Community groups are the primary place where you are known and cared for at CTKS. It is within these small communities that men and women can build personal relationships and practice applying the gospel to their lives. Each group expects to experience Jesus Christ in its midst, enabling participants to be transformed through mutual ministry and to experience life in the family of God.
Composed of six to twelve people, groups meet in homes throughout the city. All groups are led by trained leaders from the congregation who receive continued oversight and support from our pastoral staff. Groups generally meet two to four times a month for worship, Bible study, fellowship, and prayer. Many groups also participate in monthly service projects or fun social events in place of a regular meeting.
These groups provide sanctuary from the pressures and anxieties of life in the city and facilitate the formation of new friendships. Community groups are places where we can be revitalized and strengthened as we seek to reflect the love of Jesus Christ to our city. As God made us for community, we need others to help us apply the gospel to our lives. Our hope is that everyone who attends our church regularly will be involved in a community group.
For general questions about community groups, contact Paul McWhorter.
Winter Hill Community Group #1
Wednesday Evenings @ 7:30pm
Contact: Paul McWhorter
Winter Hill Community Group #2
Thursday Evenings @ 7:30pm
Contact: David Richter
Davis Square / Teele Square Community Group
Wednesday Evenings @ 7pm
Contact: Alex Kontras
Spring Hill / Union Square Community Group
Sunday Mornings @ 10am
Contact: Christine Stone
Spring Hill / Porter Square Community Group
Sunday Mornings @ 10am
Contact: Marina Offner
West Somerville Community Group
Thursday Evenings @ 7pm
Contact: Matt Owens
ARTIST FELLOWSHIP GROUP
The city of Somerville has more artists per capita than any other city in the US outside of Manhattan. Therefore, CTKS is committed to caring for the needs and helping to provide authentic, deep community for the artists in our city. Moreover, at CTKS, we believe that the study of true beauty is the study of God. In his article Why we Need Artists, Tim Keller writes:
While we have artists because they have the ability to see the greater reality, we need artists because we can’t understand truth without art. You see, reason tells us about the truth, but we really cannot grasp what it means; we can't understand it without art. Jonathan Edwards made this point as well. Edwards said that unless you use imagination, unless you take a truth and you imagine it—which of course is art—you don't know what it means. If you can't visualize it, you don't have a sense of it on your heart. Therefore, the Church needs artists to assist the body in understanding truth . . . and to equip the Church to praise God.
Time: Every second Thursday @ 7pm
Contact Person: Nathan Barczi
SOMERVILLE THINK & DRINK
Come join us for a thoughtful and fun discussion about spirituality, theology, and philosophy through a wide variety of topics (the topic and location for each week will be specified on our Meetup page). We strive to make this group a safe environment for anyone seeking honest answers to any and all honest questions about spirituality, faith, life, and God.
Time: Every Other Wednesdays from 7-9pm
Location: Davis Square (Usually at Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar).
Contact Person: Matt Owens
BOOK DISCUSSION GROUPS
At Christ the King Somerville, we're committed to providing opportunities for thoughtful reflection and discussion on important issues. With this in mind, we facilitate book discussion groups, giving anyone who is interested an opportunity to dig deeper on various topics including faith, work, culture and relationships. Discussion groups work in an 'on demand' fashion. If you're interested in a particular book or two, let us know by submitting a response on this page. Once we have a core group interested in the same book, we'll work to schedule a date. Dates will be announced to the whole congregation so anyone else who may be interested can join. Each discussion group will meet on a Saturday morning and will include brunch and childcare. Discussion questions will be published ahead of time so you can reflect on them as you read.
CAREGIVERS & KIDS PLAY GROUP
The Caregivers & Kids Play Group meets every Thursday morning as a means to build community and have fun exploring the city. The location of their meetings varies and includes parks, libraries, museums, and other toddler-friendly places.
Time: Thursdays @ 10:30am
Contact Person: Paige VanNorstrand
TUESDAY MORNING PRAYER GROUP
CTKS is committed to living out our devotion to God through the reality of prayer as we live in day-by-day dependence upon Him for all things. As a result, a group of us gather every Tuesday morning before work to pray for one another, our church, and our city. All are welcome.
Time: Tuesday Mornings @ 6:30am
Location: Diesel Cafe in Davis Square
Contact Person: Paul McWhorter
Boston is the country’s (and perhaps the world’s) premier academic center, boasting 74 colleges and universities (including Harvard, MIT, and Tufts) with an enrollment of nearly 300,000 students. Many of these students live and study in Somerville, and CTKS is committed to reaching out and caring for the needs of these students. Below is a list of college ministry groups that we actively partner with, support, and recommend.
Contact Person: Matt Owens