Spiritual Formation

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness...”

2 Timothy 3:16

Spiritual Formation Small Groups

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God’s Word is a living, breathing document that we cherish.  We desire to know what God says in His Word and how it impacts our lives.  Through gathering in a small group, we learn together through study, dialogue, spiritual rhythms, relationship and experience.  Ultimately, our desire is to grow in our relationship with Jesus and others!

Bible and Book Study Groups

Focus (Bible Study)
Sundays, 6-7 PM
Zoom 
This is a Bible Study group which focuses on Spiritual Formation. Joe is teaching through the book of Acts and Renee is teaching through the the Gospel of Luke. The group has a teaching and discussion format and includes a time of prayer and sharing. It is open to anyone in any age group that wants to grow spiritually and develop friendships. We believe that the Word of God inspires us to hope and life and growth so we work through our understanding of it in relationships, discussion, and practical ways. We hope to aspire and inspire! The group meets yearly and is open to new people at any time. We look forward to meeting you! 
Facilitators:  Joe and Renee Dallas
Adult Bible Discussion
Sundays, 10:30 - 11:45 AM
Not currently meeting
In our Bible study sessions we have a handout with questions related to the text. Anyone is free to speak to the subject with comments or questions. We begin our sessions with praise reports and prayer, and a hymn. Besides our regular Bible study, we occasionally invite a guest speaker from our church, Vanguard or an Assemblies of God Missionary. Members of our class are valued and bless us all by sharing their stories on a particular Sunday. Outside of our regular Sunday group we gather bi-monthly in someone's home for a book discussion. We enjoy our times of fellowship over meals and special occasions.
We are not currently meeting due to the pandemic. Our group will start back up as soon as the restrictions have been lifted and it is safe for all to return.
Facilitators:  Gus and Betty Cerillo
Exploring the Bible
Mondays, 10:30 AM-1:30 PM

Costa Mesa - Physical gatherings on a patio
This season we are continuing a study in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. The study is an in-depth look at the pilgrims returning from exile to start life again in Israel, along with the rebuilding of the Temple and Wall as well as the Godly ordinances presented to keep them a holy nation. We begin with worship and the lesson and then finish our time with lunch and praying for one another’s needs. Pack your own lunch and join us - all ages are welcome!
Leader: Adri Ras
Grasping God's Word
Mondays,  7-8:30 PM
Zoom Group
While Paul commanded all of us to “accurately handle the word of truth,” he did not give us detailed instructions on how to do it. So, 2,000 years later, let’s get at it with the help of Scott Duvall‘s book "Grasping God’s Word" and in the safe, interactive and beloved setting this small group has become known to be. Who are we? Eclectic and caring enough to challenge each other to grow. Join us, there is always room for one more! (Zoom until restrictions are lifted to meet physically/Fountain Valley )
Facilitator:  Eric Oleson
Adult Bible Study (50+)
Mondays, 7-9 PM
Zoom Group

This is a Bible Study group that primarily is based in small group studies by Rick Warren and other notable leaders and authors.
We spend time in community with each other reading God’s Word, Praying for one another and sharing life together. Our group has an age range from mid-50s to mid 70s. We welcome singles and married couples! (NOTE:  This group is FULL)
Leaders: Tom & Becke Prince
Mixed Group Bible Study & Fellowship
Tuesdays, 7 - 8:30 PM
Costa Mesa
We are a blended ages and life stages group of people studying the meaning of the word "Christian". It may not mean what you think.  We share the Bible and relationships together. We are meeting on our outdoor patio and absolutely loving gathering together!
Group Leader:  Court Moorefield
Central Prayer Group
Wednesdays, 11 AM -12 PM
Zoom Group
A safe place for anyone to pray for personal, church and community needs.  We typically share a scripture or a short devotional and then begin to pray.  We take all of the requests, submitted to the church, and pray specifically for each one as well as lift each other up before the Lord. Often, we also pray for the leaders of our cities, state and county as well as the local pastors.  Anyone can join at any time!  You will receive the zoom link once your sign up for this group. 
Facilitator: Renee Dallas
Growing Together
Thursdays, 5 - 6:30 PM

Costa Mesa - Meet on their patio
We are going through the book: Oneness: A Biblical view of the race issues in America and the churches involvement. by Tony Evans. We take a half chapter at the time and reread sections that apply to discussion. He writes from his upbringing and experience living in primarily white America and reflects on what he feels is lacking in the Christian church. His perspective is challenging. We are addressing the hope that through Tony's eyes, and the leading of the Holy Spirit, the church will learn how to demonstrate God's compassion to all people! This group is open to all ages.
Facilitators: Gerry & Adri Ras
The Gifts of the Spirit
Thursdays, 7-8:30 PM
ZOOM - The last two meetings will be in-person worship and prayer.  Location TBD.
In 1 Corinthians chapter 12 Paul tells us not to be “ignorant” of the spiritual gifts.  Some believers, though, are unaware that such gifts even exist.  Other believers are often intimidated by the spiritual gifts and have experienced abuses and unscriptural practices; those things keep them from “going there” and experiencing the gifts and purposes that God has for them.  As a result, the Church is less equipped for service, personal growth, and witness.  

The purpose of this class is to simply explain from the Word of God who the Holy Spirit is in the person of the Trinity, what His role is in the believer’s life, and the purposes of His gifts for the individual, and finally, how they play out in the “graces of the community”, the church.  Class will include Q & A and discussion time. The goals of the class is to 1) educate, inform and make accessible the work of the Holy Spirit and His gifts and 2) see the gifts received, developed and exercised with intelligence, faith, and practical understanding at Newport Mesa Church.
Facilitators:  Joe and Renee Dallas
Creatives
Thursdays, 7-8:30 PM

Irvine in an outdoor venue
Our Creative group is made up of more than just musicians and singers. Creative encompasses all areas from the seen to unseen, including (but not limited to) Production, Newport Mesa TV, Social Media, Film, Photography, Graphic Design, Visual Art, Writing, Merch, Lighting and Audio.  Whether you are a beginner, a pro or just enjoy the company of other creatives, in our community, our Creative group will encourage and inspire you!  
Facilitator: Pete Campbell
Discipleship Group
Saturdays,  10 AM - 12 PM
Costa Mesa - Outdoor patio
This is a discipleship study for anyone seeking a deeper relationship with Jesus, greater degree of freedom, and true fulfillment in Jesus Christ. Together we will explore Biblical topics that are critical to building a firm foundation in our walk. This is a group open to both men and women of any age or background. 
Facilitator: Dawn Frawley 

Rooted Groups

Women's Rooted Group
Tuesdays,  6:30 - 8:30 PM
Zoom
We will be going through “Rooted,” an experience that explores your unique plan and purpose including learning how to hear the voice of God and discovering how God desires for us to be engaged in a profound life-changing experience with Jesus. Rooted becomes a catalyst for life-change where the Holy Spirit can work on our hearts, center us on what is most important and change us from the inside out influencing every relationship! This is a place where you will be heard, supported and encouraged, by other women, as we journey together through the seven Spiritual Rhythms and practices that form the basis of the Rooted experience. This is a group that is open to all women of any age or background.                                                                                                                              
Facilitator:  Donna Watt                                                                                                                                                                           
Men's Rooted Group
Tuesdays,  6:30 - 8 PM
Zoom
We will be going through “Rooted,” an experience that explores your unique plan and purpose which includes the idea of hearing God speak to you and engaging you in a profound experience with Jesus. You will see yourself as an important person in the community which listens and supports you. Rooted is a catalyst for life-change where going back to the basics helps us to get centered in what we believe and how God can use us! The benefit of going through Rooted with people who are similar in age and life stage is that it allows you to form deep and meaningful relationships with your peers. This is a place where you will be heard, supported and encouraged as we journey together through the rhythms and practices that form the basis of the Rooted experience.  All men welcome!                                                                                                                        
Facilitator:  Eddie Bravo