Connect

Life isn’t meant to be lived alone. We are meant to live in community. Our small groups, ministries and events offer an opportunity for people of all ages to connect with one another and build deep relationships based on shared values and interests.

WOMEN

First Friday
On the first Friday of the month, the women of West Side get together at a member’s home for an evening of food, fun and fellowship. It’s a great intergenerational opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones.
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Feisty Ladies
The ladies meet every Tuesday at 10:00 am in the first-floor Library to knit, crochet, pray, support each other and have fun together. Drop in any time!
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Women’s Retreat
Once a year, we invite women of all ages to take a break from the busyness of daily life and spend some quality time with themselves at our Women’s Retreat. It’s a wonderful chance to re-center yourself, de-stress, and connect more deeply with God and others. Details about the 2020 retreat are coming soon.
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MEN

Third Thursday
On the third Thursday of the month, the guys get together at a member’s home for an evening of food, fellowship and meaningful conversation around a spiritual topic. Click on the following link to request more information and get on our mailing list.  
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Men’s Council
Realizing that many men have a hard time talking about their feelings, we launched Men’s Council in the fall of 2016. Groups of six to eight men meet once a month and practice a heart-centered way of listening, speaking and being together. The goal of these small groups, which are facilitated by Elders, is to create a space where men can speak without being judged, talk about their emotions and be emotional, forge real, authentic relationships with other men, and share the challenges of the different roles that men have in life – husband/partner, father, grandfather, brother, provider, etc. The groups form in the fall and continue through the spring.
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SUPPORT GROUPS

Good Grief
 Whether you are struggling with a recent loss or one from years ago, our bereavement group can help. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month from 5:45 to 7:15 pm and the second Sunday of the month from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in the Conference Room. In both sessions we're working with Paula D'Arcy's book The Winter of the Heart: Finding Your Way Through the Mystery of Grief.
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English as a Second Language
Our free, 90-minute ESL classes take place every Tuesday at 10:00 am from September through June. The focus is on speaking/listening, reading/writing, pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar. At 1:30 pm, also on Tuesdays, an ESL reading group discusses current literature decided on by participants of the group. And on Fridays, an ESL Bible Study takes place at 1:00 pm. The classes are taught by Kathy Koop, who has a graduate degree in teaching English. 
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Alcoholics Anonymous
AA meets every Saturday from 7:00 to 9:00 pm downstairs in DePhillips Hall.

Narcotics Anonymous
NA meets every Friday from 7:30 to 9:30 pm downstairs in DePhillips Hall.

ADULT FELLOWSHIP

The kids at West Side definitely don’t have all the fun! There are plenty of “adult-only” activities and events too. This past year we’ve gotten together for a party on the patio, trivia night, museum visit, paint-and-sip evening and Kentucky Derby party…just to name a few. Be sure to check the calendar for upcoming events.

FAMILIES

Parents and children can participate in many fun activities together—a family square dance, bowling night, Easter egg hunt, trunk-or-treat, Oktoberfest, New Jersey Devils game or New Jersey Jackals game. Be sure to check the calendar for upcoming events.