ministry & small groups


Small Groups have one simple purpose: to bring people together to grow in Christ.

We believe God created us to live in relationship with others so we can grow in our faith, be there for each other in life’s ups and downs, and serve others. Our small groups make these life-changing connections relevant and accessible to you. They meet at all different times, days, and locations and there are many different groups to choose from.

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You’ve probably seen a typical Small Group meeting and not even realized it. A Small Group looks like friends at lunch, teams playing basketball, or people studying a book or topic of interest. At its core, a Small Group is a small gathering of people, and it is less about what you do and more about who you do it with. By participating in a Small Group, you can expect to make connections, grow in faith, and make a difference.

What happens at a Small Group?

Small Groups meet for two seasons a year— Spring and Fall. During a season, most groups meet once a week. In the summer months, many groups like getting together for a BBQ or a day at the lake. 

How often do Small Groups meet?

Most groups meet for a season, some even shorter. This way, new people can join groups easily and regularly. Also, the seasons approach allows you to try multiple groups each year. As relationships form, some groups choose to stay together for consecutive seasons, but new members are always welcome.  

How long do Groups stay together?

Childcare varies from group to group. When you click on the join a group link, you’ll see which groups offer childcare, or allow children to attend the group. Helena First will consider reimbursing childcare costs for those who are currently experiencing financial hardship and are in need of assistance. [ Childcare Reimbursement Request ]

Is childcare available?

Not everyone will find the best fit with the first Small Group they try, and that’s okay. Feel free to select a few groups that interest you, contact the leaders and try out a couple options before choosing the best one for you. We would also be glad to personally assist you in finding a group. Just don’t give up! We believe there’s a group that’s right for everyone— including you! 

What if I don’t like the group I try? 


It’s about investing in others by giving them a place to connect, grow, and serve.

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