Community Groups are an integral part in fulfilling our vision of making disciples and changing our community.
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 90 minutes 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 also provide the opportunity for believers to participate in God's mission in the world—demonstrating God’s character to our neighbors by our quality of life together and reaching out to our communities with the good news of Jesus Christ.
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 throughout the week across both Elmira and Pine City. If you would like to receive more information or recommendations about which group to consider joining, stop by our lobby either before or after a Sunday worship gathering. One of our pastors, staff members, or volunteers would be glad to answer your questions and point you in the right direction.
Bible Study Material
In 2019 are reading through the entire Bible in chronological order using The Daily Bible. While many of us already have Bibles that we read and use regularly, this particular Bible is a unique resource and worthwhile investment for you and your family. Here are some of its features:
- Passages are broken up into 365 daily readings and are arranged chronologically, enabling readers to better understand God’s unfolding plan of creation, redemption, and restoration.
- Devotional commentary provides historical and spiritual insights, helping readers grasp God's word and apply it to their lives.
- Several sections are arranged topically, such as Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, the Mosiac Law, and several of the psalms