Registration for fall 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 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, Wednesdays, 7:30 PM
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.
Anglican Theologians: John Stott's Basic Christianity, Wednesdays (2x/month), 7:00 PM
Leaders: Liz and Mason Laird
Join us as we study some of the great minds of Anglicanism. This fall semester, we'll be taking a look at John Stott's Basic Christianity, a foundational (short) book outlining the...well...basics of Christianity. The group will meet every two weeks and will discuss 1-2 chapters per week. Stott's book is great for people new to the faith, older Christians who want to be reminded of the fundamentals, and those who are currently investigating the Christian faith.
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.
Cleveland Park, Thursdays, 7:00 PM
Leaders: Steve and Kate Gibbs
Neighborhood: Cleveland Park
We've been exploring living "Life Together" and how to be intentional about living "in-community" in DC. This semester, we're going to choose another book to study and discuss together.
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 on 1 John (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: Catie Kawchak
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. In addition to sharing a meal and group prayer, this semester we are using the study "The Gospel Centered Life."
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/Our Stories, Mondays, 7:30 PM - FULL GROUP
Leaders: Elizabeth Sallie, Brittany Noetzel, Whitney Porter
We will spend time together each week exploring a different story from the gospels that helps us better understand God’s story of redemption. We will also reflect together on our own stories and how they are similarly part of the story God is telling in the world, to us and to those around us. Through reading stories from scripture together (particularly the stories of the gospels and Jesus’ interactions with various women), we will seek to understand how God tells a story of redemption through every individual’s unique journey. The group is open to women from either Advent Parish. Between meetings, participants will be encouraged to reflect on the week’s passage and their stories using guided reflection questions. 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.
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 focusing on Tim Keller and Katherine Leary Alsdorf's book on work, Every Good Endeavor.
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. For this first semester 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. This fall, we are 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..
Petworth Bible Study, Wednesdays (3x/month), 7:30 PM - FULL GROUP
Leaders: Amy Leo, Cassandra Maximous
We will meditate on the metaphor that "God is our Shepherd" by reading Kenneth Bailey's The Good Shepherd: A Thousand-Year Journey from Psalm 23 to the New Testament. Group members will rotate bringing dinner, and we will occasionally meet near Mt. Vernon Square/Chinatown.
Race, Class, and the Kingdom of God, Wednesdays, 7:00 PM
Leader: Lauren Hofer
Neighborhood: Mount Ranier
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.
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.
Theology of Living in a City, Tuesdays (2x/month), 7:00 PM - CLOSED GROUP
Leaders: John and Hannah Forys
Why do you live in Washington, DC? We will be following the Book of Common Prayer's Evening Prayer liturgy and discussing what it means to live intentionally as Christians in a city. We will be reading the book Why Cities Matter by Um and Buzzard, using it as a resource to answer guiding questions such as "What does the Bible say about cities?", "How can I live intentionally in Washington, DC?", and "Why do I live in Washington, DC?" This group is open to people who have committed to living in DC for the long-term as well as those who are only here for a season.