LifeGroups are an opportunity to connect, encourage, support and simply be there for one another in life. We live in an area that emphasizes 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 together 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 Debbie Hays via email, text or phone:, 301-509-7733.

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

Current LifeGroups

September - November 2017 Session

Come Follow Jesus: Living in the Power of the Spirit

Chris & Allyn Saah

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

We will support each other through prayer, encouragement and teaching how to live as Jesus every day, including practical teaching on biblical topics such as being born again, abiding in the vine, being filled with the Spirit, the gifts of the Spirit, taking up your cross daily, fellowship, communion, and community.  Open to all ages and gener and spiritual experience.

Bike n’ Hike 

Tony Papandrea & Ciro Ruiz

Sept 24 (2:00-5:00) and Oct 22 (3:00-5:00)

On Sept 24: Biking – Pennyfield Lock on the C&O

On Oct 22: Hiking – We will do a 2.2 mile fall colors hike/walk in Black Hill Park located in Boyds, MD.

For the bikeride: We will ride our bikes from Pennyfield Lock on the C&O to Great Falls basking in the life and beauty of creation!  It is about a 10 mile round trip ride.  If you prefer, we can meet you at Swains Lock, which is about 6 miles total.  The C&O is flat and very easy to ride.  Just about any type of bike should work.  Minimum age: about 10, but is flexible.  Helmets are required!

Experiencing Forgiveness (Book Study)

Rachelle Kennedy & Mike DeCeasare & Mary Hunter

2nd & 4th Mondays, 7:00pm – 9pm (Education Bldg.)

God wants you to experience complete forgiveness and the freedom to embrace all of the blessings, challenges, and joys that He has for you-now and in your future. Unfortunately, many live in bondage to guilt and unforgiveness that stifles their ability to love and receive love. In Experiencing Forgiveness, Charles Stanley identifies the components of forgiveness and teaches you to forgive others, to accept God’s forgiveness of your sins, and to find the freedom and blessings of a full, abundant life.  In this LifeGroup you will experience complete forgiveness and walk through the steps necessary to forgive others and receive God’s forgiveness. Book cost: $10.

Men’s Breakfast

Bobby Sherwood & Jack Rafferty

2nd & 4th Fridays 7am

First Watch Rockville 2nd Friday; Bob Evans Germantown 4th Friday

Attention all men, let’s meet together for breakfast to encourage each other in our walks with Christ and to get to know each other.  We will eat and discuss our roles as men of God in our families and relationships.

HomeFires Service Groups

Bud Nowland & Rachelle Kennedy

1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7pm-9pm at KOTN (Education Bldg)

Our group focuses on prophetic worship, prayer, and studying the Word in order to help the hurting and acquire the Fire of the Holy Spirit.  We pray for everyone at the meetings and throughout the week.  If you have a need, or you feel a call to help people with your gifts, HomeFires is for you.

Personal Ministry Training

Pastor Greg Zetts & Team

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

Learn about the spiritual gifts. We will be teaching on the 9 Spiritual gifts as listed in 1 Corinthians 12.   You do NOT have to have participated in the last session to participate in this one.  You DO, however, have to re-enroll even if you attended last session.