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 9:00am-11:00am
2nd Floor Auditorium, Downtown Campus
Begins Wednesday, September 9th
To help us plan for social distancing, please register at this link - CLICK HERE!

Take Courage: A Study of Haggai, by Jennifer Rothschild
7 Sessions
Do you ever feel like the happy ending of your story is a million miles away? The prophet Haggai reminds us that we can take courage and continue on because God is with us. We are offering an in-person study group and a virtual study group via Zoom. Purchase study workbook on your own from Lifeway or Amazon prior to the first session. Limited childcare for in-person group, by registration only. (up to 5yrs old) Masks encouraged. 

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

New Evening Ladies Bible Study
Trustworthy: A Study of 1 & 2 Kings, by Lysa Terkeurst
6 Sessions
Starts September 20
Sundays 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Second Floor Auditorium, Downtown Campus
Are you exhausted trying to keep everything under control because you fear God won’t come through? Join the author as she explores the deeply personal and applicable Scriptures that will teach us how to truly trust God. This will be an in-person study group. Masks encouraged. Purchase study workbook on your own from Lifeway or Amazon prior to the first session.

Better: A Study of Hebrews, by Jen Wilkin
10 Sessions
Begins September 14
Mondays, 6:00pm
The Delta, Downtown Campus
Facilitator: Linda Vanderbroek
In this 10 week session, verse-by-verse study of the Book of Hebrews, explore how God “provided something better for us” in the person of Jesus Christ.

Men's Studies
Join Anytime! All are welcome!

NEW Men’s Thursday Morning Small Group
Thursday mornings, 6am-7:15am
The Delta | Downtown Campus
Starts September 10 meeting weekly via Zoom, and starting September 24 will meet in person and virtually.
Let's kick off the fall season by participating in discussion of the church-wide study, Oneness Embraced with Tony Evans.

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.

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.

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]