What are Life Groups?

Life groups create space within our scattered summer schedules stay connected,  go deep, have fun and grow together.

How do I know if a Group is for me?

All that’s required to be a part of a life group is a desire to grow, experiment, and share your spiritual journey as you feel comfortable. You don’t need any religious background or knowledge; it’s OK to be seeking what faith looks like for you. All of us are beginners together, just trying to take the next step towards Jesus.

Sign up info coming soon!


Contact Pastor Gary VanderPol (gary@churchwithoutwallsberkeley.org)

Bite-Sized Bible Studies
groups of 4 participants
when & where: dynamic scheduling (meets 4 times throughout the summer when schedules allow)
We are following along with the Bible Project’s videos, and reading commentary along the way.  This summer we’ll be exploring some of the short, underrated letters near the end of the Bible–I & II Timothy, Titus and Philemon..

Bible Study: Revelation
group size: 5-15
led by: Abby Jensen

Spiritual Direction 
groups of 4 participants
when & where: dynamic scheduling (meets 4 times throughout the summer when schedules allow)
God is speaking, but how do I hear him? God is at work, but how do I recognize His activity? God is loving and empowering me, but how do I experience that reality? Are you asking these kinds of questions or do you desire more of God? In the context of group spiritual direction and prayer for each other outside the group, we will form a spiritual community which assists people in ongoing individual discernment. Come as you are. No spiritual direction experience necessary!

Book Group: Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard
led by: Lynn Lee and Gary VanderPol
when: dynamic scheduling
where: South Berkeley

Book Group: Wisdom Distilled from the Daily by Joan Chittister
led by: Jodi de la Peña VanderPol
when: dynamic scheduling
where: South Berkeley

Book Group: What’s Your Decision? by J.Michal Sparough etet al
led by:  Sharon Henthorn-Iwane
when: dynamic scheduling

Book Group: The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells
led by: Gary VanderPol
when: dynamic scheduling
where: South Berkeley

Effective Giving
led by: Marco & Miho Kitagawa Pedroso
When: dynamic scheduling

-Reflect on our giving habits
-Engage non-Christians interested in the topic
-Discuss giving criteria that matters to us individually
Join us this summer because you…
-are interested in going deeper on what got started for Giving Week
-want to talk about giving with non-Christians
-want to explore how you can give more and encourage others to give more
-want to be a better steward for the resources God has given you”

Bail Reform Film Screenings
led by: Deborah and Tim Zenor-Davis
when: TBD, we’ll watch and discuss 2 films this summer
where: West Berkeley

Art & Theology
Led by: Gary VanderPol
When : dynamic scheduling, meeting 3x this summer

Sabbath Together

led by: Melissa and Juan Manuel Aldape
when: monthly on the 3rd Saturday, 10am-sunset
where: South Berkeley

What would your life look like with a regular time and space to find rest from our packed schedules and anxiety-producing responsibilities? While God has gifted us the Sabbath, we might still struggle to immerse and sustain ourselves in it. This group seeks community in the pursuit of rest. We will do this by investigating God’s design for Sabbath, rooted in the teachings from the Old Covenant and embracing Jewish practices/calendar for this appointed time of the week. Our time together will include reading liturgy, watching Rabbinic commentary, sharing discussion over a potluck, and simply hanging out together—maybe even some board games.  You are more than welcome to join for any portion of this time. You are invited to bring a dish to share during the potluck, but it is not a requirement. Access note: We will meet in a house that requires walking up one flight of stairs.

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