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
1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 6pm - 7:30pm
Room N-210, North Building, Downtown Campus
This is a support group for foster and adoptive parents.
Facilitator: Brenda Stephens

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
Join us for a time of fellowship, January 16 at 9:15am. Books can be purchased at this time. We have two studies available during Morning Break -

Rachel & Leah - Nicki Koziarz
January 23 - February 27
6 sessions
Facilitator: Jean Harris
Learn what two sisters can teach us about combatting comparison. Unpack the twisting, turning tale of these two sisters and allow God to bring healing and freedom to your life through the truth of His Word.

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
All Things New - Kelly Minter
Wednesdays, 6pm
January 16 - March 6
8 Sessions
Room N-209, North Building, Downtown Campus
Facilitator: Glenda Leary
Through Paul's letter of 2 Corinthians, we will explore the anchoring truths of bearing treasures in jars of clay, meeting Christ through a pressing thorn, opening wide our hearts in the midst of hurtful relationships, and embracing the lost and lonely among us, as ministers of a new covenant.

Finding I Am - Lysa Terkeurst
Sundays, 6pm
January 20 - February 24
6 Sessions
Room N-205, North Building, Downtown Campus
Facilitator: Georgina Mayfield
Through the streets of Israel we will explore the seven I AM statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. We will learn to embrace the life-giving freedom and personal fulfillment God wants for us, while understanding how Jesus' words 2,000 years ago are very applicable to the answers we are searching for today.

It's Not Supposed to Be This Way - Lysa Terkeurst
Sundays, 6pm
January 27 - March 3
6 Sessions
Room N-209, North Building, Downtown Campus
Facilitator: Lisa Collie
Reality often ends up so very far from the life we long for, doesn't it? Bible teacher Lysa TerKeurst deeply understands daily disappointments and life­altering loss. By walking through her own valley, she's discovered that in God we can find unexpected strength as we wrestle well between our faith and feelings.

NEW Small Group Book Study for Single Moms!!
My Single Mom Life: Stories and Practical Lessons for Your Journey, by Angela Thomas

Wednesdays at 6pm-7:30pm
Beginning March 13th
The Crossing (Glass room behind the elevators, 2nd floor), 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!

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.

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.