Groups and ClassesTake The Journey
Being a disciple is a Christ-centered, Holy Spirit-empowered, life-long process of growing in God.
Take the journey with us. Find your place within the Westmore Family.
Sunday Groups (F.O.C.U.S.)
Created in the image of God, we are meant to have meaningful relationships. We “do church” on Sunday nights differently than on Sunday mornings. In smaller groups, there is room for personal ministry, close relationships, and deeper spiritual growth. We invite you to join one of our F.O.C.U.S. groups and Find your calling and grow deeper in the Word, Own your spiritual gifts and your story, build Covenant relationships with other Christ-followers, Understand your destiny and your place in this world, and be Sent out to Serve.
F.O.C.U.S. Groups, Sundays, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. Some groups offer a virtual option. Email the Discipleship Pastor to obtain the link: firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRIDGE BUILDERS/ Room 119 (1st floor)/ Pastor Kelvin & Debbie Page, Dennis Anderson// This group is an intergenerational community led by Pastor Kelvin Page, which seeks to connect individuals from all of life’s stages, as well as bridge spiritual principles with real-life situations through revisiting the Sunday morning message and how it applies to present culture. Group discussions and regular times of fellowship make this group a great place to connect with the Westmore Family.
YOUNG ADULTS/ Legacy View Room (2nd floor) / Justin & Amanda Walker// We are excited about this new group for young adults who are seeking for a community and love God’s word. Justin is a frequent speaker in churches, a Bible scholar, and a professor at Lee University. He and Amanda have two beautiful children. All young adults their 20’s and up to mid-30’s, regardless of marital status, are invited to join the this fun group for Bible study and fellowship. For more information contact the Discipleship Pastor: email@example.com.
SOJOURNERS/ Choir Room (1st floor)/ Terry & Linda Cross// Bible based and relevant to a rapidly changing world and challenging culture, this class will offer a group, interactive approach and will help you to think through and discover the deeper purposes and meaning of your “true calling” in life. Dr. Cross is an outstanding teacher of God’s word and has taught numerous classes at Westmore. He currently serves as the Dean of the School of Religion at Lee University. Sojourners is a large group of Christ-followers and a warm tight community – “I am a sojourner on the earth; hide not your commandments from me!” – Psalm 119:19.
MARRIAGE MATTERS/ Room 121 (1st floor)/ Robert & Teresa Green// This is a diverse group of couples sharing life experiences together. Couples of all ages are welcome to join our discipleship journey of studying God’s word, have fun and fellowship, and, of course, food!
THRIVE/ Overview Room (2nd floor)/ Dan & Jennifer Walker// This interactive inter-generational coed group is open to both singles and couples and discusses difficult questions and issues relevant to healthy Godly relationships. Participants often enjoy food and fellowship. When the weather permits, Thrive occasionally gather outdoors for fire and hotdogs.
WOMEN’S FOCUS/ Room 218 (1st floor)/ Ginger Robinson // Women’s F.O.C.U.S. group is a community of women from all walks of life, regardless of marital status, background, or life experience. This group focuses on how to study God’s Word one book at a time. All women are invited to this interactive group, which is led by Pastor Ginger Robinson.
CROSSROADS/ Room 219 (2nd floor)/ Rickie & Jean Moore// This group is a cross-generational class of young people, singles, married couples, middle age and senior adults who gather to look to the light of Scripture and listen to the voice of the Spirit, often with a prophetic edge.
BEREAN/ Overview Room (2nd floor)/ Henry & Betty Smith / 4:30 p.m.// This group is made up of various age groups meeting for in-depth Bible study and discussion of current issues.
Life Groups (Interest-Based Groups & Bible Studies)
Doing life together is our goal. We are committed to building up people through sound Biblical teaching and fellowship. Making disciples is our mission. As passionate followers of Jesus Christ, we must make disciples who make disciples. “Changing every 8 – 12 weeks, our Wednesday night and midweek Life Groups have been designed to equip us, the members of the Body of Christ (Eph. 4:12-13), to be leaders the Holy Spirit desires and empowers us to be.
LIFE GROUPS –Summer/Fall Session
WEDNESDAYS, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. and during Midweek at various times.
Doing life with others is God’s design for every person. Join our Life Groups to belong and grow. Every quarter, Westmore offers a variety of interest-based groups for our community that fall under several special interest categories: Art, Automotive, Business, Health, Home, Leadership, Outdoor, Sports, and Spiritual Formation. Each group includes a Bible study, however, you can find regular Bible studies under the Spiritual Formation category.
FITNESS – Ladies, join this fun 6-weeks interest group by Westmore centered around fitness. We will always read scripture and pray, but majority of the time, we will be breaking a sweat even if it’s with just body weight and a mat. Mary Beth is a member at Westmore and is an avid workout gal (she even gets up at 4-5 am to workout!). Mary Beth has led and instructed groups in local fitness centers in the past and is qualified to lead a group of ladies in a good conditioning workout. A modified version of workouts for beginners will be included in every session. No membership or fees will be needed to attend this group. It’s a free Westmore life group with graciously provided space by Anytime Fitness. Group meets on Tuesdays, 6:15-7:15 PM at Anytime Fitness: 20 NW 25th Street. Facilitated by Mary Beth Baker with Vera Voznyuk.
YARN-SPIRATION – An inviting group of knitting and crocheting enthusiast gathering on the couches near the fireplace sitting area in the Westmore Church Commons under the skillful and warm guidance of Susan Bishop. No prior experience is required, and all are welcome to join. Attendees should bring their knitting needles and crocheting hooks and yarn. Group will include Bible devotions and prayer. Yarn-spiration Life Group meets at the cozy couches area in the Westmore Commons at 5:30 PM on Wednesday nights and at 4:30 PM on Sunday nights. Group Instructor – Susan Bishop.
LESSONS FROM THE LIFE OF MOSES – Join Lead Pastor Kelvin Page for the fascinating leadership group, focusing on the life of Moses, the greatest leader of God’s chosen people in the Old Testament. While drawing from the wealth of wisdom from the Scriptures, Pastor Kelvin will lean on his own leadership experience of building big ministry vision, developing campuses, leading churches, business and ministry consulting, and developing leaders. Other community and ministry leaders will be involved in this group, contributing to the excellent insights that will strengthen and encourage your own leadership journey. SIGN UP at www.westmorelife.info for this class as spaces are limited. Group meets on Wedensdays, 6:30 PM, in the Green Room. Taught and facilitated by Pastor Kelvin Page (Assistant – Jimmie Talley).
HIKING GROUP – Fall is here and the great outdoors are calling! Join likeminded explorers as we travel outdoors to see our area’s most remarkable waterfalls and marvelous trails. Most trails range from 3-6 miles roundtrip on foot. Be prepared to get your shoes dirty, a little sweaty, and gain a front row seat to some awe-inspiring vistas in such areas as Foster’s Falls, Frozen Head State Park, Gee Creek, and Virgin Falls. Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at 8:30 AM, at the Westmore parking lot. Led by Chris Schelich.
HUNTING – hunting enthusiasts gathering around the hunting stories, interest, and experiences. Group will begin in October 2022; more information is forthcoming. Facilitated by Lamar Orr and Fred Wtson.
PICKLEBALL – Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the nation, is coming to Westmore! If you are a pro, beginner, man, woman, young, old, or just want to learn this exciting game, this group is for you. After a time of vigorous play, we will refresh ourselves with discussions from the Word of God. (This is an adult group; childcare will not be available). Pickleball Life Group meets on Sundays at 3:00 PM on the pickleball/basketball court next to the Westmore Student Center. Group Leaders – Mike DeBrun, Robby Williams.
WOMEN’S WALKING GROUP– Join a small group of women who are walking and praying for their children and the younger generations. If you want to combine exercise and spiritual enrichment of praying with other ladies, this group is for you. Come casual, come sweaty – no judgement here! Facilitated by Sandy Payne on Thursdays at 7:00 PM.
THE DOCTRINE OF CREATION (and a Reawakening to Awe, Wonder, and Praise) -The Doctrine of Creation, outside of the Doctrine of God, is perhaps the most important doctrine that Christians hold. The Apostle Paul’s preaching featured creation and the early church fathers taught that the only way to understand Christ’s resurrection and redemptive work was to start with creation! This class will examine what the Bible teaches about the Creator and creation, some sessions following the Psalmist’s footsteps in “considering the work of God’s hand, Jesus’ invitation to “behold the Lillie’s of the field,” and stress the importance of recovering this amazing doctrine today. Group will begin on Wednesday, October 5, at 6:30 PM, in Room 121. Taught by Craig Dumont.
A STUDY OF 1ST & 2ND KINGS – The book of Kings covers a span of history of almost 400 years. This class gives an overview of this period in Israel’s and Judah’s history and how the once great nation of Israel, and later Judah, went from the heights of Solomon’s reign to the devastating circumstances of exile from their land. Many themes and concepts find parallels to what we as a nation are facing today. Join us as we work our way through this formative period of Israel’s history.Join theologian and researcher (and a professor at Lee University) Dr. Brian Peterson on a journey of learning about the Israelite kings of that era through the books of Kings. Begins on August 17th, 6:30 PM, in Room 219. Taught by Brian Peterson.
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY: SERMON ON THE MOUNT – What does it mean to be a citizen of the kingdom of Heaven? The Sermon on the Mount articulates what the life of a Christ follower should look like, asking us the same questions it posed to its original hearers: How should a disciple relate to sin? To others? To the Law? How does a disciple think, speak, and act? In this 9-session study, examine the words of Jesus in-depth as He challenges us to think differently about repentance, salvation, and sanctification.Begins on October 5th, 6:30 PM, in the Overview Room. Facilitated by Kristie Whitman and Sonia Griffey.
CAVEMAN’S CLUB – Caveman’s Club, aka Men’s Ministry, is for men (ages 18 –80+) who are ready for an adventurous quest to reclaim authentic, biblical manhood. Join Robert Green and Westmore men for a 10-week study “Becoming a Five Star Man” where you will be challenged and encouraged to champion life. Resumes on August 17th, 6:30 PM, in the Legacy View Room. Taught by Robert Green.
ROOTED MOMS – Rooted in love, God’s Word, and grace. Developing our faith during motherhood isn’t a priority: it’s a necessity! Rooted Moms is doing a study on the spiritual disciplines to help us grow in our faith. Every week, we will invite an experienced mother from. Westmore to share their discipleship journey and a related spiritual practice to encourage our faith. Join us as we grow our roots deeper as sisters in Christ and dedicated mothers to our children. Rooted Moms meet on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in Room 218 on Wednesdays. Facilitated by Jessica Looney and Brooke Schelich.
GROWING IN GRACE – This group journeys through the Scriptures by using the Word of God itself. No curriculum is needed to be a part of this interactive Bible study, currently focusing on the Book of Romans with a book study by French Arrington. Growing in Grace meet on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in Room 118; Taught by Mark Wickam and Dewayne Thompson.
MISSION’S PRAYER MOVEMENT – Join Westmore members and attendees who are passionate about outreach and the Gospel going forth across the street and across the sea for weekly meetings, which include hearing from individuals and teams involved in short-term and long-term missions and specific prayer times for the nations. Mission’s Prayer Movement meet on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in Room 119; Facilitated by Janice McClung, Randy & Sherry Bailey.
At Westmore we believe that strong marriages are the foundation of healthy churches and communities with Christ at the center of the union. We have developed groups to help you grow and strengthen your marriage and to connect with other married couple.
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24)
“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (Ephesians 4:12)
Marriage Matters/ Sundays, 6:00 p.m. / Room 121 (1st floor) / Robert & Teresa Green // This group is for all married couples who seek to strengthen their marriage, grow in the Lord together, and build Christ-like relationships in the church. Marriage takes a fierce tenacity that never gives up and never gives in. With Christ as the center of your marriage, couples measure everything against what Jesus did for us. For more information, contact Robert Green at firstname.lastname@example.org or Teresa Green at email@example.com.
Thrive/ Sundays, 6:00 p.m. / Overview Room (2nd floor)/ Dan & Jennifer Walker// This interactive inter-generational coed group is open to both singles and couples and discusses difficult questions and issues relevant to healthy Godly relationships. Participants often enjoy food and fellowship. When the weather permits, Thrive occasionally gather outdoors for fire and hotdogs.
Prayer Groups & Events
Prayer is foundational to our faith and our church family. Jesus said that His house is to be called “a house of prayer” (Matthew 21:12a, Isaiah 56:7). Westmore has a variety of prayer opportunities to get involved in from praying for the needs to praying for our Nation and the world.
Westmore Prayer Groups
- ASK Network – coed gathering on Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. to pray for the nations and for God to use us in doing what He calls us to do. This group is currently praying via Conference Call. To participate, dial 515-604-9094, and enter access code 136566684#.
- College Ministry Prayer – Join college leaders and students in prayer from 6:00 AM – 9 AM on Tuesdays in the Student Cener worship area.
- Men’s Morning Prayer – Westmore men gather to pray at 6:00 a.m. every Wednesday and enjoy breakfast together afterward. The group is lead by Greg Johnson and meets on Wednesdays, 6:00 a.m., in the Prayer Room
- Missions Prayer Movement – Lead by Janice McClung and Randall Bailey, prayer warriors meet weekly to pray for the nations and for the Gospel to go forth to the ends of the earth. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., Room 119.
- Prayer Chain – Westmore members committed to praying together 15 minutes per day for families and the needs in the church. For more information about this particular prayer initiative or if you have a prayer need, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Building Generations Prayer ( B4TG) – “Building Generations” inter-generational prayer group, which is focused specifically on praying for the vision of Westmore, the Westmore families
andneeds, for the Great Awakening, for the Global Church andfor our Nation. Lead by Pastor Vera Voznyuk, this drop-in style prayer group meets on Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Prayer Room (Zoom link available upon request).
- The 11th Hour Prayer – this group is focusing on praying the names and nature of God over circumstances, praying for revival, for our Church and the needs at hand. Randle & Hope Weeks are heading up this group, which meets at 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays in the Overview Room (Zoom link available upon request).
- David’s Heart – Lead by Rickie Moore, faithful men gather to pray for the move of God and then have breakfast together prior to the Sunday morning service. Sundays, 7:00 a.m., City Café Restaurant, 25th Street.
- Sunday Early Prayer – a new opportunity has been created for the early risers who have a passion to pray through the upcoming service, our Lead Pastor, for the Lord to move in our gatherings, and for all aspects of the Westmore ministries. These prayer warriors meet in Room 119 on the 1st floor at 8:30 AM every Sunday; the group then transitions into the 10:00 AM main worship service.
Westmore Prayer Events and Community Involvement
- Called Prayer Meetings
The focus of these prayer meetings changes according to specific burdens of the church, community
- Prayer Leaders Breakfast
Leaders of prayer groups and Westmore staff gather annually for a time of corporate prayer, fellowship
andvision casting over breakfast.
- Annual School Prayer
A concert prayer of the entire church for students, educators, and school administrators is offered on a Sunday morning at the beginning of each new school year.
- Seek God for the City
This is a forty-day prayer emphasis before Easter, usually following a specifically designed prayer guide, and sometimes accompanied by a prayer walk.
- National Day of Prayer
Set in order by the President of the United States, Christians gather around the Nation to pray for our country. Westmore takes part in a local prayer effort, held every first Thursday in May.
- Cleveland NET
This inter-denominational group of intercessors, including those from Westmore, gather in different churches every Friday at noon to pray for that specific church, our community, and Nation.
- See You at the Pole
It is the largest Christian student prayer movement in America. Students gather one morning every year in mid-September at their school flagpole to pray for their schools and their generation.
- Fields of Faith
Hosted by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, this prayer event is a large gathering of students and parents (usually in September), praying for families, schools, coaches, teachers, and the community.
College students from Westmore participate in this prayer group at Lee University and focus on praying for the students, college/university campuses
For more information on prayer groups and initiatives, contact Pastor Vera Voznyuk at email@example.com.
Scripture Reading Tools
All Scriptures are God-breathed. We are committed to building people up in God’s Word and encourage them to become well-versed in Scriptures. Journey with us through Scriptures by joining our Community Bible Experience initiatives, reading God’s Word in small groups, or follow a reading plan on your own.
- Community Bible Experience
Scripture is paramount to our Christian walk with Jesus. Join the Westmore Family for the Community Bible Experience in January and February on each year. It is a concerted initiative to help Christ-followers become more versed in the Word of God and form good habits of feasting on it instead of reading sporadically. Follow a reading plan with your own translation of the Bible, then join us in the Sunday night FOCUS groups for discussions.
- How to read the Bible with The Bible Project
The Bible Project is an incredible resource for you and your family. Everyone can participate! It is easy to learn the Word of God with the animated videos and down-to-earth devotions. https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/240001
- Listen to the Bible
Listen to Scriptures narrated to you in the convenience of your own device – a smartphone, a tablet, or a computer.
- Read the Bible in a Year
Regular Bible reading is one of the most important habits you can develop. This daily Bible reading plan will give you all the benefits of a steady diet of God’s Word as you read through Scripture in a year. The whole Bible is arranged into 365 daily readings, including an Old Testament passage, a New Testament passage, and a Psalm or Proverb for each day.
- The Bible App for Kids
Dowload a free Bible app for children to help them learn Scriptures in a kid-friendly interactive playful way.
RightNow Media has studies for small groups, families, students, leadership development, and much more. The content comes from over 250 top Christian publishers and ministries. Any Westmore member can access this video-based Bible study library for small groups and personal devotions.