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 Week of 1/22

Men's and Ladies Group

Sunday Nights

Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm       

Group Leaders: Dennis & Sharon Houston 


Why should good works matter? Aren’t we saved apart from our works? Yes we are, but according to Scriture, Doing Good is not just a suggestion, it can be a very powerful part of our walk with Christ.

In this series, we will learn how to become people who habitually do good  and the first step begins with who we are, not what we do. According to Scripture, doing good is not just a suggestion, and it is very powerful. It can be costly, but no matter the cost, the price of idleness can be even more costly.

The study is based on the book of Titus and reveals four key reasons why  doing good matters so much. Delve deep into Scripture to discover why       being others-centered is so important to our Heavenly Father.

 Book Cost: $10


Ladies Group


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

Group Leader: Delfina Dodson 


Some names live in infamy, and some names inspire the greatest kinds of hope. But there is one name above all other names, and it belongs to the Son of God, Jesus. Jesus is the most unique person who’s ever lived, and his names carry with them great weight.

In this six-session series, Dr. Tony Evans journeys around the stomping grounds of Jesus in the land of Israel and presents a complete picture of the Incarnate God. By teaching on each of the major names of Jesus, Tony brings us face-to-face with the Second Person of the Trinity.

 Book Cost: $7



Men's Group

Wednesday Mornings

Time: 9:30am - 11:00am   

Group Leader: Stu Symond

The central theme of the book of Daniel is God’s sovereignty over history and empires, setting up and removing kings as he pleases.  All of the kingdoms of this world will come to an end and will be replaced by the Lord’s kingdom, which will never pass away.  Through trials and difficulties will continue for the saints up until the end, those who are faithful will be raised to glory, honor, and everlasting life in this final kingdom. 

The book of Daniel is made of two halves, each of which has its own genre.  The first half contains narratives from the lives of Daniel and his three friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.  These court stories exemplify faithful living in exile and provide models of how God’s people should live as strangers and exiles in a world that is not their home. They show Daniel and his friends serving their pagan masters loyally, yet without compromising their greater loyalty to God.  The second half of the book contains apocalyptic visions, which are designed to reassure God’s people that in spite of their present persecution and suffering, God is in control and will ultimately be victorious.  The Lord is aware of the suffering of his people and will bring their trials to an end on the day when he establishes his kingdom. 



Night of Prayer

Wednesday Nights

Time: 7:00pm - 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



Men's Group


Times: 6:00pm - 7:30pm  

Group Leader: Steve Napoli 

THE BOOK OF ROMANS (part One) - JD Grear

The book of Romans is one of the most important books ever written on the Christian faith. Writing to Christians, the apostle Paul defines the gospel, explores its depths, and discusses its significance and implications for the Christian life.  Join pastor J.D. Greear in this series where he walks, chapter by chapter, through the first half of Paul’s letter to the church in Rome. Discover the timeless relevance of the book of Romans and encounter the power of its gospel.



Mens and Ladies Group

Friday Nights (at their house)

Times: 7;00pm - 8:30pm  

Group Leader: Andy & Hilary Guseman

AWAKEN & ALIVE TO THE TRUTH: Finding Truth in the Chaos of a Relativistic World 

How do we know what's true when there are so many differing voices telling us what to do? After traveling the world for 23 years in a rock band, John L. Cooper has noticed one consistent issue: People are desperately confused. If you want to know what's true, you must go to the source of all truth! 

Awake & Alive to Truth tackles the reigning philosophies of our day of post-modernism, relativism, and the popular view of the goodness of man and combats these viewpoints by standing on the absolute truth of the word of God. Awake & Alive to Truth answers some of the most asked questions in modern culture. Go on a journey through some John Cooper's personal stories, the doctrine of original sin, the authority of Scripture, the danger of trusting your emotions, and end with the greatest news possible: God wants to rescue you from the chaos and the darkness and bring you into his glorious light. 

Book cost - $15




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 Breakfast

The men of New Hope meet each month at Popi's resturant in Ellenton to prayer and enjoy fellowhip with thier monthly breakfast.