ABOUT LIFE GROUPS...

At MBC we are all about experiencing the Life of Christ Together! We believe that discipleship happens best in the context of relationships, and our groups are designed to help foster those relationships that Christ uses for growth in our lives. Each group is designed to gather around common interests and/or stages of life. We have Life Groups that meet on Sunday mornings and all throughout the week, and you are welcome to connect in as many groups as you would like. Below is a list of groups that are currently meeting, but there is always room to begin a new group if you are feeling led to start one email jason@manchacabaptist.org. If you see a current group that you’d like more information on, you can contact the leader of that group or just show up at that group’s meeting time and try it out!

SUNDAY MORNING ADULT LIFE GROUPS

9:30am-10:30am


DURING COVID19 SHELTER IN PLACE, SOME OF THESE GROUPS ARE MEETING ONLINE THROUGH ZOOM. IF YOU'D LIKE TO BE A PART OF LIFE TOGETHER WITH THEM, EMAIL THE LEADER TO FIND OUT WHEN THEY MEET AND HOW TO JOIN ON ZOOM.

IMAGO DEI CLASS

Leader: Matthew Lewis

Who: Adults 24-45 (with or without kids)

Day: Sunday

Time: 9:30am

Where: Room S207 (MBC) 

About: This group focuses on learning about Life in Christ, connecting in Life Together, and expressing Christ’s Life in everyday life.  

Study: Varies (Bible Studies, Book Studies, Video Studies, etc.) 

LIFFT (Living in faith & fellowship)

Leader: Greg Wright

Co-Leader:  Billy Gandy

Who: 40-50’s (mostly couples w/school aged kids) 

Day: Sunday

Time: 9:30am

Where: Room M226 (MBC) 

About: A group that is driven by member discussion on various biblical studies. They rotate between video studies, thematic studies, and studying books of the Bible. They gather together for various times of connection and fellowship together outside of Sunday morning group time. 

Study: Various biblical studies


seekers group

Leader: Pat Bailey - dpltbailey@sbcglobal.net

Who: 55-70’s

Day: Sunday

Time: 9:30am

Where: Room M228 (MBC) 

About: This is a diverse group of men and women, ages 30-80 with most falling in the 55-70 range. They focus on increasing their understanding of God’s Word and how it influences worldview and daily living. They enjoy a close fellowship with each other, sharing life both in and out of class times. 

Study: The Gospel Project

shiloah group

Leader: Jonathan Sears - jsears@austin.rr.com

Who: 60-80’s

Day: Sunday

Time: 9:30am

Where: Room M113 (MBC)

About: This group seeks to cover the timeless principles and doctrines found throughout each book of the Bible. They also serve the Joy Food Pantry by collecting money and/or food to donate.

Study: Explore the Bible


cates fellowship group

Leader: Bart Swope - bartstires2@gmail.com

Who: 70-80’s

Day: Sunday

Time: 9:30am

Where: Room M110 (MBC) 

About: This group opens each Sunday with a hymn they sing together. It is followed by a time of sharing prayer requests and then diving into various biblical studies. Each month this group has a fellowship time of eating out or playing games together. 

Study: Bible Studies for Life


deborah group

Leader: Elizabeth Bruton - e.bruton1@yahoo.com

Who: Ladies (mostly 80-90’s) 

Day: Sunday

Time: 9:30am

Where: Room M108 (MBC) 

About: This group is made of senior ladies who seek a new and more intimate understanding of their Lord than ever before. They take a deep dive into God’s Word for biblical understanding and real-life application. Time is set aside to share personal joys and sufferings and to pray for each other.  

Study: Explore the Bible


disciples group

Leader: Dr. Randy Kirtley (contact lesa@manchacabaptist.org)

Who: Adults of any age

Day: Sunday

Time: 9:30am

Where: Room M111 (MBC) 

About: Dr. Kirtley practices Family Medicine in Lockhart, TX and loves to teach and take group participants on a deep dive into Scripture. While the majority of this group is in their 50-70’s, it is open to adults of any age.  

Study: Explore the Bible


HALLELUJAH GROUP

Leaders: New Leader Coming Soon!

Who: Adult Special Needs Group

Day: Sunday

Time: 9:30am

Where: Room M101 (MBC) 

About: This group serves adults with learning disabilities by offering lessons on the love, grace, and mercy of Jesus Christ on a level that can be comprehended. 

Study: Access


OTHER ADULT LIFE GROUPS

(Meet at various times/places throughout the week)

Knowing God's word and passing it on

Leader: Laurel Lear - laurellear@gmail.com

Who: Adult Women of All Ages

Day: Every Wednesday (throughout the school year) - Beginning Aug. 25

Time: 6:45pm-7:45pm

Where: Room E115 (MBC) 

About: A gathering with believing Sisters in Christ who are willing to grow and dig deep into the Word of God with the goal of passing it on to others. 

SELAH (SISTERS EXPERIENCING LIFE AS HIS)

Leader: Mary McGinnis - mary3riv@yahoo.com

Who: Adult Women of All Ages

Day: Every Wednesday (throughout the school year) 

Time: 6:45pm-7:45pm

Where: Room M225 (MBC) 

About: Group time is centered around connecting in authentic relationships and pointing each other to Life in Christ throughout various real-life situations and circumstances. 


men's connect & bible study group

Leader: Brennan Richie - brennanrichie@yahoo.com

Who: Adult Men of All Ages

Day: Wednesdays (throughout the school year) 

Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm

Where: Room M226 (MBC)

About: Group time is centered around in-depth verse by verse studies of books of the Bible and connecting in authentic relationships for support and encouragement.  Proper social distancing will be practiced.


MBC Mom's Group

Leader: Claire Davis claireewren@gmail.com

Who: Moms of young kids

Day: Varies  

Time: Varies

Where: Varies

About: This group connects over a Facebook Group (MBC Mom’s & More) to schedule various playdates and other times of connection. 


women's bible study group

Leader: Carlene Cleveland - carlenec.80@gmail.com

Who: Adult Women of All Ages

Day: Fridays (throughout the school year) 

Time: 9:30am-11:30am

Where: Room E115 (MBC) 

About: This is a group of women mostly in their 50-70’s but is open to women of all ages. They meet for prayer, a time of encouragement, and participate mostly in Beth Moore Bible Studies. On the first Friday of each month they stay longer and prepare items for Operation Christmas Child. 


women's open studio group

Leader: Betty Swope - bettyswope25@gmail.com

Who: Women of All Ages

Day: Thursday - In person start date coming soon!

Time: 10:00am

Where: Room E115 (MBC) 

About: Ladies gather to paint and do art projects and enjoy a time of connection and fellowship together. 


women's widow group

Leader: Mary Lee - maryl@manchacaumc.org

Who: Adult Widowed Women

Day: Varies

Time: Varies

Where: Varies

About: This group meets at various times for lunch and other times of fellowship for support and encouragement. 


OASIS GROUP

Leader: Bart Swope - bartstires2@gmail.com

Who: Senior Adults

Day: 2nd Friday of each month - In-person start date coming soon!

Time: 12:00pm

Where: Room E115 (MBC) 

About: This group meets for a potluck lunch on the 2nd Friday of each month and plays games (42, chicken foot, etc.) after eating together. 


senior adult outing group

Leader: J.P. Kirksey - jpandjudykirksey@att.net

Who: Senior Adults

Day: Varies  

Time: Varies

Where: Varies

About: This group takes day trips to various places of interest throughout Austin and beyond. Trips are planned by a Team of Senior Members of MBC and are open to suggestions for future trips. To find out when/where the next trip is, visit: manchacabaptist.org/connect/seniors, or email J.P. 


Senior adult men's lunch

Leader: Jim Hussey - ozhussey@aol.com

Who: Senior Adult Men

Day: Thursdays

Time: 11:00am

Where: Golden Corral (7300 S IH 35 Frontage Rd, Austin, TX 78745) 

About: A time of connection and conversation over lunch together Thursday.   


interested in starting a new group?

Would you like to connect with at least 2-3 others and start a workout group (CrossFit, jogging, biking, etc.), a MOPS group, a home group, a prayer group, a dinner group, a breakfast or coffee group, a particular study group, a hunting group, a fishing group, etc.? The possibilities are endless. We’d love to help you get connected in doing life together in some way. Email the Church Office at info@manchacabaptist.org for more information. 


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