Our spiritual growth occurs in community – not isolation. Sanctuary Groups are places where we gather to be known, to know God, and to more deeply know ourselves beyond our Sunday morning worship services.

(Welcoming new members!)

Group Title: Rest & Freedom

Leader: Dr. Korie Little Edwards

Launch Date: January 31st, 2023

Date & Time: Tuesdays, biweekly, 6:45pm - 9pm, summers off

Location: Clintonville

All of our participants are adult women.

"This [book study] group is about practicing Rest and Freedom. Rest and freedom are core privileges of being children of God. Rest is practiced and mandated by God in Genesis. As Paul writes in Galatians, "It is for freedom Christ has set us free." I love that! I am seeking other women who too want to live free and rested. This group will [prioritize safety and authenticity] [and will] center the voices and experiences of women, with an emphasis on the lived experiences and voices of black women. We will read and engage various books, beginning with Rest is Resistance: A Manifesto by Tricia Hersey. Creativity and imagination are good for the soul. Art and creativity will be incorporated into our gatherings as well as sharing our hearts, collective prayer, and practices of meditation and rest."

Click here to learn more about the first book we'll be reading together!

Click here to contact Dr. Korie Little Edwards about joining!

(Welcoming new members!)

Group Title: Intentional Introverts Women's Group

Leader: Linette McDaniel-Corrigan

Date & Time: Saturdays, bi-weekly, 7-9 p.m., all year 'round 

Location: Zoom

All of our participants are adult women.

As the name suggests, we are all introverts. All comers are welcome, but be prepared for thoughtful silences as part of our conversation!

In this group, we start by checking in with each other. Then we move on to a discussion time. Our goal is not to acquire information but to practice spiritual friendship with each other as we reflect on (or wrestle with!) important questions. We end by praying together. Occasionally we will get together in person at a different time (for example, taking a walk at a Metro park on Saturday afternoon) instead of having our Saturday evening Zoom.

Click here to contact Linette about joining!

(Welcoming new members!)

Group Title: Men's Community Group

Leader: Danny Greenawalt

Date and Time: Mondays, weekly, 8 p.m. - 9:15 p.m., summers off

Location: Sanctuary Columbus Church

All of our participants are adult and young adult men.

Participants will meet weekly in efforts to support one another, spiritually, emotionally, and socially through the word and in community with one another.  Study Text for the quarter will be determined at first meeting. 

Click here to contact Danny about joining!

(Welcoming new members!)

Group Title: Invitation to a Journey: a Roadmap for Spiritual Formation

Leader: Dr. Janet L. Hinds

Launch Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2023

Date & Time: Wednesdays, bi-weekly, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., summers off (ends May 31st, 2023)

Location: Sanctuary Columbus Church (the sanctuary); Zoom during inclement weather

Most of our participants are multigenerational, adult men and women.

In this book study group, we read the assigned chapter for the week and journal the questions we would like to present at the upcoming study session. While together, we discuss and share how to create space to engage in spiritual practices while accepting God’s transforming presence in our lives.

Click here to contact Dr. Hinds about joining!

(Welcoming new members!)

Group Title: Sanctuary Daytime Group

Leaders: Gretchen Greenawalt & Linda Gygax

Date & Time: Wednesdays, weekly, 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m., summers off

Location: Sanctuary Columbus Church (Community Room)

Most of our participants are adult men and women.

Each week, we'll start with a community welcome and will continue with liturgical prayer and the investigation of scripture through the Inductive Method (e.g., including observations, interpretation, application). We'll end with fellowship and fun! 

Coffee and childcare will be provided! No need to prepare, come as you are!

**Childcare provided

Click here to contact Gretchen about joining!

(Welcoming new members!)

Group Title: Practicing the Way

Leaders: Cheri & Gregory Brumbaugh

Launch Date: January 19th, 2023

Date & Time: Thursdays, bi-weekly, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., all year 'round

Location: Westerville

Most of our participants are adult and young adult men and women.

In this group, we aim to create a safe space to form deeper relationships with God, ourselves, and others. Throughout 2023, we will be exploring 9 spiritual disciplines using John Mark Comer’s Practicing The Way study. There are no required readings or homework for this study, but we will be encouraged to practice various spiritual disciplines between meetings. We will also have group meetings dedicated solely to fellowship and/or service.

Singles and married couples with or without children are all welcome! While she will not be in our meeting area during group time, there is a dog in this household.

Click here to contact us about joining!

(Welcoming new members!)

Leaders: Sean Ransom

Date & Time: Thursdays, weekly, at 7 p.m., all year 'round

Location: ZOOM

Most of our participants are older adult men and women.

Click here to contact Sean about joining!

(Welcoming new members!)

Group Title: Everyday Worship and Creative Expression

Leaders: Kevin Mason, Jr. & Anthony Severyn

Launch Date: March 2nd, 2023

Date & Time: 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7pm - 9pm, all year 'round

Location: Sanctuary Columbus Chruch (Community Room)

Most of our participants are multi-generational, adult men and women.

Everyday Worship and Creative Expression is a space for engaging with the Word of God through contemplative practices, channeling our individual and collective creative gifts (at whatever level of technical proficiency), and collaborating with others. The hope of this Sanctuary Group is to create and foster an environment in which we can genuinely and joyfully "sing a new song", draft a new written work, or create a new bit of art to the glory of the Lord. We believe that these practices can help us to enjoy moments of rich individual and communal worship—every day of the week.

On the first Thursday of the month, we will typically: 

  • engage in contemplative practices and scripture reading over a common theme;

  • discuss our initial impressions, stirred-up memories, longings, and laments;

  • break out for individual, creative reflection on the subject matter; and

  • come together again to share our initial reflections and works (if you wish!)

On the third Thursday of the month, we will share our progress and open the space up for collaboration or additional individual creative work.  We hope you are interested in joining us!

Click here to contact Anthony about joining!

(Welcoming new members!)

Group Title: College Girls Community Group

Leaders: Aubrey Lawrence & Dara Broadous

Launch Date: Wednesday, August 30th, 2023

Date & Time: Wednesdays, bi-weekly, 7pm - 9pm, summers off

Location: OSU/ Upper Arlington and/or Worthington

All of our participants are young adult women.

In this group, we will discuss Sunday sermons and general topics in the context of living life as a young, Christian woman. We want this to be a safe and inclusive space to share and be vulnerable as women. Come as you are! We’ll chill, have snacks, and real talk!

Click here to contact Aubrey about joining!

(Welcoming new members!)

Group Title: Contemplative Community

Leaders: Mandy & Stuart Pierce, Merrianna & Nathan Holdeman

Launch Date: January 8th, 2023

Date & Time: Sundays, bi-weekly, 4-6 p.m., all year 'round

Location: Clintonville

Most of our participants are adult and young adult men and women.

In this group, we will regularly meet together to engage in contemplative practices and prayer-- maybe sing a few songs and perhaps share a meal.

We strive to create a safe space for people to bring their full selves. Bring your praises and hardships so you can encounter God in community and be empowered and equipped to be sent out to do the daily Kingdom work that's already set before you in your communities, with neighbors, in your places of work, in your school, etc.!

**Children are welcome!

Click here to contact us about joining!

(Currently at capacity)

Leaders: Will & Courtney Rowland

Date & Time: 1st & 3rd Sundays at 4:30 p.m. 

Location: NW Columbus

Most of our participants are adult and young adult men and women with children.

Click here to contact the Rowlands!

(Currently at capacity)

Leaders: Melissa Chang, Bijo George, Chris & Linda Gygax

Date & Time: 1st & 3rd Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. 

Location: Dublin / Zoom

Click here to contact us!

(Currently at capacity)

Group Title: Hatt Sanctuary Group

Leaders: Dan & Becca Hatt

Date & Time: Wednesday, bi-weekly, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, summers off

Location: Bexley & Westerville

Most of our participants are adult men and women with children.

We engage in spiritual practices, share high points and low points, follow the church sermon series and rhythms, and discuss videos/podcasts and other resources relevant to our walk with God. The Hatt’s have been Sanctuary partners for 10 years. Our group consists of mostly families who have found Sanctuary Columbus Churhc within the last 4 years.

Click here to contact the Hatts!

(Currently at capacity)

Leader: Cara Buenz

Date & Time: Thursdays, weekly, 7 p.m. 

Location: King-Lincoln

Most of our participants are young adult men and women with children.

Click here to contact Cara!

(Currently at capacity)

Leaders: Megan & Sean Bradford

Date & Time: Wednesday evenings, bi-weekly, all year 'round

Location: Gahanna

Most of our participants are adult men and women.

**Childcare provided

Our Rhythm:
1st Wednesday: Ladies Night
2nd Wednesday: Dinner and Bible study (everyone)
3rd Wednesday: Guys Night
4th Wednesday: Bible study (everyone)

Click here to contact the Bradfords!

How can we help you?

If you have general questions about our Sanctuary Groups, you're welcome to reach out to our Associate Pastor, Micah Morgan, LPC.

If you're a current or future group leader, book study leader, or teacher and you need to update your group/class information, click here!

**This webpage was last reviewed/updated on 1/19/2023