Register for fall 2019 Core Groups.

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. Questions? Email:

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:

  • Location: Choose a group that meets near your home or work.

  • Time: Look for a day and time that fits your schedule.

  • Topic: This semester, we are offering Advent Foundations, book and Bible studies, a Bible study for women, and more. Think about whether a particular topic would be interesting or helpful to you.

Advent Foundations I, Tuesdays, 7:30 PM ~ FULL

Advent Foundations II, Thursdays, 7:30 PM
Leaders: Advent Staff & Catechists
Neighborhoods: Woodridge & Queens Chapel

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.

Anglican Study Group, Mondays (2x/month), 7:00 PM ~ FULL
Leaders: Walter Russell Mead, Gil Barndollar & Jarrett Cohen
Neighborhood: Adams Morgan/Kalorama

The group seeks to ground Adventers more deeply in the rich world of Anglican theological, cultural, and spiritual traditions by reading and discussing a variety of historical, literary, devotional, and theological texts ranging from Archbishop Cranmer’s collects, the KJV, and John Donne’s poems and sermons through modern Anglican writers like C.S. Lewis, T.S. Eliot and W.H. Auden. At dinners (prepared or provided by members taking turns) members will share their personal and spiritual journeys before shifting to a discussion of the works being read. Note: Priority registration will be given to those who have taken Advent Foundations. Children are welcome.

Brentwood, Thursdays, 7:30 PM
Leaders: Anika Smith, Julia Bramon, Garrett Bradford, Matt Kuniholm
Neighborhood: Brentwood

Meet for an easy dinner followed by Evening Prayer. The format and frequency are designed to keep things simple, emphasizing relationships with one other and in the joy of prayer together.

Brunch, Books, and Liturgy, Saturdays (2x/month), 9:30 AM
Leaders: Josh Cutherell & Adriel Barrett-Johnson
Neighborhood: Edgewood/Bloomingdale

This group is for those who find a weeknight group difficult to attend. We meet twice a month on Saturdays. Our group shares brunch, discusses a thought-provoking book (this fall, we’ll read James K.A. Smith's book You Are What You Love), and prays the morning prayer together. We emphasize community, liturgy, good discussions, and of course, tasty food! Children welcome.

Cleveland Park, Wednesdays, 7:00 PM
Leaders: Steve & Kate Gibbs
Neighborhood: Cleveland Park

We are attempting to be a community for each other, developing friendships that foster being together more than just on nights that we meet as a group. During our Core Group sessions we share a meal, share stories, discuss a chapter from a book (this fall our group’s book is God is Stranger by Krish Kandiah), and pray for each other. Children are welcome.

Columbia Heights/Mt. Pleasant, Thursdays, 7:00 PM
Leaders: Luke Shimek
Neighborhood: Mt. Pleasant

Our Core Group focuses on building community by sharing a meal, praying together, and reading the Bible inductively. This semester we are going to read through four major events in the life of King David, and then compare our insights with those found in Walter Brueggemann’s David's Truth.

Edgewood, 2nd Saturdays at 10:00 AM & 4th Wednesdays at 7:30 PM
Leader: Chris Holby
Neighborhood: Edgewood & Petworth

The Edgewood/Petworth Core Group meets together every month on the second Saturday at 10:00 AM and the fourth Wednesday at 7:30 PM. Our long-time Core Group adopted this schedule to meet the time constraints of our diverse Brookland and Columbia Heights attendees who live all over the city, Virginia and Maryland. Despite the busy lives of the parents, children, singles, and married couples who attend, our Core Group 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 plan to share personal testimonies about our journey to faith. Children are welcome.

Franklin Street, Wednesdays, 7:30 PM
Leaders: Jenifer Simpson & Mark Mugler
Neighborhood: Langdon Park

We enjoy fellowship, dinner, Bible study and prayer, and sometimes evening prayer. We will be studying Paul's Letters, growing in our understanding of the early church, and exploring what all of it means for us today. Infants are welcome.

God's Story: Women of the Old Testament (Part 2), Mondays, 7:30 PM
Leaders: Elizabeth Sallie, Brittany Noetzel & Whitney Porter
Neighborhood: Brookland

Each week after the Eucharist, we pray a corporate prayer of thanksgiving that the broken fragments of our stories are gathered up in the story of redemption we find in Jesus. This group will meet weekly to better understand this truth by engaging the story of redemption we find in the stories of women in the Old Testament, as well as looking together at our own stories of redemption through prayer and practices of spiritual direction. We will spend time together each week exploring a different story from the Old Testament that helps us better understand God’s work of redemption. We will also spend time in directed prayer and reflection on how we are similarly part of the story God is telling in the world, to us and to those around us. This is a women-only group. Infants are welcome.

Hillcrest Bible Study, Wednesdays (2x/month), 6:30 PM
Leaders: Elyse & Jake Anderson
Neighborhood: Hillcrest

This group will start with a family friendly potluck, followed by an hour of bible study and discussion. We will focus on the book of Acts, seeking to grow in our understanding of the Holy Spirit at work in the early church and in our lives today. We also intend to open this up to our neighbors/community more broadly. Children are welcome.

Mt. Pleasant (and Friends), Wednesdays, 7:00 PM
Leaders: Nate & Jeannie Rose Barksdale, Ana-Maria Sinitean
Neighborhood: Mt. Pleasant

We are a neighborhood group that aims to learn and grow together in engaging our surrounding community and extending the equality of the communion table to the rest of the week. Through study, prayer, fellowship, discussion, and experiential learning and service, we will see what the Gospel says about the issues of our day, learn from diverse perspectives, and strive to be the hands and feet of Christ in our neighborhood and city. We will rotate facilitating discussions on these topics using a book as a guide. This semester, we are going to study scripture together to grow deeper in knowledge and love for God and neighbor, and to guide us in practicing living out that love in tangible ways.

Petworth, Tuesdays, 7:00 PM, Noon gatherings on 1st or 2nd Sundays
Leaders: Erin & Evan Sparks
Neighborhood: North Petworth/Brightwood Park

We are a neighborhood group made up of married couples, singles, and families with kids. Many of us are neighbors in Petworth, although we welcome anyone to join. This fall we are meeting on Tuesdays from 7 to 9pm, and sharing a collaborative meal. For our study, we will read a passage of scripture, followed by a related selection from Dietrich Bonhoeffer's "Meditations on the Cross," after which we will spend time praying for our group members and community. On the first or second Sunday of each month, we will meet at noon instead of our Tuesday meeting, which will help us better integrate the several kids and parents who are part of our group. We also love to socialize outside of our weekly meetings, including games evenings, bike rides and weekend retreats. Metro Accessible via Georgia Avenue/Petworth Metro + 62/63 Metrobus. Children are welcome.  

Race, Class, and the Kingdom of God, Wednesdays (2x/month), 7:30 PM
Leaders: Claire Buxton & John Forys
Neighborhood: Brookland

With courage, grace, and imagination this group will pray, listen, and learn about God's vision for justice and how to have fruitful conversations about race, class, and justice. Our aim is to be transformed by the gospel so that we can be effective reconciliators in our relationships and community.

Takoma DC, Saturdays (2x/month), 10:00 AM
Leaders: Hilary & Paul Perkins
Neighborhood: Takoma Park

A Saturday morning gathering of families with young children and anyone who is fine with a lot of kid interruptions. We gather bi-weekly for brunch and anticipate a brief time of prayer and sharing, with the understanding that in certain seasons of life, the most we can do is simply show up. If that’s your season, this group is for you! Children are welcome.

Thomas Merton and Meditation, Wednesdays (3x/month), 7:30 PM
Leaders: Craig Swandby
Neighborhood: Chinatown & H Street NE

We read Thomas Merton's "No Man is an Island" out loud and practice meditation together. The reading is not efficient at all and is driven each week by discussion. We made it through four chapters last semester... We're convinced you can join mid-book without any issues and without back reading if you don't have the time. We begin each meeting with a meditation in order to learn or practice something new. No experience is necessary! Children are welcome. Group closes after start date.