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Our hope is that all who call this church their home will experience God deeply, learn to connect with others in community, and grow in their service and impact to those around us. Joining a small group is a great way to do that!

Email the group leaders for more information about each group, and if you need help finding a group, email Susan

Quick view by Day: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday.

SUNDAY

SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY | Experience Alpha Together!

Sunday mornings 9AM at JLS
Starting September 26
Ron & Amanda Giles

Please join us this Fall as we study the Alpha group content together. Alpha is a group course designed for people who want to explore the Christian faith, through a series of conversations focused on the questions of life, faith, and meaning, with videos to watch and then discuss together. If you are part of this church and a follower of Jesus, but would like to experience Alpha yourself, this group is for you! Bring your coffee, questions about faith, and hunger to learn. Please email us ahead of time so we can plan for space, or if you have any questions.



SOUL CARE

Sundays, 6:30–8:30PM starting September 19
Church Office
Jan Davis

We are all broken in body, soul and spirit and need the healing of Jesus.

"God has come to loose the bonds of wickedness, undo the heavy burdens, set the captive free and to break every yoke."                     —Isaiah 58:6

In Soul Care study we will explore tools needed for healing in 7 principles: Identity, Repentance. Family sin patterns, forgiveness, healing past wounds, overcoming fear and deliverance (seeing spiritual realities in Christ) 

"Self awareness is the gateway to life change". This co-ed adult group will be an interactive, sometimes messy process, a journey of self reflection and surrender to loving God. In community we will wrestle together to discover ourselves and the True God on the journey toward freedom.

Please contact Jan Davis at  to register.

MONDAY

THE NEXT STEP

Mondays, 7PM to 8:30PM  
Starting September 20 on Zoom
Jim & Colleen Peterson and Gary & Susan Stokes

So, you’ve encountered Jesus, and you may have questions about how to continue to engage with him, hear from him, walk with him. You may have been in this place a few weeks, or a few years… How do you confidently recognize what your NEXT STEP with Jesus is? As a group, we’ll explore together how each of us can recognize and take each next step.

GRIEF GROUP

Every other Monday, 7PM to 8:30PM, on Zoom
Starting October 18 for 8 sessions ending in January
Karen Ratzlaff

This group is a space for those who have lost a loved one in the past 2 years to process the grief which always comes with being touched by death. We try to create a space that is safe, confidential, respectful and honoring. Please contact Karen in September sometime to discern if this would be a helpful group for you.

TUESDAY

MEN'S BREAKFAST

Tuesdays (1st & 3rd of each month) 7:30AM-8:00AM on Zoom

Jim Peterson

Feel free to bring a verse to share that’s relevant to you this week. Drop-ins are welcome, so feel free to invite a friend.

WEDNESDAY

LET YOUR KINGDOM COME!

Wednesdays 1st & 3rd per month, 6:30PM for meals, 7:15PM for worship, study & prayer
Matthew & Julie Young, Jon & Kay Reid

Let Your Kingdom Come! What does it mean to live out the Kingdom of God here and now? Do you believe God still works in power today? We are excited about learning and practicing spiritual gifts so that we can take God’s kingdom wherever we go. We’ll do this in a safe, fun, and supportive environment without hype or pressure. Meetings include meals, musical worship, prayer, and Bible study together, and most importantly, our desire is that everyone who comes will be met by God.

THURSDAY

MENLO PARK GROUP

Sunday lunch after church service; Thursdays, 7PM, weekly on Zoom, starting September 2
Laurette Beeson, Jen & Jon Rodriguez

We are an intergenerational group with a focus on studying scripture together and prayer. We are constantly amazed at what God can do when people come together in community. We meet for lunch after church on Sundays and also Thursdays at 7pm.

We welcome new members!

SEASONED MARRIAGE

2nd Saturdays and 4th Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30pm on Zoom and
once a month on Saturdays in person
Starting late September
Jim & Arpenny Hart

For couples in the later stages of married life and faith. We will prioritize sharing stories of our faith journey together, and have contemplative and reflective exercises centered around scriptural passages, and break-out times for couples to develop deeper spiritual connections with each other. Seasoned Marriages is an investment into deeper relationships, and being known by our loving God, committed spouses, and compassionate friends. If this sounds good to you, please contact us!

TOP OF THE FOURTH

Thursdays (2nd & 4th of the month), 7PM to 8:30 PM
Starting September 23
Jennifer & Russ Sampson and Joanne & Kent Irwin 
 

"Top of the Fourth" is oriented toward couples who have moved beyond the early-marriage issues of meshing lives together and figuring out basic relationships - the first three innings if you will allow the baseball analogy - but are not yet at the bottom of the ninth. This group is intended to span the middle innings of marriage: by the top of the fourth, the marriage moves into the long part of the game. There are plenty of at-bats remaining and some very fun baseball left to play, yet the pitcher's arm is tiring, and the afternoon sun (careers, raising children, financial pressures and other factors) has begun to make its impact on your relationship. This group delves into navigating the middle innings well.

MOMS SET FREE

Thursday nights. Dinner at 6PM. Group meeting at 7PM.
First Christian Church Palo Alto. In person for now.

Starting September 16
Susan Van Riesen

We will meet for (an optional) dinner gathering at 6PM and then we will meet from 7-8:20 to do a combination of Bible study, sharing, prayer, and gleaning wisdom from a book which called Mom Set Free: Good News for Moms Who are Tired of Trying to Be Good Enough. Our goal is to "put the oxygen mask on ourselves" and trust that a spiritually healthy mom is a blessing to everyone around her. We are unable to provide childcare at this time but for those who really need it, we could organize it.

DADS GROUP

Thursday nights. Dinner at 6PM. Group meeting at 7PM.
First Christian Church Palo Alto. In person for now.

Starting September 16
Mike Davis

GUY TALK – GUY WALK
Dinner – Devotion – Conversation – Transformation
No “honey-dos” or “boo-boos”, just getting to know each other, enjoying being together, and having a little fun.
C’mon, you know you want it! We will meet for (an optional) dinner gathering at 6PM and then we will meet from 7-8:20. 

WOMEN'S SMALL GROUP (WSG)

Thursdays (1st & 3rd of the month), 7PM to 8:30 PM
Starting September 23 on Zoom and then ongoing, every 1st and 3rd Thursday
Lorrie Gemmell

Women's Small Group is a small group who process together life experiences through God's eyes. We have a 'ponder question' (usually relevant to current events or current experiences in a group member's life) that we discuss in light of what God may be doing in the situation. We study appropriate verses of the Bible that relate to the broad topic from the ponder question [eg - love, trust in the Lord, compassion, etc] and always make time to pray for one another.


YOUNG ADULT SMALL GROUP

Every Thursday other than the first Thursday of the month
Dinner at 6PM. Group meeting at 7PM.
First Christian Church Palo Alto. In person for now.
Starting September 16

Curtis and Heather Malainey

We seek to help each other consider what it looks like to flourish as young adults who are seeking to grow in God in the Silicon Valley. We value scripture study, prayer, service and developing friendships.

FRIDAY

PALO ALTO GROUP

Fridays, 6:45PM
We have children too young to be vaccinated so we will meet outside weather permitting, and may go online depending course of Covid in the fall.
Jon Paris

We are a group of singles and families who are devoted to Small Group Bible Study, prayer and enjoying each other at the end of the work week in Palo Alto.

SATURDAY

SAN JOSE GROUP

Saturdays, 6:30PM-7:30PM on Zoom, starting September 11
Heather Stringer, Clarisse Chung, & Bobby Medcalf

We are an intergenerational small group that focuses on listening to the Holy Spirit and deepening our connection with God, with one another, and with our communities. We share stories of our personal journeys, study the Bible together, pray for one another, and seek to grow and learn more about God and His Kingdom together. We have no formal childcare but kids and youth are welcome and encouraged to participate!






LISTENING DEEPLY

This group is currently full

Saturdays (1st & 3rd of the month), 7PM-8:30PM, semimonthly on Zoom
Starts the beginning of October
Stacey & Bruce Charonnat and Daniela & Michael Kuehn

Are you longing for some space in your life to slow down and listen deeply to God, yourself, and one another? This year-long small group seeks to offer a contemplative environment to draw closer to God through prayer, scripture, art, liturgies, poems, and silence. We will have ample time to notice, reflect, and share our responses to God’s loving presence. To help facilitate a deep connection with God and one another, we ask for a high commitment in regards to our meeting times. Group size is limited to 12 participants. If you are interested or have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the email above. The group is currently at full capacity.