New Church groups are all about bringing people together for spiritual connection and community. There’s something deeply satisfying and fulfilling about building spiritual relationships with the Lord, the Word, and with each other in person or through a live online presence. Gain understanding and empathy. Get closer to the heart and soul. Feel recharged and renewed.
Check out the groups listed here. Most are online (via Zoom). A few are in-person only. For details about a group and its leader, contact us at email@example.com or (267) 508-2124. Also, would you like to have your group listed here? Let us know!
Becoming: A Women's Support Group
Led by Charlotte Gyllenhaal | Thursdays 8 pm ET | Online
We are constantly growing, changing, evolving - becoming. Join us as we explore the process together! This group is currently full. If you are interested in joining a waitlist, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bible Deeper Study
Led by Rev. Jean Atta | Wednesdays 6:30 pm MT | Online
Choose Joy Now
Led by Clark Echols | Tuesdays 7:30 pm beginning January 30 and Sundays 9:00 am beginning February 4 | Alpharetta, GA
The Choose Joy Now program is for people who want to develop spiritually; who want to be more loving, better equipped to help others in their growth and healing, and more present and accepting of life and its challenges. Each week you will be given a spiritual task to practice. Each session includes a guided meditation, discussions of experiences from the previous week, and exploration of the next week's experience. No prior experience is required and all are welcome. These groups consist of up to 13 people meeting once a week for 8 weeks.
Led by John Odhner and Mary Valentine | Thursdays 7:30 pm ET | Online
Have you found value in Swedenborg's books and their approach to God, heaven, the Bible, and spiritual life? This group is for you! We discuss passages from the Bible and Swedenborg, and invite everyone to share their own perspectives, questions, or insights. The meeting generally lasts two hours, but you are welcome to join for any portion of that time. Email email@example.com or join on Zoom.
Heaven and Hell
Led by Rev. Jean Atta | Mondays 6 pm MT | Online
Would you like to know more about Heaven and Hell? Join this group! Come explore and discuss with us - link to source material below. We look forward to having you! Access the book online here. Join on Zoom or contact Jean at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Inflowing Mental Life
Led by Grant Odhner | Tuesdays once a month 8 pm GMT+1 | Online
In this class we will explore a selection from Emanuel Swedenborg's "Arcana Coelestia" where he discusses our "inflowing mental life." It is a fascinating look at the nature of our mind—of the fact that our affections and thoughts inflow from the spiritual world, through spirits and angels associated with us. This concept provides us with tools to understand and work with the Lord in freeing us from evil and connecting us with sources of heavenly life. The reading will take six classes. To access the readings or join the next class, please email email@example.com.
Read, Share, Pray
Led by Nathan and Elise Gladish | Wednesdays 8 pm ET | Online
This one-hour weekly group experience is an opportunity to get to know the Lord's Word and one another better by exploring what the Lord teaches us and praying for help in applying what we learn to our daily lives. Read the Word and the works of Swedenborg, share insights with each other, and pray for help to do the Lord's will. Contact us to learn more firstname.lastname@example.org or join on Zoom.
Reading the Gospels
Led by Rev. Andy Dibb | Thursdays 7:30 pm ET | Online
Join Andy Dibb on a walk through the gospels! All are welcome, so grab your Bible and come along as we read and discuss the New Testament. See you there! Join on Zoom or reach out to Andy at email@example.com.
Reading and Understanding Arcana Caelestia
Scripture Study Class
Led by Rev Jared Buss | 4th Thursdays at 7:30 pm ET | Pittsburgh New Church
This class is simply about gathering to read the Word together, and pausing to discuss and reflect on its meaning and application to our lives. Contact Rev Jared at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Swedenborg Book Study
Led by Nathan Gladish | Twice monthly on Thursdays 8 pm ET | Online
Join us to study books by Emanuel Swedenborg and learn from each other's thoughtful questions and comments. We follow a schedule of readings for each meeting. Pastor Nathan Gladish hosts this open-ended discussion with lots of participation. We welcome anyone with an interest in this amazing theological approach. For more information or a schedule of readings and meeting dates, contact Nathan at email@example.com. To join the Zoom call, click here.
That Was Then, This is Now - Caring for our Elderly Parents
Led by Nina Cooper Dewees | 2nd Wednesdays 7:15 pm ET | Online
After helping to care for her own mom in the final years of her life, Nina realized how significant and challenging this chapter of life can be for caregivers. This group supports those caring for their aging parents by creating a space to check-in, share experiences, and discuss various topics. Contact us to get in touch with Nina, and she will add you to the reminder email list and give you the zoom link: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young Adults Group
Led by Jacob Olsen | Mondays 8:30 pm ET | Online
This group meets on Disccord to discuss the "topic of the day," which is anything of interest that the group would like to chat about on that given Monday. To learn more or attend a meeting, contact Jake at email@example.com.
What We Do
- Help you find or create a New Church group that fits your spiritual interests and needs, because we believe the world needs more spiritually oriented community-building groups.
- Provide guidance and support to help leaders and groups succeed in their goals. Our simple, powerful methods of building community in groups are based on decades of experience by collaborative leaders.
- Offer web-based resources as well as personalized leadership training and mentoring. We share time-tested recommendations that encourage and empower people to find or create spiritual community in groups.
Why Do We Care?
- We want you to enjoy what Jesus promised His disciples: “Where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20)
- We want you to experience spiritual life in relationship with others: “All the life a person has comes from the Lord by way of communities.” (Emanuel Swedenborg, Arcana Coelestia 8794)
- We are eager to help you make heavenly community a down-to-earth part of your daily life!
- Whether you recently learned about the New Church or you are already involved in a congregation, we hope participating in New Church groups will bring you added blessings.