Our next small groups semester begins this fall!

Even though we are social distancing, that doesn't mean we are social isolating! A Small Group is a great way to connect, grow, find freedom, and experience genuine, Godly friendships that have each other’s back. Whether online or in-person, there’s a Calvary Small group for you.

How can I join a small group?

We are excited you are taking a step of faith and connecting into Small Groups! We want to serve you any way we can. Click below to find a Small Group! If you have questions, email Paris.

How can my child join a Kids small group (or ksg)?

We are hosting virtual Zoom groups for all kids in 1st through 5th grade. To join, click the link below, and fill out a short form. We'll send you a confirmation email with a Zoom link as well as all the information necessary to join the group.
Dates
1st grade: Mondays at 6 p.m.
2nd Grade: Monday at 7 p.m.
3rd Grade: Tuesday at 6 p.m.
4th Grade: Tuesday at 7 p.m.
5th Grade: Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

How can I lead a small group?

You don't need to "have it all together" to lead a small group. You just have to be willing to let God use you. To host a group, simply choose a topic that interests you, and decide a time and location to meet with others. We'll give you a few essential tools like a leader guide and support throughout the semester. We believe God uses Small Groups to change people’s lives, and as a Small Group leader, you'll be a part of that!


How does it work?

Groups meet once a week to review and discuss chosen topics, fellowship with one another and pray.

 IN PERSON AND SOCIALLY DISTANCED

If your group feels up for it, meet in person! Groups meet at a leader's or member's house, a public space or even the church. Meeting spots can be permanent or rotating. It's up to the group to agree on a plan that makes everyone comfortable.

Zoom

Zoom is free for meetings up to 40 minutes (for longer than 40 minutes, you can sign up for a monthly subscription), and it offers the ability to text chat and upload resources during the meeting. There are breakout room options as well. Zoom can be easily downloaded on a computer, phone or tablet, and meetings can be scheduled with links sent to participants.

GOOGLE HANGOUT

Google Hangouts is another option for group video meetings. It's easy to add people to a group and share a link for joining. The organizer of the group must have a Google/Gmail account, but other participants do not.

facebook messenger groups

If you have Facebook Messenger (requires Facebook account), this is a great free option for your phone, tablet or desktop. To set up a group, click the messenger icon in the top right corner of your Facebook Messenger page. Choose all the people you would like to add to your video chat. Then, choose the camera in the top right corner to begin the live video chat.

FREE CONFERENCE CALL

Forgo video, and have a good old fashioned conference call! Free Conference Call offers international conference calls, breakout rooms, call control, and the ability to record. Simply log on to freeconferencecall.com, and follow the instructions.

Here's a little more about Small Groups ...

WHAT HAPPENS AT A SMALL GROUP MEETING?
You’ve probably seen small groups meeting and not even realized it. A small group looks like friends at lunch, teams playing basketball or people studying a book or topic of interest. At its core, it's a small gathering of people, and it is less about what you do and more about who you do it with. By participating in Small Groups, you can expect to connect with others through a common activity, engaging in life-giving conversation and requesting prayer.
HOW OFTEN DOES A SMALL GROUP MEET?
Our small groups meet fall, winter/spring, and summer. During these semester, most groups meet once a week. Small groups are meant to bring meaning and community into the flow of your life, so even if you can’t attend every meeting, there is still great value in joining a group.
WHERE DO SMALL GROUPS MEET?
Throughout the Naperville area, its neighboring suburbs and on Calvary Campuses
HOW LONG DOES A TYPICAL SMALL GROUP STAY TOGETHER?
Most meet for a semester. This way, new people can join groups easily and regularly. Also, the semester format allows you to try multiple groups each year. As relationships form, some groups choose to stay together for consecutive semesters, but new members are always welcome.
IS THERE CHILDCARE AVAILABLE?
Childcare varies from group to group.
WHAT IF I DON’T LIKE THE FIRST GROUP I TRY?
This is why we encourage you to select a few groups that interest you, contact the leaders and try out a couple different groups before choosing the best one for you. The simple strategy to finding success in Small Groups is to not give up. We believe there is a group that is right for everyone—including you!