Small Groups

With a church as large as Middle, small groups are the way to get plugged in. Our groups range in size, meeting structure and location, but all value deep connection and the desire to build, organize, and sustain ourselves as we work to bring about love and justice in the world.

Read below for an overview of our small group offerings, and contact Reverend Amanda if you’re wondering what small group might be best for you, to begin receiving information, or sign up for the group.

Acting Class

Mondays, 6:30-8:00 PM, 3rd Floor Studio
Contact: Reverend Chad

Grow your acting chops and your public presentation skills in a safe and joyful environment. Work on scenes, monologues, movement, dance, music, as you develop and workshop pieces together. Led by Middle member Harold Slazer.

Creative Writing

Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 PM, 3rd Floor Studio
Contact: Reverend Chad

Move your ideas from your imagination to the page in a supportive, creative, and fun environment. Learn from colleagues as you share your work with one another. Led by Middle member Harold Slazer.

Exploring Call - New for Fall 2019!

4th Sundays, 1:00-2:15 PM, 5th Floor Parlor
Contact: Reverend Chad

What is "call?" How do we discern it? What is the call of God on each of our lives, and how do we hear and accept God's call on in an ever changing world? This small group is for those currently in seminary, considering seminary, out of seminary, or otherwise considering vocational ministry.

Heart & Soul - New for Fall 2019!

1st Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 PM, 4th Floor Studio
Contact: Reverend Amanda

We understand the benefits of rooting ourselves in spiritual practices like prayer, song, protest – and even movement. Heart and Soul gathers on the first Wednesday of each month for an hour of physical activity, featuring a different style each month from Zumba to Yoga to Hip-Hop. Check here for an updated schedule. No need to RSVP, just come, move with us, and invite friends!

Middle Out Loud

3rd Sundays, 1:00-2:15 PM, 5th Floor Parlor
Contact: Elise Tiralli at middleoutloud@middlechurch.org

A monthly small group with queer and LGBTQIA+ identified folks and committed allies to have fun, build connections, and discuss pertinent issues to our communities.

Middle Prays

Periodically meets
Contact: Reverend Chad

Are you called to pray for middle Church and her members, our city, country and world? This small group is for you.

New Adventures

3rd Thursdays, 2:00-3:30 PM, 4th Floor Studio
Contact: Elise Tiralli

If you are retired, semi-retired, between jobs, or happen to have Thursday afternoons free, you are welcome. Share time with new friends, pray for your Middle family, and live into what adventures lie ahead! This group is for seniors, generally age 65 and above.

Pub Theology

2nd Mondays, 7:00-8:30 PM, Offsite
Contact: Reverend Chad at youngadults@middlechurch.org

Take God intentionally out of Church walls with us! On the second Monday of the month, we gather at a bar near Union Square to talk about life, faith, God, theology, and more. This small group is geared towards 20-40 year olds, though anyone is welcome, and is in partnership will the Collegiate Churches of New York.

Queer Black Men

1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 PM
Contact: Wesley Rowell at qbm@middlechurch.org

What is it like to a queer black man of faith today? How do we reconcile the god of our fathers with the god of our understanding? Through spiritual lenses, the group will examine issues that affect queer black male lives, and all our lives, and respond to these issues.

Racial Justice Learning & Listening - New for Fall 2019!

Meeting Times & Locations TBD after participants are confirmed
Contact: Reverend Amanda
Led by Thelma Boyiri and Marion Wise

As Angela Davis says, “In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist. You must be anti-racist.” "This small group is committed to creating community by: engaging in dialogue, doing the internal work necessary to create an anti-racist society, asking hard questions, holding white people accountable, attending equity trainings and book reads together, and sharing resources. Let us know you’re interested in this group, and we will set meetings and resource sharing.

Reparations Collective - New for Fall 2019!

4 Consecutive Tuesdays, beginning September 17, 2019
Contact: Reverend Amanda

What are reparations? What are reparations for Middle Church? Why should people of faith care about reparations? What is the daily practice of repairing? Join Jacqui Lewis and Adam Fitzgerald for this four-week conversation. Participants are required to attend at least 3 out of 4 sessions. RSVP by September 15: ahashcraft@middlechurch.org

Revolutionary Parenting

2nd Sundays, 10:45-11:30 AM, 5th Floor Parlor
Contact: Reverend Amanda

Conversations and community at the intersection of parenting, faith, and the belief that we can raise a just, liberated, and ethical generation..

Ukuleliacs

1st Wednesdays, 6:45-8:15 PM, Social Hall
Contact: John Del Cuelto

This is a group of Ukulele beginners who gather on the first Wednesday of each month from 6:45-8:15 PM. If you don't have a Ukulele, don't let that stop you! Our brilliant group leader Kaede Helck will lend you one.

Voter Reform Project

Meets Periodically through November 2020
Contact: Reverend Amanda at votingproject@middlechurch.org

We’re kicking off a Voter Reform Project to carry us through 2020. Our work will focus on voter registration, Census 2020, and ending voter suppression. Our first meeting is Sunday, September 22 at 10:45 AM.

Young Adults Small Group

3rd Sundays, 1:00-2:15 PM, 5th Floor Parlor
Contact: Christina Fleming at youngadults@middlechurch.org

Join other 20- and 30-somethings to engage the connections between real life, faith, and justice. Share stories, ask questions, or wrestle with career and relationships in a safe and supportive space.