Fall 2019 growth groups

As important as our corporate worship is together on Sunday morning, we grow in faith best when we join with others to study the Bible, learn what it means to follow Jesus in our daily living, and have support and encouragement in that journey.

At Philly First, we offer a variety of groups on Sunday morning and Wednesday nights.  We have five small groups which meet on Sunday morning during the traditional Sunday School hour of 9:00 a.m.  Most of these groups have a designated teacher and standard curriculum, though one of our groups uses more video-based studies, and they study a wide range of topics from a biblical perspective.

Wednesday NIght Live! (WNL!) begins on Wednesday nights with a meal served from 5:00-5:45 p.m in the Family Life Center, which is connected to the main church building by a breezeway and is accessible from the main church parking lot. We have children and youth groups which meet on Wednesday nights, and offer several small groups.

Our Fall, 2019 Lineup is set!  We will kickoff WNL! on August 14 with a Rise Against Hunger meal packaging event where from 5:30-7:30 p.m. we will package 20,000 meals.  The studies will begin on August 28 with the meal at 5:00 and the studies beginning at 6:00 p.m.


Women’s Group

Study: A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit by Nicki Koziarz

Leader: Hannah Hardy

Location: After-School Room


Perseverance is one of the greatest skills but also the hardest lessons we will learn in our lifetime. In this 6-session Bible study, join Nicki Koziarz as you learn to follow through on your commitments despite your feelings. Through the story of Ruth, learn 5 habits to help you become the woman who doesn't quit.

Women’s Group

Study: Determined by Heather Dixon

Leader: Joni Duncan

Location: Parlor


Live intentionally and embrace the abundant life! Do you drift through the day not appreciating the gift of every moment? It's easy to do. Learn how to make the most of each day by following in the footsteps of Jesus - the One who lived with a joy-filled determination, laser-focused on his mission to love the world.

In this 6-week study of the book of Luke, you'll follow the life and ministry of Jesus and consider the choices He made on His way to the cross. You'll find a model for intentional living that can be replicated to ensure that you live each day to the fullest, making a difference for God's kingdom.

Men’s Group

Study: First Peter by Kyle Idleman

Leader: Mark Duncan

Location: Library


This world looks nothing like the promised perfect kingdom of God. And yet we as God's people must live in it everyday. In The Book of 1 Peter, Kyle Idleman walks through the short letter and unpacks the importance of our witness in this world.


The world's not as it should be. Until the day that God rights all wrongs, we have a job to do. Let's be about the business of the kingdom.

Couples Group

Study: The Good Fight by Dr. Les & Leslie Parrott

Leaders: Blake & Jessica Pickering

Location: Cornerstone Room


Discover the secret to a genuinely happy marriage! Drawing on extensive research and their years as marriage counselors, Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott uncover common misbeliefs about marital conflict, showing couples how a good fight actually enriches a relationship, making it stronger. Men and women will learn what pitfalls to avoid, how to use conflict for good, and how to diffuse anger and hurt feelings. Filled with practical advice that couples can implement quickly and easily, The Good Fight helps husbands and wives build a relationship where harmony outweighs tension and peace finds a home.

Mixed Group

Study: Revival: Faith as Wesley Lived it

Leader: Rev. Chris Young

Location: Seekers Room


Wesley’s message and his faith continue to speak to 21st-century Christians—calling for a revival of our hearts and souls so that our world might be changed. Join Adam Hamilton for a six-week journey as he travels to England, following the life of John Wesley and exploring his defining characteristics of a Wesleyan Christian. Wesley’s story is our story. It defines our faith and it challenges us to rediscover our spiritual passion.