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Peter's Letters – Bible Study 

Start Date:  April 3rd, 2024

Time:  Wednesday mornings from 10 - 11:30am

Leaders: Bruce Barkley, Terry Gray, Lucy Miller

Location:  Room 101

Description:  Join us for this 8 week Bible study of Peter's letters. We will begin the first day with Chapter 1 of 1 Peter.

*Childcare not available. 

Grief Encouragement – Support Group

Start date: Fall 2024

Time: Tuesday nights from 6:30pm-8:00pm

Leader: Karen Gray & Ken Roerden

Location: Parlor

Length of class: 8 weeks

Description: When someone you love dies, it can be hard to understand your often complex and painful thoughts and feelings. "Understanding Your Grief", by Alan D. Wolfelt, is the guide we will use as it describes ten touchstones that are essential physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and spiritual actions to help yourself heal.   

*Childcare not provided.

Go groups



Word on the Street – Listening and Loving  


Wednesdays:  Dinner Church in Huntington Green @ 6:30pm

Thursdays:  Hope Chapel @ 11:30am and Psalms and Pslices @ 6pm

Leader: Pastor Charles

Description: During the week, Word on the Street offers opportunities to serve and get connected. If you are interested in partnering with what God is doing in our local community, contact Pastor Charles DiRico at

Guy's Breakfast 

Date: Second Tuesday of each month

Time: 7:30 - 8:30am

Leader: Paul Bronkhorst

Location: Maple Street Biscuit Company near Concord Mills (8921 Christenbury Pkwy, Concord, NC 28027)

Description: Any guy interested in connecting with other guys to grow in their faith are invited to join us at 7:30am at Maple Street Biscuit Company. We will meet for for about 1 hour for good conversation over a delicious breakfast! See you there!

*Childcare not provided.

Brotherhood of the Shepherds – Men’s Group Coffee Hour

Date: 2nd Saturday of each month

Time: 8 - 9am

Leader: Phillip Capaldi

Location: Basement

Description: Join this inter-generational group of men ages 18 and older who are seeking to share life together and support one another in Christ! 

*Childcare not provided.

Prayer Ministry Team – Prayer Group

Start date: Ongoing

Time: TBD

Leader: Linda Vivona

Description: Our Assurance Prayer Team has come together to lift up those who may be in need of a little extra prayer. If you are interested in receiving a prayer list via email each week. Email Linda Vivona or contact her at 727-772-7155 with any questions.


Stay & Play – Sunday Morning Play Group

Time: Sunday mornings following the 9:45am worship service

Leader: Erin Babbitt

Location:  Lower playground area

Description: We will reconnect on the playground behind the church as a group and with our kids.  Come enjoy time together as we watch our kids play and get to know other parents and friends.  Questions?  Contact Erin Babbitt at


Thursday KnitWits+

Time: Most Thursdays at 12pm

Location: Basement

Description: This is a wonderful opportunity to include all handiwork; knitting, crochet, quilting, needlepoint, cross-stitch, get the idea! If you can bring it, you can craft it! So come and join us, even invite a friend, as we have a time of devotion and fellowship! Contact Tina for more info!

*Childcare not available.  


Time: 6pm-7:30pm

Location: Media Center or Parlor

Facilitator: Janet Connor

Description: This is a wonderful opportunity to include all handiwork; knitting, crochet, quilting, needlepoint, cross-stitch, get the idea! If you can bring it, you can craft it! So come and join us, even invite a friend, as we have a time of devotion and fellowship! Contact Janet for more info!

*Childcare not provided 

Chapter Chasers – Assurance’s Book Club 

Description: Chapter Chasers is a book club for Assurance’s members and guests. The club meets every third or fourth Saturday morning of each month (depending on the preference of the host). For more information concerning Chapter Chasers, please contact Sandra Ellis at

*Childcare not provided. 


G.I.R.L.S. – Women’s Small Group

Time: 6:30pm on the 2nd Monday of each month

Location: Meeting locations rotate each month

Description: The women of this small group pour themselves into their group name, G.I.R.L.S., which stands for Girls In Real Life Service. We would love for you to join us! For more information, please contact Brenda Thrasher at

*Childcare not provided. 

Chancel Choir and Orchestra 

Description: A wonderful group of people who come together to share their gifts of music with Assurance. The choir practices every Wednesday at 7pm, while the orchestra practices once a month on the first Thursday at 7pm.  The choir and orchestra perform during the 11:15am Traditional worship experience (and some special services throughout the year). 

*Childcare not provided.

Matthew’s Closet

Start date:  Ongoing

Time:  Varius times

Leader:  Lynn Brittain

Location: Thrift UMC

Description: Matthew’s Closet is a clothing resource for individuals and families in our community.  If interested in serving or helping, please contact Lynn Brittain at

Room in the Inn 

Time:  Monday evenings into Tuesday mornings, December -- March

Leader:  Larry Poelma

Location:  Basement

Description: This is a hospitality ministry to our neighbors who need household accommodations during the coldest months of the year. Room in the Inn at Assurance will be held on Monday evenings, December through March.  If you are interested in helping, contact Larry Poelma at


Sharing Garden

Location: The Sharing Garden is beside our Northlake Campus

Description: This garden, in the fields behind the church, serves to feed those in need in our community. For more information, please email Eleanora Miller at

Adult Sunday School Classes – Assurance’s Sunday Group Opportunities 

*Childcare provided through Sunday nursery, children and youth programming. 


Friendship - meets every Sunday at 9am in the Parlor.  Contact Sam Smith at with questions.  


Soul Searchers - meets every Sunday at 9:45am in Room 100/101. Contact Bill Bodnar at with questions.  



If you have any questions about any of these group opportunities, 

please email one of our pastors:

Pastor Daniel Wilson at

Pastor Josh Kurtz at 

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