Registration for spring 2018 groups is open (register here!)
We meet regularly outside of our Sunday services in homes around the city to share meals, pray, study the Bible and serve our communities. Core Groups represent the core of our church community—the primary way to be involved at Advent. A list of our fall semester Core Groups is provided below.
How to Choose a Group That's right for you:
For more details about a group, go to the map below and click on the pin to see a longer description, or review the descriptions below. Note that pins with a check mark symbol are still open; those with an "x" have been filled to capacity and are currently closed. To choose the group that best suits you, use one of these methods to choose:
- Geographically: Choose a group that meets near your home or work.
- Calendar: Look for a day and time that fits your schedule.
- Topically: This semester, we are offering Advent Foundations, book and Bible studies, Financial Peace University, Alpha, a book study for women, and more. Think about whether a particular topic would be interesting or helpful to you.
- By Parish: You may prefer to attend a Core Group where you can meet people from the Parish that you attend. While none of our groups are exclusive to a particular Parish, those in the Northwest and in Virginia tend to attract people who attend our Columbia Heights Parish, while those in the Northeast typically attract those who attend our Brookland Parish. There are always exceptions to this (for example, men's and women's groups are often a mix of both Parishes), and you should feel free to register for any group, regardless of your Parish.
Advent Foundations, Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 PM
Leaders: Advent Staff and Catechists
Neighborhood: Mt. Pleasant
Advent Foundations explores three crucial questions for every Christian: What do we believe? How do I pray? How do I live? It draws on the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments to guide us and ground our faith. Foundations is open to anyone desiring to grow in their faith, even if they do not necessarily intend to become members of Church of the Advent. It is, however, a prerequisite for membership, as well as baptism, parents of infants being baptized, marriage, confirmation, reaffirmation of one’s Christian faith, and certain leadership positions within Church of the Advent.
Brentwood, Thursdays, 7:30 PM
Leaders: Will and Anna Craig
Meet for an easy dinner followed by evening prayer. The format and frequency are designed to keep participants engaged with each other and in the joy of prayer together.
Clarendon, Wednesdays, 7:30 PM
Leaders: Christina Rogers and Stuart Taylor
Neighborhood: Clarendon (Arlington)
The focus of the group is discipling Christians in deepening their walk with the Lord and hospitality and outreach to those who need the Lord and community. Each month will be structured with two weeks of study, one week of dinner, and one week off for the purpose of triads.
Cleveland Park, Thursdays, 7:30 PM
Leaders: Katie and Zach Hauser
Neighborhood: Cleveland Park
We will endeavor to grow together in Christian community through looking at scripture and theologians, and what they tell us about a faith lived out in authentic relationship among others. We hope to be challenged and put into action ways to walk in faith, doing life together as a community…with snacks of course!
Columbia Heights, Thursdays, 7:00 PM
Leaders: Becky Knooihuizen and Stephanie Buck
Neighborhood: Columbia Heights
We enjoy fellowship and truly sharing our lives with each other, sharing a meal, and diving into a good, thought-provoking study.
Edgewood, 2nd Saturday at 10:00 AM and 4th Wednesday at 7:30 PM
Leader: Catie Kawchak
Neighborhood: Edgewood and Petworth
The Edgewood Core group meets together on the second Saturday at 10am and the fourth Wednesday at 7:30 of every month. Our long-time core group adopted this schedule to meet the time constraints of our diverse Brookland and Columbia Heights attendees that live all over the city, Virginia and Maryland. Despite the busy lives of the parents, children, singles, and married couples in our group, our CG has committed to meeting regularly with each other to continue the Christian community we enjoy together. In addition to sharing a meal and group prayer, this semester we are doing the study "The Gospel Centered Life."
Franklin Street, Wednesdays, 7:30 PM
Leader: Audrey and Brock Adams, Luke Jackson
Neighborhood: Langdon Park
We have a mixture of singles, married couples, and couples with children (young and adult children). Our young children are generally in bed by the time we meet and parents are definitely able to have children sleep in our guest room while our Core Group meets. We share dinner and are going through a study of Mark.
The Gospel and Race, Wednesdays, 7:00 PM
Leader: Karynna Asao, Angie and David DeGroot
In this Core Group, we will investigate the history of race in our country, DC, and our neighborhoods; develop a Biblical theology of how racial reconciliation is a gospel imperative; and discover ways we at Church of the Advent can individually and corporately fight against racism, pursue racial reconciliation, and reflect our unity in Christ. Our Core Group is open to all and will meet Wednesdays, 7-9pm, in Petworth, starting January 17 and ending in May, with some exclusions for spring break and Easter holidays. This will be a high-commitment and high-investment group and include fellowship, evening prayer, discussion, and discipleship. There will be homework assigned between meetings. We highly encourage participants to attend regularly in order to build community and support for one other.
Liturgy and Life, Thursdays, 7:30 PM
Leaders: Brittany Noetzel and Elizabeth Sallie
How might the liturgy we practice corporately on Sundays and throughout the week with other Christians shape the way we live? Whether you’re brand new to liturgical life or well-seasoned in its rhythms, this class will aim to encourage us to pursue life with God more deeply and creatively through a wide range of spiritual practices found in our Anglican tradition. Our main guide will be Tish Harrison Warren’s Liturgy of the Ordinary, which we will read and discuss each week, along with selected passages of Scripture and a few other resources. We hope to create an atmosphere where we can experiment with spiritual formation practices, living a rule of life, and understanding sacramental theology alongside other women. Participants will need to purchase our main text. The group is open to women from either Advent parish. Given the nature of the group, we ask participants to commit to one another by attending all sessions to the best of their ability, with 1-2 absences at most. **This group is for women only.**
Logan Circle, Wednesdays, 7:00 PM
Leaders: Mollie Moore and Ryan Patch
Neighborhood: Logan Circle, downtown DC
We come together regularly to discuss scripture, share a meal, and pray together. The passages of scripture we will likely cover (either per season or just one for the entire year) would include: a study of David (select OT books), and/or Pauline epistles in the NT.
Monthly Men's Brunch, Saturdays monthly, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Leaders: Chad Bartlett, Andrew Thrash
A Men's Ministry sponsored event, the men of Advent gather monthly for brunch and a time to meet other men, enjoy fellowship, and eat breakfast together. These brunches often host special speakers. All men are welcome! Men who sign up for Advent Commons will be sent information on brunches each month, with a link to RSVP.
North Petworth, Tuesdays, 7:00 PM
Leaders: Drew and KC Hauge
Neighborhood: North Petworth/Brightwood Park
In our weekly meetings we typically share a collaborative dinner and then dive into a thoughtful study of the Word and pray for our group and community. We also love to socialize outside of our weekly meetings, including game nights, picnics and weekend retreats.
Petworth Parables, Wednesdays, 7:00 PM
Leaders: Amy and Alex Leo
Using Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes and other sources, we will study Jesus's parables. Members will be expected to read a chapter or article before each meeting to inform and enrich our discussion. Meetings will also include dinner, which will be provided by members on a rotating basis.
Prayer, Mondays, 7:30 PM
Leaders: TJ and Bethany Fleming
Our purpose is to learn and grow in prayer with those in the Advent community. Our group will meet for dinner (potluck—Excel spreadsheet style) and then transition to a topical study on different forms of prayer. After the first couple of weeks the "class" portion will be mostly practicum based. We will practice the forms of prayer as we learn about them! We are excited about the fruit that will come from this focus on prayer! **Priority admission will be given to members of the Eucharistic Prayer Ministry team.**
Refugees and Newcomers, Thursdays, 7:30 PM
Leaders: April Brady and Chad Bartlett
Neighborhood: Columbia Heights
This group has a missional focus on extending community to refugees, asylees, and immigrants in the greater DC area. Our group meets weekly for a time of bible study and prayer—and our main outreach is through hosting monthly international dinners.
Sex and The Gospel, Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 PM
Leaders: Rev. Thomas Hinson
This ten-week group will explore the concepts of sex and gender from both a philosophical and a biblical perspective, with an emphasis on equipping Christians to love their neighbors and live lives of missionary faithfulness. **Only those who have completed Foundations are eligible to participate.**
Takoma DC, Fridays (2x/month), 5:30-7:00 PM
Leaders: Allison and Coite Manuel
Neighborhood: Takoma Park
Mix of folks gathering for a simple meal, abbreviated evening prayer and sharing of joys/sorrows with some kids and infants rolling or running around.