connect Groups

They worshiped together at the Temple, each day met in homes

Acts 2:46a

Connect Groups are the lifeblood of the House of Praise.
Our belief is that “We’re not a church WITH groups, but a church OF groups.”  
This means most ministry through the Connect Groups.

We believe that discipleship takes place in the context of meaningful relationships. Connect Groups consist of a small group of people (less than 20) from House of Praise, that meet weekly, for 60 to 90 minutes, to grow spiritually and to connect with new friends.

Connect Groups at the House of Praise are semester based. Each semester is 8-10 weeks long. This keep helps keep the groups and the leaders fresh, while allowing you to try different groups without have a 'weird break up' talk.  "You know I like you're group, I just want to check out this other one..." Lol.

Some groups are activity based such as hiking, others are traditional Bible studies but there's one right for you. There are In-Person or Online Groups. Your Choice!!
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Check out all the Current Connect Group.

G1.  Life After Divorce

Leader: Ken Hallock                                417-763-8237
Topic: Life is not over after divorce. Let’s talk about how we can move on.
      Schodack Diner
Saturday 9:00 am – 10:00 am                               Castleton, NY 12033

G2. Hiking Group

Leader: Katelynn Allen                                 518-488-9375 
Topic: Hiking many of the local trails and talk about the 10 keys to spiritual breakthrough.                                                                                                                                                      Schodack Park
Saturday 10:00 am – 11:30 am         Castleton, NY 12033

Y3. Behind the Scenes - Youth (ages 13-17)

Leaders: Morgan Percey & Joelle Dean              518-421-8846  
Topic: Foundations Class for Kids
Kids Connection Sanctuary                      1688 Route 9
Tuesday 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm                            Castleton, NY 12033

M4. Fishers of Men

Leader: Darin Taber                 518-965-0367
Topic: We will discuss how to disciple men and help each other. Let’s enjoy some fun outside activities (i.e. fire pit, corn hole & horseshoes.)
            3821 Helga Strasse
Wednesday 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm  Valatie, NY 12184

G5. Basketball

Leader: Aaron Westfall                 518-257-0842
Topic: Basketball and discussion about our daily walk with Jesus.
                   Riverside Park
Saturday 8:30 am – 10:00 am     Rensselaer, NY 12184

G6. Families in the Park

Leader: Erica Kraft                                 518-396-8798                   
Topic: Bring the Kids to Schodack Park to hear a devotional (Jesus Calling) and play at the playground, hike on the trails and have some family fun.
                      Schodack Park
Sunday 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm        Castleton, NY 12033

G7. Practice of Prayer (FULL)

Leader: Kirsten & John Percey                     518-423-9301                   
Topic: Workshop on developing a functional prayer life.
                    7 Brashear Place  
Tuesday 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm                                Castleton, NY 12033

G8. Character Study on Peter

Leader: Deb Morgan                    914-806-4033
Topic: Peter-from bold water-walker to denier of Jesus to powerful preacher. A character study of the disciple with the “foot-shaped mouth”.
Monday 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm          
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G9. The Parables of Jesus

Leader: Pastor Bill Morgan                     518-421-5290
Topic: Jesus’ teaching in parables was a fulfillment of prophesy. We will discover and apply the lessons Jesus gave to us through parables.
Wednesday 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm              
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G10. Interpreting Visions and Dreams

Leader: Barry Kierstein                             617-803-9744
Topic: We’ll look at how you can interpret your visions and dreams.                
Monday 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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W11. Book Study: You’ll Get Through This
By Max Lucado

Leader: Marge Kehrer                                518-428-4083
Topic: God is there with hope and help for your turbulent times.              
Thursday 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
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What kind of Connect Group would you like? 

In Person groups meet in different neighborhoods. Online groups use zoom for two-way video conversations.   Our groups take place throughout the week at different times but all groups help people grow in their faith and build community.  

Please use this form to find a group that's right for you.  You'll be glad you did!