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 Rev. Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft if you’re wondering what small group might be best for you, or want to receive more information.

Mondays • 6:30–8:00 p.m. ET • Zoom

Acting Class

Contact: Harold Slazer

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.

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Sundays • 10:30 – 11:40 a.m. ET • Zoom

Bible in the Middle

Contact: Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft

Explore scripture through the lens of Love. Period. Clergy and lay teachers create a safe space for asking the questions in our hearts, and seeking answers for a life of faith today.

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Thursdays • 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. ET • Zoom

Creative Writing

Contact: Harold Slazer

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.

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Second Wednesdays • 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. ET • Zoom

¡Hablamos! Happy Hour

Contact: Bianca Michalczak

Our Spanish language social club! Through monthly discussion, lectures, food, film and art, we’ll explore our collective voice on the issues facing our Latinx community. ¡Ven como tú eres! (Come as you are! All levels are welcome.)

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On Hiatus

Heart & Soul

Contact: Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft

Heart & Soul gathers an hour of body-focused activity every month. Sometimes we do yoga or other exercise, other months we may do a class focused on physical wellness or embodied meditation. Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this small group is currently on hiatus.

1st Sundays • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET • Zoom

Middle Out Loud

Contact: Elise Tiralli

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.

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Thursdays • 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET • Zoom

New Adventures

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 primarily for seniors, generally age 65 and above, but open to anyone looking for community!

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2nd & 4th Wednesdays • 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. ET • Zoom

Queer Black Men in the Middle

Contact: Keith Allen

Queer Black Men in the Middle redefines the intersectionality of black gay spirituality and experience. Our mission is to unconditionally love, affirm and support queer black men through honest dialogue and thought-provoking content that creates and renews our commitment to ourselves and to our community.

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2nd & 4th Tuesdays • 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. ET • Zoom

Reparations Task Force

Contact: Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft

What are reparations? What are reparations for Middle Church? Why should people of faith care about reparations? What is the daily practice of repairing? How can we grapple with the Collegiate Church’s historical complicity to slavery and indigenous genocide? Join a group digging into Middle’s history to determine how we can begin to repair its harm.

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4th Sundays • 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. ET • Zoom

Revolutionary Parenting

Contact: Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft

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

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1st & 3rd Wednesdays • 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. ET • Zoom


Contact: Kaede Helck

This is a group of Ukulele beginners who gather to learn introductory chords and delight in making music together!

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2nd and 4th Sundays • 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. ET • Zoom

Voter Reform Project

Contact: Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft

Right now, and always, fighting for voting rights and ensuring fair and equal elections is God’s work. Our work Voter Reform Project focuses on voter registration and ending voter suppression, and mobilizing voters for elections. Together, we sent more than 50,000 postcards during the 2020 election!

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Every Other Sunday • 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET • Zoom

Virtual Dinner Party

Contact: Gloria Moy

Every other week, Gloria hosts a virtual dinner party. If you need connection and community right now, look no further!

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Sundays • 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. ET • Zoom

Virtual Chat & Chew

Contact: Zoom link

Now that we’re in a virtual space every week, we don’t want to miss the opportunity to see each others faces and hear each others voices! Every Sunday we invite you to join us from 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. for a sermon talk-back, and opportunity to gather in community.

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2nd Thursdays at 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET • 4th Sundays at 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET • Zoom

Young Adults Small Group


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.

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Do you yearn to not just belong, but be celebrated for exactly who you are? Do you want a community of folks committed to radical love and justice? Wherever you live, you can call Middle Church home.


This movement needs you! We need your time and talent, but we also need your resources. Make a contribution today and help us be midwives to love and justice.

December 5, 2020

A six-alarm fire spread from the building next door and destroyed our beautiful sanctuary. And yet, no fire can stop revolutionary love! Learn how we’re rising from the ashes and what you can do to help.

Find Your People!

Middle hosts small groups for everything from beginning ukulele lessons, Queer Black Men in the Middle or our Voting Reform team. And all of them have options to gather virtually! Join the groups that best fit your passion and the love you want to offer the world.

Liberative Learning

How do you change the world? First, you change yourself. Part of how we fulfill our commitment to God’s gospel of liberation is by training leaders with the skills you’ll need to bring freedom wherever you go. Thousands have participated in our digital courses. Will join them?

What We Believe

Middle is on a mission to reclaim and reframe Christianity—to realign our faith with Jesus’ teaching and take it back from the folks who have stolen it. We do this work joyfully, fueled by the Spirit, and strengthened by the community we create with one another.

Celebrate LOVE with Us!

Middle’s worship is a joyful, diverse celebration that gives a taste of what heaven feels like—an experience to soothe your soul and fill you with God’s liberatory fire! Every week is different, but what remains constant is how we tell the story of love through transformative art.

Do Justice

Faith comes alive when our love radiates outwards. At Middle, we’re committed to building an intersectional movement that both addresses the particular needs of different communities and unites us in common solidarity. This is God’s work, and we hope you’ll join us in it.