Community Groups are an integral part in fulfilling our vision of making disciples and changing our community.

To view the 2018 Community Group schedule, click here.

What are Community Groups?

Throughout the week, different groups meet across the city to experience life, centered on God's Word, together. These groups consist of about 10-15 people who meet for around 1.5 hours to enjoy fellowship, conversation, and prayer, to eat and laugh, and to discover the life-changing truths of Scripture together (Acts 2:42). Community groups are not simply weekly bible studies or fellowship groups; they are opportunities for believers to participate in God's mission in the world, to demonstrate God’s character to our neighbors by our quality of life together, to reach out into our communities with the good news of Jesus Christ. They are an integral part in fulfilling the vision of ECC: making disciples and changing our community.

Why Join a Group?

We strongly believe that Christianity is not merely an individual matter but a corporate one, and that the Christian life can be fully realized only in relation to others. Joining a community group is an effective way to become a devoted disciple of Jesus, growing in our commitment to Christ and to each other. It provides a practical way for you to fulfill the commands of Scripture to “bear one another’s burdens” (Gal. 6:2) and to “exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin” (Heb. 3:13). Community groups are simply the best way to experience life at ECC.

How do I Join a Group?

Our community groups meet Monday through Friday across both Elmira and Pine City. If you would like to receive more information or recommendations about which group to consider joining, email Pastor Matt at We encourage you try a few groups before deciding to commit to one.

Bible Study Material

In our community groups we are currently going through The Good Book Company's series called "God's Word For You." This series of expository guides walk you through books of the Bible verse-by-verse and provides opportunity for discussion, reflection, application, and prayer. Study guides for the book of the Bible we are currently studying are for sale before and after our Sunday worship service.

God's Word For You