LifeGroups are an opportunity to connect, encourage, support and simply be there for one another in life. We live in a culture that tends towards busyness and isolation: both of which can work against connecting with one another in a meaningful way. Everyone has different gifts and passions and participating in a LifeGroup is a perfect avenue to express them – with the goal of sharing life and bringing one another closer to Christ.


Depending on what your gifts and passions are you can shape your LifeGroup around:

• Meals at your home/Hospitality
• Teaching /Studying a theme, a section of the bible or a book
• The season of life you are in (single, parenting, empty-nesters, a specific age range, people in your area/neck of the woods, etc.)
• A Common interest – a certain activity interest, healthy eating group, exercise/sports group, cooking, learning an instrument, etc.

We desire that each group take on its own flavor, so use your imagination! There is freedom to do something unique or keep it simple. God gave you your passions for a reason. No matter what the context is for gathering people, you will be praying for, investing in, and caring for the spiritual growth of the group members. The idea is for us to have a reason to connect, and then to let the Lord use us to support and encourage one another towards growth in Christ.

How Often Does a LifeGroup Meet?

There are 3 LifeGroup Sessions per calendar year, each lasting 3 months:
Winter Session: Jan, Feb, March
Summer Session: May, June, July
Fall Session: Sept, Oct, Nov

Each LifeGroup:
• will meet for one three-month session
• will meet as often as the LifeGroup leader pre-determines (once a month, twice a month, weekly, etc.)
• will meet for approximately 1.5-2 hours per meeting

Each LifeGroup can be a “three month and done” session OR may continue to meet beyond the original three months upon mutual agreement between church leadership and the LifeGroup leader.  Once the LifeGroup is approved, a list of all current LifeGroups will be published for the church community to choose from.

LifeGroup Leaders

Your first priority as a LifeGroup leader will be to connect with each person at each meeting, regardless of the chosen context. In addition, you should offer prayer to anyone that may need it. This type of simple spiritual support goes a long way to strengthen and encourage people in their pursuit of God. We will provide a handbook for LifeGroup Leaders to help you get started as well as provide ongoing support for your questions or problems.

Each LifeGroup leader will need to find a co-leader – someone that will commit to being there to help you with your group.  We also ask that each LifeGroup leader and co-leader first complete our four session NEXT Class that takes place on Sundays after the Sunday service.

If you have any questions concerning LifeGroups, please contact our LifeGroups Coordinator Debbie Hays via email, text or phone:, 301-509-7733.

 Click HERE to view the “LifeGroup Leader’s Handbook”

Current LifeGroups

January - March 2018 Session

Spiritual Circuit Training

Chris & Allyn Saah

Fridays  7pm-8:30, optional meal 6-7 at Saah home in North Potomac. Begins 1/19.

Start the new year by following Peter’s program for spirtual fitness: Faith, Goodness, Knowledge, Self-Control, Perseverance, Godliness, Affection, Love. (II Peter 1:5-9). Learn how to fulfill your divine destiny through living a sanctified life.

Growing in Freedom

Jeremy & Jenny MacLively

Sundays 2pm – Education Bldg., Room 3; Limited to 6 people REGISTRATION CLOSED. 

Are you ready to live life abundantly (John 10:10)?  “Growing in Freedom” will equip you to live the victorious life God intended.  In addition to the 9-session small group, we will end with a powerful conference (March 23-24) focused on overcoming our past so we can run to and with God.  Each group member should be prepared to do about an hour’s worth of homework each week.  Cost: $10 for curriculum book plus $20 conference cost.  Register soon as there are only 6 slots in this group!

“The Art of Marriage” Date Nights

Doug & Connie Wantling

Saturdays 1/20 & 2/10 from 4pm – 9pm REGISTRATION CLOSED

This is a two-night date-like atmosphere for dating, engaged, and married couples of all ages. Couples will sit alone together over a romantic candle light dinner while watching inspiring and entertaining videos from Family Life about marriage. The videos include expert teaching, real-life testimonies and humerous dramas. No group discussions involved, just projects for you and your partner to do together. The experience will equip you with tools to strengthen and protect the most important relationship in your life as well as give you quality time together. Total cost is $50 per couple which includes 2 study guides and both dinners. Space is limited. Let us know if cost is an issue or you need help finding childcare.

“One Hour with Jesus” Prayer

Anastasia Sadd & Jemma Chapman

Thursdays 7am – 8 at KOTN main bldg.

“One Hour with Jesus” is a time of intimacy with God: blessing and worshipping His mighty name, and lifting Him up with a heart of gratitude. Song of Songs 2:10-13: “My beloved spoke and said to me, ‘Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me”… Come and experience Jesus early in the morning.

Men’s Breakfast

Bobby Sherwood & Jack Rafferty

2nd & 4th Fridays 7am

First Watch Rockville

This group is open to men of any age who desire to fellowship with one another. It will be a time to encourage and get to know one another. Even if you can only come for a portion of the time, we encourage you to still come especially if you need prayer.

Ladies’ Night

Jessie Hayes & Kerry Kianetski

2nd & 4th Saturdays, 7pm-8:30pm at various local cafes

Ladies in their 30’s & 40’s (or thereabouts) are invited to meet at a local café for tea/coffee/cocoa, where we can get to know one another and encourge each other in our faith. We will have a theme verse and the location will be TBD each time.

Personal Ministry Training

Pastor Greg Zetts & Leona Ba

1st & 3rd Sundays from 2:30pm-4pm at KOTN (Education Bldg, Room 1)

We need to be solid in our faith if we are going to have a positive impact on others.  Join us as we examine these spiritual disciplines: Prayer & Fasting, Solitude & Study, Simplicity & Submission, Service, Confession & Guidance, Worship, and Celebration.

Tuesday Prayer*

Jonny Zetts & Mike Brown

Every Tuesday 7:30pm

*This is an open LifeGroup that meets all year round.  Anyone is welcome to join us for a time of intercession. There will also be an opportunity to share words the Lord is speaking to you, testimonies, and receive personal ministry.  Feel free to sign up or just come next Tuesday.

Ascend Youth & Young Adult Lifegroups

If you are interested in the on-going youth and young adult lifegroups (high school, middle school, and college-age) contact our Youth Pastor Maria Suazo at