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
Wednesdays, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Room N-210, Downtown Campus
Starts: September 4
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.

Praying Moms of Prodigals
Mondays, 6:30pm
111 College St (formerly Elegant Gourmet)
Starts: September 9
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.

Women’s Cancer Support Group
1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 6:00pm-7:15pm
111 Church Street (formerly Elegant Gourmet)
Starts: September 18
Facilitator: Jodi Higgins
Friends and family can be supportive when you’ve received a cancer diagnosis or are going through the treatment process, but there’s nothing like having the support of others who have walked in your shoes….or are currently there. Be encouraged by other women and by focusing on the presence and purposes of Christ during this difficult time.

Heartstrings
The Following Wednesdays, 7pm: 8/21, 9/18, 10/16, 11/20, 12/18, 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 Accountability 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.

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]

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.

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 2nd Wednesday of every month, 6:15pm-7pm, N-213
Learn more about opportunities to mentor women or be mentored through our Upstate Women Mentoring Ministry.

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]
Young Adult Small Groups

Young Women (20’s-30’s)
Mondays 6:30pm-8:00pm
2nd floor, North Building
Facilitators: Devon Smith and Shelley Windsor
Get into the Word of God with other young women and grow your faith.

Coed Home Group (23-32yrs old)
Tuesdays 7:00pm-8:30pm
Join a community of young adults who want to have fun, discuss life, and encourage one another in their faith journey. For more information, contact Tom at 864-350-4515.

Men's Studies
Join Anytime! All are welcome!

Men's Study Group
33 The Series, Volume 4: A Man and His Work
6 Sessions* – Starts August 22
Thursdays, 6am - 7:15am
The Delta, Downtown Campus
Facilitators: Wally Harris, Jim Bledsoe, John Gordon
God created man to work, and His Word instructs men on how to engage and enjoy work. This study provides insight into some of the ways men can find both their best fit and fulfillment in work. *Study will continue into Volume 5.

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 book of Hebrews. Our goal is to grow in our knowledge and love for God and to help others in their walk.

Men's Prayer Group
1st & 3rd Monday mornings, 6:30am
Coach House Restaurant - Main Street Simpsonville
This is open to men of all ages at all of our campuses. It is a great way to connect to other men of our church!

Men’s Huddle Group: Kingdom Man by Tony Evans
Thursday evenings, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Upstate Church Harrison Bridge
Kick-off: September 21st at 4:30pm
Study Starts September 26th
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.

Women's Studies

Morning Break
Wednesdays 9:15am-11:15am
2nd Floor Auditorium, Downtown Campus
Fellowship and Registration: August 28th
Study Starts: September 4

Psalm 23 - The Shepherd With Me, Jennifer Rothschild
7 Sessions
Facilitator: Jean Harris
Gain fresh insight and encouragement from this beloved psalm. Explore the depths of God’s compassionate care throughout each season of life, while debunking the self-reliance myth.

Ephesians – The Church: Rooted in Love, Walking in Power - Precepts, Kay Arthur
10 Sessions
Facilitator: Beth Coker
We praise God for what He planned in eternity past and is waiting to reveal to you now through the study of His Word. Learn who and what you are in Christ and you’ll want to walk God’s ways the rest of your life.

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

20/20: Seen. Chosen. Sent, Christine Caine
7 sessions
August 28 – October 9
Wednesday 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Room N-209, Downtown Campus
Facilitator: Glenda Leary
You’ll develop a new understanding of how God sees you and has chosen you to help make Jesus’ name known on this planet.

Faithful, Abundant, True, Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer, Kay Arthur
7 Sessions
September 15 – October 27
Sunday, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Room N-209, Downtown Campus
Facilitator: Lisa Collie
God is faithful. His provision is abundant. His promises are true. Join these 3 ladies as they walk through Scripture to teach us how to live our lives embodying these attributes of God.

Pathways, Tony Evans
6 Sessions
October 20 – November 24
Sunday 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Room N-205, Downtown Campus
Facilitator: Georgina Mayfield
Take a close look at the Book of Esther and discover that God selected Esther for a particular purpose at a particular time in the history of His chosen people. And, just as God used Esther, He can use you.

Women's Small Group Bible Study: James
Mondays, 6:00pm
The Delta, Downtown Campus
Facilitator: Linda VanderBroek
Join us as we go verse by verse through the book of James. Feel free to come early and relax before we start. Bring a friend! All women welcome!

Parenting

Christ-Centered Parenting – Gospel Conversations On Complex Cultural Issues, Russell Moore & Phillip Bethancourt
6 Sessions
Starts: August 28
Wednesday, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Room N-208, Downtown Campus
Facilitators: Dustin & Sloan Dozier
Whether your kids are preschoolers, preteens, or young adults, you need to be prepared to help your children navigate the complex cultural issues of our day. You will examine these from a biblical framework, and be challenged to lead your family to engage the culture with the gospel of Christ.

Topical Studies

Ephesians, JD Grear
8 Sessions
August 28 – October 16
Wednesday, 6:0pm – 7:30pm
N-209, Downtown Campus
Facilitator: Matt Bradley
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.

Financial Peace, Dave Ramsey
New classes will start at our Downtown Campus in January, 2020
$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!