Find support and laughter where you can feel a sense of belonging.
Grow in Your Faith
Grow in your relationship with God alongside people who resonate with same life experiences as you do.
Meet New Friends
Meaningful relationships are a result of Life Groups genuinely caring about one another through all seasons of life.
Host a Group
We are so thankful for the families who are hosting Life Groups in their homes throughout the area. Having a comfortable place to meet is essential in forming the best environment for people to grow relationally. When you host a group, your gift of hospitality creates the place where families can do life together.
Start a Group
Our group leaders are making a difference in lives of people every year! When you become a leader, our training will equip you with everything you need to get started. Plus, you can fill your group personally or connect with others looking for a group through the Find A Group search option.
Frequently Asked Questions about Life Groups
What is a Life Group?
Life Groups are an exciting way for you to meet and connect with others at James River Church! By meeting in homes across the area, Life Groups provide a fun-filled, relaxing environment for people to engage in meaningful relationships by doing life together. Life Groups are focused on building relationships, growing together in your walk with God and praying for one another. They make a big church feel small!
When do Life Groups meet?
Life Groups meet once a week typically on Sunday nights but some meet on other days throughout the week.
How are groups structured?
Life Groups are comprised of 10-14 people who meet weekly in homes all throughout the area. Groups are available for adults of all ages, stages of life, and spiritual maturity. To get started you will search for a group based on your stage of life (college, young married, young professionals, young families, parents of teens, men and women only groups, etc.). From there you can read the descriptions of the various groups to find a group that’s a good fit for you.
What is a typical Life Group meeting like?
Most groups have snacks or dinner each week so typically the group will begin by enjoying some good food. Then you would move into a time of talking about Sunday’s sermon followed by praying for one another’s needs. Groups also plan fun activities together such as Miniature Golf, Bowling, Sand Volleyball and of course Andy’s Frozen Custard.
What type of study does the Life Group follow?
Life Group discussions are centered on the current Sunday sermon at James River Church. This Sermon Based approach helps group members consider how the passage applies to their lives throughout the week.
What about childcare?
Not every group provides childcare but of those that do, some groups offer childcare at the home where they meet while others have childcare at a separate location. When inquiring about a group online, you can ask the leader how their group organizes with children.
Are Life Groups specific to campus?
Life Groups are not organized by campus. Most groups have members from all campuses, so when searching keep this in mind.
How do I join a Life Group?
Joining a Life Group is simple and done all online on our Find A Group website.
1. SEARCH: Search for a Life Group in your stage of life at jamesriver.org/lifegroups, then click “Find A Group.” (Groups are not organized by campus)
2. FIND: Find a Life Group to visit.
3. CONNECT: Connect with the Life Group by contacting the leader and visiting their group.
What if I don’t connect with the Life Group I visit?
Our goal at James River Church is to help you find meaningful relationships in which you can grow. We understand that it may take checking out two or three different groups to find the right fit. With that in mind, we encourage you to give each group a few weeks before trying a new one. It usually takes a few weeks for people to break the ice and begin connecting.
Be A Part of Life Groups Today
If there is one thing we know about Life Groups, it’s that you do not want to miss this opportunity! The laughter, support and growth that happens as a result of the time spent together in small groups is irreplaceable. Check it out for yourself.