Connect in a Group

DEVELOP LIFE-GIVING RELATIONSHIPS

God designed us to live in intentional community.

  • Gather regularly to build life-giving relationships with other Christ followers
  • Equip yourself and others through studying Scripture together 
  • Mobilize to put into action love for each other and the world

Types of Groups

Community Groups meet regularly throughout the year in various towns across the area to study the Bible and encourage one another as they seek to apply spiritual truths to everyday life.

Support Groups (Living Free groups) provide a safe place to find healing, hope, and support for various life challenges including grief, divorce, anxiety, substance abuse, and more. For confidential guidance about joining a Living Free group, contact care@blackrock.org

 

Topic-based Groups meet for a set number of weeks and focus on specific areas of study. Options range from groups for those building their faith foundation to those eager to take a deeper dive in a focus area such as Bible study skills, theology, or leadership development. 

New/Restarting Faith Groups: Are you recently starting or restarting to live as a follower of Jesus? These groups will allow you to grow alongside others who are at the same stage in their faith. You’ll be able to ask questions, receive guidance, and build Gospel-centered relationships.

Group Finder

STEP 1:

Use the filters to narrow the options by checking and unchecking boxes. We recommend doing this on a desktop computer versus a mobile phone.

STEP 2:

View the narrowed group list that matches your selections. You can always uncheck boxes to try a different search.

STEP 3:

Click the yellow sign-up button to sign up!

Note: Family-friendly indicates childcare may be an option and/or children are welcome to attend.

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- FEATURED - Christianity Explored: a study in Mark

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Sunday
Group Type: Topic-Based, New/Restarting Faith
Family-friendly: Yes
Group Duration: Oct. 2 - Nov. 13
Time: 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Discover foundational beliefs of Christianity through God’s story told in the Bible. This conversational setting gives you time and space to think about the big questions of life and to explore the life of the person at the heart of the Christian faith – Jesus Christ. Discover the real Jesus on a 7-week journey through the Gospel of Mark.


- FEATURED - Discipleship Explored: a study in Philippians

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Sunday
Group Type: Topic-Based, Other
Family-friendly: Yes
Group Duration: Oct. 2 - Nov. 20
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us for 8 sessions as we discover how to live with wholehearted confidence in Christ as we study the book of Philippians.

*’Family-friendly’: care and learning spaces for children through Kids Ministry Sunday School program.


- FEATURED - Seeing the Gospel: the good news story of the Bible

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Sunday
Group Type: Topic-Based, New/Restarting Faith
Family-friendly: Yes
Group Duration: Oct. 2 - Oct. 23
Time: 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Understand and apply the Bible’s story of humanity as created by God, separated from Him by sin, rescued by Jesus, and restored to a relationship with God through faith.

*’Family-friendly’: care and learning spaces for children through Kids Ministry programs.


- FEATURED - Sharing Your Faith With Confidence

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Sunday
Group Type: Topic-Based, Other
Family-friendly: Yes
Group Duration: Oct. 2 - Nov. 20
Time: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

What does Christian witness look like today? How do we talk about Jesus even when it’s tough? The topic of evangelism often evokes dread rather than delight and guilt rather than gratefulness. And yet, our evangelistic witness may be the greatest reflection of our relationship with God. This group is designed to guide believers to participate joyfully in the evangelistic mission of the local church.

*Family-friendly: child care provided through Black Rock’s Kids Church.


- Help Me Find a Group -

Location: Black Rock Church, Bridgeport/Stratford, Fairfield, Milford/Orange, Monroe/Newtown, Shelton/Valley, Trumbull, Stamford, Westport/Norwalk, Online
Day of Week: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Group Type: Community, Support, Topic-Based, New/Restarting Faith, Other
Family-friendly: Yes, No

Not sure what group to pick? Click the button below, share a little info about what you’re looking for, and we’ll get back to you in a few days with some group suggestions.


Anxious For Nothing (Men) - Living Free Support

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Thursday
Group Type: Support
Family-friendly: Yes
Group Duration: Sept. 29 - Dec. 8
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This group helps men move past anxiety, worry and isolation into a greater sense of well-being. In a relational, supportive setting, group members will find that they don’t need to deal with these issues alone. As men accept the truth that it’s not God’s plan for them to live anxious, stressful lives, they will learn how to grow closer to Jesus in everyday life and experience greater freedom to live Anxious for Nothing.

Family Friendly: childcare available upon request.


Anxious For Nothing (Women) - Living Free Support

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Thursday
Group Type: Support
Family-friendly: Yes
Group Duration: Sept. 29 - Dec. 8
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This group focuses on helping women who are struggling with the debilitating effects of anxiety and depression. The goal is to facilitate growth and trust in God’s restoring power as the ultimate source of freedom. Participants complete a weekly study as they meet for discussion, prayer and sharing in a safe, supportive environment. As group members grow and heal, they can, in turn, strengthen others who are facing the same challenges. This group may be especially helpful as you seek to cope with the ongoing effects of the pandemic.

*Family-friendly: child care available upon request.


Breaking Free From Anger (Men) - Living Free Support

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Thursday
Group Type: Support
Family-friendly: Yes
Group Duration: Sept. 29 - Dec. 8
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

A group for men who are seeking a better life by living out their God-given roles in the family, with friends, and at work. This group also deals with the challenges of anger, anxiety, depression, and other issues. By viewing DVDs and engaging in open, truthful discussions in a safe environment, group members will discover tools to help them courageously live out their calling as godly men.

*Family-friendly: childcare available upon request.


Community Group - Aurelia

Location: Bridgeport/Stratford
Day of Week: Wednesday
Group Type: Community
Family-friendly: No
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

This group for men and women meets weekly, located in Stratford on Warner Hill Rd. Click the sign up button to be connected with the group leader.


Community Group - Barker

Location: Fairfield
Day of Week: Monday
Group Type: Community
Family-friendly: No
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This group for men and women meets weekly in Fairfield and is located near Round Hill Rd and West Languth Rd. Click the sign up button to be connected with the group leader.


Community Group - Barns/Dykhouse

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Sunday
Group Type: Community
Family-friendly: Yes
Time: 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

This Westport-based group for men and women currently meets on Sundays at church. Click the sign up button to be connected with the group leader.

*Family-friendly: child care provided through Black Rock’s Sunday morning Kids’ Church.


Community Group - Coles

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Monday
Group Type: Community
Family-friendly: No
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This group of senior adult (55+) men and women meets weekly at Black Rock Church. Click the sign up button to be connected with the group leader.


Community Group - Feay

Location: Fairfield
Day of Week: Tuesday
Group Type: Community
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This Community Group for men and women is located near Black Rock Church, making it a great option for parents of students attending Black Rock’s Fusion High School Ministry.


Community Group - Hoopes

Location: Milford/Orange
Day of Week: Monday
Group Type: Community
Family-friendly: No
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This group for men and women meets weekly, located in Milford near Sandpiper Crest & Merwin Ave. Click the sign up button to be connected with the group leader.


Community Group - House

Location: Bridgeport/Stratford
Day of Week: Wednesday
Group Type: Community
Family-friendly: No
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

This group for men and women meets weekly in Stratford, near the intersection of Long Brook Ave and Poplar Street. Click the sign up button to be connected with the group leader.


Community Group - Passarelle

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Thursday
Group Type: Community
Family-friendly: No
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This group for men and women meets weekly at Black Rock Church. Click the sign up button to be connected with the group leader.


Community Group - Quintero

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Friday
Group Type: Community
Family-friendly: No
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

This group for men and women meets weekly at Black Rock Church. Click the sign up button to be connected with the group leader.


Community Group - Rowlett

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Tuesday
Group Type: Community
Family-friendly: No
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

This group of senior adult (55+) men and women meets weekly at Black Rock Church. Click the sign up button to be connected with the group leader.


Community Group - Schirmann

Location: Fairfield, Online
Day of Week: Wednesday
Group Type: Community
Family-friendly: No
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This group for men and women meets weekly online until further notice. When meetings return to in-person they will be held in Fairfield near Stillson Rd and the Oaks. Click the sign up button to be connected with the group leader.


Community Group - Thorne

Location: Fairfield
Day of Week: Thursday
Group Type: Community
Family-friendly: No
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

This group for men and women meets weekly in Fairfield and is located near Old Academy and Mine Hill Rd. Click the sign up button to be connected with the group leader.


Community Group (Women) - Linevitch

Location: Bridgeport/Stratford, Online
Day of Week: Wednesday
Group Type: Community
Family-friendly: No
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This Bridgeport-based group for women currently meets online via Zoom. Click the sign up button to be connected with the group leader.


DivorceCare - Living Free Support

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Thursday
Group Type: Support
Family-friendly: Yes
Group Duration: Sept. 29 - Dec. 8
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Separation and divorce are among life’s most painful and stressful experiences. It’s a confusing time when people may feel isolated and have questions about issues they’ve never before faced. DivorceCare meets weekly to help you manage these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. A video seminar featuring interviews, real life case studies and other helpful tools is followed by group discussion with time to share about what’s going on in your personal journey as you receive support from the group.

*Family-friendly: child care available upon request.


Faith & Fellowship - Adult Bible Study

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Sunday
Group Type: Topic-Based
Family-friendly: No
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

A Sunday morning topical Bible study and discussion paired with conversation and prayer. This group is geared toward Seniors (55+). Signing up is not required for this group, but you can let us know you’re interested by clicking the button below.


Fearless on the Front Lines - Living Free Support

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Thursday
Group Type: Support
Family-friendly: Yes
Group Duration: Sept. 29 - Dec. 8
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This group for First Responders provides help and support for anxiety, depression, PTSD, relational breakdowns, thoughts of self harm, and other side effects of the high stress, pressurized world for those on the front lines. Group members will be equipped with tools to help them more effectively manage these issues, resulting in greater peace and wellbeing. As the group focuses on shared experiences, isolation and loneliness will be replaced with mutual support and understanding. Participants will also learn about the importance of spirituality and a personal relationship with God as the key to managing the demands of their roles in healthy ways.

*Family-friendly: child care available upon request.


Financial Peace University

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Sunday
Group Type: Topic-Based, Other
Family-friendly: Yes
Group Duration: Jan. 29 - April 2 2023
Time: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

A nine-session study aimed at helping participants create a budget, get out of debt, and make a financial plan, so they can be better stewards of resources God has entrusted to them. The fall 2022 term registration is full, Click below to sign up for the Winter 2023 term.

‘Family-friendly’: care and learning spaces for children through Kids Ministry Sunday School program.


For Men Only - Living Free Support

Location: Online
Day of Week: Thursday
Group Type: Support
Family-friendly: Yes
Group Duration: Sept. 29 - Dec. 8
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

FMO provides a safe place for men who are struggling with any compulsive personal purity issues which are being acted out in unhealthy ways. The focus is on helping group members to grow through community as men encourage and support one another in a non- judgmental environment that helps build accountability. By developing healthy boundaries and a growing surrender to Jesus Christ, participants can avoid relapses and experience lasting victory in their lives.


Grieving With Hope DAY - Living Free Support

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Wednesday
Group Type: Support
Family-friendly: No
Group Duration: Sept. 28 - Dec. 7
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

If you’ve suffered the passing of a family member or friend, it may be difficult to feel optimistic about the future. This can be a frustrating, lonely time as you face concerns for which there are no easy answers. Grieving with Hope will help you work through these issues and move toward rebuilding hope. Videos featuring interviews with grief and recovery specialists, real life case studies and other helpful tools are followed by group discussion with time to share about what’s going on in your personal journey as you receive support from the group. Help is available for those dealing with grief and trauma during the pandemic.


Grieving With Hope NIGHT - Living Free Support

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Thursday
Group Type: Support
Family-friendly: Yes
Group Duration: Sept. 29 - Dec. 8
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

If you’ve suffered the passing of a family member or friend, it may be difficult to feel optimistic about the future. This can be a frustrating, lonely time as you face concerns for which there are no easy answers. Grieving with Hope will help you work through these issues and move toward rebuilding hope. Videos featuring interviews with grief and recovery specialists, real life case studies and other helpful tools are followed by group discussion with time to share about what’s going on in your personal journey as you receive support from the group. Help is available for those dealing with grief and trauma during the pandemic.

*Family-friendly: child care available upon request.


Hannah's Hope - Living Free Support

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Thursday
Group Type: Support
Family-friendly: Yes
Group Duration: TBD
Time: TBD

This group supports women who have suffered the passing of an infant due to miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death and those who are struggling with the heartache of infertility. Group members will find a safe place to move through the grieving process in a relational setting where healing can begin. Through study, discussion and prayer, women can encourage one another as they experience renewed hope for the future. The meeting time for this group is flexible and will be based on the availability of those who express interest. If you are interested, but not sure you can attend, click the sign up button to let us know.

*Family-friendly: child care available upon request.


Individualized Discipleship

Location: Black Rock Church, Online
Day of Week: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Group Type: New/Restarting Faith
Family-friendly: Yes
Time: Varies

Staff-arranged groups of 2 or 3 people sharing and learning together to follow Jesus. A great option if you are new to following Jesus and would like guidance on growing your relationship with Him. Meeting time and location is flexible.


Kairos - Adult Bible Study

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Sunday
Group Type: Topic-Based
Family-friendly: Yes
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

A Sunday morning topical Bible study and discussion. Signing up is not required for this group, but you can let us know you’re interested by clicking the button below. ‘Family-friendly’: care and learning spaces for children through Kids Ministry Sunday School program.


LEAD 2.0 (evening)

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Wednesday
Group Type: Topic-Based, Other
Group Duration: Oct. 5 - Nov. 23
Time: 6:45 PM - 8:00 PM

LEAD 2.0 is an 8-week seminar designed to help you become a Christ-like leader inside and outside the church. The course focuses on three areas of leadership development: spiritual disciplines of a leader, character of a leader, and skills of a leader.


LEAD 2.0 (morning)

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Sunday
Group Type: Topic-Based, Other
Group Duration: Oct. 2 - Nov. 20
Time: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

LEAD 2.0 is an 8-week seminar designed to help you become a Christ-like leader inside and outside the church. The course focuses on three areas of leadership development: spiritual disciplines of a leader, character of a leader, and skills of a leader.


Living Free 1.0 - Living Free Support

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Thursday
Group Type: Support
Family-friendly: Yes
Group Duration: Sept. 29 - Dec. 8
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This group is for people who are ready to get in touch with the roots of their compulsive struggles which keep them from experiencing God’s freedom in their lives. If you know that you need help but aren’t sure which Living Free group to join, Living Free 1.0 would be a great starting point for you. Group members will learn together how to let God buy back (redeem) the pain of their past as they watch Him actually reverse past hurts to bring personal healing and hope. Our goal is to better understand why God has allowed our past wounds and present scars as we discover how He can turn our pain into His amazing plan for our lives.

*Family-friendly: child care available upon request.


Men's Bible Study

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Wednesday
Group Type: Topic-Based
Family-friendly: Yes
Group Duration: Sept. 7 - Dec.
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join other men for a 12-week study of the book of Galatians and discuss how God’s Word applies to your life.

*Meeting schedule follows the Thrive middle school ministry calendar.

*Family-friendly: care for kids in grades K-8 is available through our Wednesday night programs.


Moms in Prayer

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Tuesday
Group Type: Support, Topic-Based, Other
Family-friendly: Yes
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Part of Moms in Prayer International, this group meets weekly, following the Fusion High School ministry calendar on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.


Moms of the Rock (MOR)

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Tuesday
Group Type: Topic-Based, Other
Family-friendly: Yes
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Twice a month gatherings (2nd and 4th Tuesday mornings) designed for moms of young children to equip them to thrive personally as they raise their children to follow Jesus.


Neighborliness (in person group)

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Sunday
Group Type: Topic-Based
Family-friendly: Yes
Group Duration: Oct. 2 - Nov. 13
Time: 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

As part of our renewed emphasis on serving in the community being an expected part of following Jesus, this discussion group offers practical ways we can show Jesus’ love to those different from ourselves. Through story and Scripture, Pastor David Docusen’s accessible new book Neighborliness suggests ways that we can better live out God’s love in our everyday lives.


Neighborliness (zoom group)

Location: Online
Day of Week: Thursday
Group Type: Topic-Based
Group Duration: Oct. 6 - Nov. 17
Time: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

As part of our renewed emphasis on serving in the community being an expected part of following Jesus, this discussion group offers practical ways we can show Jesus’ love to those different from ourselves. Through story and Scripture, Pastor David Docusen’s accessible new book Neighborliness suggests ways that we can better live out God’s love in our everyday lives.


Sanctuary - Young Adults

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Sunday
Group Type: Other
Family-friendly: No
Time: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Black Rock’s Sanctuary Service is geared toward our young adult community. Find out more about Sanctuary’s Sunday evening service and small group opportunities at blackrock.org/sanctuary. If you’d like to contact a Sanctuary leader, click the sign up button below.


Seniors of the Rock

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Friday
Group Type: Topic-Based, Other
Family-friendly: No
Group Duration: Sept.- June
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Our senior adult community (55 years & older) meets for luncheons on the 1st Friday of each month (Sept-June). The SOR focus is on building supportive relationships that help seniors grow as Christ-followers. SOR also hosts special activities throughout the year.


Single Moms Support

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Sunday
Group Type: Support, Topic-Based
Family-friendly: Yes
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This group supports single moms and their families through affirming relationships, encouragement from the Bible, and building practical life skills. Meets on the third Sunday each month.


Steps to Freedom (for Families) - Living Free Support

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Thursday
Group Type: Support
Family-friendly: Yes
Group Duration: Sept. 29 - Dec. 8
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This group focuses on supporting those whose lives have been affected by the chemical dependency struggles of family members and friends. As group members support one another, learn healthy coping tools and turn to God’s truth for healing and understanding, they will experience hope to face the future with greater confidence. Group participants will grow in their ability to identify and develop healthy strategies for coping with misplaced guilt, shame and enabling behaviors as they learn to more effectively support their loved one’s recovery.

*Family-friendly: child care available upon request.


Steps to Freedom (Men) - Living Free Support

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Thursday
Group Type: Support
Family-friendly: Yes
Group Duration: Sept. 29 - Dec. 8
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Using the proven Higher Ground approach, this group provides Christ-centered recovery and relational support to men who are seeking freedom from the life challenging issues of alcohol, or other chemical dependencies. Recovery is based on surrender to our Higher Power, Jesus Christ. In a confidential, safe setting, participants are freed to share struggles and breakthroughs as they build healthy relationships with God, themselves and others.

*Family-friendly: child care available upon request.

 


Steps to Freedom (Women) - Living Free Support

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Thursday
Group Type: Support
Family-friendly: Yes
Group Duration: Sept. 29 - Dec. 8
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Using the proven Higher Ground approach, this group provides Christ-centered recovery and relational support to women who are seeking freedom from the life challenging issues of alcohol, or other chemical dependencies. Recovery is based on surrender to our Higher Power, Jesus Christ. In a confidential, safe setting, participants are freed to share struggles and breakthroughs as they build healthy relationships with God, themselves and others.

*Family-friendly: child care available upon request.


The Smart Stepfamily - Living Free Support

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Thursday
Group Type: Support
Family-friendly: Yes
Group Duration: Sept. 29 - Dec. 8
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This group gives couples 7 essential steps to blended family success and provides practical solutions for stepfamilies. Most typical marriage education programs and ministries aren’t enough for couples in stepfamilies. Since being married and in a stepfamily is a “package deal,” tools are needed for both the couple and the package. Smart Stepfamily deals with issues such as coparenting, stepparenting, ex-spouses, expectations, finances, loss, spiritual shame and more.

*Family-friendly: child care available upon request.


What's Eating You? - Living Free Support

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Thursday
Group Type: Support
Family-friendly: Yes
Group Duration: Sept. 29 - Dec. 8
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This group for men and women helps people find freedom from their fixation on food, media and other distractions through a satisfying relationship with God. The term will include a 40-day sugar fast. If you find yourself running to food, media or other escapes for comfort or reward, eating from habit or boredom or struggling with self control, this group will help you replace your cravings with a new appetite for the good things God has in store for you

*Family-friendly: child care available upon request.


Women's Community Bible Study (CBS)

Location: Black Rock Church, Fairfield
Day of Week: Wednesday
Group Type: Topic-Based
Family-friendly: Yes
Group Duration: Sept. 14 - May 10
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Part of the Community Bible Study organization, this weekly women’s Bible study will cover the books of Exodus, Leviticus, & Numbers. Advance preparation work required weekly.


Need help finding a group?

CONTACT

SARAH PURDY

Adult Discipleship Coordinator

spurdy@blackrock.org