Home Groups  

Home groups meet regularly to worship, pray and share life together. They are a great place to go deeper with others in pursuit of God. The home groups below are always open to newcomers, so feel free to reach out to the leaders of these groups for more information.

Over the summer of 2023, most of our home groups will not be meeting weekly but will be gathering occasionally for outings, cookouts, hikes, and other events. If you're new to the community or just looking to get plugged in, feel free to join any of the events these groups will be hosting. Keep an eye out for announcements about particular events, or feel free to reach out to patrick@elmcityvineyard.org if you have questions.

Tuesday Home Group will continue its regular meeting schedule through May 30. 6:00-7:30pm (includes dinner) At the church (FSUMC). Led by Mandi and Jesse Mangler, Emily and Teddy Ray. For the summer, the Tuesday HG will be meeting occasionally for cookouts or get-togethers. Contact Mandi Mangler (mandimangler@gmail.com) for the most up-to-date schedule.

Wednesday Home Group will meet every few weeks for different events over the summer. Come join us for our next hangout at the Memorial Day BBQ on Monday, May 29! Contact Patrick Dunn (patrick@elmcityvineyard.org) for the most up-to-date schedule.

Thursday Home Group will continue meeting weekly over the summer. Hosted and led by Josh and Tina Williams, Robb and Asha Evans, and Sinclair Williams. For up-to-date information on time and location, contact Josh Williams (josh@elmcityvineyard.org).

Affinity groups

In different seasons, affinity groups gather around a shared passion, gifting, or story that they want to explore together more deeply.

Nonviolence Group - 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. For more information, contact kimberly.espinal@yale.edu

Artists’ Circle, 2nd Monday of every month, 8pm. 42 Hobart St., New Haven. Led by 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!

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.

Topical groups

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 josh@elmcityvineyard.org

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 (patrick@elmcityvineyard.org). 

Book Clubs, Workshops, & Learning Cohorts
At any given time, there are a few groups gathered to go deeper in a topic, read and discuss different books together, or do workshops that are relevant to our discipleship and our understanding of what it means to follow Jesus in our time and place.



Nonviolence Campaign Meeting - Mondays, 8pm at 42 Hobart St, New Haven (with a hybrid option on Zoom).  Nonviolence as Jesus articulates is an ancient path that folks have picked up time and time again for present difficulty. This was true of Gandhi, MLK, Cesar Chavez, and more. As an ECV friend & Vineyard Pastor, Ted Kim, recently said at our 2021 national conference, "God's work in history doesn't repeat, but it does rhyme." I think nonviolence is a powerful rhyme for our times. Come learn and explore more.


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 (patrick@elmcityvineyard.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.”