Community Life

Community Groups

After two years of lockdown, our community group ministry is back, with many of our longstanding groups returning and a number of new groups just getting started.

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 Fifth Avenue, community groups are a way to get plugged into the church as well as find support, friendship and encouragement in the city. Groups meet in person and online, bringing together local members and members from other parts of the country.

Most community groups focus around Bible study, book readings or an Adult Education curriculum. Groups also participate in service projects, and 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 Fifth Avenue will be richer, more empowering and more fulfilling.

Fall Community Groups

The following community groups are looking for new members this fall. Choose one (or more) that sounds right for you, and complete the enrollment form. We’ll be in touch with next steps!

Asian American Bible Study
Led by Rev. Dr. Jonah So, this small group is for anyone who identifies as Asian or Asian American. This fall, we will be studying the gospel of Mark. Meeting dates and times to be decided.

Community Choir
This non-auditioned choir is open to members of Fifth Avenue and the wider community who love to sing and want to advance their musical and vocal skills. We meet in Jones Auditorium on Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 pm for rehearsal and fellowship. The Community Choir joins the Fifth Avenue Choir several times each year to lead music in Sunday morning worship.

A fellowship group for all adult members and friends, both couples and singles, who are interested in evening social activities.

Elusive Grace Book Group
Fifth Avenue member Andy Craven will lead this online group, dedicated to studying and discussing the senior pastor’s new book, Elusive Grace: Loving Your Enemies While Striving for God’s Justice. Meeting times and dates to be decided.

FAYA | Fifth Avenue Young Adults
Our 20s+30s ministry offers a number of small groups for members, which meet in person and online. Check out to learn more and get involved.

A place to belong for those in their late 30s and 40s. This group has garnered a lot of interest, but we are still looking for a leader!

Parent Group
Join us as we explore together how to raise faithful, Christian families in New York City. We welcome all parents, no matter how old your children are! We meet in person on Sundays at 9:30 am in the LaDane Williamson Christian Education Center.

Sip and Stitch
Come learn how to stitch (and do some basic crocheting), form relationships and sip on your favorite beverage! We welcome women of all ages to join us for fellowship and maybe do some good along the way. Led by Chrissy Wojcik, this group will meet at the church. Time and dates to be decided.

Supper Club Theology
Led by Ashley Gonzalez, this group offers casual opportunities for folks to eat dinner together twice a month. Each week we will discuss an episode of the Food and Faith podcast. We will try new restaurants around the city and get to know each other.

The Word Is Out
Our mission is to provide a nourishing space for anyone who identifies as LGBTQIA+. This fall we will host exciting new events and read together Father Shannon Kearns’ Queers The Word: A 40-Day Devotional for LGBTQ Christians. Led by Porter Binks, Trevor Illingworth and John Kern, our group meets at the church on Sunday mornings at 9:30.