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Small Groups

Small Groups

We believe that authentic community happens in circles, not rows. Small groups help us live out our mission to be a diverse body of Christ where lives are transformed and disciples are made. There is a Community Group for you, regardless of your age, faith history, cultural background or stage of life. Groups meet in homes and at the church and provide space to connect, grow, study and learn in community throughout the week. 

Authentic Living

A caring and committed group open to people of any age and background. The group reviews current news events and scripture to drive discussion of living in today's world with guidance and grace from God. 

Meeting Info and Location: 1st and 3rd Wednesday Evenings
Leaders: Gwen Gloeckner, 614.323.4335,
Ginny Shimrock, 614.214.0932,

Christian Living for Men

This is an open group focusing on men’s spiritual growth. The group gathers for conversation over breakfast twice a month at the Sunny Street Café on Henderson Road.

Meeting Info and Location: Biweekly, Saturdays, Sunny Street Café (Henderson Road Location)
Leader: Craig Stropes, 614.847.9723,

College 2 Career 

A mixed group with people of different ages focusing on various topics based on the needs of the group. The group eats together and often utilizes videos for group discussion to help them grow in relationship with God and others.

Meeting Info and Location: Mondays, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Lovell Home
Leaders: Sheila Lovell, 321.745.9385,
Marcia Selleck, (419) 467-0669,
Lori Hannan, (614) 570-5178, 

Come to the Table

There is just something about coming together for a meal, sharing in the laughter and tears of the day and knowing that you are a part of that table's family. Each week we will share a meal together as we study a book and support each other in the trials and triumphs of our daily lives. Come, eat, laugh, cry and know that you are loved and accepted just as you are. 

Meeting Info and Location: Tuesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Leader: Michele Walton, (740) 972-5443, 

Engaging the Community

A diverse group of engaged members from various stages of life. Gatherings include book discussions, devotions, prayer and food. This group hopes to serve together both in and outside the church.

Meeting Info and Location: Biweekly, Monday Evenings
Leaders: Kathy Young, 614.563.5735,
Dale Ray, 614.284.8912, 

Bethel Young Adults

Open to anyone ages 18 to mid 30s who is looking to grow deeper in relationship with others, the church and Jesus Christ. The group is intentional about building cross-cultural connections and understanding among our different worship communities

Meeting Info and Location: Sundays at 12:15 p.m., Room 16

Just a Closer Walk

This group is open to singles and couples who want to expand their knowledge of the Bible and grow as a follower of Christ.

Meeting Info and Location: 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m.
Leader: Becky Parker, (614) 570-5228,

The Old Wise Ones

This group enjoys life together and shares devotions based on sermons and scripture to grow in relationship with each other and Christ. The group previously discussed issues of finance from a biblical perspective. Gatherings always include food!

Meeting Info and Location: Bimonthly, Contact leaders for more info
Leaders: Dick Thomas, 614.451.6829,

Prison Ministry

This group began in early 2017 as an outreach to our incarcerated brothers and sisters. The group has a special relationship with the Kindway organization which, using innovative, faith-based programs, assists men and women in their journey from incarceration to independence.

Meeting Info and Location: Monthly, Second Thursday, 6 to 7 p.m., Room 6
Leader: Steve Luebbers, 614.849.2798,

Scripture at the Heart -- Biblical Storytelling 

From Adam and Eve teaching their children to the times of Moses and Elijah, David, Jesus and Peter and Paul to today, we pass on the stories and laws that are important to us through storytelling. Learn how to understand our Scripture, our heritage, our lives through the practice of Contemporary Biblical Storytelling. Each week we will examine ways that the Scripture that will be used during Sunday's sermon can be told, shared and inspired. Perfect for liturgists, children and youth leaders, and anyone who desires to be inspired by the spoken Word of God. 

Meeting Info and Location: Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m., Room 5
Leader: Michele Walton, (740) 972-5443, 

Korean Ministry Cell Groups

Cell Groups are specifically designed for our Korean members for grow in faith and relationship with each other. Groups are offered for students, singles and married adults. Contact Rev. Miran Lee at for more information.


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