At Incarnation, we seek to live out what happens in our worship on Sunday morning. This means that we are committed to building a strong and vibrant culture that flows out our experience of the life of God. God is not an impersonal force, but a community of persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) who have loved each other for all eternity. Since we are made in the image of God, part of what it means to be human is to be created in and for community. Simply put, you cannot be truly human or truly yourself apart from loving relationships with other people. For this reason, we have organized our church into geographically focused groups of families and individuals.
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Small Group Locations
Find the group nearest to your home.
- College Avenue Group (Thursdays, 6:30pm at the Didots' home, 845 College Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22802)
- Collicello Street Group (Thursdays, 6:00pm at the Wicklines' home, 401 Collicello St, Harrisonburg, VA 22802)
- Dayton Group (Wednesdays, 6:30pm at the Cooks' home, 1631 Silver Lake Rd, Dayton, VA 22821)
- Greenbriar Drive Group (Thursdays, 6:00pm at the Colemans' home, 819 Greenbriar Dr, Harrisonburg, VA 22801)
- Lakewood Group (Wednesdays, 6:15pm at the Pascarellas' home, 3041 Lakewood Dr, Harrisonburg, VA 22801)
- Maplehurst Avenue Group (Thursdays, 6:00pm at the Velkers' home, 75 Maplehurst Ave, Harrisonburg, VA 22801)
- Preston Heights Group (Wednesday, 6:00pm at the Millers' home, 457 Preston Dr, Harrisonburg, VA 22801)
- Smith Avenue Group (Wednesday, 6:00pm at the Trainums' home, 969 Smith Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22802
- Spring Oaks Group (Wednesdays, 6:15pm at the Kidds' home, 630 Spring Oaks Dr, Harrisonburg, VA 22801)
- West Bruce Street Group (Thursdays, 6:00pm at the Napotniks' home, 384 W. Bruce St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801)
*Please note that some of our small groups meet less frequently throughout the summer. Contact Drew Dilday (email@example.com) or a small group leader for details.
What is a Small Group?
Each of our small groups seeks to be a place where people can experience significant, substantial, encouraging friendships. While each small group is different, having its own personality, five actions form a common thread.
1. We read the Bible together.
Jesus said, “These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock" (Matthew 7: 24, The Message).
2. We pray together.
We believe God acts differently when we pray than when we don’t pray. When we pray together, not only does God hear and answer our prayers, but our relationships with one another are solidified, and we can begin to care deeply about one another.
3. We share together.
The first act that Jesus performed with his disciples after the resurrection was to share a meal. Eating and drinking together, celebrating the joy of the resurrection life, is a huge piece of our life together as the people of God who share in the life of God. Furthermore, talking about what is happening in our lives, both formally and informally, is a significant way in which a person increasingly is known and has the opportunity to know others more deeply.
4. We serve one another.
The extravagant generosity of Jesus Christ toward us compels us to be generous in our service to one another. Small groups are the front lines of care for our church. A phone call and prayer, a pot of soup, an afternoon cleaning someone's house, watching their kids, running errands— these are practical ways that we live out our Christian faith.
5. We reach out to our neighbors together.
If our Christian faith does not translate into blessing for our neighbors and city then something is terribly wrong. We encourage our small groups to think like missionaries. Since each group is rooted in its own particular neighborhood, this will take many different forms: direct or personal evangelism, neighborhood parties, caring for those who are weak or vulnerable, and strategic partnerships with community organizations that are working to improve our community and serve “the least of these.”
Why are Small Groups Geographically Based?
We believe that the Triune God is sovereign over all areas of life, and this includes the particular neighborhood/area where we live. We believe that where we actually live is exceedingly important. In the book of Jeremiah God calls his people to fully engage in the places where they are situated in very specific tasks that will bless their neighbors and enrich their community. Likewise, our Lord Jesus calls us to love our neighbors. As Jesus said, this is the greatest commandment behind the love of God. When Jesus answered the important question “who is my neighbor” in the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10), he highlighted the characteristics of proximity and time. Because we live in an excessively busy culture, it is hard to overemphasize these characteristics in relation to practical love. Simply put: we cannot love those we don’t see and spend time with. We must see and spend time with those we live near. This reality, though, may challenge our idols of individualism, choice, and relationships based on affinity. Our neighbors may be different from us in many ways. Jesus anticipated this scenario in his parable about the Good Samaritan—it may be our racial/cultural "enemy" that we are called to love or, as in the parable, that "enemy" might humble and teach us by demonstrating self-giving love toward us.
In light of this call toward our neighbors, we have divided our church into geographically based small groups. In the future, we hope to further localize our small groups in order to more effectively carry out our vision.