Community is a fruit of pursuing God together. We believe God created us to live in relationship with other followers of Christ... and only then can we live the full life He intends for us. Sharing life through community is part of our design, but meaningful relationships aren’t always easy to find. That’s why Small Groups exist—to make these life-changing relationships accessible to you.


What happens in a Small Group?
You’ve probably been part of a Small Group before, and didn’t even realize it! A Small Group looks like friends at lunch, teams playing basketball, or people studying a book or topic of interest. At its core, a Small Group is a small gathering of people circling up!  Honestly, it’s less about what you do and more about who you do it with. By joining a Small Group, you can expect to connect with others through a common activity, engage in life giving conversation and even be able to request prayer.

How often does a Small Group meet?
Small Groups generally meet once a week, but they start and stop several times throughout the year. This gives leaders a chance to take a break, and gives you a chance to find a new Small Group and meet some new friends if you’d like. Small Groups are meant to bring meaning and community into the flow of your life, so even if you can’t join every week, there is still great value in joining a Small Group.

How long does a typical Small Group stay together?
Most Small Groups meet for one semester, which is usually somewhere between 6 and 10 weeks. This way, new people can join Small Groups easily and regularly. Also, the semester format allows you to try multiple Small Groups each year. As relationships form, some Small Groups choose to stay together for consecutive semesters, but new members are always welcome.

Is childcare available?
Childcare varies from Small Group to Small Group. When you search the directory, each listing will indicate if childcare is available for that particular circle. *If you need additional assistance, please email

But...what if I don’t like the first Small Group I try?’re stuck. Of course we’re kidding!  The truth is, not everyone will find the best fit with the first Small Group they try. This is why we encourage you to find a few Small Groups that interest you, contact the leaders and try out a couple before settling on the best one for you. The simple strategy to finding success in Small Groups is to not give up. We believe there is a Small Group that is right for everyone—including you!


Check out some events we have to help you get connected with other believers at 5 Stones Church.