Focused Groups are available to help you learn what it means to be a Christ follower and part of a local church, deepen your understanding of God’s Word, and train to help others grow in their walk with God. These are also great ways to get to know others and do life together.

Forever Families
Meets every Wednesday
Training every 1st and 3rd Wednesdays
6pm - 7:30pm
Room N-210, North Building, Downtown Campus
This is a support group for foster and adoptive parents. Gain wisdom, support and encouragement from other foster and adoptive parents.

Heartstrings
Contact Jan James, [email protected]; Alice Ann Holman, [email protected]
Dates: 1/16, 2/20, 3/30 (Retreat), 4/10, 5/8.
Dining Room, 1st floor of Worship Center North Building
This is a faith-based encouragement group for mothers who have experienced the death of a child. The theme for this yea, "Life After the Storm", based on the book by Jan Harrison

Men's Addiction - Recovery Support Group
Mondays, 6:00-7:30pm, College Street Café
Join a group of guys who are supporting each other through alcohol and drug addiction while holding one another accountable to live the life God has called them to and challenged them to live. Open to men of all ages. Facilitator: Bram Porter.

Widow's Support Group: Alone Together
Support and fellowship for women who have lost their spouse and/or are alone.
Contact Nancy Anderson at [email protected] or Martha Bridges at [email protected]

Discover Membership Class: If you’ve recently joined the church and want to discover what church membership is all about and how to get involved, we want to invite you to our Discover Membership class. Call the church office (967-8591) or email Ashley Moore, our Connections Minister at [email protected]

The Journey: Individual discipleship and mentoring for new believers or those wanting to learn what it means to be a Christ follower.
Call the church office (967-8591) or email [email protected] to sign up.
Women's Studies

Morning Break
Wednesdays, 9:15am
2nd Floor Auditorium, North Building, Downtown Campus
We have two studies available during Morning Break -

Proven: Where Christ’s Abundance Meets Our Great Need - Jennie Allen
March 13 - May 8
8 sessions
This is an 8-week study (starting March 13) through the gospel of John that will help participants discover thirsty hearts are only satisfied by the living water of Jesus Himself. Registration is required to reserve childcare and/or a workbook.

Face-to-Face With a Holy God - Kay Arthur & Pete DeLacy
January 23 - May 1
13 Sessions
Facilitator: Beth Coker & Rita Badding
Through an inductive study of the book of Isaiah, you will discover how you, like Isaiah, can stand strong in the face of attack, persevere in a faithful walk with God, and claim the tremendous promises He has provided.

PLEASE NOTE: Limited childcare is available for Morning Break studies and registration is required. Please click here to register your child.

Evening Edition
NEW Small Group Book Study for Single Moms!!
My Single Mom Life: Stories and Practical Lessons for Your Journey - by Angela Thomas
Wednesdays, 6pm - 7:30pm
Beginning March 13
The Crossing, North Building, Downtown Campus
God has given Angela Thomas a passionate desire . . . to live an amazing life, even while raising four kids as a single mom. In this book she shares her hard-earned wisdom on loneliness, dating, finances, and parenting, encouraging every solo mom. ALL Single Moms welcome! NOTE: Participants should purchase “My Single Mom Life” book for the first session.

Anointed Transformed Redeemed by Priscilla Shirer, Beth Moore, and Kay Arthur
Sundays, 6pm - 7:30pm
March 17 - May 5
Room N-209, North Building, Downtown Campus
Join Priscilla Shirer, Beth Moore, and Kay Arthur as they explore the life of David and how it relates to their journey and ours.

NEW Small Group Study for Young Women (20’s-30’s)!!
Comparison Trap: Choosing Contentment in an Age of Awareness - Andy & Sandra Stanley
Tuesdays, 6:30pm
March 26 - April 16
4 Sessions
The Crossing, North Building, Downtown Campus
Comparison is never-ending and exhausting. The temptation to compare is as near as your next chat with a friend, trip to the store, or check-in on social media. And whether you come out on top or come up lacking, there is simply no win in comparison. It’s a trap. NOTE: For the first meeting, participants should purchase “Comparison Trap: A 28-Day Devotional” that goes with the study. (Available on Amazon.)

Just Open the Door: A Study of Biblical Hospitality - Jen Schmidt
Wenesdays, 6pm - 7:30pm
Beginning March 20th
7 Sessions
Room N-209, North Building, Downtown Campus
Hospitality is one of the best ways to live out the two greatest commandments: loving God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself. Over 7 sessions, we’ll look to Jesus as our model for hospitality.

Men's Studies

Men's Fraternity - 33 The Series, Vol. 2: A Man and His Story
Thursdays at 6am
January 10
6 Sessions
The Delta, Downtown Campus
Facilitators: Jamie Ginn & John Gordon
In the pursuit of authentic manhood, every man must understand and come to grips with the defining moments and key relationships that have shaped his unique "story." In this volume, men explore their stories through a biblical perspective. With help from experts and regular guys, they will be equipped to learn from their past, come alive in their present, and enjoy God's best in the future. Study will continue into Volume 3.

1 John
Thursdays, 6pm - 7:30pm
Beginning March 14
N-213, North Building, Downtown Campus
Join us as we go verse by verse through the book of 1 John. ALL men welcome! Join any time!

Parenting

Shepherding a Child's Heart - Tedd Tripp
Wednesday, 6:15pm
January 16 - May 1
15 Sessions
Room N - 208, North Building, Downtown Campus
Facilitators: Ashley and Cindy Smith
Dr. Tedd Tripp draws on his 30 years' experience as a pastor, counselor, school administrator and father to teach us clear, biblical, and practical ways to speak to the heart of our children. The study takes us through the core content of his book by the same name.

The Family Toolbox: Learn How to Parent Your Teen's Heart - Dr. Scott Turanski & Joanne Miller, RN, BSN
Wednesday, 6pm
February 13 - April 3
8 Sessions
Room N - 205, North Building, Downtown Campus
Facilitators: Jan Kneeland
Those parents who are successful with their teens use a variety of tools. In The Family Toolbox, you'll learn several practical strategies that reach the heart of a child instead of relying on rewards and punishment to get through the day. It's targeted for parents of teens and is useful with preteens as well. The suggested target age is between 10 and 18 years of age. (Material developed by The National Center for Biblical Parenting)

Marriage Studies

Becoming Our Best Us - Ted Lowe
5 Sessions
NOTE TWO OPTIONS FOR MEETING
Wednesday, 6pm
January 16 - February 13
Room N - 206, North Building, Downtown Campus
Facilitators: Juan and Rosa Rivera
or
Sundays, 4:30pm
January 20 - February 24
2nd Floor, North Building, Downtown Campus
Facilitators: Rhett & Kelly Burney
Every married couple is unique. They're an US. And whether they are loving their US, wondering if their US is going to make it, or somewhere in between, every couple at some level wants to become their best US. There are some great marital habits that empower all of us -specifically four core habits that come from the Bible that can help every couple become their best US.

Topical Studies

Financial Peace - Dave Ramsey
Wednesdays, 6pm
January 16 - March 13
9 Sessions
Room N-203, North Building, Downtown Campus
Facilitator: Jeff Jennings
We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!
NOTE: $100 Fee for materials. First session is a FREE orientation.

Colossians - Louie Giglio
Thursdays, 6:15pm
January 17 - March 7
8 Sessions
Room N-209, North Building, Downtown Campus
Facilitator: Marty Windsor
What we believe about Jesus influences everything from our corporate worship to our relationships, to our attitude toward sin. Now alive in Christ, we can live a life worthy of God instead of falling back into the ways of the world.

Other Groups

"New to the Upstate" Home Group
Begins January 19
1st & 3rd Saturday of each month at 5:30pm
Will meet at the Home of the Petersons in Five Forks
Facilitators: Tyrone and Rachel Peterson, Andy and Jan Kneeland
If you're new to the Upstate, meet and build relationships with others who are new. Questions, please email Kathy at [email protected]

Making Disciples Who Make Disciples

Mentor Training:
Walk alongside a new believer as they discover what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. "The Journey" curriculum follows a biblical, intentional, and systematic approach to discipleship. If you are interested in learning more, contact Kathy Robinson at [email protected]

Leadership Training:
If you are currently serving in a leadership position or desire to do so, attend one of our quarterly leadership trainings led by our FBS staff. Contact Ashley Moore for more info, [email protected]
Christian Writer’s Group: Cross 'n Pens
Meets the 2nd Thursday of every month, from 9:00am-12:00pm in the Delta at our Downtown Campus.
Facilitator: Tammy Karasek.
Have you felt God’s nudge to write for ministry and/or publication? This group is populated with publishing industry professionals who can help new and established writers navigate and find God’s specific calling on your life. For more info, visit our website: www.crossnpens.blogspot.com.