Sunday Morning

Sunday morning Connect Groups are designed to complement corporate worship by building relationships and furthering your growth as a disciple of Jesus in a small group setting. By joining one of our year round Sunday morning Connect Groups you will have the opportunity to not only become refreshed, but also to become connected to God and His people.

A Love Story

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Location: E-102
For: Married couples aged mid-20s to early 30s
Leader: Shawn and Mary Yost
Leader Phone: 330-966-2800
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible
Join other young couples in their mid-20s to early 30s as we grow our marriages based on a healthy biblical foundation. We will discuss topics related to marriage and also incorporate Bible studies that strengthen our faith. This is a great opportunity to connect with other couples as we share and laugh together.

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Altitude

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Location: E-106
For: Adults ages 18-29
Leader: Jeff & Julie Goff
Leader Phone: 330-284-7092
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible

This group is for young adults, male and female, that are post high school, including college and graduate students as well as those seeking full-time employment. This Fall we will be studying the book of 1st Samuel.


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Baptism Class

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 10:30 AM
Start Date: 10/20/2019
Location: E-108
For: Anyone interested in being baptized
Leader: Roger Foote
Leader Email: rfoote@firstfriends.org
Leader Phone: 3309662800
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible

This class taught on a Sunday morning is for those who wish to be baptized at First Friends Church. Come be encouraged with Jesus’ direction for our lives and celebrate the power of the cross through water baptisms. Baptisms will be held November 10.


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Between Friends

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 10:30 AM
Location: L-3
For: Anyone
Leader: Chuck & Paula Engelhardt
Leader Phone: 330-699-5624
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible

Between Friends is a Sunday morning Connect Group that gathers together for the long term to build relationships. Our times together promote a personal relationship with Jesus through Bible study and mutual encouragement focused on changing hearts. It is our goal to be transformed by the Holy Spirit and to be equipped to live out and share the Good News. This Fall, we will focus on what God’s Word has to say about how Christians should treat one another as well as unbelievers as we aim to transform the heart, the home, and the world through building relationships that encourage and edify.


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Celebrate Life

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 10:30 AM
Location: L-42
For: Adults of all ages and marital status
Leader: Sandy Stark, Fred Merritt, and Randy Beck
Leader Phone: 330-715-0905
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible

His Story is God’s story and our history, what actually happened. In this bird’s-eye view of the Bible over the course of 12 weeks, we will examine the lives of 12 Bible characters through study, discussion, and demonstration. We will focus on the order in which the stories occurred, what they teach us about God’s nature, and how we see Jesus our Messiah revealed.


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Couples of Promise

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Location: L-41
For: Married couples with school-aged children
Leader: Jeff & Julia Schumacher and Jason & Molly Yost
Leader Phone: 330-494-1058
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible

We are a group of married couples with school-aged children. We study an assortment of topics on marriage, family and parenting, as we enjoy weekly fellowship, discussion and prayer.


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Firm Foundation

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 10:30 AM
Location: E-102
For: For adults of all ages
Leader: Ron Crock
Leader Phone: 330-284-5866
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible

The southern kingdom of Judah was carried off to Babylon starting in 605 BC. Jeremiah had prophesied a 70-year time of exile before the Jewish people would return. In 540 BC the Persian king began making sweeping changes to the Babylonian way of ruling. However, it took almost 100 years until the Jewish people returned to Jerusalem, rebuilt the temple, and rebuilt the city itself. Ezra and Nehemiah are the books of the Old Testament that best document this return. Join us as we cover this very important time in the history of God’s chosen people and how they dealt with adversity, despair, and finally, triumph. God’s chosen are always blessed, but not always in the way they think is best.


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First Love

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Location: E-104
For: Women of all ages
Leader: Tara Beachy & Judy Piatt
Leader Phone: 614-266-8208
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible; Session 1, September 8: Defining Moments by Andy Stanley ($9); Session 2, November 10: Play With Fire by Bianca Juarez Olthoff ($10)

This class is for women of all ages and stages of life with a hunger for the Word of God. First Love takes its name from Revelation Chapter 2 as a charge always to remember Jesus as our first love. This Fall on Sunday, September 8 we will begin Andy Stanley’s video study Defining Moments. By examining the lives of people from Scripture we will look at what happens when we come face-to-face with a truth that invites us to change the way we live. Then beginning November 10 we will look at the nature of the Holy Spirit and how He helps us fulfill our God-given purpose using Bianca Juarez Olthoff’s study Play With Fire.


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Go Getters

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 10:30 AM
Location: L-2
For: Adults of all ages
Leader: Paul Johnson
Leader Phone: 330-232-2401
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible
Adults of all ages and marital status are invited to join us as we navigate chapter-by-chapter through the book of Matthew (continuation from last semester).

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Growing Disciples

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 10:30 AM
Location: L-6
For: Adults of all ages
Leader: Greg Roth
Leader Phone: 330-454-4100
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible, Illuminate, Fall 2019 – John: Word and Light

This group of adults of all ages is for anyone desiring an in-depth study of the Bible. This Fall we will study the book of John using the Illuminate Friends Bible study series. New participants are always welcome.


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My Father's House

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Start Date: 01/20/2019
Location: L-2
For: Anyone
Leader: Roger and Laura Foote
Leader Phone: 330-966-2800
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible

In the book of I Corinthians, the Apostle Paul addresses issues related to personal and church conduct. Some of the topics addressed include issues of division, issues of morality, issues of marriage and singleness, issues of gender in the church, freedom in Christ, order of worship, and spiritual gifts. Come and join us as together we study the book of I Corinthians. Open to all.


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PRAY

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Location: L-3
For: Adults of all ages
Leader: Jerry & Tammy Ledgerwood
Leader Phone: 330-316-4793
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible
The PRAY Sunday morning group is for anyone desiring an in-depth, interactive Bible study. This Fall we will continue study of the book of Acts. We will learn about the founding of the Christian church and the spread of the Good News message. Our goal is not only to study the history of the Church, but also to apply how the apostles powerfully and boldly shared the gospel to individuals and groups of people.

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P.R.A.Y. Scripture- College Age Young Adults

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 11:30 AM
Location: E-104
For: College adults ages 18-23
Leader: Peter & Paula Guiler
Leader Phone: 330-412-1263
Childcare: No
Requirements: Bible, P.R.A.Y. Scripture by Stan Hinshaw ($10)

This group is for college age (18-25) young adults looking for fellowship and Bible study. We use Pastor Stan Hinshaw’s P.R.A.Y. model to study Scripture from the current sermon series, gaining insight from the Holy Spirit. We also occasionally meet for social and service events.


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Parents of Teens

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Location: L-6
For: Parents of Teens
Leader: Zack & Stacey Gall and Rick & Jen Beck
Leader Phone: 614-266-8208
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible

This group for parents of middle school and high school aged children studies topics relevant to today’s culture as well as issues faced by today’s parents and teens and how to handle them in a godly, biblically informed manner.


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Prayer Meetings

Day: Sundays and Wednesdays
Start Date: 09/08/2019
Location: Cafe
For: Adults of all ages
Leader: Ben Croston
Leader Phone: 330-714-1122
Childcare: No

These will be brief and informal meetings, but of great importance. They are open to anyone who would like to participate in intercessory prayer for our church on Sunday mornings before services and Sunday School and on Wednesday evenings before Connect Groups and children’s and youth programs. We believe in the power of prayer!


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S.H.A.P.E.

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Start Date: 10/06/2019
Location: L-1
For: Adults of all ages
Leader: Theresa Maxin
Leader Phone: 330-966-2800
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible and S.H.A.P.E. book by Erik Rees (available in class for $10)
Discover your unique Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experiences! This study, including a personal assessment, will show you how to unlock your potential, find your spiritual goal, and explore God's plan for your life.

Session 1: October 6–October 27 or Session 2: December 1–December 22


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Singles With Purpose

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Location: E-113
For: Single adults (age 40+)
Leader: Mike Miller and Cheryl Phillips
Leader Phone: 330-479-2068
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible

We are a group of single adults (age 40+), who come together for prayer and for study of God’s Word. Our focus is on Christ and on caring for one another in good and bad times. We take comfort in Paul’s words that as singles we are better able to focus on how we can serve Christ. You are welcome to join us as we seek to follow Christ. We are always open to new participants. This Fall we will continue our study Journey of Faith based on Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”


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Tuckered Out Marrieds

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Location: L-42
For: Married couples with children through elementary school
Leader: Tory & Jen Tucker
Leader Phone: 330-284-6849
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible
Tuckered Out Marrieds is a group of married couples with younger children who are striving to transform ourselves, marriages, and families into Christ-likeness. Please join us for discussion about the ups and downs of marriage, raising children, and managing our professional lives!

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