Life Groups are designed for students to:

  • Receive personal discipleship from individuals with spiritual maturity
  • Experience differing degrees of Christian community
  • Develop a more personal relationship with Jesus Christ by studying Scripture, asking questions, and engaging in discussions.

Each Life Group topic and description has been decided upon by the leader.

Life Groups aim to help students know, love, and serve Jesus Christ by providing personal settings focused on Biblical Study, Spiritual Disciplines, and Faith Integration.

The Three Streams of Life Groups

BIBLICAL STUDY

Biblical Study Life Groups embrace and dig into the biblical story through making observations, interpretations, and developing applications of the Scriptures. Studying Scriptures help us gain insights into God, our relationship with others, and creation.

SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES

Spiritual Discipline Life Groups focus on the use and practice of spiritual disciplines as a means for helping students be attentive to the Holy Spirit's work. Content is focused on the historical and biblical teaching of various spiritual disciplines and their function and purpose in ongoing spiritual formation.

FAITH INTEGRATION

Faith Integration Life Groups expose students to foundational principles of Christian faith that inform a theology of life, work, and play. Students will learn healthy, holy rhythms that reflect the Holy Spirit's work in our life and community.

Open and Closed Life Groups

Some Life Groups are closed to specific groups of students across campus where other "open" Life Groups are open to all students.

Please refer questions about attendance to the leader or to the Spiritual Formation Office

Life Group Season officially launches the week of September 11 and runs through the week of november14!

FIND YOUR GROUP!

Fall 2022 Life Groups

Please refer to the Malone Events Calendar for more information and specific dates for each group.


Open Life Groups

The Names of Jesus

Marva Hoopes

 

Bible Study

 

Come explore the many names of Jesus given in Scripture. Discover how these names tell us more about who Jesus is, and how this applies to our lives today. This group meets Sunday at 7pm at the Hoopes home. See calendar appointment for more details. 

Commuter Life Group

Karly Bruce

 

Spiritual Disciplines

 

Meet other Malone commuter students for a place of mutual connection, community and intentional bible study! This semester we will be discussing different aspects of prayer. This group meets Monday at 10:05am in the Stewart Room or Bennett Lounge in the Barn. Check calendar for exact location. 

Let's Talk

Windy Singo Olanga Oyougou

 

Bible Study

 

This is a biblical study of two sided topics in the Bible. This group will meet every other Monday at 10:05am in CC 104.

Book of Mark: Entering the Questions

Melody Scott

 

Bible Study

 

A small band of people gather around the fireplace to share food and discuss the short stories about Jesus in the book of Mark. Deep conversations and real questions right where you are. This group meets Monday at 6:30PM in Myers Lounge. 

The Well

Shawn Yost

 

Bible Study

 

Join us for a time of building Christ-like community. We will study God’s Word and discuss how we can apply it to our lives. There will also be food, a variety of optional activities and time to connect with friends. Our goal is to encourage you, no matter where you are in your faith journey. Come be refreshed at The Well. This group meets Monday at 6:30pm at First Friends Gym.

Dance and Devotions

Bekah Stranger

 

Faith Integration

 

This Life Group is for both dancers and those who have always wanted to learn how to dance! Each session will open with a devotion and discussion, and then transition into dance. This year, we are focusing more on choreography, and plan on presenting a short showcase for anyone who would like to perform at the end of the semester! This group meets on Monday at 8pm in the Pioneer Room (Osborne Hall).

Sitting at the Table

Esther Elliott

 

Faith Integration

 

Sitting At The Table is an interactive discussion on what the Bible says about community and how Christians should engage and fellowship with one another and the world. This group meets every other Tuesday at 10:30 AM in CC 104. See calendar for more details.

 

Bible Reading and Scripture Memorization

Jason Courter

 

Bible Study/Spiritual Disciplines

Have a desire to grow in your faith or to learn more about faith but don’t know where to start? Come and explore the practices of Bible reading and scripture memorization and see how these habits can help strengthen your faith and provide you with strength to face each day. This group meets on Tuesdays at 11:15 in Mitchell Hall 107. 

Women in the Bible

Emma Shaw and Rebecca Cooley

 

Bible Study

 

This Life Group meets in Blossom Hall and will be studying a different woman in the Bible each gathering and discussing what their story can teach us today. This group meets on Tuesday at 8pm in the Blossom 3rd floor lounge.

Jesus Is

Devin Galbraith

 

Bible Study

 

"Jesus Is" is all about diving into God's word and discovering the kind of life Jesus has called us to live. Each week, we'll read a chapter from the Gospels, and discuss it as a group to see how it applies to our lives today. This group meets on Tuesday at 9pm in the Stewart Room (The Barn). 

Planet Stewardship

Lauren Seifert and Rebecca Eagle-Malone

 

Faith Integration

 

This Life Group is focused on integrating lessons from Scripture about integration of faith with caring for the planet and others. This group meets Wednesday at 1pm in the Psychology Vivarium.

Wellness Journaling

Sam Hier + Joyce Byler

 

Faith Integration

 

This Life Group serves as a way to introduce people to a new form of mental wellness through journaling and some discussion at the end. Journal prompts will serve as a way to be reflective about your relationship with yourself and God. Bring a journal if you have one! This group meets on Wednesday at 7:15pm in Emma's Café (The Barn). 

Heritage Hall Life Group

John Evin

 

Bible Study

 

Heritage Hall Life Group is a weekly gathering where we come together and study the word of God. This group is studying the book of Proverbs this semester. This group meets on Wednesday at 8pm in the Heritage Hall first floor lounge at the end of the hall. 

Coffee Conversations: Spiritual Life at Different Life Stages

Amy Rozko 

 

Spiritual Disciplines

 

Coffee Conversations with feature discussions and interviews with people from the local community where they discuss how they connect with God and spiritual disciplines! This group is hosted by a local pastor and guests will vary in age and life stage each week. If you’d like to nominate someone to come as a guest please email Amy at amy@firstchurchcanton.com. This group meets on Thursday at 10:30am in the Stewart Room (The Barn).

Hope Connections

Megan Tschantz

 

Faith Integration

 

This Life Group is offered through the CSS to connect students to hope by learning ways to cope with mental health issues in a safe community. We will engage in discussion about mental health and our identity in Christ and provide time for further fellowship through weekly dinner opportunities. This group meets on Thursday at 4pm in the Stewart Room (The Barn).

The Book of Jonah

Zane Keele

 

Bible Study

 

In depth study on the book of Jonah with Eric Mason’s series on RightNow Media where we will learn about God and our desperate need for Him. As a group, the goal will be to fellowship with one another, and grow together by applying what we learn. This group will meet on Thursday at 5pm in Fox Hall First Floor Lounge.

Nothing Personal

Kris Hankins + Windy Singo Olanga Oyougou

 

Faith Integration

 

Acknowledging that Malone is a Predominately White Institution, this Life Group shines light on the struggles this brings to the minority student. This discussion-based Life Group will provide students a safe space to comfortably navigate and discuss uncomfortable topics through a Biblical lens, including but not limited to issues of racial inequality. This group meets every other Thursday at 8pm in the Multicultural Services Office. See calendar appointment for additional details.

Morning Prayer

David Beer

 

Spiritual Disciplines

 

Morning prayer is a spiritual discipline of the Christian church that has been practiced since the early church. It orients the day around worship and praise of God and serves as a daily practice of Bible reading as well. It reminds Christians that we are not only part of a historic faith, but also a global faith that shares together in faithful practices and shared prayers. This group meets on Friday at 10am in the Deuble Room (Centennial Center).

Closed Life Groups

Women's Cross Country // Closed

Kendall Anenson

 

Faith Integration

 

A closed life group for the cross country women’s team to learn and discuss Gods word together and experience fellowship within faith based conversation outside of our typical running workouts.

Worship Arts LG // Closed

Adam Pearce

 

Faith Integration

 

This closed Life Group for the Worship Teams will focus on deepening our heart connection with our Heavenly father and living a life devoted to creative expressions of worship and sharing the gospel both on stage and off. This semester, the group will focus on worship song writing.

 

Women's Volleyball // Closed

CC Gurney

 

Bible Study

This is a closed Life Group for the Women's Volleyball Team. Gather together outside of normal practice times to study the book of Esther and discuss what it looks like to read the scriptures and connect it to everyday life.

 

Swim Team Life Group: Next Gen // Closed

Nick Wertz

 

Bible Study/Faith Integration

 

This closed Life Group for the Swimming Team that will discuss questions about faith and life.

E-Sports Life Group // Closed

Andrew Boak

 

Bible Study

 

This Life Group is for the E-sports team. This semester they will focus on going through the book of Hebrews.

Baseball Team // Closed

Tim Haverstock + Danny Miller

 

Faith Integration

 

This is a closed Life group for the Baseball Team. Gather together outside of normal practice. This group meets every other Thursday at 7pm in the Silk Room (MH 101).

Women's Soccer Team // Closed

Bailey Shattell + Natalie Martorana + Emily Calvani

 

Bible Study

 

A place for the Women's Soccer Team to meet intentionally outside of normal practice times.