Lifegroups logo 2019We believe Growing People, Get with People

Life Groups are a place to grow in your relationship to God while you connect with others.

Life Groups have fun, encourage each other, and help each other follow Jesus.

Life Groups are the best environment for continued life-change.

Life Groups are where you begin to feel like family and we do life together!


Life Group Basics

What is a Life Group?

In a Life Group, eight to twelve adults in the same stage of life meet regularly to pursue spiritual growth and healthy relationships.

When and where do groups meet? 

Groups meet on various days of the week.  Groups normally meet in one of the group member’s homes.

How often do Life Groups meet? 

Most groups normally meet weekly.  Some groups meet for three weeks out of the month and either take off the fourth week or do a social activity together.  Most groups take a break over the summer– June-August.

 How long does a Life Group last?

Life Groups initially commit to meet for eight weeks as a starter group. After those first eight weeks, the group members decide if they want to continue meeting together for an additional 10 week trimester.  Most groups will continue to meet 3 trimesters of 10 weeks each year.

How long does each group meeting last?

Each Life Group picks the length of time they will meet.  However, most groups meet for an hour and a half to two hours.

What goes on at a group meeting?

Though each group differs, many groups have a social time at the beginning, then they transition to a time where they watch a video message, discuss the book or Bible passage they are studying and pray for each other.

 What does it mean when a group “multiplies?”
During the coarse of the group, the group leader will train an apprentice to be the next leader of the group.  When ready, the leader will take a couple people with the to start a new group.  Then they will both add more members to their respective new groups, therefore allowing others to join groups.

What do they study?

While all groups begin with the same study in the Fall, each group will choose their other topics and curriculum with the help of the Group Director.

Is childcare provided for each group meeting?

Childcare is not provided, except on Wednesday nights.  All other groups brainstorm and determine what will work best. Some group members take turns watching the children, or they pitch in for the cost of a babysitter.

Life Group Covenant:

Once groups members commit to be in a group we agree to this covenant here,

Find a Life Group

  1. Preview a list of all groups at the link below
  2. Attend a brief information meeting -Beach Basics (Discover). “Discover” is a brief info meeting where you discover how to grow spiritually & get help to find a Life Group right for you!  This is offered on the 2nd Sunday of every month during the 11 AM service.


Our current Life Groups are linked here.

Newcomers lunch logo 2019NEWCOMERS LUNCH

(1st Sunday of the month following 11 am service)


Enjoy a brief, informal meal with church staff and others on the same journey you are – discovering next steps.

Learn more about what we believe, and how to begin engaging with our Orchard Beach family.

The whole family is invited!  Following the meal, childcare will be provided as we get to know you a little better, give you a tour of the building, answer any questions, and give you some practical tips on how to get the most out of your experience at Orchard Beach.

(If there is someone else you’d like to sit with you at the lunch–please give us their names and phone number.  We will contact them for you with an invitation)

(To help us prepare, please RSVP by contacting us here Contact with date and number of individuals coming- including number of children needing childcare.)

Starting point logo 2019


Starting Point is a great first step if you’re new to faith, just checking it out, or finding your way back to God after a time away.
Trained and experienced leaders from our church will guide each discussion in an informal and conversational setting.
Starting Point will take place quarterly, on Sundays during the 11am service.


Starting Point is an 8-week gathering where your questions about God turn into a conversation about faith. In a Starting Point group, you can discuss your doubts and explore the trickiest topics of faith, free from pressure and judgment.


Beach Basics is a set of 3 brief info. meetings designed to be a catalyst to help you engage with our Orchard Beach family and take your next steps in following Jesus. We want to help you know Jesus, connect relationally, grow spiritually, and begin dreaming of all God can & wants to do through you.  (No signups required.  Just show up.  Childcare provided through MVP Kids.)



(2nd Sunday of every month during 11 am service)

Decided to start or restart with Jesus and prepare for water baptism!
Learn the HOW and WHY of following Jesus. You’ll learn the basics of salvation and get all the details you need about water baptism and how to prepare for your baptism experience.

(To process your faith in a more extensive way, we highly recommend that you attend StartingPoint- an 8-week conversational environment where all doubts, questions, etc are welcome)



(3rd Sunday of every month during 11 am service)

Discover how faith grows & find a Life Group right for you!
Learn 5 ways God grows your faith AND get help to find a Life Group for fun, friendship, and faith chats.  Life is better in circles than in rows!



(4th Sunday of every month during 11 am service)

Dream of ways to serve God and His church and join a ministry team!
Learn why God has made you and how God has uniquely gifted you to be a difference maker!  You will get help to find a place to serve on the Orchard Beach Dream Team.

(this meeting is the place to start in order to join a ministry team that best fits you)