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.

Women's Studies

Morning Break
Wednesdays 9:15am-11:15am
2nd Floor Auditorium, Downtown Campus
Fellowship and Registration: January 15th
Study Starts: January 22nd

Limited childcare available by registration only - CLICK HERE!

Conversation Peace, by Mary Kassian
7 Sessions
Facilitator: Jean Harris
Each week, you will be introduced to one powerful speech-transforming element for communication from God’s Word. This study will help revolutionize your speech habits and improve your relationships.

Mark – The Gospel of Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of Man – Precept Upon Precept, by Kay Arthur
9 Sessions
Facilitator: Melonee Lechleiter
The most important question you will ever answer is this: Who do you believe Jesus Christ is? Mark’s account of Jesus’ life gives you the answer. As you learn to carefully observe Mark’s report, you’ll discover that Jesus left no doubt about whom He claimed to be.

Young Mom's Bible Study - Breathing Room, Sandra Stanley
8 Sessions
EVERY OTHER Tuesday 9:15am - 11:15am
Begins: January 14
January 14, 28, February 11, 25, March 10, 31, April 7, 21, May 12?
2nd Floor Auditorium / Downtown Campus
Facilitators: Natalie Evans & Amanda Arledge
Limited childcare available by registration only - CLICK HERE!
You’re multitasking your way through motherhood filling your calendar, draining your bank account, and missing out on memories along the way. With one surprisingly simple invitation, God offers a way to trade your overwhelming pace for one that will finally bring you peace.

Evening Edition ~~ Check times and locations below for evening groups

Young Women (20's-30's) - Jude: Contending for the Faith in Today's Culture, Jackie Hill Perry
7 Sessions
Starts January 20th
Mondays 6:30pm - 8:00pm
2nd Floor North Building, Downtown Campus
Facilitator: Devon Smith and Shelley Windsor
Dive into themes of being called, loved, and kept, and learn how to point others to Jesus in grace and truth. We serve others well when we share the whole gospel with them, not just the parts deemed attractive by our culture.

Finding God Faithful, Kelly Minter
8 Sessions
January 15 - March 4
Sunday 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Room N-209, Downtown Campus
Facilitator: Glenda Leary
Trace the path of Joseph’s life in the Book of Genesis to observe how God’s sovereignty reigns, even in our darkest moments. Learn to recognize when God is working during periods of waiting, trust God’s plan when life doesn’t make sense, and rest in the sufficiency of His presence in every circumstance.

Chasing Vines, Beth Moore
7 Sessions
February 16 - March 22
Sundays, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Room N-205, Downtown Campus
Facilitator: Georgina Mayfield
God delights in watching things grow. The land of the vineyard holds the secret for how we can have a more abundant and meaningful life. By tracing this metaphor through Scripture, discover how every part of our own lives – even in the rockiest, most difficult soil – is used by God to make a difference for His Kingdom.

Esther, Beth Moore
10 Sessions
January 26 - March 29
Sundays, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Room N-209, Downtown Campus
Facilitator: Lisa Collie
Esther, while a queen, lived as an outsider in a hostile environment. Through this study we will learn strong lessons of faith, providence, and hope to equip us to live courageously “for such a time as this.”

Ruth: Love, Loss, and Legacy, Kelly Minter
6 Sessions
Starts January 13
Mondays, 6:00pm
The Delta, Downtown Campus
Facilitator: Linda VanderBroek
Dive into the virtuous character of Ruth, her unique relationship with her mother-in-law Naomi, and her blossoming love with Boaz. If you’ve ever felt devastated, struggled as a stranger, longed to be loved, or wept along the way, you’ll find a loyal sister in Ruth.

Men's Studies
Join Anytime! All are welcome!

Men's Study Group
33 The Series, Volume 5: A Man and His Marriage*
Thursdays, 6am - 7:15am
The Delta, Downtown Campus
Facilitators: Wally Harris, Jim Bledsoe, John Gordon
God created marriage, and His Word instructs men on His vision and design. This study provides insight into how men and women are equal, but not the same. *Study will continue into Volume 6.

Thursday Evening Men’s Bible Study
Thursday evenings, 6:15pm-7:30pm
Room N-213, Downtown Campus
Facilitators: Gerry Barlik, Mike Christon
Join us as we go verse by verse through the Bible. Our goal is to grow in our knowledge and love for God and to help others in their walk.

Men’s Huddle Group: Kingdom Man by Tony Evans
Thursday evenings, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Upstate Church Harrison Bridge
Facilitator: Larry Luba
Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Prov 27:17)
Join with other men and be challenged and equipped to fully understand your position under God as well as your position over what God has given you. The study provides concepts men can follow that will help you to actively pursue ways to maximize and develop the character qualities of biblical manhood in your life.

Parenting

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, by Kristen Welch
12 Sessions
Starts: January 15
Wednesday, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Room N-208, Downtown Campus
Facilitators: Lane and Vicki Porter
It’s never too late to raise grateful kids. Get ready to cultivate a spirit of genuine appreciation and create a Jesus-centered home in which your kids don’t just say – but actually mean – “thank you” for everything they have.

Marriage Studies

Becoming Our Best Us, Ted Lowe
5 Sessions
Starts January 15th
Wednesdays, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Room N-207, Downtown Campus
Facilitators: Andy and Cindy McCraw
Every married couple is unique. They’re an US. And, whether they are loving their US, wondering if there 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.

With
5 Sessions
Starts March 4
Wednesdays, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Room N-207, Downtown Campus
Facilitators: Jim and Diane Bledsoe
Married Couples are with each other, but are they really WITH each other? Connection is something that takes intentionality and goes beyond proximity. Couples will learn to make the most of their WITH time by tackling some of the challenges that disconnect them.

Topical Studies

The Person of the Holy Spirit and the Spiritual Gifts
12 Sessions
Starts January 15
Wednesday, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Second Floor Auditorium, Downtown Campus
Facilitator: Val Knowles
Have you ever felt unsure of how or where you fit into the body of Christ? Have you been asked to serve in ways that just made you feel uneasy, ineffective or lacking in the joy of service that you long for? It could be that you aren’t serving through the spiritual gift you were given at salvation. Knowing for sure and truly understanding your giftedness can totally change your life and set you free to serve in the power of the Holy Spirit as God intends.

Financial Peace University, Dave Ramsey
9 Sessions
Starts January 15th - March 11th
Wednesdays, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Room N-203, Downtown Campus
Facilitators: Jeff Jennings
$100 Fee for materials. First session is a FREE orientation.
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!

Singles Small Group

Ninety: A Journey through the Life of Jesus, Andy Stanley
10 Sessions
Starts January 12
Sundays, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
The Delta, Downtown Campus
Facilitator: Lindsey Dangerfield
In just three years, Jesus flipped the script on religion and created space for everyone. We can all make some space to consider or maybe reconsider just what Jesus did and, more importantly, why. Ninety is a sermon series, with accompanying discussion guide, designed to touch on the significant events in Jesus’ life.

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.

Woman to Woman Mentoring Information Learn more about opportunities to mentor women or be mentored through our Upstate Women Mentoring Ministry. Contact Bonnie Chiles ([email protected]) for more information.

EQUIP Training
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]
Forever Families
Wednesdays, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Room N-210, Downtown Campus
Facilitator: Jessica Platt
This is a support group for foster and adoptive parents. Meets weekly with training the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month.

Heartstrings
The Following Wednesdays, 7pm: 1/15, 2/19, 3/11, 3/21 (RETREAT), 4/8, 5/20
Dining Room, 1st floor of Worship Center North Building
Contact Jan James, [email protected]; Alice Ann Holman, [email protected]
This is a faith-based encouragement group for mothers who have experienced the death of a child. The theme for this year,“Our Hope of Healing Grace.”

Men’s Addiction-Recovery Support Group
Mondays, 6:00-7:30pm
College Street Café, Downtown Campus
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.

Praying Moms of Prodigals
Mondays, 6:30pm
111 Church St. (formerly Elegant Gourmet)
Facilitator: Juditha Chapman
More than likely we all at one time or another fall into the “prodigal” category.  When it’s our teenager or adult children, it can be extra painful.  The worse thing we can do is isolate ourselves or think we’re the only one who is struggling with this.  Join with other moms and find encouragement and support through God’s Word, praying, and walking through it with one another.

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]