Registration for winter 2019 groups is now 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 spring 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, 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, Tuesdays, 7:30 PM - this group is at capacity; email email@example.com for more information.
Leaders: Advent Staff and Catechists
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.
Alpha, Tuesdays beginning January 22
Leaders: Mark and Pam Strandquist
Neighborhood: Columbia Heights
Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone is welcome.
The Anglican Way, Sundays (biweekly) at 3:00 PM
Leaders: Rev. Daniel Beilman and Jarrett Cohen
Neighborhood: Columbia Heights/Mount Pleasant
Do you long to know more about the Book of Common Prayer, where it came from and how to use it in your devotional life? Are you curious about what Anglicans believe? Do you have a creative side and enjoy hearing from great musicians and writers? In this new class we will walk alongside Anglicans past and present in exploring three aspects of the Anglican way: devotion, doctrine, and delight. Note: Priority registration will be given to those who have taken Advent Foundations.
Brentwood, Thursdays, 7:30 PM
Leaders: Brandt and Jenny Siegel
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 and Adriel Barrett-Johnson
This group is for those who find a weeknight group difficult to attend. Meeting twice a month on Saturdays, our group shares brunch, discusses a book (Liturgy of the Ordinary this semester), and prays the morning prayer together. We emphasize community, liturgy, good discussions, and of course, tasty food!
Cleveland Park, Thursdays, 7:00 PM
Leaders: Steve and Kate Gibbs
Neighborhood: Cleveland Park
Our group is striving to be a community for each other, providing friendship, support and care that will enrich our lives in DC.
In the upcoming year(s) we want to journey together, developing relationships and practices/disciplines that a) draw us closer to Jesus ("follow me"), b) help us become like Jesus ("disciples"), c) do what Jesus did ("co-laborers").
Columbia Heights/Mt. Pleasant, Thursdays, 7:00 PM
Leaders: Luke and Jill Shimek
Neighborhood: Mt. Pleasant
We're a neighborhood group that spends the first hour eating dinner together, then we move into a book discussion/Bible study/prayer time. This semester we will be honing our inductive Bible study skills (no previous experience with inductive study needed). We look to meld some lively discussion with a relaxed and regenerative atmosphere.
Edgewood, 2nd Saturday at 10:00 AM and 4th Wednesday at 7:30 PM
Leader: Jeff Simpson
Neighborhood: Edgewood and Petworth
The Edgewood Core Group meets together each 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. This spring we’ll be doing a study on Ruth and Esther.
Franklin Street, Wednesdays, 7:30 PM
Leaders: Jenifer Simpson and Mark Mugler
Neighborhood: Langdon Park
We enjoy a potluck dinner, read and discuss the Bible (no written homework or assignments required!), and have a lot of fun. This semester, we'll be studying the book of Acts.
God's Story: Women of the Old Testament, Mondays, 7:30 PM
Leaders: Elizabeth Sallie, Brittany Noetzel, Whitney Porter
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 scripture, 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.
Formerly Known as Logan Circle, Tuesdays, 7:30 PM
Leaders: Mollie Moore, Ryan Patch
We meet at Chris and Kylie Hoover's house, where they generously prepare dinner for us each week. We eat together and catch up, usually with some kind of question for everyone to answer, then we go through a study of some kind. This semester we will be continuing our study of Tim Keller and Katherine Leary Alsdorf's book on work, Every Good Endeavor, and/or will be reading another book together.
Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes, Wednesdays (2x/month), 7:00 PM
Leaders: Liz and Mason Laird
What was the world of the Bible really like? Join us as we seek to understand more deeply the person and significance of Jesus within the light of His actual historical and cultural setting. We will read and discuss Kenneth Bailey’s book Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes. Dessert and drinks will be provided each meeting.
Men's Ministry Brunches, Saturdays (1x/ month), 10:00 AM
Leaders: Ben Gunden, Andrew Thrash
The Men's Ministry holds monthly brunches for Advent men with fellowship, teaching, snd good food. This is a great way to get to know other guys at Advent. Information about each brunch is sent out over Advent Commons, so make sure you're signed up!
Mt. Pleasant (and Friends), Wednesdays, 7:00 PM
Leaders: Nate and 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.
North Petworth, Tuesdays, 7:00 PM
Leaders: Erin and Evan Sparks, Jen Richardson
Neighborhood: North Petworth/Brightwood Park
In our weekly meetings we typically share a collaborative meal then dive into a facilitated study and pray for our group and community. We will continue using Richard Foster's "Celebration of Discipline" to guide a Bible study and life applications intended to help us grow more deeply as followers of Jesus Christ. We also love to socialize outside of our weekly meetings, including games evenings, bike rides and weekend retreats. Many of us are neighbors in Petworth, although we welcome anyone to join.
Personal Finance, Wednesdays, 7:30 PM
Leaders: Deborah Tepley and Luke Jackson
In this deeply practical and theological Personal Finance Core Group, we will use the "MoneyWise" small group curriculum to study what God's word says about money and learn to use practical tools for daily personal finance. In this group, we'll cover God's purpose for money; lifestyle, spending and budgeting; debt; giving; and saving and investing. There will be weekly assignments. If you're learning how to manage your money, struggling to set up or follow a budget, trying to get out of debt, or wanting to learn how to save and invest more, this Core Group is for you!
Politics and the Bible, Mondays, 7:30 PM
Leaders: Walter Mead, Caleb Orr, Gil Barndollar
Neighborhood: Adams Morgan/Kalorama
We will focus on 1st and 2nd Samuel and 1st and 2nd Kings, and examine the interface between politics and religion in the ancient Hebrew kingdoms. Questions we will seek to explore collectively include:
- What is the relationship between the way the Bible describes the way politics and economics work and how does that contrast with the way we see things today?
- What is the relationship of the Bible to the social sciences — even including disciplines like history?
- What does God expect from us as citizens and members of a polity?
We don’t have a settled view on what the politics of the Bible are or what they mean for people today. The group will be exploratory rather than didactic and we, and the group members, will be going into it with the aim of deepening our knowledge and gaining new insights from Scripture and from each other.
Race, Class, and the Kingdom of God (Part II), Wednesdays, 7:00 PM
Leader: Lauren Hofer
Neighborhood: Mount Rainier
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 reconcililors in our relationships and community. Note: This group is limited to participants who have gone through the first class or are willing to review the materials prior to joining the group.
Takoma DC, Fridays (2x/month), 5:30 PM
Leaders: Allison and Coite Manuel
Neighborhood: Takoma Park
We are a 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.
Thomas Merton and Meditation, Wednesdays (3x/month), 7:30 PM - FULL GROUP
Leaders: Alex Leo, Craig Swandby
Neighborhood: Petworth and H Street NE
The Thomas Merton & Mediation Core Group meets three times a month to read and discuss Thomas Merton's No man is an Island. Each meeting will begin with meditation and end in prayer. Mediation is great for the decidedly not-chill: it'll be beginner friendly with some instruction and discussion for people that want to add this tool to their spiritual practices. Members are encouraged to bring snacks but we won't have full meals.