It’s not an accident that we find ourselves wanting to belong and be known; God designed us that way. He created us for relationships. Being known - truly known - by others can also be a terrifying thought. For followers of Jesus, experiencing and contributing to community isn’t something we opt into; it is something we are called to.
We actively and intentionally pursue community with each other because we believe belonging takes priority in the life of a disciple - over our skepticism, over our previous bad experiences, over our calendars and schedules, and yes, even over our fears of rejection.
Community at The Chapel happens through community groups and bible studies. Though each group looks a little different, our hope in meeting together is always that we grow in friendship, prayer, accountability, care, and elevating each other in love. Our heart for gospel community flows out of the four B’s in our mission: believing, belonging, becoming, and building.
Small groups are how we as a church actively practice lives centered on Jesus Christ, shared in community. Our groups are full of imperfect people seeking to grow in how we might serve and love each other. In the face of frequent rejection, Christ modeled for us what it looks like to consider others over ourselves. We aim to follow his lead. Much like the early church, we devote our small group time together to teaching, fellowship, service, and prayer.
Within small groups, we:
Enjoy one another and do life together
Celebrate diversity of age, race, gender, background, etc.
Actively seek out serving opportunities, and volunteering in community together
Create the space for both Jesus followers and Non-Jesus followers to build relationships
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
If you would like more information about publicly proclaiming your faith through baptism, we invite you to follow the link below.
The Kenmore Neighborhood small group seeks to engage and serve the local neighborhoods of the Kenmore borough of Akron. They have dinner every Wednesday evening at 6 pm.
We have Sunday morning groups at both 9:00 AM and 10:40 for adults of all ages.
The First Glance small group seeks to partner, engage and serve the students and families connected to the ministry at First Glance. They have dinners together every Wednesday evening at 5:30 pm. Email Jessica for more information.
For more information on the ministry of First Glance click here.
Wednesday at 5:30pm
We partner with the First Glance neighborhood youth center to share love, value, and hope with the teens of Kenmore.
The Firestone Park small group seeks to engage and serve the neighborhood of Firestone Park. They have dinners together every Tuesday evening at 6 pm. Email Daniel for more information.
Tuesdays at 6:00pm
The Music small group is an intentionally non-religious gathering of people- guitarists, bassists, drummers, singers, keyboard players, spoken word and hip hop artists that gather on Thursday nights from 5-7pm to eat food and create freestyle and improvised music. Email Ben for more information.
Thursdays from 5-7pm
The Marriage small group is a group made of of couples seeking Jesus together on their way towards flourishing marriages. Email Bruce for more info.