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



 Fall Session Life Groups & Schedules: 


Starts the week of September 17th


Mens and Ladies Group

Sunday Nights

Time: 4:30 - 6:00pm       

Group Leaders: Dennis & Sharon Houston 

Agents of the Apocalypse

A varied cast of “players” will populate the playing fields of the coming seven-year Tribulation and the thousand-year Millennium. Keeping the cast of characters straight in the dramatic and graphic book of Revelation can be a challenge apart from in-depth study and correlation with the rest of Scripture.  Fortunately, Agent of the Apocalypse, will identify and explain the roles of the most important characters soon to come upon the world stage.

Ten agents, one of whom is John, the author of Revelation, are identified: the Christian martyrs of the Tribulation, the 144,000 Jewish evangelists, God’s two witnesses in Jerusalem, Satan, the Antichrist, the False Prophet, and Jesus Christ - Victor, King, and Judge.  Join us for this 10-week study as we explore the key end-time players in the book of Revelation.

 Book Cost: $10


Ladies Group


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

Group Leader: Delfina Dodson 

From Beginning to Forever

Many Christians today are daunted by the Bible, seeing the size and scope of Scripture as intimidating and overwhelming. The result is often a fragmented understanding of parts of the Bible, which leads us to view it through the lens of our individual stories, primarily looking for different verses or passages to help us live our everyday lives. But, in our search for personal truth, we fail to see how the entirety of Scripture works together to show a bigger story—God's work to redeem and restore the entire world. 

In From Beginning to Forever, Elizabeth Woodson guides you through the story of the Bible, showing how all 66 books combine to form one unified narrative. Weaving together the rich theological truths found in Genesis through Revelation, this 8-session study shows the eternal significance of what God is doing in the world and how he invites us to be a part of it.

Book Cost: $22



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 

Eve in Exile (Role of Women) & The Man of God (Charles Stanley)

Rachel and I welcome you into our home for a college and career Life Group! We are diving into a couple of books regarding gender rolls,  what God has for each of us, and the beauty of the teamwork intended by Him through men and women and more importantly, man and wife. We would love for you to join us from 4:30 to 6:00pm on Sunday’s as we dive into these books and the word together!

This is a brief introduction of the first book.  You and I were born into a world that’s at war with boundaries.  People are kicking over fences and knocking over barricades as far as the eye can see. Sometimes they’re knocking over pretend boundaries and sometimes they’re just pretending to knock over the permanent, immovable ones, but the one thing that is certain is that our generation here, in this moment, doesn’t want to recognize any lines at all.  We are a nation that has  declared war on virtually all creational distinctives, but one area where the battle is especially hot right now is over the subject of gender. What began several centuries ago as a resentment of “gender stereotypes” has gradually but inexorably escalated to the point where our nation is now offended by the insulating  restrictions offered to us by the very fact of gender itself.




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 Leaders: Alan & Nicole Irving

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

 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 to prayer and enjoy fellowhip with thier monthly breakfast. 



Women's Ministry