General Questions about Groups
Groups are our environments where people are able to experience personal and spiritual growth and do life together. Groups meet weekly for two hours and are usually comprises of 4-12 people to learn, pray, and provide support and accountability for one another.
Groups meet all over the Eastside and the Greater Seattle area at homes hosted by ANCC members and locations chosen by group leaders that are accessible to others. Groups typically meet weekly, three times out of the month and are committed to meeting over the span of 18 months during a group season.
You do not have to be a member at ANCC, but we also do not encourage those who are members of another church, serving, or part of another community group to join one at ANCC. Otherwise, Groups are open to all who want to experience community and develop relationships with others as they seek to grow in a relationship with Jesus.
Group participation is not the same as membership, but members should take part in Groups. If you are curious what membership entails and means, click here.
If you have moved and/or are transitioning into a different life stage and would like to take part in a different group, please reach out to your current group leader. Sticking together in the same group for an entire season is where the real change and experience happens, so we encourage participants not to miss out!
Inviting is a core step for spiritual growth, so guests are always welcome. Do your group leader a favor though and give them a heads up!
In order to provide safe and predictable environments for all participants there are seasons where groups are open and closed. Open seasons are every January, May, and September when new participants are incorporated. All other months are closed so that those who are a part of a group can develop some traction together in those seasons.
GroupLink is an event that happens every other year in the month of October to kick off a season of groups. Attendance is not required, but it is an opportunity for you to explore other groups and meet new leaders before committing to one group.
Group Leader F.A.Q.’s
Groups facilitate discussions around the things that we are learning together as a church. All sermon based material can be found on the Resources page. Alternatively, if your group is looking to study a book during a season, curriculum materials can be found on the Groups page (TBD).
Matters that are legally binding involving abuse, domestic violence (emotional or physical), criminal activity, and anything that poses a threat to the individual or someone else needs to be reported by law to the appropriate authorities in a timely manner (usually 1-3 business days).
The first step is to reach out to church pastors and staff so that matters can be handled in a swift and sensitive manner according to the law. Contact us immediately by leaving a message at (425) 270-7388 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org with “URGENT” as the subject.