Community Groups

Forming intimate bonds of friendship within the global body of Christ.


What is a community group?

A community group is eight to 12 people who gather regularly to grow in their faith through study, prayer, fellowship and service. In a congregation as large as FAPC, community groups are a way to get plugged into the church as well as find support, friendship and encouragement in the city.

During the fall, groups meet from September to December. During the winter and spring, groups meet from January to May. Most groups go on hiatus during the summer.

What do community groups do?

While each Community Group is unique in its focus and structure, all of our groups are centered around the bonds of Christian community. 

Most community groups focus around Bible study or book readings. Our Adult Education program works hand in hand with community groups to provide content and opportunities for group members to engage on a deeper level. Groups always have the option to study a curriculum that relates to the current sermon series, or to choose a study of their own. In the fall, we encourage members and friends to participate in our annual congregational book-read.

But community groups do more than just study. We encourage all of our groups to participate in service projects (such as FAPC Serves in the spring), attend classes, concerts and fellowship events together. Our hope is that by engaging questions of faith on a number of levels—through worship, education, personal reflection and community—each member's experience at FAPC will be richer, more empowering and more fulfilling.

When and where do community groups meet?

Many of our community groups meet at FAPC on Sundays at 9:30 am. There are also a number of groups that meet during the week, either at the church or another location in the city.

How do I sign up?

Simply fill out the online registration form, and we will get back to you!

Questions?

Email us at communitygroups@fapc.org.

Community Groups Registration

Please tell us what you are looking for in a community group, and we will do our best to match you with a group that matches your interests. If you have questions, please contact communitygroups@fapc.org.

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We're full! We are no longer accepting entries for the Chili Cook-Off. If you are among our 15 competitors, you'll still need to observe the Rules of Entry.

RULES OF ENTRY

  1. Complete and submit the sign-up form no later than Wednesday, Jan. 31. You may leave this form at the reception desk or put it in the hands of Werner Ramirez.
  2. Each contestant or team must prepare a minimum of four (4) quarts of competition chili.
  3. Contestants are responsible for bringing their chili in their own crockpots and bringing an extension cord. Also bring a brief description of your chili for display.
  4. All ingredients must be cooked prior to the event. Chili is to be brought “ready-to-eat” in a covered crockpot that can be plugged in to keep the food at a proper temperature. Chili will not be served if it is not heated to its proper serving temperature of 150 degrees. If you bring your chili cold, make sure you have enough time to heat your chili thoroughly.
  5. Contestants must deliver their chili to Bonnell Hall by 10:45 am on Feb. 4.

ABOUT THE COMPETITION

The church will provide cornbread and beverages, as well as small cups and spoons for guests to sample the chilis. Judges will award prizes for first, second and third place. All guests will vote on their favorite chili, with the winner to receive a People’s Choice Award. Chili-tasting and judging will begin at 12:30 pm and be completed by 1:15 pm, when the winners will be announced.

BASICS FOR HANDLING FOOD SAFELY 

Safe steps in food handling, cooking and storage are essential to prevent food-borne illness. In every step of food preparation, please follow the four Fight BAC!™ guidelines to keep food safe.