The Christian life is meant to be lived in community. For one to flourish as a follower of Jesus it is essential to build close relationships with other believers and to live life together in pursuit of God and His standards. Our Small Groups offer you an opportunity to build relationships within our OCF community, pursue God together, and share the light and love of Jesus with those around us. Our groups then, are communities that study together, pray together, worship, serve, celebrate, fellowship, and live life together.

Our Small Groups meet weekly, primarily in homes throughout the South Bay including El Segundo, Hawthorne, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Westchester and beyond. Our goal is to have thriving small groups in all of the communities where our OCF members live so we can actively live out the Gospel together.

The Christian life is meant to be lived in community. For one to flourish as a follower of Jesus it is essential to build close relationships with other believers and to live life together in pursuit of God and His standards. Our Small Groups offer you an opportunity to build relationships within our OCF community, pursue God together, and share the light and love of Jesus with those around us. Our groups then, are communities that study together, pray together, worship, serve, celebrate, fellowship, and live life together.

Our Small Groups meet weekly, primarily in homes throughout the South Bay including El Segundo, Hawthorne, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Westchester and beyond. Our goal is to have thriving small groups in all of the communities where our OCF members live so we can actively live out the Gospel together.

We offer 3 types of small groups:

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Series-based

A great way to absorb the word of God is through conversation. We have dozens of small groups throughout the South Bay. Every week these groups get together and discuss the biblical text from Sunday’s sermon. It’s also a time for casual hanging out, building community, and finding support.

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Topical Groups

These groups build their study around a specific topic and dive into biblical texts as well as other pertinent literature to help those in the group to make relevant applications in their lives. These could be topical Bible studies, book clubs, video series studies, RightNow Media series, etc. We want to ensure that when our people face a specific challenge, life stage, or have an interest to grow closer to the Lord through a particular topic that we can help provide an avenue to do so right along with others in the family of faith.

Groups will vary in the manner and frequency with which they display each element, but all groups should be able to demonstrate each element as part of their common and consistent life together. This is not something that can be accomplished in a brief season together. For this reason we encourage all of our groups to commit to spending one full small group year together.

“Gospel and Culture”
OCF | Sundays | 11:15am Service

Sharing the gospel isn’t just a modern-day challenge. The early Christians faced harsh challenges in communicating the gospel to their culture, yet God made a way for them to succeed which benefited every believer after them, including us. Like the early Christians, we are called to share the same gospel message today, and God is still actively making ways for us to do that. Come be encouraged and equipped to be salt and light in our modern-day culture.  This 12-week group led by Mike Gunn, Chris McCulloch and Carlos Rams, will meet on Sunday mornings during our 11:15am service.

Men’s Fraternity
OCF | Thursdays | 6am-7am

This group is an open (registration not required), on-going men’s group that meets from 6am-7am at OCF. For more information about Men’s Fraternity, please contact Pastor Carlos.


Men’s Group
OCF | Sundays | 9:30am-10:45am

This group is an open (registration not required), on-going men’s group that meets during our 9:30am service on Sunday mornings at OCF. For more information, please contact Jeff Brigham.

Psalms: Pouring Your Heart Out to God (Disciplers Study)
Leader: Tracy Olson
Mondays | 6:30pm-8:30pm | Cost: $35
NO childcare is available

The lessons on Psalms were written to give an overview and introduction to the various types of Psalms and to help you feel more at home in navigating and understanding the book. The Psalms help us express our gratitude and praise to God, but they also help us know how to approach God when we have questions, concerns, troubles, and hurts. As you study the Psalms, you will find praise on every page of the book and it will help you to put praise on every page of your life.

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Seamless: Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story and
Ephesians: Equipping of the Saints in a Morally and Spiritually Corrupt World
Leaders: Lorie Chaykowski & Linda Goy
Wednesdays | 9:30am-11:30am | This group is full

This group will start with Seamless: Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story by Angie Smith, then go through Ephesians: Equipping of the Saints in a Morally and Spiritually Corrupt World by JD Greear.


Judges & Ruth: Godly Living in Ungodly Times (Disciplers Study)
Leaders: Casey Schramm & Leah Hutchison
Wednesdays | 9:30am-11:30am | Cost: $35
Childcare is available through 5-years-old

Spend twenty-one weeks with us as we study and discuss Judges & Ruth. Judges takes place after the death of the great and godly leader, Joshua. Israel was just getting settled into their inheritance in the Promised Land. It should have been a hopeful time, but it became a sad, repetitious cycle of sin, discipline by God, crying out to God, and deliverance. It is a story of man’s failure and God’s faithfulness.

The little book of Ruth, on the other hand, gives another picture of life during this time and is like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. Ruth, a young Moabite woman and widow of a man of Israel, clings to her mother-in-law and God rather than her homeland and its idols. These are her faithful and touching words to Naomi, Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.

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Prayer Project Group (Wednesday AM & PM)
Leader: Nicole Dunaetz
Wednesdays | AM Group is full; PM Group: 6:30pm-8:30pm | Cost: $35

Prayer Group provides an opportunity to explore different styles of prayer in a weekly project done at home. The projects utilize Scripture, worship music and prayerful journaling. Our weekly meeting is a time for sharing our experience during the prayer project, allowing us to explore where God is at work in our hearts and circumstances while deeply connecting with one another. [Group limited to 5 people.]

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The Power of a Praying Wife
Leader: Theresa Schlueter
OCF | 2nd & 4th Saturdays | 6:30am

Join us as we pray for the welfare of our husbands using the book, The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie O’Martian. We gather every 2nd and 4th Saturday in the OCF Prayer Room from 6:30am-7:30am. The eye-popping, early hour is purposeful, allowing busy wives to participate in family activities. This focused hour of prayer will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed (always a benefit to husbands). There is no beginning or end to this group – you can join in anytime (no registration required). It is also not critical that you make every prayer session. For more information, please contact Theresa Schlueter.

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Discipleship

All groups and efforts to draw near to the Lord work towards our discipleship, but we want to make a distinction here. Discipleship groups at OCF carry the intention to walk through a study in what the whole life of faith looks like. While no such study can complete your work of growing as a disciple, there are a number of quality studies and methods available to help groups of our people journey together to encounter what it truly means to be a follower of Jesus. Discipleship Groups then, are groups that meet to explore what the whole life of faith in Jesus actually is in its entirety.

For further information regarding Discipleship Groups, please contact Pastor Chris.

For more information please contact:

MARK STEPP

mark@ocfchurch.com
Pastor-Elder