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.
(Please take note below for specific groups’ physical locations
and virtual options).
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.
FOCUS 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/ Legacy View Room (2nd floor)/ Pastor Kelvin & Debbie Page, Dennis & Donna 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 Married Couples/ Music Suite (1st floor) / Justin & Amanda Walker// We are excited about this new group for young married couples and which is led by Justin & Amanda Walker. We believe it is vital for young married couples to grow in God’s word together, nurture their new family unit, and connect with others on a similar journey. Justin is a frequent speaker in churches, and a professor at Lee University. He and Amanda have two beautiful children. All couples in their 20’s and up to mid-30’s are invited to join this new group. For more information contact the Discipleship Pastor: email@example.com.
Sojourners/ Sanctuary (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. Begins August 22, 2021.
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.
Women’s FOCUS Group/ 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.
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.
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!
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.
Millennial Marriage/ 1st Floor Fireside or Various Homes, Daniel & Casey Clanton// Millennial couples with small children gathering a few times a month for fellowship, food, and fun. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for monthly information and location.
Wednesday Groups (L.E.A.D.S.)
We are committed to building up people through sound Biblical teaching. Making disciples is our mission. As passionate followers of Jesus Christ, we must make disciples who make disciples. “Becoming the one who LEADS” is our theme. Changing bi-monthly, our Wednesday night LEADS classes 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. The L.E.A.D.S. acronym covers the five categories that we follow in our course selections: Leadership (1st Cor. 11:1), Evangelism (Isaiah 52:7), Abundant living (John 10:10), Discipleship (Matthew 16:24), and Service (Matthew 20:26-28).
L.E.A.D.S. Classes – SESSION 4
SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER, 2021, WEDNESDAYS, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. (unless otherwise indicated).
A STUDY OF SECOND SAMUEL – (When the Political Elite Reject God’s Law) — This class builds upon our earlier class on First Samuel and the fall of Saul and the rise of David. We will examine the political and spiritual fallout of David’s sin with Bathsheba and what that meant for ancient Israel. We will also draw applicable parallels with our modern political, cultural, and spiritual milieu. Taught by Brian Peterson / Room 121, 1st floor.
THE EPISTLES OF JOHN CONCLUSION – We continue our studies on John’s Epistles as he gives us the Fundamental Scriptural Tests for genuine Christianity that also expose false teaching, heresies, and the antichrists that arose in John’s Day and is so active in our day! Taught by Richard & Lori Snyder / Room 218, 2nd floor.
WOMENS BIBLE STUDY: GOD OF DELIVERANCE – The exodus of the Israelites shapes our understanding of the whole Bible, its themes reverberating all the way to Revelation. Exodus is the birth narrative of a nation unmistakably guided by the Great Deliverer. In this 10-session verse-by-verse study of Exodus 1–18, Jen Wilkin shows us that Israel’s story is our story: the same God who delivered Israel also delivers all those He loves from slavery to sin and from service to the pharaohs of this world. He lifts our eyes to the promised land He has prepared where we dwell with I AM and worship Him as the one true God. Led by Jen Cornett / Overview Room, 2nd floor (begins 9/22/21)
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. Even for the religious man, life is full of questions: What is faith? Can my life be more fulfilling? How can I go deeper in my walk with Christ? How can I grow my faith? The Caveman’s Club will look at “a few words of advice” from the apostle Peter, (2 Peter 1:5-7) and discover 7 biblical supplements to a STRONGER faith. The answer is an investigation of the cross. The answer is an excavation of the virtues. The answer urges us passionately to “make every effort.” And the answer is worth it. Led by Robert Green / Legacy View Room, 2nd floor.
ARROWS & ARKS: A PARENTING PROGRAM – It is a scary world out there – and every parent knows it. Raising children today is not for the faint-hearted. For the Christian parent, the stakes couldn’t be higher. The Church is hemorrhaging this young generation at an alarming rate (church attendance for Gen-Z is about 7%). Each generation following the Builder (Builder – Boomer – Gen X – Millennial – Gen Z) have seen a drop in church attendance. Something is broken and each new generation is spiritually paying the price. “What is the Church to do?” is often the question but it is not the right one. The true question is, “what should Christian parents do?” Arrows and Arks derives it name for two passages of Scripture: “Sons [and daughters] are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons [and daughters] born in one’s youth.” (Psalm 127:3-4) “By faith Noah, when warned about things not seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.” (Hebrews 11:7) The title, Arrows and Arks, addresses the two goals of the Christian parent – to launch our children to be useful instruments in the hand of God (arrows) and to preserve them from drowning in our fallen culture (arks). The program is designed to put into the hands of parents a plan and the tools to fulfill their God-given responsibility – to disciple their children. Studies have shown that Christian parents struggle greatly with this task for two reasons: They feel inadequate and they believe they do not have the time. Arrows and Arks takes on both challenges and provides a pathway for parents to give to their children that which is most necessary to launch and preserve them in the faith. Taught by Larry Lane, Tara Cory, Jesse Stone / Room 219, 2nd floor.
ROOTED MOMS – Rooted in love, God’s Word, and grace. Every mother needs time dedicated to herself in order to recharge and connect with other women on a similar journey. This new Wednesday night L.E.A.D.S. group is for moms with children birth through 5th grade. Childcare is available on campus in the WestmoreKids area. Facilitated by Jessica Looney and Brooke Schelich / Room 222, 2nd floor.
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; led by Mark Wickam. / Room 119, 1st floor.
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/ Grant & Janice McClung / Room 118, 1st floor.
YARNSPIRATION (Knitting & Crocheting Interest Group) – An inviting group of knitting and crocheting enthusiast gathering on the couches near the fireplace sitting area in the Westmore Commons area under the skillful and warm guidance of Susan Bishop. No prior experience is required. Attendees should bring their knitting needles and crocheting hooks and yarn. For more information, contact Susan at email@example.com. Group will include scripture and prayer. Facilitated by Susan Bishop / Couches in the Commons Area.
MILLENNIAL MARRIAGE – Millennial couples with small children gathering a few times a month for fellowship, food, and fun. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for monthly information. /Daniel & Casey Clanton, Jesse & Samantha Stone / 1st floor Fireside Area, Commons.
FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY (Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m.) – Never again will you have to question if you’re doing the right thing with your money. Take control of your finances and your life today. Almost 6 million people have discovered the right way to manage money. You’ll learn the timeless principles of paying off debt, saving for emergencies, and investing in your future. Westmore has invested into a Ramsey+ license for its members – a brand new approach to financial training for individuals and families. We are offering an in-person class experience to help you navigate through the program and make a lasting change in your life. Class is facilitated by Mike Watkins and Stephanie Bennett. SIGN UP by emailing email@example.com/ Room 122, 1st floor.
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)
Young Married Couples/ Sundays, 6:00 p.m. / Music Suite (1st floor) / Justin & Amanda Walker// We are excited to have started this new group for young married couples which is led by Justin & Amanda Walker. We believe it is vital for young married couples to grow in God’s word together, nurture their new family unit, and connect with others on a similar journey. Justin is a beloved speaker and a professor in the Christian Ministries department at Lee University. All coupleas in their 20’s and 30’s are invited to join this new group. For more information abou this group, contact the Discipleship Pastor: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or Teresa Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Millennial Marriage / Wedensdays, 6:30 p.m./ Fireside Area, Commons/ Daniel & Casey Clanton // If you are a young couple with little children, this group is a perfect way for you to connect with other couples in a similar place in life and discipleship journey. You will build great Christ-centered friendships with other parents and learn how to have a strong marriage, manage your home and work schedules, while raising strong followers of Jesus. The group meets several times per month on a flexible schedule in a comfort of a home. Contact Daniel and Casey Clanton 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.
If you are in a season where you find yourself journeying solo, know that God has a great purpose for you. If you are looking to connect and grow with others in a similar place in life, check out the list of groups we have to offer by clicking “See Groups” below.
- Singles (30’s + 40’s)
More information is coming soon…
- Classic Singles (50 + Singles)
If you are over 50 y.o., single, and is looking for a community of others in the same place in life, join the Classic Singles for monthly fellowships and spontaneous gatherings. Contact Kathy Christiansen to be added to the group: 423-599-9456.
Westmore Interest Groups are just that – groups of people with a common interest, who enjoy fellowship and fun while exercising a skill or a hobby they are passionate about. We are created by God to be social and to be on a journey with others. If you are looking to connect with other people over a special interest, check out the list of groups we have to offer by clicking “See Groups” below.
Knitting & Crocheting Fellowship – An inviting group of knitting and crocheting enthusiast gathering on the couches near the fireplace sitting area in the Westmore Commons area under the skillful and warm guidance of Susan Bishop. No prior experience is required. Attendees should bring their knitting needles and crocheting hooks and yarn. For more information, contact Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org. /Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m.
Motorcycle Riding Group
Join seasoned bike riders for times of riding together, community, and prayer for your needs. Your life will be enriched by the fellowship flowing out of this Godly group of people. Group can adjust the schedule in the event of the inclement weather. Contact Randle Weeks at email@example.com or 256-962-3838.
Women’s Fitness Group
Join a group of godly women on a journey of taking care of their health and fitness. Regardless of your fitness background, you will enjoy the fellowship of women who will encourage and support each other while have fun doing workouts together (workouts can be modified for beginners). All you will need is a yoga mat and a set of 3-10 lbs weights, depending on the difficulty level that’s right for you. Group will meet on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Element Building. Contact Joy Gilliland about joining this group: firstname.lastname@example.org. Group is currently on a break – please check back soon for updated details.
Bicycle Cycling Group
If you like to ride bicycles, join this bicycle riding group offered three times a week, once for each level of difficulty: one day of the week for beginners, another day for moderate difficulty riders, and the third time for advanced riders. Group can adjust the schedule in the event of the inclement weather. Contact Stephen Hattabaugh at Stephen837@att.net.
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#.
- Retired Ministers Prayer Group – Retired ministers who attend Westmore gather weekly to intercede for our pastor and leadership, the needs of the church
andthe move of the Holy Spirit. Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., Home of Dr. James Beaty. Not meeting physically during COVID-19.
- 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 Grant & Janice McClung, 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 email@example.com
- 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. This effort is led by Larry Lane and meets in Room 119 on the 1st floor at 8:30 AM every Sunday; the group then transitions into the 9:30 AM congregational prayer time in the Sanctuary.
- Sunday Prayer Service – a focused 30-minute time of corporate prayer in the Sanctuary, led by the Lead Pastor and other staff members and elders. The prayer service flows straight into the the main morning worship service. Sundays, 9:30 AM, Sanctuary.
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.
- Cry Out America
Christians around the U.S. gather on September 11 annually for a concerted prayer effort to intercede for every level of the local and national government and every branch of influence in our society.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.