Small Groups

Seeking answers to our questions, walking with God in community

Being part of a small group working through questions about faith and life is an important part of spiritual growth. If you aren’t already part of one, this is your time! Check out the current offerings below and contact Pastor Eric if you have questions.

Note: If you’d like to schedule an on-site meeting for your small group, please contact the church office to make arrangements.

Short-term Small Groups for 2024 Lent

Discipleship Pathway

For the church, Lent is a season of 40 days that leads to Easter. This year at St. Paul’s, we’ll spend that time reflecting on our Discipleship Pathway, and how it helps us grow our faith. Our reflections will include Sunday morning messages, plus video interviews and meditations for small group conversations written by clergy within our community. Get your copy of our 2024 Lenten Journey book at church or here (.pdf); suggested donation $10/pay what you can.

If you aren’t already a part of small group, Lent is a great time to join a short-term group! Get to know people, explore the Discipleship Pathway, and find new ideas and companions for living out Love, Seek, and Serve.

  • Sundays, 4-5:30pm, Feb 18 – Mar 24 with Pastor Eric
  • Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm, Feb 13 – Mar 26 with Pastor Kyle
  • Thursdays, 12:15-1:30pm, Feb 15 – Mar 28 with Pastor Eric & Pastor Marilyn Gregory

Contact Pastor Eric or Pastor Kyle to sign up.

Weekly Small Groups

Sundays

Micah Class

Micah Class | Sundays 9-10:30am

We meet each Sunday to discuss contemporary topics of faith.

Contact: Sandy Finney

Mondays

Monday Study Group

MSG (Monday Study Group) | Mondays 9:30am

Our group purpose is to be a community of women offering camaraderie and support while pursuing lifelong learning in the areas of faith and social justice. Meets September-May. Join us in person in the Bridge Classroom at St. Paul’s (with the exception of a few social gatherings where we might meet in a different location and time). Check the calendar for details.

Contact: Linda Stoner

Book Club

Book Club | 1st Monday of each month | 7pm

We welcome anyone interested in reading books (generally for age 16 and up), discussion, and fellowship. We meet in the Student Center (lower level). For a Zoom option, check the calendar.

Contact: Lisa Groth

Be the Light Book Club

Be the Light Intergenerational Book Club | 2nd Monday of each month | 7pm

Anyone in high school and older is welcome to attend. We read books surrounding St. Paul’s welcome statement and meet every second Monday of the month to discuss. 

Contact: Charlotte Millard

Tuesdays

The Group

The Group | Tuesdays @ 6pm

Focusing on relationship with one another, the group will discuss differing topics each week that will allow for growth and education while seeking answers to our questions. We’re currently meeting in person on the lower level at St. Paul’s.

Contact: Linda Stoner

Hands of Love

Hands of Love | 3rd Tuesdays @ 7pm

We meet to knit or crochet projects for ourselves as well as provide baby blankets and shawls for the church to distribute. All are welcome and we are willing to teach others our skills.

Contact: Cheryl Tomson

Faith and Real Life

Faith & Real Life Podcast Reflections | 2nd & 4th Tuesdays @ 8:15pm

Are you looking for a small group that meets to consider how faith impacts real life? Join host Ray Millard via Zoom 2nd & 4th Tuesdays each month at 8:15pm for about an hour (Zoom link on the calendar). The group, designed especially for men, will reflect on podcasts they listen to between meetings.

Contact: Ray Millard

Wednesdays

Men's Study Group

Men’s Study Group | Wednesdays 6:30-7:30am

[1-25-24: this group is currently on hiatus.] We meet at St. Paul’s except for 1st Wednesdays, when we meet for breakfast at at Ronnie’s Restaurant on 87th St. in Lenexa. Our group includes men in any life stage. We typically begin with a cup of coffee and a DVD lecture followed by discussion. Our current series is “Cultural Literacy for Religion.” Join us!

Contact: Dan Hartle or Brad Footh 

Women's Study Group

Women’s Study Group | Wednesdays @ 1pm

We are a group of women who seek to find new ways of understanding God’s presence in our lives and in the world around us. We are always eager to welcome new faces to our circle! We meet each Wednesday at 1:00 pm via Zoom; find the Zoom link on the calendar and join us.

Contact: Claudia Ricks Hubbard

Spirit Crew

Spirit Crew | 1st & 3rd Wednesdays starting 9/6/23 @ 6:30pm

This fall in our women’s study group we’ll be discussing podcasts from Jen Hatmaker and Kate Bowler’s Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved.

Contact: Heather Pineda

Progressive Women

Progressive Women | 8-9 pm

This small group grows our faith through book studies, social outings, and supportive relationships. We participate in Lenten and Advent studies and read books on a variety of topics including spirituality, self-image, the Bible, and other current topics. Books previously discussed include Brian McLaren’s Do I Stay Christian?, Sonya Renee Taylor’s The Body is Not an Apology, and Jen Hatmaker’s Simple and Free. We also enjoy volunteering and socializing at trivia night, shuffleboard, or a group dinner. We are an inclusive women’s group that welcomes anyone who identifies as a woman.

Check the calendar for Zoom link.

Contact: Shannon Tefft

Thursdays

Ladies' Coffee Group

Ladies’ Coffee Group | 1st Thursdays 9:30am | Family Tree Nursery

Come join us at Family Tree Nursery, 7036 Nieman Rd., for coffee and conversation! 

Contact: Mary Footh 

Senior Zoomers + Breakfast

Senior Zoomers / Senior Breakfast Group | Thursdays 9:30-10:30am | via Zoom + in person 2nd Thursdays

We’re a group of senior adults who enjoy good conversation and checking in with each other. We meet via Zoom, and on the 2nd Thursday of each month we also meet at IHOP, 15350 Shawnee Mission Pkwy. Check the calendar for details.

Contact: Janean Grogan

SPARK

SPARK (St. Paul’s Active Retiree Kommunity) | 1st Thursdays 5:30pm (with exceptions, see below)

SPARK meets to socialize, work together on serve projects, attend educational events, and explore ways to connect with St. Paul’s. Check out our upcoming plans and join us!

  • Thurs, Dec 7, 5:30pm: Holiday gathering at Randy and Cheryl Scott’s home.
  • Thurs, Jan 11, 5:30pm: This session of SPARK is open to everyone.

Get it all Together Now!
Regardless of your age – whether you’re preparing for retirement or enjoying your “golden years” – you need to have your important financial information and legal documents in order and organized. On Thursday, January 11 at 5:30pm, Joy Miller, Family and Community Wellness Agent with Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Office, will present “Get It All Together Now!” This session will help you “get it all together” by identifying your personal motivation (the why), documents to consider (the what), organization system(s) (the how), and steps to getting it done (the when). This program is open to anyone interested in the topic. If you have questions or plan to attend please let Cheryl Scott know at cdscottks@gmail.com.

Contact: Cheryl Scott to learn more and be added to the SPARK email list

The Seekers

The Seekers | Thursdays 6pm

Come join us for a lively discussion! The next book we’ll be reading and discussing is Amy-Jill Levine’s Short Stories By Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi. Find the Zoom link on the calendar.

Contact: Sharry Lockhart

Fridays

Brunch with Friends

Brunch with Friends | Last Friday of every other month, 10am-12pm

This group brings together women from St. Paul’s and the Dialogue Institute (mainly Muslim women from Turkey) to share in good food, conversation, and other activities such as crafts. Our brunches are simple and provide an opportunity to get to know each other. We believe that this is a way for people of different faiths and cultures to begin to stamp out prejudice and work for peace in our world. We meet in one another’s homes and are always happy to have new ladies join us! 

Contact: Pat Cooper