)

Basic small group sharing / prayer / Bible study / support / fun / food. (No meeting on last Friday of each month)

Open Table
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Josh and Marjie’s Home
Led by Josh H. (harper.josh at gmail.com) & Marjie H.

Small group focused on exploring different forms of discipleship and building community together.