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Discipleship Communities are groups of believers who study scripture, openly explore God's call on our lives, and fellowship together. Encouraging spiritual growth and discipleship, these small groups meet every Sunday morning to mutually share and support each other in our faith journeys. In a world that is becoming more disconnected, our Discipleship Communities provide a welcome respite to daily demands. Discipleship Communities foster our strong sense of family.
AGAPE class is a seasoned group of persons aged 60 and up. We welcome singles and couples who desire a group of caring people. We are dedicated to Bible Study, church programs, community projects, eating, singing, praying, and having fun together, as a way of sharing our faith, gifts, knowledge and skills. We offer support to unique life challenges such as retirement, grand-parenting, and aging concerns as these relate to life/death, health, or financial concerns. All are welcome.
CARPE DEUM 20s-30s
CARPE DEUM (seize God) welcomes everyone. We are primarily young adults: university (undergrad & graduate) students, newly employed or somewhere in-between. Our desire is to "take hold of God, stepping up as the church of today. We meet regularly outside of church, offering accountability groups, small groups, and other social activities.
CHRISTAJAK Taught in Lao
CHRISTAJAK is taught in Lao and concentrates on the basics of the Bible and living the Christian life. Occasionally we share in fellowship meals. While most of us are Asian people, we welcome visitors and new members.
ECCLESIA ("small church") is currently comprised of singles and coupes ages 50+. Our class is close-knit and enjoys interacting together outside of church as well as each Sunday morning. Emphasis is placed on building/strengthening relationships between members, encouraging/supporting one another and nurturing/challenging our faith journeys with Jesus Christ. We attempt to serve the church and community through prayer, volunteering, and financial support.
FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE seniors
FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE is a class characterized by a strong spirit of fellowship consisting of the seniors of the church. The uniform lesson series of the Mennonite Church is used as our study material. The women meet monthly for lunch. The men of the class meet every first Friday for lunch and fellowship at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community. The entire group meets for social functions including a Christmas dinner and an Easter function hosted by several other classes at the church.
GRACE FELLOWSHIP 40s-50s
GRACE FELLOWSHIP is a diverse group of couples, singles, parents of high school and young adult children, who seek to support and care for one another in all seasons and circumstances. We are earnest in our desire to live faithful Christian lives, only with God's grace and help, often expressed and experienced through His church. We are church to one another and, as part of that, we heartily welcome anyone who wants to join us. Our regular activities include Sunday school (biblical teaching and sharing/prayer), class meals and picnics, retreats, camping, service projects, and small groups.
JUBILEE class members range in age from 40-55 years with middle school through college age children totaling over 65 people. Our energetic yet laid-back group enjoys getting together for monthly social and service activities. Classes include a variety of teachers for Bible, book, quarterly, or video studies. We thoroughly enjoy supporting and challenging each other.
KOINONIA class members range in age from 50s-70s. We are a diverse group of men and women who are serious about how we relate as Christians to the world as well as deepening our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We enjoy both social and service activities that are usually planned monthly. New members are always welcome.
LIGHTHOUSE is a class of persons relating to but not limited to those attending Praise Fellowship worship service. We are an intergenerational class and concentrate on the study of God's word, with a focus on themes related to living our faith and experiencing God in new ways. Small groups meet for ministy, prayer and fellowship. Besides class time we enjoy an annual Retreat with a special spiritual resource person, we have a Christmas dinner, and participate together in special projects such as assisting HMC Garden plots, and helping people with special needs.
LOGOS is an acronym for "Leaning on God Our Savior." In addition, Logos means "The Word" in Greek. LOGOS is committed to study of the Word, prayer, and mutual support in our walk with God. We are comprised of couples and singles ranging in age mostly from 50s to 60s. Most of our children are young adults, and the majority of us are empty nesters. We enjoy an annual Christmas dinner, a weekend retreat, along with various other service and social activities, and small groups.
NEW FOUNDATIONS 30s - 40s
NEW FOUNDATIONS is a class of ages 30-40. We are establishing our careers and family lives. Our children range from newborn to early elementary. The class has topical and Biblical studies geared to meeting real life issues.
OPEN CIRCLE 60s plus
OPEN CIRCLE is a class of active seniors with a variety of interests. We value personal sharing and caring and try to be sensitive to individual needs including all members whether married or single in all our evens, such as Bible study, teaching, prayer ministry, and inspirational book studies. Our social events 3-4 times a year include a spring and/or summer event, a fall Sunday in the mountains, and Christmas. We are involved in age-appropriate (60s and up) service projects and contribute regularly to individual and mission agency ministry needs.
OPEN FRONTIERS 30s - 60s
OPEN FRONTIERS class represents a wide variety of cultural backgrounds. Some of us have grown up in the Shenandoah Valley and others are quite new to the area. We also welcome new believers and new people to the church as we explore new spiritual frontiers. We range in age from the 30s to the 60s. Our common theme is to support each other as we grow in our walk with Christ. We discuss the HMC sermon topics. Please consider joining us!
SALT 50s - 70s
SALT class consists of couples and singles with ages ranging from late 50s into the 70s. We enjoy a variety of Sunday School curricula: book/Bible studies, uniform lesson series and topical studies. Small groups provide additional time for sharing, praying together and developing friendships. Annual events such as the Christmas Banquet and Fall Retreat are major highlights of the year. In addition, these activities are supplemented by other social and service activities throughout the year. We invite you to Share And Learn Together with us!
SINAPI 40S - 60S
SINAPI class is a diverse group ranging in age from late 40s to 60s. We represent a wide variety of professions, interests and hobbies. We concentrate on three areas: our personal relationship with God, our commitment to each other, and our service to the church and the community. We welcome you to our class to discover the warmth and caring of Sinapi class.
STEPPING STONES ages 30-50
STEPPING STONES is a group (ages 30-50) who are settled into our careers and family lives. Our children range from newborn to high school ages. We strive to have regular social gatherings, mostly aimed toward kid-friendly activities. We incorporate a blend of Bible study and topical studies and enjoy spirited discussions. Visitors and new persons are welcome!
Young Adults ages 18 - 24
Young Adults is a class for anyone approximately 18-24 years old. This class is focused on addressing issues of young adults as the transition to new schools, new work, and new patterns of life. We seek to deepen our relationships with God and actively engage our church and broader community as members of God's kingdom.