Opportunities to Connect in Community
As we grow in our love for God the result is we grow in our love for people. God designed the church to be a community of Jesus-followers who show each other unconditional love, encouragement and care as we link arms to live as Jesus wants us to live. At Black Rock we resource four primary opportunities for intentional community.
STARTING POINT GROUPS
Starting Point is a group-based, conversational environment where people can explore faith and form relationships with others on a similar quest.
Starting Point is ideal for:
Seekers: Those who are curious about God, Jesus, the Bible, or Christianity.
Starters: Those who are new to a relationship with Christ.
Returners: Those who want to share their faith easily and naturally with
friends and neighbors.
Community Groups study the Bible together and encourage one another as they seek to apply spiritual truths to everyday life. These groups meet once a week for about two months at a time and are held in private homes throughout Southern Connecticut.
LIVING FREE RECOVERY GROUPS
God longs for us to experience freedom beyond what we can imagine, but often we are held back by the hurts in our lives. Living Free Recovery Groups provide a safe place to find healing, hope and support from the effects of abuse and trauma, abortion,childlessness and infant death, divorce, grief, and chemical or other dependencies.
Being the parent of a young child is time-consuming and sometimes isolating. Building relationships with other parents committed to following Jesus in their parenting strengthens families. Moms of the Rock and Fathers of Black Rock provide practical and spiritual input for this unique life stage.
We are dedicated to helping men grow into high-impact Christ followers through our Spiritual Development process of Worship, Community, Serving and Ownership. We encourage every man at Black Rock to actively engage in their own growth by attending weekly worship services, participating in a Community Group, regularly serving, and taking ownership of their walk with Christ.
We have designed several opportunities for men to be challenged and encouraged in their Christian walk. Some ownership opportunities geared towards men include weekly men’s Bible studies, Saturday morning prayer groups, a weekly golf league, quarterly men’s breakfasts, and an annual men’s retreat.
Want to learn more? Email us at to find out more, and to be included in future communications about men's events at Black Rock Church.
Men’s Ministry Schedule:
- Men of the Word Bible Study
Wednesday Mornings, 6:00–7:00 AM
Contact: Pete Schirmann - 203 673-9903
- Men’s Prayer at Covenant Church of Easton
Saturday Mornings, 6:00–8:00 AM
Contact: Dan McCandless - 203 255-3401 x 111
- “The Journey” Men’s Breakfast
Second Saturday each Month, 7:30–9:00 AM
Contact: Dave Swanson -
We are dedicated to helping women grow to full maturity in Christ through our Spiritual Development process of Worship, Community, Serving and Ownership.
Every woman at Black Rock Church is encouraged to actively engage in her own growth by attending weekly worship services, participating in a Community Group, regularly serving at Black Rock and taking advantage of our ownership growth opportunities. Click here to join a Community Group.
Some ownership opportunities geared toward women include quarterly connection breakfasts, occasional Bible studies, Moms of the Rock and special events such as retreats, seminars, workshops etc. Want to get involved with our women's connections? Contact for more detailed information and be sure to join The City to be included in communications about upcoming women’s connections.
Women’s Monday Night Bible Study // A Woman of Love // January 30
Women are invited to come learn about God’s unfailing love, building friendships, and loving others around us, from the book of Ruth. Meetings are casual, and run from 7:00-8:30 pm, Mondays starting January 30.
Moms of the Rock
Moms of the Rock is a program designed to help moms with children ages 0-grade 4 become the women, wives, and mothers God wants them to be. We meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month 9:25-11:30 am with childcare is provided for children up to age 5. To learn more, contact Sharon Lemke at . Cost is $60 per term. The Spring term is January-May 2017.
Moms in Prayer
Moms in Prayer International calls mothers around the world to passionately pray before God for the lives of their children and the schools they attend (from preschool to college). Black Rock’s Moms in Prayer group meets each Monday, from 7:15-8:15 pm in the Prayer Room. Come and join us as we seek God for our children! Contact Lori McArthur at for more information.
The mission of Black Rock's Marriage Ministry is to prepare and guide couples through the rigors and challenges of a lifelong commitment to a Christ-centered marriage. We desire for the couples in our church to reflect God’s beautiful design for marriage through all life stages, supporting and encouraging young and old married couples alike, and offering help to marriages that have been struggling and are in desperate need of restoration. For more information on any of these topics, click the button below, or get in touch with Bob Donovan at 203-255-3401 ext 113, or by emailing him at .
"Stay In Love" Marriage Seminar // starts February 12 @ 10:00AM
We all know what is required to fall in love: "a pulse," but many of us lose sight of how much effort and intention is required to stay in love once we fall in love over the course of a lifetime. If you would like to take a step to invest in your marriage please plan on joining Bob and Karen Donovan as they facilitate Andy Stanley’s 5-week DVD series "How to Stay in Love Once You Fall in Love" Sundays at 10:00am beginning February 12 in The Hub. Email Bob Donovan with any questions at . blackrock.org/marriage
Young At Heart
Young at Heart is a means for senior adults (55 years and older) to:
- Grow in the knowledge of Christ through Bible study
- Serve others through nursing home music ministry, making quilts for missionaries, knitting and crocheting items for babies of unwed mothers, and through many other means
- Enjoy Christian fellowship with others from many different communities and churches
- Meet people and be a witness to those who do not know Jesus Christ
- Participate in monthly social activities
This group consists of over 200 senior adults, and meets the first Friday of each month from September to June for a pot luck meal and fellowship. For additional information, contact Sharon Lemke at 203.400.3406, or call the Young at Heart Helpline at 203 255-3401 extension 124. This is the group you have been looking for, and we hope to see you at our next event.