Life Groups




Life Groups are a small group of people who get together each week in a relaxed, informal and caring enviroment. 

Each Life Group spends time in fellowship, prayer, encouragment and Bible study.



Group Link is an event that takes place a few weeks before the start of each Life Group session.  It's a continental breakfast that gives you the opportunity to learn about Life Groups and meet other people who are interested.  During the breakfast, you will have the opportunity to ask questions, meet the Life Group leaders and learn about each study.  Registration for Life Groups starts during the GROUP LINK. 



Real fellowship as seen in the New Testament is more than simply socializing with other Christians or greeting them in services of the church.  Real fellowship is the sharing of the believer’s life as a Christian with other believers. 

 The purpose of our Life Groups are to cultivate a Christian community of caring people by:

  • Connecting with God through Bible study and prayer
  • Encouraging one another to stay in step with God
  • Cultivating relationships in which love is paramount
  • Encouraging one another through regularly praying for each other
  • Helping one another by ministering in specific, practical ways



 Winter Session Life Groups & Schedules: 


Starts the week of January 21st


Mens and Ladies Group

Sunday Nights

Time: 4:30 - 6:00pm       

Group Leaders: Dennis & Sharon Houston 

The Great Disappearance (How to Rapture Ready)

One day, the Rapture will occur, and in that unparalleled moment in time—Office workers will disappear, athletes playing in the field will disappear, a husband will sit in shock as his wife disappears, and the world will be shaken - The Great Disappearance. Scoffers who mocked and doubted the truth of the Bible will witness this evacuation of the dead in Christ and the living Church here on earth as they join the Lord Jesus Chris in the sky. Following the Rapture, the seven-year Tribulation period will begin, bringing sorrow and destruction upon the earth in ways unthinkable to us today.

How are we to live knowing that the Day is upon us? Do we sit back and wait, or do we take up our marching orders and share God’s love to the ends of the earth while there is still time?  We are living on borrowed time, so the message of this study guide is simply this— if you aren’t ready, get ready.  If you are ready to meet the Lord, then share His love with the world around you.  On day He will return, and The Great Disappearance will occur.

 Book Cost: $10


Ladies Group


Times: 9:30 - 11:00am  0R  7:00 - 8:30pm 

Group Leader: Delfina Dodson 

Acts - Awaking to God in Everyday Life

Whether it’s the distractions, busyness, or a case of the blahs, we can experience a drift toward indifference in our spiritual lives. We need an ongoing spiritual awakening if we want to become more aware of God’s presence and activity in our everyday lives.  In Acts: Awakening to God in Our everyday lives, a six-week study of the book of Acts by Melissa Spoelstra, you will journey with the first followers of Jesus and witness the birth and growth of the early church through spiritual awakening to the power of God’s Spirit, message, freedom, grace, mission, and direction. From their experiences you will learn postures that will help you attune your own spiritual heart to experience God’s presence, hear God’s voice, and see God at work all around.

 Book Cost:  $14


Men's Group

Wednesday Mornings

Time: 9:30 - 11:00am   

Group Leader: Stu Symond


The Book of Ezekiel has the most logical arrangement of any of the prophetic books. It contains three sections, each of which addresses a different subject matter. Chapters 1–24 concern the fall of  Jerusalem. Chapters 25–39 contain a series of oracles addressed to foreign nations, concluding with a section in which the future of Israel is contrasted with that of the foreign nations. The third section, Chapters 40–48, presents a plan for rebuilding the Temple and reorganizing the restored state of Israel.

Ezekiel was one of the younger men taken to Babylon in the first captivity, which occurred in 597 B.C. He served as a kind of religious counselor to the Hebrew exiles who were allowed to live in a colony by themselves near the banks of the Kebar River. Scholars generally assume that most of what is contained in Ezekiel was written by the prophet himself. For some time, they believed that he wrote practically the entire book while living in the colony of exiles. However, more recent scholarship has pointed out several reasons for thinking that at least a portion of the chapters included in the first section contains speeches personally delivered by the prophet to the people who remained in Jerusalem until the city fell in 586 B.C.


Night of Prayer

Wednesday Nights

Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm

Group Leaders: Phil & Karen Russel 

Group meets September through May at The Russel's home

 Spend time together sharing:

  • Weekly Devotional
  • Praying for the needs of our church family, friends and country
  • Praising God with song
  • Build lasting relationships


Young Adult's Group

Sunday Night (at their house)

Times: 4:30 - 6:00pm  

Group Leaders: Nicholas & Rachel Irving 

The Man of God by Charles Stanley

You don’t have to be perfect to be a man of God. Dr. Charles F. Stanley writes a man of God is a maturing man, a striving man, a knowledgeable man.  And the first step toward real manhood is spiritual rebirth. In Man of God, Dr Stanley addresses question such as these:

  • What can we learn about manhood from Jesus’s example?
  • How does a true leader allow God to lead him?
  • Why is a godly man both “velvet and steel”?
  • What does it look like to be a provider?
  • What does it mean to lead with sensitivity?

 Man of God will challenge and equip you to become a better leader, teacher, father, and husband.  What makes a man? There answer starts here.




Senior Connections

Group meets monthly to spend time together through fellowship and fun events.  

Reach out to Sharon Houston for more info.


Family Connections

Group meets quarterly to spend time together getting to know one another and each other's children. 

Reach out to Jennifer Mullins for more info.

 Fun Family Events:

  • Game Nights
  • Pool Parties
  • Cook Outs
  • Family Time
  • Doing Life Together 


Men's Ministry

The men of New Hope meet each month at Popi's resturant in Ellenton for breakfast and fellowship.



Women's Ministry

The women of New Hope offer events monthly.