So how do you get connected to others at Hope so you can thrive in the LIFE Jesus came to give?  One of the key ways to do that is in our Community Groups.


Community Groups seek to provide a warm and casual environment where you can meet people and form friendships.  These groups of 10 - 50 people meet regularly to share food, build friendship, and grow in Christ together. Some meet on Sunday mornings, others meet during the week.  


How are these Community Groups organized?

Communities are mostly organized in life-stage groups (young married couples, parents of elementary-age children, empty nesters, etc.), but these group descriptions are only guidelines. We love it when people connect across generational lines as well!  So try out a few different communities, get a feel for which might be a good fit, and dive in!


What are Community Group meetings like?

Each is unique, but common elements of group meetings include casual fellowship around food, group announcements, prayer, testimonies, a time of study and discussion of God's Word, and usually lots of laughter!  Groups also do periodic outside social activities, outreaches, and different kinds of service projects.


How can I get connected with a Community Group?

You can make that connection one of three ways:

  1. Read the Community descriptions below, pick a couple that you think might be a good fit and reach out to the leader…or just show up for a meeting! People will be there to greet you!
  2. Contact Pastor Bill Craig at bcraig@hopemason.organd he will be happy to help you get connected.
  3. Call the church office at 513.459.0800 and talk with someone directly.



Faith Connections

8:45 AM Room 108 (Lower Level)

Faith Connections is a place where you can grow in your Christian faith, a safe place where you will be accepted, cared and prayed for.  We are a family that enjoys one another, encourages one another, and is learning to serve one another, our church, our community, and the world around us!  We are comprised mostly of Baby Boomers, but all ages are welcome!  

For more information, contact Steve Maynard at



10:20 AM Room 105 (Lower Level) 

As a belayer anchors a climber's rope, so we Belayers bond together as we help each other reach higher ground.  This community is mostly composed of parents of college kids and up, but all are joyfully welcomed!  We gather weekly to pray, apply Biblical truths, and share experiences.

For more information, contact Gary Honerlaw or Jim Sudlow



10:30 AM Room 104 (Lower level)

As we grow in our understanding of God’s gracious pursuit of us, we encourage each other to reach out to Him and others in love.  Our time together is filled with laughter, prayer, digging into God’s Word, and sharing our lives with one another. We are mostly Gen Xers but welcome all.

For more information, contact Lee Haney at


10:30 AM Room 108 (Lower level) 

In GPS, relationships are the priority—relationships with God, with each other, and with those we rub shoulders with on a daily basis.  Here you will find a safe environment where you can be yourself—everyday people meeting each other right where they are.  Primarily made up of those age 50 and up, but all are welcome.

For more information, contact Tom and Mary Rapp at



Thrive College Age & Young Adult Ministry

Meets in homes on weekdays

A welcoming, diverse community of people at different stages of life (college age to late 30's; single and married, with and without kids) who are eager to connect with one another, grow together in Jesus, and be equipped to share the love of Christ with the world.  We want to follow Jesus in inviting fellow disciples, seekers, and skeptics into the life of our community.

For more information or to schedule a time to meet for coffee or lunch, please contact Martha Johnson ( or Garrett Pierce (


4:30-6:00 PM Fellowship Hall (most Sundays during the school year)

A group of young and growing families at Hope Church committed to cultivating a deeper love for Jesus which fuels our desire for stronger marriages, the discipling of our children, and participation in God's mission to reach those who do not yet know Christ. 

Contact Aaron or Teressa Mahl for details

Young Adults 

Meets in homes on Thursday Nights

This group of singles and young marrieds (20’s to 30’s) meets for dinner, fellowship, laughter, and growing together in the life Jesus came to give!

For more information, contact Caleb or Brook Kinderman