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The invitation of Jesus is to become his disciple and follow his way of life. At Hershey Free Church, we define it this way: A disciple is someone who lives with Jesus, loves like Jesus, and leads others to do the same. One way we live out our value of living, loving, and leading is to encourage you to be intentional with your personal relationship with God. Because we value doing life together, we encourage you to participate in a Live/Love/Lead Group. These groups are designed so that you get to know a small group of people really well. As you learn about each other and do life together, you begin to see God at work in your lives.
Twice a year, we have a Starter Live/Love/Lead Event where you’ll have the opportunity to meet new people and try the small group experience. Our next Starter Group Event will be Sunday, August 28 from 6 to 8 PM under the tent. If you'd like to get connected but can't make the event, let us know. Questions? Contact Deb Hinkel or Nik Schatz.
Precepts | Tuesdays starting Sept. 27 | 9:30 to 11:30 AM | Room 10
This is an inductive bible study. We are studying Kings and Prophets Series and Passing the Mantle. The cost for the books is $22.50. Register to attend.
Sunday connect groups
We know that attending a new place can be intimidating, and it is our strong desire to help you form connections and relationships at Hershey Free. Our Sunday Adult Connect Groups are a great place to start. These groups are a great way to begin to get to know a smaller group of people and study God's Word together. They are based on life stages and average 15 to 30 people. The classes meet during the 9 and 10:30 AM services, so it is possible to attend a group and a worship service on Sunday morning.
9 AM Groups
Caring Servants (Ages 55 and up )
Meeting Sundays in room 301.
Leaders: Jeff and Sue Taylor | 717-418-8542
Barnabas (Ages 65 and up)
Meeting Sundays in room 402.
Leaders: Ron and Lorraine Royer | 717-867-1021
10:30 AM Groups
Beyond (Ages 18 to 22)
Meeting Sundays in room 403.
Leader: Mark and Cynthia Wakefield | 717-319-6785
The Branch (Ages 23 to mid-30s)
Meeting Sundays in room 302.
Leader: Caitlin Wilkinson | 814-207-5606
KidStep Parent Connect (Parents of children birth through grade 5)
Meeting on the second and fourth Sundays of the month under the tent.
Leaders: John and Brenda Hollenbach | 717-215-5808
Student Parent Connect (Parents of students grades 6 through 12)
Summer break - not meeting until September.
Leader: Ria Blackwell | 717-982-7179
LOFT (Ages 45 and up)
Meeting Sundays in room 303.
Leader: Michael Murray | 717-304- 3168
King's Corps (Developmentally disabled adults)
Meet Sundays in room 10.
Leader: Michelle Furjanic | 717-561-1848
Monthly socials for King’s Corps occur on the first Friday of the month from September to June.
Leader: Vickie Miller | 717-507-3659
Our Women's Ministries connect opportunities are designed to not only teach but also encourage and equip the women of our church to move out into their communities and make an impact for Christ. We want all women to know that they are a part of a community of believers. We want to walk with you, challenge you, and support you as God moves in your life and heart.
Spiritual disciplines are essential to a more vibrant spiritual life and knowing God more intimately. Join Kelly Minter in this 7-session Bible study as she unpacks the biblical foundation for these sacred habits along with approachable ways to practice disciplines like prayer, study, worship, rest, simplicity, generosity, celebration, and many more. Instead of being just one more thing on your to-do list, you’ll find that these habits of faith can actually create more margin in your life—providing peace and rest as you walk closer with Jesus. We are studying Encountering God by Kelly Minter. The cost for the book is $17. There is no childcare available.
Moms Connect | 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 14 | 9:30 to 11:30 AM | Auditorium
Moms Connect is for moms of preschoolers to connect with other moms, share mothering ideas and suggestions, and be guided by mentor mothers’ wisdom and experience. The cost is $5. There is limited child care available for an additional fee. Contact Moms Connect leadership with any questions. Register to attend.
The purpose of Men’s Connect is to equip men to be Christ-centered leaders at home, work, church, and in their communities. We seek to provide ways for men to grow in their faith. We hope to encourage husbands, fathers, and sons as they walk their journey of faith.
Men’s Connect Kickoff Event | Sept. 9-10 | 7 PM | Auditorium
Did you know Hershey Free has a men’s ministry? Have you been interested in meeting other men on a similar journey of faith? We will be celebrating and kicking-off our fall groups with speakers, food, and time together. We want every man to be spurred on in their faith and aware of the men’s ministry opportunities offered. Senior Pastor, George Davis will be one of our speakers as well as one of our elders, John Hollenbach. Join us Friday from 7 to 8:30 PM and Saturday from 9 to 12. Come for both days or only one as your schedule permits. The Intentional Father by Jon Tyson will be available for purchase for $10. The cost for the event is $5. Register to attend.
Men's Evening Connect | Wednesdays beginning Sept.14 | 6:45 to 8:45 PM | Room 10
There are many things pulling for our attention. It’s hard to find time and make space for God and for Christian friendships. This is one of the reasons why Men’s Evening Connect was formed. Men of all ages can spend time together, hearing from each other, and learning what it means to be a man of God. This fall we will be using two books Experiencing God by Claude V. King and Unquestioned Answers by Dr. Jeff Myers. Books can be purchased at the first meeting. Contact Kent Bailey with any questions.
Saturday Men's Breakfast | 2nd Saturday of each month starting Oct. 8 | 8 to 9:30 AM | Core Cafe
Are you looking for a no pressure environment that includes breakfast? Every second Saturday (starting in October) all men are invited to enjoy a meal together, spend time in prayer, and simply be together. A $5 donation is requested. No registration is required.
Young Adult Group
Beyond (High School) is for any young adult in college or starting a career ages 18-22. Beyond meets Sundays at 10:30 AM in room 403 and on Tuesdays at 6 PM in various home locations. Tuesday meetings dates and locations can be found here. Sign up for updates by texting Beyond to 717-537-9172.
The Branch is a connect group for young adults age 23 and up, both single and married. They meet Sundays at 10:30 AM in room 302 and have various get togethers throughout the year. Follow their Instagram Page @thebranchhfc and check out their monthly newsletter here.
Senior Adult Groups
Senior Adult Strength Training | Mondays & Thursdays | 11 AM to 12 PM | Room 302
Senior Adult Strength Training, Band Together, is a group that uses stretch bands of various tensions to help those with limited mobility to regain and maintain strength and flexibility. Please note that anyone over age 70 will need to have their doctor’s clearance to participate.
Senior Adult Bible Fellowship & Luncheon | 1st Wednesday of the month | 10:45 AM to 12:45 PM | Auditorium
Senior Adult Bible Fellowship & Luncheon meets on the first Wednesday of each month September through June (except January). This is an opportunity to fellowship around God's Word and through worship of familiar hymns, followed by lunch together. There is a $2 suggested donation for the lunch. Please register by the Monday prior to the lunch by calling (717) 712-8936 to help us know how much food to prepare.