Ways to Get Engaged – Sunday School and Small Groups Kick Off 

 In Tori Smith

For several weeks this summer we have been looking at what it means to engage in a life of faith. We have looked at four key factors.  To engage in a life of faith we will:

  1. Connect in a solid relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. 
  2. Act on the need that each of us have of belonging to a small group of Christian brothers and sisters who become our small faith family within the larger circle of our congregational faith family. We will find that place where we can grow together, struggle with the troubles of life together as well as a place to celebrate the joys we experience. 
  3. Hear the call into service using the gifts that the Holy Spirit gives us. 
  4. Respond to the call to reach out beyond ourselves with the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

I can’t stress how important it is that each of us get connected to a small group. The Christian walk is not something we can do in isolation. We need one another. So I want to take some time and space here to remind you of the opportunities you have to find a group to belong to, a place to do life together, a setting to go deeper with the Lord. 

As I begin to list the opportunities, let me remind you that if at anytime you feel God leading you to start a small group, please contact me!

Sunday mornings 

This fall we will have two new opportunities for everyone.  Groups will began officially September 12th at 9:00 a.m.

  1. God of Creation by Jen Wilkins.  In this in depth look at the first 11 chapters of Genesis you will discover the fundamental truths about God that all of us need to know in order to experience more of God in our lives.  This class is open to all and will be taught by Kathy Hill.  If interested contact Kathy at elkhill5354@gmail.com
  2. Rise by Johnny and Elizabeth Enlow. Rise – Reformers Influencing Society Everyday.  For too long the Church has backed out of society and left the world to it’s own.  In this 10 week study we will consider how we can engage in the world around us through seven cultural areas; Media, Family, Arts & Entertainment, Economy, Religion, Education and Government.  The class is open to all and will be facilitated by Pastor Tori.  If interested contact Tori at tori@hopeindayton.org

We also have a goal of starting a new group for young married couples.  If interested please contact Pastor Tori at tori@hopeindayton.org


Monday Morning Women’s Bible Study started again on August 23 and runs through November 15.  We will be studying God of Creation (first 11 chapters of Genesis) by Jen Wilkins.  The study books will be available the first day of class and they are $16 each.  If you would like to reserve a book call the church office or email Mindy Kessler at akessler@woh.rr.com or call her at 937-266-1182.  We will be meeting in the new cafe across from Hudson Hall from 9:30-11:00.


TNT -An ongoing online small group.  It begins at 6:30 and ends about 7:30. We are just beginning a new video study on the book of Acts. This group is planning a monthly get together time to share dinner, have fun together and pray together.  Facilitated by Pastor Tori.  If interested, contact Pastor Tori at Tori@hopeindayton.org


Men of Promise group – Men, if you like to get up early and have a cup of coffee with friends this is the perfect group for you!  Beginning at 6:30 a.m., this group will be studying “Jesus on Every Page,” which will be facilitated by Earl McClure.   If interested, contact Tim Schoonover at
timschoonover@woh.rr.com or Earl McClure at Earl_Mcc@yahoo.com

FROGS (Faithful and Redeemed Outdoor Group) – Wednesday evenings at 6:30 this group gets together for outdoor activities. It’s lead by Audrey Hannum.  If interested, contact Audrey at alhhome@att.net


Merry Merkers  – A small group open to everyone.  They meet the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. They study different books of the Bible as well as different topics.  Currently they are studying Angels. If interested, contact Judy Merker at jfmerker@gmail.com


Restarting this fall is the Amen Group. A group for men only. If interested, contact Bill Ewry at Bill@hopeindayton.org
If you would like more information about any of the groups, contact Pastor Tori (Tori@hopeindayton.org) or the group facilitator!

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