Groups help us live into our values of community, conversation, and learning.

Small Groups are the very best way to connect and to grow in an intentional community of support. Anyone can host a Small Group, if they’re willing to gather some friends and lead a conversation. We focus on relationships, and we can help you find an inspiring curriculum or study guide.

Small Groups

“Good Grub Dinner Club” at the home of Dave and Cara McMorris

This summer, all are welcome to gather at the McMorris household for some good food and good times! All are invited to bring a dish that will serve 10-12 people, but never let the lack of a dish hinder your participation. Children and friends are always welcome!
Meeting: Sundays 6:00PM at 1303 Galway Ct. Normal beginning June 10th
Cara McMorris:

“Meet Me on the Porch” at the home of Devon Tracey

A monthly potluck for millenials in our congregation to come together and fellowship in small town home setting. Each gathering will be a potluck where we encourage you to bring a dish and the recipe because we all know how hard it is to think of things to cook throughout our busy lives. At each gathering we’ll eat, laugh, meditate on a particular scripture, and hopefully form some lasting friendships and nurture the existing ones. Our first gathering will be held on Monday, June 11th and the theme is family favorites! Please bring a favorite dish from your family tradition and keep it as simple or fancy as you like, much like HOPE strives to show love to ALL people, we feel the same way about ALL food! Please do indicate if your dish has nuts, and/or gluten, as well as meat ❤ Oh and…don’t hesitate to bring a friend!
Meeting: Three Mondays: June 11th, July 16th and August 13th 6-8pm 201 E 6th Street in Gridley, IL about 25 minutes outside of Bloomington
Devon Tracey:

“Prayer @ Hope”

We will explore together new prayer practices and possibilities as well as take the time for personal prayer and reflection for our lives, our church and the world in which we are called to live and to serve. This is an open, flexible and unstructured gathering time.
Meeting: Tuesdays 6-8PM at 1304 E. Empire St. Bloomington in Hope Prayer Room
Tricia Hermon:

“Pint Theology” led by Luke DeLong

The format is simple: beer, conversation, and faith. Pint Theology is an open group, so bring a friend and be ready to engage in conversation on varying social, religious, and philosophical beliefs as well as life experiences. Through examining the hard questions about faith, life, society and culture, the group will grow together as well as learn about their faith from one another. (Must be 21 years old. May be followed by BINGO @ The Bistro)
Meeting: Thursdays 7PM at the new Destihl Brewery
Luke DeLong:

“Walking the Road” led by Cara McMorris

End your week with fun, thoughtful and challenging theological conversation based on prompts from several books, including, “We Make the Road By Walking” By Brian McLaren.  Using a variety of writings as devotional prompts each week, we will gather to re-center our hearts on God in the midst of full lives. As we walk through life together, we will encourage and prayerfully support each other. No pre-reading. Come as often as you are able!
Meeting: Fridays 1-2:30PM at Ivy Lane Bakery in Bloomington, IL
Cara McMorris: