On Monday night we announced our line up of Young Adult Community Groups for this Summer.
All the groups are open for you to join, just email Gabby Leposki at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need more information or want a group leader to get in touch with you.
(All groups have one membership stipulation, that participants would be in the Young Adults age range–out of high school, under 30.)
We’re a group of young men specifically meeting to encourage and edify each other using the Word, activities of service, mutual interests and the relationships that will form as a consequence.
Leaders: Binu Mathew & Luke Riddell
Meetings: Every other week, Saturdays and Fridays
Start Date: Continuing from the Spring Session
Rotating Bible Study nights and fellowship nights for Ladies.
Leaders: Toni Valentini, Megan Homes, and Corinne Fisher
Reading: The Book of Exodus
Meetings: Selected Thursdays
Dates: May 21, May 28, June 11, June 18, July 16, July 23, August 6, August 13
Invited: Anyone who wants to run. (Don’t be scared, this will be beginner-friendly.)
Leader: Chris Lucas
Location: Feasterville + Local Parks
Meetings: Weekly, Thursday nights or Saturday mornings.
Start Date: Continuing from the Spring Session
College Student Group
We want to get together to stay connected to church and grow together during the semester.
Invited: Anyone who is currently an undergraduate student at a college or university.
Leader: Jake Lanetti
Reading: The Book of 1 Timothy
Meetings: Every other Saturday
Start Date: May 23rd
The purpose of this group is to build a community of Christ-centered artists where we can know and worship God, provide outreach opportunities for artists to engage in the community.
Invited: Anyone interested in the Arts
Leader: Frank Arroyo
Meetings: Every other Saturday or Sunday
Start Date: May 31st
Theology Club [NOW FULL]
Focused Discussion about the Trinity based from the book ‘The Deep Things of God.’
Leaders: Brian and Veronica Weed
Reading: The Deep Things of God by Fred Sanders
Meeting: Thursday Evenings at 8
Dates: May 28th, June 11, June 25, July 16, August 6
Evangelism and opportunities to bless the homeless throughout the Streets of Center City Philadelphia
Leader: Josh Marcinik
Location: Center City Philadelphia
Meeting: Friday Nights, Saturday Nights, or Sunday Day
As a group we will be looking at specific books or articles about medicine from the Christian perspective and times of prayer not only for each other but specifically for various ailments / illnesses and for God’s healing power.
Invited: Anyone Studding or Working in the Medical Field
Leader: Matt Wilfred
Reading: Medical Ethics by John Frame
Community Groups: Your place to build friendship in a small group.
We understand that the sanctuary at Calvary Chapel is big and full of people. The Monday night Young Adults meeting is still rather large, and many who come are looking for an easier way to meet people and build friendships.
Community Groups are a way for those in the Young Adults fellowship at Calvary Chapel to build Christian community, cultivate ministry to the body of Christ, and reach out to those in need of Christ. They range in format from Bible reading and discussion groups where people in a certain locality gather at a house, to reading groups where specific books are read and discussed together, to interest-based groups where members pursue a shared passion.
Why do we have them?
As we read the chronicle of the birth of the Church in the second chapter of the book of Acts, we see that Christians were committed to several things, one of which was regular gathering for different purposes. Among other things, we see that they gathered “from house to house.” No doubt this was because they had no church buildings in those days. But from their example we can learn a commitment to being together—in short, to living in real Christian community. They ate together, they studied together, they worshiped together, and they spread the gospel among non-believers together.
Our Community Groups are one way of helping the young adults of Calvary Chapel pursue this part of the Christian’s calling. Specifically, Community Groups are our way of pursuing the need for personal relationships with each other—so we can be the kind of family (where every person is a sibling), and body (where every person is a member), and building (where every person is a living stone) that the scriptures call us to be.
In addition, we see community groups as a way to help build relationships for life—relationships that become part of the lifeblood of our church here at Calvary Chapel and that extend beyond your time in the Young Adults fellowship.
What are they like?
Groups of five to fifteen or so. They may meet in homes, in coffee shops, at local parks, or anywhere else where they can pursue their specific purpose. The core of the group are a few committed members of our Young Adults fellowship, and a leader or two who are specifically designated to coordinate the group and lend it vision and focus. These groups are ideal for people to check out after they’ve been to a Monday night bible study and want to find friendships.
What kind of commitment does joining require?
The “community” part of Community Groups requires that you get together with your group regularly, so you can build and maintain real relationships. Let’s state the obvious: relationships require time. You could even say that they are time, time spent together, communicating and accomplishing things together. So if you’re going to sign up, we’d ask that you are ready to make as many of the meetings as possible for the length of the session.
How long do groups run?
They run for about three months (with sessions in the Spring, Summer, and Fall) and break over the holidays in December. Most groups meet every other week for that length of time. If everyone in your groups loves the group, and doesn’t want to stop meeting, group members will have the ability to sign up first for the next session, so that no on has to lose their place in the group. Then you can keep hanging out, indefinitely. Conceivably a group could form and run on for years until everyone gets too old for Young Adults and they disband or they let it turn into a Calvary Philly Home Fellowship. (So, literally, the group could run the rest of your life!).
Can I bring a friend to my group?
Absolutely. Community groups are ideal places to introduce someone to our fellowship. We would just ask that:
1. You let the group leaders know they’re coming
2. They would be the right age to be part of our Young Adults fellowship (out of high school, under 30)
Can I bring a friend who’s not a Christian?
Please do. One of our hopes for these groups is that they provide us for a very genuine form of outreach. In a day and age where it is often difficult to find a ways to engage people with Christian truth, we hope to see these groups become places where you can invite your friends to witness real Christianity being lived out. So invite people and bring them.
How do I get involved?
Three times a year we will have sign up nights for Community Groups. Signing up then is the easiest way to join a group.
During the rest of the year, email Brian at email@example.com and inquire about the group you’re interested in. You’ll get contacted by someone from that group with details about where and when they’re meeting.
“By registering, you agree to be bound by the terms of Calvary Chapel of Philadelphia’s Resolution on Participation in Church Activities found at www.ccphilly.org/church-activities-resolution/. If you do not have internet access, you may obtain a copy of the Resolution on Participation in Church Activities from the church office.”