Get Connected with Others

We truly believe that our life in Christ is a group project, so it’s vitally important for us to get connected to others within our church family.  Worship services are great, but it’s really hard to connect to others and build relationships if you’re only involved in our times of corporate worship.  We have some great avenues for growing closer in community with others.


Belonging to a group of believers who are mutually committed to caring for one another, growing in their faith, and impacting others for Jesus Christ is what biblical community and GroupLife is all about. Here are our group descriptions:

Connection Groups

Ongoing groups that encourage connection with others and growth in God’s Word. These groups meet each Sunday morning at 8:20, 9:30 & 11:00 at our Norwood campus. With a wide range of age, life-stage groups and varied teaching styles, there's a group here for you.  Visit our Connection Groups Page and find one to check out.

Equip Groups

These content-driven groups feature a variety of short-term (6-13 weeks) and long-term Bible study groups designed to equip you for life and ministry. These are groups like Financial Peace University, support groups (GriefShare & Re:generation), parenting groups, study groups, men’s & women’s groups, and fitness groups.  These groups typically meet on Monday evenings (6:30-8:00pm w/ childcare), although some meet at other times throughout the week. 

DNA Groups

Verse-by-verse based groups that foster disciple-making through biblical community.  DNA stands for Discover Nurture Act. Each time a group meets they will discover the truths of God's Word verse-by-verse, nurture the relationships in their group, and be encouraged to act on what they discover.  These groups typically meet on Wednesday evenings (6:30-8:00pm w/ childcare & meal at 5:30pm) in the fall and spring, although some meet at other times throughout the week and year. 

Connections for the Kids

Building relationships in Biblical community is important for kids and teens, too.

Preschool (Birth-Kinder)

We believe that it's never too early to teach a child about our Savior, so we provide a safe place filled with caring people who are passionate about teaching preschoolers the truths of the Lord. As the parent, you play the most important role in the spiritual development of your little ones. It is our desire to partner with you in teaching your child about Jesus. We look forward to working together to build foundations of faith in your preschooler.

In classrooms appropriately divided by age and stages of development, we offer many opportunities for preschoolers to learn and be shaped through play, hands-on activities, Bible stories, holiday events, life application activities, and service projects. It's our tremendous privilege to provide these fun learning opportunities so our children can be Shaped by God.

Children (Grade 1-6)

We want to connect children to a relationsip with Christ, and we want to connect them to other Christian kids and adults to strengthen their connection to Christ. In age-graded classes we use a great curriculum appropriate for teaching God's Word to specific age groups.

Fifth & sixth graders at the Norwood campus are invited to join our Zone 56 class, specifically designed to help bridge the gap between the Children's and Student ministries. Like all of our Children's classes, it provides solid Biblical teaching in a fun and exciting environment.

Students (Grade 7-12)

Norwood LIFE Connection classes are designed to draw students into a deeper understanding of the Scriptures and how they apply to their daily lives. Through these classes divided by grade and gender, students have the opportunity to connect with one another, develop a desire to know more fo the Scriptures, and become passionate followers of Christ.

Students at the River Trails campus attend the Worship service and serve on Sunday mornings. Home Groups meet in a neighborhood home during the week for small-group studies.

Service Teams

Another great way to get connected to a community of believers is through service opportunities.  Some of the easiest teams to plug into are listed below:

Welcome Team

Everyone likes to feel welcome and at home. It takes a whole team of folks to accomplish this at First Hurst. We station dedicated servants throughout the campus, armed with a warm smile and a friendly demeanor, to welcome worshippers to this place where we want everyone to feel at home. Contact Jason Meyer to find out more or get involved.

Worship Choir

If making a joyful noise with a group of other believers sounds like your cup of tea, the Worship Choir may be just the thing for you. We're not asking if you have a voice. The real question is, "Do you have a song?" If so, we invite you to contact Mark Garner and get plugged in to help lead our congregation each Sunday morning.

We have a whole host of other service opportunities as well. Find out where you can get connected with others as you serve the Lord together.