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Join A Small Group

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, Friday, Saturday.



Sundays,  8:55AM to 10:15AM, weekly on Zoom
Ron & Amanda Giles 

Generous Justice: The Sunday morning Bible Study group will be reading and discussing a book by Tim Keller called “Generous Justice” as a companion to the current sermon series on justice.  Please feel free to join us over the next 8 weeks to discuss the book and a Biblical perspective on justice, starting this Sunday, Jan. 10, from 9-10:15am as we discuss the book and the topics it raises about God’s view of justice. 


Sundays, 2PM-3:30PM, biweekly
Jon & Susan White 

Our group is focused on fostering spiritual formation, learning and practicing how to be anti-racist, pursuing social justice, and being good neighbors -- particularly in East Palo Alto. We are currently meeting primarily by Zoom but may have some physically-distant, mask-required, in-person neighboring activities if possible.


Sundays, 4PM-6PM, semimonthly on Zoom
Terah Chan, Tracy Lin, Uche Megwalu 

Bible Study, prayer and community. When it is safe to resume in-person meetings, we will provide child care and have dinner together.


Sundays, 7PM TO 8:15PM
Keniel Yao

Young adulthood is an important, exciting but often lonely time of our lives. Come join us as we press through the murkiness to discover God’s heart and mission for each one of us. We strive to be a real, supportive, and God-first community which you can call your faith home.


8 Sundays 6:30PM-8:00PM starting January 24
Jan & Mike Davis

Search for Significance is an 8-week small group led by Mike and Jan Davis “to help you change your thinking about the circumstances you encounter.” The study aims to provide clear, biblical instruction about the basis of our self-worth. As a result you will experience love, acceptance and forgiveness in a new way. We ask that you commit for the quarter since the lessons build on each other. Please register by emailing us.



Mondays, 7PM to 9PM  
Starting September 21, 2020 for 12 weeks on Zoom
Gary & Susan Stokes

We’d like to invite interested married partners to join our group! We have been married 36 years. During this time we’ve enjoyed various ministry experiences together. We love marriage! This includes helping couples from premarital counseling to marriage enrichment. Through telling our stories, interaction with Bible passages on marriage and relationships, and the exploration of spiritual discipline’s impact on our marriages, our group will support spiritual growth as married partners.



Tuesdays (1st & 3rd of each month), 7:30AM-8:15AM 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.



Wednesdays, 7PM-9PM, weekly on Zoom
Matthew & Julie Young

We value fellowship, prayer, and the opportunity to be "known" in a safe and supportive environment. Our meetings include Bible study and prayer in smaller breakout groups, and we enjoy serving together monthly at a local nonprofit.  Community-building events like game nights and lunches are offered regularly—most activities are on  zoom, but we occasionally offer socially-distanced, mask-required outdoor events.



Thursdays, 7PM, weekly on Zoom
Laurette Beeson, Jen & Jon Rodriguez

Join us for a deep dive into Scripture with the opportunity to lead if interested.


Thursdays (2nd and 4th of the month), 6:30PM-8:30PM on Zoom
Starting September 10, 2020
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!


Thursdays (2nd & 4th of the month), 6:30PM to 8:30 PM
Starting January 2021 
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.

We plan to meet on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays, starting in January, 6:30 - 8:30, and plan to hold a social Zoom call in November with those who have committed to attend, to go over the group dynamics & structure, get to know each other a bit, and have some fun. Maximum of 8 couples including leaders.



Fridays, 7:15PM-8:30PM, weekly on Zoom
Jon Paris, Johann John

We are a diverse group made up of singles, families with toddlers, and families with teens. We come together (on Zoom) to share, study a passage from the Bible (usually the same passage that which will be part of the service the following Sunday), and to pray. When life returns to normal we plan to resume meeting in person in Palo Alto. Whether you consider yourself a follower of Jesus or our simply curious, we welcome you to visit.



Saturdays, 6:30PM-7:30PM, weekly on Zoom
Heather & Matt Stringer

Join us for worship, prayer, the Holy Spirit, and kingdom outreach. Youth join the meetings. Kid friendly.


Saturdays (1st & 3rd of the month), 7PM-8:30PM, semimonthly on Zoom
October 3, 2020 - June 19, 2021
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. We would love to hear from you!