small groups

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.

What is a Small Group?

Each of our small groups seek to be a place where people can experience significant, substantial, encouraging friendships.  While each small group is different, having its own personality, we have 5 actions that make a Small Group:

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 into your life, you are 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 then when we don't.  When we pray together, not only does God hear and answer us, he strengthens our relationships with each other.

3. We Share Together

Eating and drinking together knits our hearts together in the same way that Jesus and his disciples experienced.  As we share what's happening in our lives we are able to enter into the joy and hope that community offers.

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 sou, an afternoon cleaning someone's house, watching their kids, running errands -- these are practical ways that we live our our Christian faith and how we experience the Risen Lord.

5. We Reach Out to our Neighbors Together

If our Christian faith does not translate into loving and blessing 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 place, this will look differently for each one.  But, this will typically involve, direct or personal evangelism, neighborhood parties, caring for those who are weak or vulnerable and forming strategic partnerships with community organizations that are working to improve our community and serve "the least of these"

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Find the group in your area

Belmont/Monte Vista Group  Wednesday 6:00–8:00 pm

At the home of Nick and Deanna Kozel

279 Comfort Court, Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Contact: Deanna Kozel 540-435-4192

Collicello Group — Wednesday 6:00–7:30pm

At the home of Martin and Sylvia Rhodes

151 Fifth St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Contact: the Rhodes

540-560-7442, or the Sheppards

Maplehurst Avenue Group  Wednesday 6:15–8:15 pm

At the home of Mike and JoEtta Deaton

1201 Hillcrest Dr., Harrisonburg 22801

Contact: Isaac Bryan, 717-575-3983

Massanetta Springs Group  Wednesday 6:30–8:00 pm

At the home of Tom & Ann Perkins

1540 Marigold Circle, Rockingham 22801

Contact: Tom Perkins 520-245-8610,  

Ann Perkins 520-245-8611

New Market Group — Wednesday 6:15–8:15 pm

At the home of Joel and Danielle Rhodes

6092 Smith Creek Rd., New Market, VA 22844

Contact: Lindsay Finnegan,


Newtown Group — Wednesday 6:00–8:00 pm

At the home of Luke and Sarah Anderson

425 E Elizabeth St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Contact: Levi Fuller,


Park View Group — Thursday 6:00–8:00 pm

At the home of Mike and Donna Trainum

969 Smith Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Contact: Rachel & Todd Van Patter,, 570-807-4707, 570-412-5667

Preston Heights/Old Town Group — Wednesday 6:00–8:00 pm

At the home of Kenlyn and Carolyn Miller

457 Preston Dr., Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Contact: Aubrey Spears, 540-246-9096

Purcell Park Group —  Wednesday 5:30–7:30 pm

At the home of Ben and Beth Taylor

1450 Valley St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Contact: Ben or Beth Taylor, 540-209-7779, 540-208-8354

South Side Group — 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 6:30–8:30 pm

At the home of Indi and Kim Hewavita

6606 Beards Ford Rd, Mt. Crawford 22841

Contact: Kim Hewavita,, 707-637-6189

Waterman Group — Wednesday 6:00–8:00 pm

At the home of Amelie and Jeremy Sheppard

665 Lee Avenue Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Contact: Jeremy Sheppard,


West Side Group — Wednesday 6:00–8:00 pm

At the home of Wilson and Callie West

464 W Wolfe St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Contact: Nell-Marie Colman,


Can't find a small group near you? Contact Keith Breault to learn about getting connected with a small group.

why are 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.