A place where you can belong, that’s right for you.
It can be hard to find community. We want to help you find a dinner group that works for you.
Dinner Groups have always been the core of Hoboken Grace and are a gathering of 6-12 adults who meet weekly to discuss and work out how Sunday’s conversation applies to our lives. People who attend Dinner Groups come from different careers, backgrounds, and stages of life but find common ground.
In a Dinner Group you will find a place to get connected and grow spiritually. This is the place where you begin to take your next step of faith that is practical in a community of authentic people.
Whether it is in the way you are cared for or how you care for others, the struggle you will walk through, or the parties you throw, it is here that you will experience family. In a Dinner Group, you can find a place to belong.
Ready to join us? Find a Dinner Group that fits your schedule or start one of your own.
“I was worried that I wouldn’t fit in or find a group where people were not afraid to let their guards down and get real. I wanted a guarantee that I would make friends and build deep connections, but of course, you can’t know that until you are willing to try. I’m so glad I did!””
Join a group. The process is simple. Just follow these three steps:
Dinner Groups will fill on a first-come, first-served basis.
All of our Dinner Groups meet with the same purpose in mind and consist of individuals of various ages and life stages. We encourage you to pick a night where you can be the most consistent.
You will not be the only new person in your group. Dinner Groups are always open by enrollment or invitation, so we have new members joining groups all the time. However, if you want to join a brand new group, short term Dinner Groups are a great option for you.
All you need to prepare for Dinner Group is to listen to Sunday’s conversation before the group meets. Your group leader will let you know if they would like you to bring along food, drinks, or anything else.
Our only co-ed groups are for couples in a committed marital relationship. Because Dinner Group members share about their personal lives, it is important for group to be a safe, confidential place. When talking about personal details, members are willing to share more in a same-sex context.
You are welcome to attend whatever group works best for you. The advantage of a couples Dinner Group is the ability to meet other couples in our area. The advantage of a Men’s or Women’s Dinner Group is that you will have a wide range of members in diverse life stages.
No, a Dinner Group is not a Bible Study in the traditional sense. Dinner Groups are designed for us to not only hear God’s Word, but to apply what we are learning together. Bible Studies, which focus on understanding the books of the Bible and learning tools to study scripture on your own, are not meant to take the place of a Dinner Group. If you are a member of Hoboken Grace and are interested in enrolling in a Bible Study, you can find more information about that here.
Unfortunately, we do not have any groups that offer child care. Most of our groups meet in the evening in small city apartments which makes providing child care challenging. If you would like to consider leading a group that provides childcare, please submit your information here.
When first trying out Dinner Groups, you are welcome to attend multiple groups to get a feel for the group dynamics. After a few weeks, we encourage members to commit to one group where they can invest and attend consistently.