New & Upcoming Small Groups

Summer Small Groups

More groups for summer 2024 are planned – check back!

Contact Small Group Ministry to register or find out more about new small groups.

The Saint John’s Bible Small Group

Explore the illuminations (artwork) and calligraphy (written text) of The Saint John’s Bible. Hear how this illuminated Bible was created and how it is being used at Incarnation and in the community to ignite spiritual imaginations. Experience the faith practice of Visio Divina to see and hear how the illuminations speak to you and to others. Led by Grant Rykken. This is an exceptional opportunity – Incarnation has a Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible (one of only 300 copies). Past group members have found this small group to be rich with insights and information. Register, express interest or find out more: Small Group Ministry.

Also check out Incarnation’s webpage on The Saint John’s Bible.

 

Casual Biking Fellowship Group

Enjoy being out in God’s beautiful creation on summer Saturday mornings. Bike at a casual pace, while experiencing creation and connecting with others who enjoy biking. This fellowship group will take easy to moderate trails around the Twin Cities, taking a break mid-point for a devotion and prayer led by the group leaders. See and hear the sights and sounds of local trails, including the group’s fun, informal conversations.

This group will bike for 2-3 hours, covering up to 20 miles (approximately 10 mph). There will also be a one-time service project opportunity. Besides a bike, riders will want to bring a helmet, water, cell phone, sunscreen, and a spare tire tube. Group members will need to drive to and meet at each trailhead. Designed for adults. While space is limited, this fellowship biking group will be a larger size than most small groups. Register with Claudia Wiebold (group leader) at: crwiebold@gmail.com.

When: Five Saturdays, 8:30 am-12 noon, June and August

Dates: 6/1, 6/15, 6/29, 8/3, 8/17

Hiking Fellowship Group for Men 

Connect with others who share your interest in hiking and check out a selection of local trails. This small group for men will meet once a month, at Incarnation, and travel to nearby trails. The hikes will be at a moderate pace, starting with a short distance of 2-3 miles. Spend time outdoors on summer evenings in beautiful Minnesota and get to know other hikers. There will also be time for informal conversations and devotions, led by Mark Oswood, the group leader. To register or for more information: Small Group Ministry 

When/Where: Once/month on Tuesdays, 6:15-8:30 p.m., starting in May 

Dates: 5/28, 6/25, 7/30, 8/27, 9/24

 

We Make the Road by Walking Small Group

Take the next step in your faith journey by getting together with others to talk about Brian McLaren’s book, We Make the Road by Walking. The book is a chance to explore an honest, living, growing faith by retelling the Biblical story and reintroducing the Christian faith in short chapters with Bible readings, reflections by Brian McLaren and thought-provoking questions. This group will meet twice a month, covering two short chapters at each gathering. Led by Anne Cremons. Purchase your own book in your favorite format (new/used, paperback, audiobook, eBook…). This group started in the fall and is welcoming new people for the remainder of the book. Register: Small Group Ministry.

When/Where: Tuesday afternoons, 1:30-3:00 p.m., Incarnation

Dates: May to September

 

Drop-In Group for Men/Young Adults

A new drop-in group is starting for men who are young adults (college-age up to age 35). The group is a chance to get together on Tuesday evenings (every other week) to get to know one another, learn about texts from the Bible, and talk about how the texts apply to our lives. Videos from The Bible Project (www.bibleproject.com) will be the starting place for conversation. No experience is needed. There is also an option to stay for pickleball (or another sport) in Incarnation Hall. The group will meet from April through early June, with the possibility of continuing over the summer. Led by Drew Lindgren. Find out more: Denise Floe at dfloe@incarnationmn.org.

When/Where: Tuesdays (every other week), 7:00-8:30 p.m., starting in April, at Incarnation

Dates: April 9, April 23, May 7, May 21, June 4

 

Frequently Offered Small Groups

Tell us you’re interested and we will let you know about the next opportunity. Contact Small Group Ministry.

Living with Purpose in the Life Stage of Retirement – Small Group

If you’re recently retired, considering retirement or want to reflect on your existing retirement, this is the small group for you. We will focus on many of the non-financial aspects that will make your retirement successful and purpose-driven. We will not discuss financial planning for retirement. We will be using the book, How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free and supplement with other resources. Retirement is certainly not one-size-fits-all, but this group is a chance to learn from the questions and considerations of others in the group.

We would like to hear about your interest in future groups on the life stage of retirement. Contact Small Group Ministry

 

Creation Care–Responding to Climate Change

We would like to hear about your interest in future groups on Creation Care. Contact Small Group Ministry

How are we to respond to climate change? Do small, everyday actions make any difference? How do we understand our role in both large-scale actions and small-scale steps? In a small group context, read and talk about Responding to Climate Change, a publication from the Christian Century, with short chapters and engaging questions. The small group will study and discuss God’s call to care for creation, along with exploring ways to put faith into action. All ages and backgrounds are welcome to join. If you are interested but unable to attend, use this resource for self-study or in another group and/or let us know of your interest in future groups. This is a new group, based on a popular offering last fall, using a new resource. Leader: Mike Vant. Find out more about the resource at: christiancentury.org/free-guide-climate-change.

 

Weekly/Seasonal Sunday Morning Small Groups

Connect with others to explore short readings, engage in conversation, and try out new faith practices. Sunday morning small groups are open to all and designed especially for those new to Incarnation. They are easy-to-do with no preparation needed and a short commitment, usually meeting for only 3-5 gatherings. Groups typically meet from 10:00-11:15 a.m. (after the 9:00 a.m. worship service) at Incarnation. Groups begin throughout the year. To find out more about upcoming groups, contact Denise Floe at dfloe@incarnationmn.org.

When/Where: Sunday mornings, 10:00-11:15 a.m., at Incarnation

 

Monthly Sunday Morning Small Group

This group is intentionally designed for those who are new to small groups OR to Incarnation OR looking for a once/month opportunity to connect with others. The group uses a variety of faith studies that are selected and facilitated by the group leader, Grant Rykken. Sunday mornings are a convenient, easy-to-do time to gather with others to connect and grow deeper. The group meets from 10:00-11:15 a.m. Find out more or register: Small Group Ministry.

When/Where: Once/month on Sundays, 10:00-11:15 a.m., at Incarnation

 

More On-Going Small Groups…

Connect with an on-going small group interested in adding more people. Many of these groups will restart in Fall 2025.

Monday Evening Small Group

Topic: Connect around a variety of faith topics and fellowship (men and women)
When/Where: Once/month on Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., restarting in Fall 2025
Leader: Tracy Strantz
More information: dfloe@incarnationmn.org

Knitting/Needlework Small Group

Topic: Bring your own knitting/needlework and share in a short devotion
When/Where: Once/month on Mondays, 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Incarnation (Zoom option available), restarting in Fall 2025
Leader: Ruth Tillquist
More information: ruth@tillquist.net

Thursday Evening Small Group for Women

Topic: Book study and fellowship/service activities for women (primarily moms of middle/high school students)
When/Where: Twice/month on Thursday evenings, 7:00-9:00 p.m., restarting in Fall 2025
Leaders: Sonya Wilson and Elizabeth Nelson
More information: wilsonsj@gmail.com

Connecting Threads Small Group

Topic: Bring your own needlework projects (knitting, embroidery…)
When/Where: Once/month on Tuesday evenings, 7:00-9:00 p.m., restarting in Fall 2025
Leader: Cindy Spellman
More information: rooskie0825@gmail.com

More Ways to Connect

Visit the Faith Formation area of this website to find out about more group opportunities and other ways to connect with other people, as you deepen your faith.

Visit the Serve area of this website to find out about the many ways to connect with others as you serve in the community or at Incarnation.

How do I sign-up?

Tell us you’re interested in a small group by contacting Denise Floe, Director of Small Group Ministry, at dfloe@incarnationmn.org.