Slow down and reconnect

In a world moving too fast, we’re longing for moments to reconnect with ourselves and one another. We believe that God works within us when we’re in relationship with one another – sharing our joys and concerns, wrestling with doubt, and challenging one another to grow. Finding those relationships in a big church can be hard; that’s why we offer numerous small group ministry opportunities outside of worship, everywhere from the church library to the local restaurant.

Faith Formation at South Church happens every time we gather together and lead with our hearts, leaning in with vulnerability and intention. Listed below are a few of the ways we form our faith here at South Church through small groups. Consider yourself invited to everything!

How Is God Moving in Your Heart?
Our church is a place in which the stirrings of our hearts become the foundation of faithful conversation and action. How is God moving in your heart? OurAssociate Pastor Alex would love to speak with you about it and see if there might be a faith formation opportunity within our church. Feel free to reach out, he’d love to talk: Alex@southchurch.com.

Interested in learning more about any of the opportunities on this page?

Annual Musical

Annie Adults, youth and children can all participate in our annual fully-staged musical. All who wish to participate are included. Look for more information under Annual Musical. [Want to learn more? Please fill out our interest form – we’d love to hear from you!]

Bread & Roses

alex-bread-rosesVolunteers from South Church serve at Bread & Roses every month. Newcomers are welcome to join in anytime. [Want to learn more? Please fill out our interest form – we’d love to hear from you!]

Caregivers Group

Are you caring for a loved one – whether it be a parent, sibling, or other relative? This holy work can be difficult, confusing, and lonely. Join other caregivers for a monthly meeting, over a light meal, where we can help support one another and find resources. [Want to learn more? Please fill out our interest form – we’d love to hear from you!]

Church Chicks Fitness Group

This weekly women’s exercise group meets three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1:00-2:00pm. The Wednesday session includes a fitness trainer for a fee. The workout includes cardio, weights, lively music and fun! [Want to learn more? Please fill out our interest form – we’d love to hear from you!]

Faith Forums

“Drop ins” and “regulars” are all welcome to join our Faith Forums, a Sunday morning spiritual study and discussion group, meeting from 9:15-10:15am in the Library, beginning the second Sunday after Labor Day. If our coffee doesn’t wake you up, the conversation certainly will! Topics and facilitators vary throughout the year and are publicized in our monthly newsletter. [Want to learn more? Please fill out our interest form – we’d love to hear from you!]
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Green Team

Our very active Green Team works with our congregation to continually strive to create a green atmosphere in our building, promote the Three R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), and use energy savings measures such as our recently installed solar panels on our roof. More information can be found on our Green Team webpage. [Want to learn more? Please fill out our interest form – we’d love to hear from you!]

Giving Garden

giving-garden2The mission of the Giving Garden at the Rolling Ridge Conference Center in North Andover is to bring together volunteers of all ages and faiths to grow fresh produce for local food pantries. We welcome volunteer groups and individuals who are willing to get their hands dirty to help others. We hope our efforts will bring people together to build community, have fun, get some fresh air, and most of all, help those in need. Come join the harvest! This Fall we will have regular work sessions at the garden during the following times: Sunday 2:00-4:00pm, Tuesday 9:00-11:00am, Thursday 4:30-6:30pm. We welcome volunteers to come help out at these times, all ages and levels of experience. *** Please let us know you are coming (email Emily Strong or Fran Healey) so we can plan ahead and also communicate with you if there is a change due to weather. **** [Want to learn more? Please fill out our interest form – we’d love to hear from you!]

Habitat for Humanity

HABITAT4The Board of World Service (BOWS) organizes several trips to the Habitat for Humanity worksite – the Parker Street project – in Lawrence throughout the year. This the largest and most challenging project that Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity has undertaken. [Want to learn more? Please fill out our interest form – we’d love to hear from you!]

Healing Hands Knitters

Starting on Tuesday, September 22, the Healing Hands Knitters will meet regularly on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm at the church. While most are working on prayer shawls, all are welcome to work on whatever strikes your fancy. Assistance is available for those new to knitting. Talking and sharing are just as important to the evening’s activity! Make a note on your calendar and join us when you are able. [Want to learn more? Please fill out our interest form – we’d love to hear from you!]

Intergenerational Bible Study at Edgewood

All are invited to attend our bible study group, whether or not you reside at Edgewood, a retirement community. We will be studying “The Gospel of Matthew” Chapters 11-28, using William Barclay as a resource. You are welcome to attend as a regular member or on a “drop-in” basis. Journey with us in making the Bible come alive! This group will meet the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 10:30am – Noon in the private dining room at Edgewood Club House, 575 Osgood Street, North Andover. [Want to learn more? Please fill out our interest form – we’d love to hear from you!]
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Newcomer Gatherings

Interested in learning more about South Church? Are you considering membership? Join us at an inquirer’s gathering to learn more about South Church’s vibrant community of worship, fellowship, and service. Childcare is available during these meetings. We welcome you no matter where you are on life’s journey. Meet out ministers and other new and long time members, and share your questions and stories. Join date for those interested will be on Sunday, November 8th during worship. Additional new member classes will be offered throughout the year. [Want to learn more? Please fill out our interest form – we’d love to hear from you!]

Quilting Group

Beginners to experts are welcome to our Wednesday evening group. Learn to quilt or come work on your own project. [Want to learn more? Please fill out our interest form – we’d love to hear from you!]

Social Justice @ South Church

Jesus was a person of action – and he calls on us to be a people of action in his name. The Social Justice team is an informal group who will gather monthly around a particular topic of interest. [Want to learn more? Please fill out our interest form – we’d love to hear from you!]

Theology on Tap

theologyontapsept2015Theology isn’t only the stuff of dense books and dead theologians – it happens any time we name God at work in the world. Once a month, Theology on Tap will gather at a local establishment to engage in that holy work over a drink – whether alcoholic or not. [Want to learn more? Please fill out our interest form – we’d love to hear from you!]

Women’s Book Group

This book group meets monthly and discusses a wide range of books. The books are planned out for the year, and newcomers are welcome to come to any or all meetings. [Want to learn more? Please fill out our interest form – we’d love to hear from you!]
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Women’s Breakfast Group

This early morning group of both working and retired women meets twice a month to share conversation over breakfast. All are welcome to come once or regularly to this fun and welcoming group that meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 7:30am. [Want to learn more? Please fill out our interest form – we’d love to hear from you!]

Women’s Connection Events

Annual Cookie ExchangeThe Women’s Connection is a multi-generational group of women who get together for several yearly events including a Fall potluck party, a December cookie exchange, a late Spring Harbor Cruise and a late Summer pool party. We also have ad-hoc events – such as movie or museum outings and various impromptu parties such as a “Three Kings Party”, “Pi (3.14) Party”, and a “Day of the Dead Party”. No to-do lists, no agendas, just fellowship and fun. Come join us! [Want to learn more? Please fill out our interest form – we’d love to hear from you!]

Yoga Classes

Join us for a yoga class on Thursdays 9:15-10:30am. Open to all. Donation. [Want to learn more? Please fill out our interest form – we’d love to hear from you!]