Home groups meet weekly to worship, pray and share life together. They are a great place to go deeper with others in pursuit of God. Our regular home groups are always open to newcomers, so feel free to reach out to the leaders of these groups for more information.
We hope you'll join us at one of these groups for summer 2022:
ECV 201 (begins June 7), Tuesdays during the month of June (4 weeks), 6:00-7:30pm, at FSUMC. ECV 201 is designed for people who have been coming to ECV for a few months and are interested in going deeper. Over the course of four session, we'll have opportunities to explore our collective stories, our shared gifts, ECV's understanding of leadership, and the meaning of our shared commitments. Even if you can't make it for all of the sessions, we would love to have you join us to think about how God is moving you into community. If you think you might be interested, please reach out first to Patrick Dunn, firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 Corinthians Bible Study (begins June 7), Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00pm, at FSUMC. Led by Patrick Dunn. Join us as we follow along with our summer teaching series on 1 Corinthians, bringing our own questions and insights to each week's scriptural passage.
Refreshing Your Spiritual Rhythms (begins June 1), every other Wednesday, 8pm on Zoom. This group will help you to discern what you desire in your relationship with God right now and discover old and new spiritual exercises and practices that will help you have more satisfying and life-giving times with God. Each week we will do a couple of practices together and talk about some ways to engage with God no matter how busy our lives are. Contact Bill Elander (email@example.com) for the zoom link.
Hearing and Healing: A Holy Spirit Cohort (begins June 22), 4 consecutive Wednesdays starting June 22 and then a few more in August, 7:30pm, 15 Knollwood Dr, New Haven. This group is focused on learning to partner with the work of the Holy Spirit in the kingdom ministry inaugurated by Jesus. We'll talk about a theological framework for understanding and pursuing God's work in the world, how to discern God's voice, how to pray for healing and more! Contact Todd.
Thursday Night Potluck (begins June 9), Thursdays, 6pm, 42 Hobart St., New Haven. Bring a dish to share and join us for a backyard hangout. Depending on interest, dinner each week may be followed by a movie, music, discussion, worship gathering, or other opportunities to meet and make new friends!
Family-Friendly Group (begins June 18), Saturdays, 11am-12pm, 285 Upson Terrace, New Haven. Hosted by Jane Jeuland, led by Hannah Croasmun, Joel & Laura Frazier, Tyrese Ford. Join us weekly and bring the kids! There is a fenced backyard and pool for children to play in. On alternating weeks, moms and dads will take turns connecting and praying for one another while the other group watches the kids. This is a great space for families to gather! While it's not exclusively for parents, there will be plenty of time to reflect and pray about parenting, so come by if you are a grandparent, auntie, uncle, teacher, caregiver, foster parent, or anyone at all who is interested in learning about and caring for what God does in family life.
In different seasons, affinity groups gather around a shared passion, gifting, or story that they want to explore together more deeply.
Nonviolence Group, Mondays at 8pm. 307 Lighthouse Road (for 5/29), New Haven. Led by Josh Williams. ECV's nonviolence group is a place to learn about, reflect on, and put into practice core principles of Christian nonviolence. If you are looking for a new way to understand and address the violence afflicting our city and the forms of violence that intersect with our lives on a regular basis, come join us.
Artists’ Circle, 2nd Monday of every month, 8pm. 42 Hobart St., New Haven. Led by Moriah Felder and Tina Colón Williams. Artist Circle is a space for creatives of all varieties to cultivate creativity in community. The structure is simple: 1) bring something you've made & share it with the group; 2) choose something someone else shared as a prompt & make something new for a little while; 3) come back together and share the new thing you've made with the group. Whether you are pursuing art as your primary vocation or you simply enjoy dabbling in artistic things from time to time, you are welcome to this space. Singers, poets, painters, tap-dancers, crocheters, etc. of all ages and skill levels are invited. Come make art with us!
Some of our groups meet for only a few weeks or months to study and pray over a particular topic. Our recurring topical groups include:
Alpha, a 10-week course for folks to learn more about Jesus and faith. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Rooted, an 8-week course focused on learning to live a richer and more fruitful spiritual life with deeper roots in God’s love and mercy. Click here to hear a few ECVers who did the course in spring 2021 share about their experience of Rooted and the impact it's had on their lives. For more information, email Pastor Bill.
Listen, a five-week group focused on learning how to be effective listeners, both to God and each other. We spend time learning to listen to God through meditating on Scripture as well as sitting in silence. The group also learns practical skills to help us listen to those around us, with time each week spent practicing listening to each other. The book Hearing Beyond Words by Emma Justice is a resource for the group but doesn't have to be purchased. For more information, email Pastor Bill.
For more information on any of these groups or other opportunities to connect at ECV, email our associate pastor, Patrick (email@example.com).
If you would like to learn more about groups currently happening or about future opportunities to join a book discussion, a workshop, or a learning cohort, contact our staff (firstname.lastname@example.org).
“I remember thinking, ‘seriously God, I just can’t do this…’ I asked my homegroup to pray and they did… It may sound small, but in this season of my life it was an amazing expression of God’s mercy and love for me. The love and power of Jesus was evident in the members of ECV during that time. I truly saw the mercy and kindness of God.”