Orchard Groups

Orchard Groups

And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common… And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42-47)

Here is a snapshot of the early church, a community of people who were devoted to Jesus and one another. They prayed together, they ate together, and they learned together. The Orchard Church does not want to be groups of individuals who try to follow Jesus on their own, sporadically gathering for a service or a bible study. We need each other. Orchard Groups is a network of relationships centered around Jesus and his gospel. Groups are necessary and messy.

We have several types of groups you can join at The Orchard:

Connect Groups meet every Sunday morning at 9 and 10:45 am in The Front Room. Connect Groups provide an immediate connection for new people at The Orchard or for anyone looking to get into community immediately. You are welcome to jump into these groups on any given Sunday.

  • 9 am Connect Group - Current leaders Andy & Natalie Metcalf.
  • 10:45 am Connect Group - Current leaders Jonathan & Jennifer Bennett.

Study Groups work in tandem with Community and Journey Groups and meet throughout the week at the church in the community. They can range in sized from 10-40+ people in size. Study groups are more steeped in theological training. There are 3 categories of study groups at The Orchard. They are:

  • Family Groups - these are a series of classes that will make you an official covenant family member of The Orchard Church.
  • Foundation Groups - designed to equip believers to make disciples, who make disciples and to shape sound doctrine and DNA of believers.
  • Faith Topic Groups - designed to address specific subject matters (e.g. - parenting, marriage, finances, etc.).
Find a Study Group

Community Groups typically meet weekly or bi-weekly and are about 10-20 people in size. They meet in group member homes and they multiply when their size limit is exceeded. Study topics include Books of the Bible, topical studies or discussion of the weekly sermon.

Find a Community Group

Journey Groups typically meet weekly and are about 2-5 people in size. They meet somewhere in the community that flow with the natural rhythm of life. They last about 7-10 weeks and do a special study that goes hand-in-hand with a sermon series. These groups are self-forming and meet bi-annually.

If you have any questions on Orchard Groups please contact .

Interested in leading/Teaching a group

"That what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also" (2 Tim. 2:2). Leading an Orchard Group is doing exactly that and much, much, more. Leading is a tremendous responsibility and a significant time commitment, but the rewards are numerous. You will be given the privilege of seeing people grow in their relationship with Christ. A leader is a disciple maker. They are:

  • Faithful in pursuing personal spiritual growth
  • Available and committed to those they disciple
  • Initiative: intentionally inspiring discipleship in others
  • Teachable - a leader is humble servant
  • Honest and authentic

Scripture tells us that those who teach are judged with greater strictness (James 3:1), thus we take the role of teaching at The Orchard seriously. We want to do our best to make sure all teaching is of sound doctrine to protect our church family (Titus 1:9). Teaching should be done in love with gentleness and respect. Teachers should be good communicators and lifelong learners. They should have a shepherds heart (Acts 20:28). 

Please visit our leaders' page for more information.