WHO WE ARE
Freshly launched in Fall 2016, we are a community of individuals, post-college to age 30, who devote ourselves to the study of God’s Word, fellowship with one another, the breaking of bread, and prayer. If this sounds familiar, that’s because it’s straight out of Acts 2:42. We seek to embody this within our own ministry, within The Chapel, and within the entire body of believers. Along with our church’s purpose (Matthew 22:37-39, 28:19-20) and mission, everything we do stems from one or more of these core four disciplines
WHAT WE DO
Young Adult Large Group
9:00am | Room 155
Our weekly large-group gathering includes a time of intentional teaching, fellowship, prayer, discussion and worship, although it’s rare that all these elements are present each Sunday. We’re not recreating a service, but we do seek to engage these different elements as a community of young adults. At the completion of our time together, we move to the 10:40am service to be a part of the larger body of Christ.
(Acts 2:42, Hebrews 10:19-25, 1 Corinthians 1:1-2)
Midweek (Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays)
6:30pm | VARIOUS HOMES
In Scripture, the entire church gathers together, but we also see smaller groups of believers getting together to study the Word and share in community with one another. It’s easy to get lost in the vastness of the body and even in smaller, individual ministries, so these groups provide a more channeled avenue for authentic relationship, fellowship, and accountability. Our goal is to create an atmosphere that allows for organic spiritual growth and discipleship with the mixing of singles, young couples, marrieds, and young parents. One of the ways we do this is by uniquely pairing young adults with older, "next gen" couples to co-lead these groups.
(Acts 2:42-47, Proverbs 11:14, 27:17, Galatians 6:2)
Go to the Life Group tab above to view options
(once a month)
5-9pm | VARIOUS HOMES
While Acts 2:42 refers to the practice of communion when we see “the breaking of the bread,” verses 46-47 hone in on fellowship and a more casual “breaking of the bread.” Once a month, we will gather at a host home with no set agenda outside of sharing a meal, playing games, and furthering our community. Our goal is to provide a safe and relaxed atmosphere to bring unchurched friends so that verse 47 can become a reality. If you have a young family, bring the whole crew because part of sharing in each other’s lives means sharing in each other’s families. We just ask that you RSVP (see below) and own a side, drink, dessert, or utensils. In the busyness of life, this is an opportunity to gather and “recline at the table” together. Even as Jesus did!
(Acts 2:46-47, John 12:1-2, 21:9-13)
You will need to RSVP for this group activity through Belong, our online community here at The Chapel. You can do this in 3 easy steps!
What you need to know before joining a Life Group:
- In order to join a Life Group, you must have a Belong account and become a member of the Young Adult group. See the bottom of this page on how to get started.
- To sign up for a group on Belong, type in the key words "young adult" or "life group" along with the leaders’ last names in the Group search bar. The button to join is in the upper right corner of that group’s page.
- The target number for groups is 16 people. If groups begin to grow larger than this, we will ask individuals to branch off and begin a new one to multuply groups. Please keep this in mind when thinking about joining a group.
- If you’d prefer to join a men’s or women’s group, check out the Men’s Ministry and the Women’s Ministry for more options.
David & Guida Sweitzer, Caleb Thomas
Location: Highland Square (Akron)
Dan & Tori Cooper
Location: Ellet (Akron)
Michael & Shelley Johnson, Sam Suglio
Dave & Linda Maynard, Josh & Alysha Blanchard
Location: Copley (Akron)
Still have some questions that haven’t been answered? Check out this list of frequently asked questions or email Dan at email@example.com
- What if I am a graduate student or an undergraduate in my mid-to-late 20s?
You’re welcome to either take part in Campus Focus, our college ministry because you’re a student, or you can join us. You know what’s best for you at this time in your life.
- What if I just graduated high school but am not going to college?
From a social, spiritual, and mental standpoint, your best option is to jump into Campus Focus, our college ministry, for the duration of a would-be undergraduate career, which is four years. It obviously varies from person-to-person, but some development likely still needs to happen before you join the Young Adults group. Take the time to grow and get to know our Campus Focus crew… then join us!
- What if I am a college student over the age of 30?
Even with a ‘student’ status, you’re out of the running for Campus Focus, our college ministry, and 30 is the cap for our ministry (with only a few exceptions on a case-by-case basis.) If you need help plugging in elsewhere, we’ll do our best to help you find the right fit.
- What if I am under the age of 30, but my fiancé or spouse is over?
If you are in our ministry but your fiancé or spouse is just over the age of 30, he/she is more than welcome to be a part of what we do as long as you’re here. We understand that many engaged/married couples desire to take part in ministry together. You’re also more than welcome to individually jump into one of the Adult Bible Fellowships put on by our Spiritual Maturities Department instead. However, if there’s a larger age gap between you and your spouse, (putting them in their late-30’s, for example,) the Young Adults group may not be a comfortable fit for them.
- What if I just want to be in a group that’s exclusively young marrieds or singles?
Our goal is to create an atmosphere that allows for organic spiritual growth and discipleship to occur with the mixing of both married couples and single adults in their 20s. You are still able to connect with those in your specific circumstance, but we’d encourage you to be intentional about branching out. If you’re 22 years old and married, for example, there’s no reason you can’t be discipled by an unmarried 30 year old. We believe all of our lives can be enriched by learning from one another, whether single or married.
- Why do you meet on Sunday mornings at 9:00am?
One of the goals of this new ministry is to bridge a gap that’s been present in our church for a long time now. Practically, it makes the most sense for us to gather together on a day that the rest of the body of Christ gathers, especially because we’re heading to the 10:40am service together following our gathering time.
- Am I able to bring my kids to The Breaking?
Absolutely! No formal childcare is provided, but one of the main thrusts of us doing this each month is to provide a space with no agenda other than fellowship and connecting relationally. If our goal is to know and share in each other’s lives, knowing each other’s family is an integral part of that, so bring Little Zachary and his stuffed dog!
- Why is the target number for Life Groups 16 people?
The body of Christ is big. These groups are meant to shrink it down a bit. When groups like this get too large, intimacy is lost, and it’s much more difficult to go deeper in relationships and build one another up.
- If I’m currently in a group that’s full but want to bring a friend, what can I do?
While we want to make groups all-inclusive for any and all to join, we have a target number for a reason (see above). You can certainly invite others, but just know that if they decide to stick around and the group grows well above 16, we may ask you to branch off to begin a new group with those you invited.
- Once I’m in a group, am I able to switch groups?
Can you? Yes. Should you? No. One of the things we seek to establish in these groups is stability, for both your sake and for the group’s sake. Intimacy and sharing in the lives of one another happens when trust is built, and trust can only be built with consistency. This is a commitment, so commit and trust God will work through it!
- Can I join a Life Group if I don’t have an account on Belong?
Belong is our central communication hub for both individual groups and the ministry as a whole. While someone could just show up to a group, that’s not encouraged. It’s much easier for leaders to communicate with their groups this way. If you don’t have an account, see the bottom of the page to get started!
- Can I join a Life Group if I don’t attend The Chapel’s Akron campus but attend another church?
This isn't out of the question, but it would be necessary to sit down with the Director of Young Adults and talk through the circumstances before joining a group. Generally, this is highly discouraged. Wherever your church is, that should be the community you invest in. In order to establish deep relationships with other people, investment is necessary, and it would be majorly difficult to invest in multiple groups at the same time. If you currently don’t have a church home, you’re more than welcome to join a group and hopefully make The Chapel your home.
- Why are Life Groups only on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday?
Wednesday evening is The Chapel’s primary midweek program night, which is flooded with different opportunities to serve in various ministries such as Family, Women’s, Disability, Internationals, etc. Not everyone feels the tug to serve midweek, but we want to provide the space for it. Friday evening means the weekend is here, and after a tough work week, we want our crew to have a social life! Having options for everyone because of the varying schedules is good, but we want to protect Wednesday and Friday evenings for the sake of each individual.
Don’t have a profile setup on Belong (our church database)? Belong will be our primary means of communication, registration, filling needs, etc., so you’ll want to get on that! Start the process HERE.