Small Groups

Small Groups

Small Groups

Small Groups

What is a small group?

Life is not meant to be lived alone. God intends for us to experience life together, and that’s why at MPC we encourage you to get into a small group. A small group is a weekly or biweekly gathering of three or more people who meet at church, in a home, or other location. They hang out, study the Word, and pray together. Groups come in all shapes and sizes and are for all stages of life.

How do I join a small group?

To learn more about joining a small group contact Cindy Althouse at the church office or fill out the small group survey below and we will help you connect to a group.

If you are interested in being a part of a new group or, joining an existing one, we would love for you to complete this online small groups survey.

You can also see the section below for current class and small group listings.

Interested in serving on a ministry team at MPC? Complete the 'Serve at MPC' survey.

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    Sunday Morning

    The Minglers

    Sundays, 9:00 am
    Room 8, Loretto Road Campus
    Contact: Rob Bambacus (

    This is a group for couples & singles, ranging from 40’s to 70’s. The class is a mixture of fellowship and prayer, teaching, discussion and Bible Study. The first portion of class is spent sharing prayer concerns and praying. The second portion is the bible study.

    Upper Room (working and retired)

    Sundays, 10:30 am
    Choir Room, Loretto Road Campus
    Contact: Trudi Yarbrough (

    Upper Room is open to anyone looking for a welcoming, loving class who loves Jesus Christ. The average age is 60+ although we have members of all ages, both married and single. Our weekly class typically has fun discussions around the Bible Study, as well as sharing each other’s joys and concerns. Upper Room provides caring friends who will pray for you and love you through life's ups & downs. We are friends who know you, care about you, and encourage your faith. Please join us.

    Parents with Kids Birth - 12th Grade

    Quad 1, Loretto Road Campus
    Contact: Cauleen Stepp or Craig and Mellanie Henderson (

    We meet throughout the year and focus on study topics like work as worship, and making a difference one person at a time. Led by a mentor couple, our group is made up of parents with kids of all ages. Join our group to connect with other parents who want to be in community and grow in faith!

    Seekers Class (50+)

    Sundays, 8:45 to 9:45am throughout July
    Music Room, Loretto Road Campus
    Contact: David Gaslin (

    If you are looking for a great place to connect to others, share prayer, and dig into Scripture, the Seekers Class is the adult Bible study class for you. Each Sunday’s topic is a self-contained lesson related to the theme for that quarter. If you miss a Sunday you are not “lost” in the cycle. We have several ministries we support as a class as well. To further promote our small group unity we all go out to Sunday lunch every two or three months.

    The Old in the New Study

    Sundays, 10:25am to 11:25am
    Room 7, Loretto Road Campus

    Contact Greg Cruice by Email or by phone 904-576-6680 for details.

    Zoom option available for this class. Contact Greg.

    An Exploration of use of the Old Testament by the New Testament writers. Ever wondered how the New Testament writers used the Old Testament? Wondered how the New and Old Testaments are related? Join Rev. Dr. Greg Cruice as we explore how each New Testament writer used the Old Testament to relay the message of Jesus Christ through God's Story. Biblical knowledge not essential! Come discuss, ask questions, learn, laugh and enjoy fellowship with others as Greg seeks to lead us to a better understanding of Scripture.


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    Small Groups - Adults

    Friday Bible Study Group

    Fridays, 10:00am, via Zoom
    Contact: Priscilla Case (

    This is a mixed group dedicated to fellowship, prayer, and deep Bible study. Our next study is on Jesus's Parables. Interested in joining us? Have questions? Contact Priscilla.


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    Small Groups - Women's Groups

    Women's Bible Study

    Mondays, 10:30 am
    Chapel, Mandarin Road Campus
    Contact: Wanda Thomas (

    Our group meets weekly for in-depth Bible study and fellowship. Please contact Wanda for more information.

    Monday Morning Mom's Group

    Mondays, 9:15 to 10:30am

    Room 9, Loretto Rd. Campus

    Contact Lauren Perkins,

    This group is for mothers of young children. Join us for study and fellowship as we dive into God's word. Childcare is provided. RSVP to and please include the names and ages of the children.


    The Village Moms

    Tuesday nights at 6pm

    Meet in Room 6 of the Loretto Road Campus

    Contact Amanda Vignola ( for more information.

    We are the village you've heard about. Come join our community of mamas across all generations, who are dedicated to strengthening their relationship with Christ, creating meaningful bonds with other women, and eager for fellowship, laughter, and studying God's word. Our target population is moms 20-80 looking for wisdom across the ages. We are currently using a RightNow Media course: Mind, Body & Soul: Healthy Living for Christian Moms by Shawna Applegate.

    Childcare is provided. RSVP: and please include names and ages of kids.


    Open Door

    Tuesdays, 6 - 8pm

    Room 137/138, Mandarin Road Campus (MRC) through Sept. 5th, then room 8, Loretto Road Camps (LRC).

    Contact: Judy Wolfensperger (

    We are women 55 & up. Some are working, some are retired, some are single, some are married. We take turns leading the lessons. Currently, we are covering The Chosen, but will begin studying MPC's fall series, Different, beginning September 12th.

    Mountain Top Women's Study Group

    Tuesday Mornings at 9:30am

    Meet in Quad 1 at the Loretto Road Campus

    Contact Nike Momberg ( for more information

    Come join a new group of women studying the Sermon on the Mount Bible Study this fall. It will be a great time of study, prayer and fellowship.

    Evening Women’s Group (20’s - 40's)

    Tuesdays, 6:30pm
    Quad 4, Loretto Road Campus (LRC)
    Contact: Maria Valdes (

    We are women in our 30's and 40's at different stages of life who share the love of studying the Bible to know God better. During our time together, we spend about half the time in study and the other half sharing praises and lifting one another up in prayer.


    Wednesday Women’s Group (55+)

    Wednesdays, 9:30 am
    Room 137/138, Mandarin Road Campus (MRC)
    Contact: Vivian Karneol

    This is a group for women age 55+. We meet for Bible study, prayer and fellowship. We hope you will join us!

    Wednesday Evening Women’s Group (50+)

    Wednesdays, 6:30 pm
    Room 5, Loretto Road Campus (LRC)
    Contact: Ruth Burrell (, or Barb White (, or Annie Jenkins (

    Ladies, are you looking for a place to connect, to meet together and share life? Join us for Bible study, prayer, and fellowship. Group members range in age from 50-70’s.


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    Small Groups - Men's Groups

    Men's Tuesday Night Bible Study

    Tuesday nights at 6pm

    Meet in room 9 of the Loretto Road Campus

    Contact: Rodney Bias ( for more information

    This is a group for men of all ages who want to learn more about God's word and to have fellowship with other Christian men.

    Childcare is provided. RSVP: and please include names and ages of kids.

    Men’s Fellowship Lunch

    2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 12:00 pm
    Meet in Fellowship Hall of the Mandarin Road Campus.
    Contact: Randy Hester, 904-859-4996 (

    We meet for fellowship and prayer and to discuss and go deeper with the sermon message from Sunday.


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    Small Groups - Classes


    Grief Share - 

    March 1 – May 17, 2023, 6:00-8:00pm

    Loretto Road Campus - Room 6. If you would like to be a part of the next class - contact: Ann Pace Sutton 705-5055, Vic Halbach 631-6415, Carol Yelinek 262-8429.

    It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel.

    This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before.

    GriefShare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life.


    Financial Peace University

    Sundays, 2023 class will be announced soon.

    Two options available - Visit our FPU webpage for option details.
    Contact: Barb Trawick (
    Cost: $50 per family.

    Financial Peace University is a nine-lesson, money management class taught by America's most trusted financial guru, Dave Ramsey. Dave and his teaching team will walk you through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future, and much more.



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    Small Groups - Activity Groups


    Exercise Group: Pilates

    Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:45 pm
    Fridays, 5:15 pm
    The Loft, Loretto Road Campus
    Contact: Billie Jean Fryer (

    Pilates exercise is based on strengthening one’s abdominal core, improving overall flexibility and increasing mental focus. You are strongly encouraged to work at your own level and pace. Caution, fellowship-building and lasting friendships may also result.


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    Small Groups - Fellowship Groups

    JOY (Just Older Youth) Group

    2nd Thursday of the month
    Fellowship Hall, Mandarin Road Campus
    Contact: Brenda Haye (

    JOY is for all senior adults (ages 55 and older) who meet for a time of fellowship once a month, usually on the second Thursday. The group sometimes meets at the church for lunch and a program (cost $7) or they often attend events around the city and in the local


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    Small Groups - Young Adults

    Young Adult Ministry at MPC

    Our Young Adult ministry at MPC is for those 20-30 who are in the workforce, grad school, and the professional world. They meet Tuesday nights from 7-9pm for dinner, community, Bible Study, and prayer. For questions and to connect, email:

    MPC College Connect

    This is a group for college-age (19yrs+) students who want to connect this summer! We will meet every Thursday night from 7:00 to 8:30pm at the River House. Check our calendar for worship nights, gatherings and events!

    This summer we will focus on Psalm 23 using Louie Giglio’s book Don’t Give The Enemy A Seat at Your Table. There is nothing to prepare ahead of time—come any week and join the conversation!

    Each week we will have food, activities, and lots of time to connect!

    For more info, contact Jenn Arnold at

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    Bible Study Resources

    Cover to Cover in 100 Days
    Cover To Cover in 100 Days Reading Plan
    Cover to Cover for Kids

    God's Word is filled with epic stories, perplexing characters, and miraculous moments, all connected, telling the story of our amazing God! More than 600 participants are embarking on this spectacular journey of reading the Bible cover to cover in 100 days to behold the unfolding revelation of God's character and his love for humanity that flows from cover to cover.

    Sermon on the Mount
    Sermon on the Mount Study Guide

    MPC study on the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 5-7, one of the most famous passages in the entire Bible. Jesus delivers this sermon early in His career and set the stage for how His ministry will unfold and how He will want His followers to live. Discover how Jesus challenges us to be different.

    'Get A Grip on the Bible' Class

    A 10-week class that walks through the redemption story from Creation to Revelation, chronicling the themes and major events of Biblical history. 

    Have you ever wondered how the different books of the Bible and stories fit together? Do you get confused by the prophets in the Old Testament or get lost in how the Old and New Testaments relate to each other? If so, you are not alone! In Get a Grip on the Bible, Pastor Andrew Stepp takes us through the Bible to help us answer those questions! This 10-week class walks through the redemption story from Creation to Revelation, chronicling the themes and major events of Biblical history. It helps you see how all of the teachings, stories, and writings in the Bible written long ago tell one coherent story. Below are the videos of the class sessions for you to participate with us as we walk through God’s story from Eden to the Ends of the Earth!

    If you would like a copy of the workbook you can contact the church office(680-9944 or

    Week 1

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    Week 4

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    Week 8

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    Week 10


    RightNow Media

    As a member of MPC, you can now access over 20,000 biblically based videos for small groups, families, students, leadership development, and much more. 

    Click here for more information.