Small Groups Catalog

Small Group Enrollment Is Now Closed

Summer small group registration will open on April 29th with small groups beginning again on May 20th.

Let us all continue to pray for our Small Groups, that God would transform our communities and make disciples of Christ.

Our Small Groups are a safe place to grow in Faith, make new friends, meet new people, and have fun. Small groups are part of our strategy to develop disciples and leaders for the kingdom of God. Our hope is to see everyone who comes to Joy Christian Fellowship get plugged into a Small Group and see the tremendous life changing benefits of it. It is also our hope that you will serve as a Small Group leader in the future.

Each semester you will find a wide variety of Small Groups from those with single adults, to married, and married with children each meeting at different times and locations throughout Bergen County.

Length of Small Groups: 2 1/2 – 3 months

Cost: Usually whatever book is being studied, and maybe cost of snacks. $10 - $20

Location and Time: Various days and times throughout the week. Pick a time that works best for you.

Our Small Group sessions are organized by year into a 3 semester system. Before each Small Group term we have 3 weeks of open registration – and groups will fill up fast. Then registration is closed until the next term of Small Groups begin. This way all the members begin together and end together.


Want to continuing sharing about the Sunday sermon, and share life together. We will be worshipping, praying for one another, discussing and applying the sermon and celebrating answered prayers over a Sunday meal together.

This group is for new registrations only. If you are already registered for a group please stay with that group.

Focus group: open to all (including children)

Location: possibly rotating between different homes.

Time: 4pm on Sundays

Material: We will be discussing and applying Sunday Sermons

The 5 Love Languages of Children

We love our children but what if we are not speaking their love language? God has called us to make disciples of all nations, even within our family. So how do we disciple to our children if their needs are not met? Jesus loved His disciples and they were able to go out into the world with confidence and security in their identity in Christ. In our study, as we identify and learn to speak our children’s love languages, we will witness the tree that bears much fruit through the different seasons of our children's lives. Let us create an atmosphere where faith can grow and receive the promise of the Spirit and get a glimpse of Our Father's love.

Focus Group: Families with Children

Time: Saturdays, 10AM - 11:30AM


Book: "The 5 Love Languages of Children" by Gary Chapman & Ross Campbell

Creativity with God: Drawing/Painting 101

Weekly sermon discussions combined with prayer and reflection of how the message spoke to each of us individually. This will lead into fun exercises of channeling our single/couple spiritual life challenges into creative expressions in paintings and drawings.

We will pray for guidance from God and try to visualize His leading for us throughout the week or longer. The small group leader will lead the group to provide some basic instructions for drawing simple sketches, and eventually move on to painting. The agenda would be similar to materials that would be covered in a basic art class, but we will be Jesus centered!

Focus Group: Singles, Couples (no children)

Time: Sunday 4pm

Location: Church

Book/Materials: Some basic art supplies will be needed (i.e.pencil, sketchbook, acrylic paints, brush, etc)

Five Commitments to Fail-Proof Your Marriage

Marriage was God's gift from the time of Genesis. How do we keep the marriage vows through all of life's ups and downs? In this group, we will explore ways to strengthen the foundations of marriage through making five commitments. We will journey together in collaborative study, fun sharing, and supportive prayer.

Focus Group: Married Couples (6 couples max-children are welcome but no babysitter available.)

Time: Friday 7pm-9:30pm

Location: River Vale (rotating homes)

Book: "Five Commitments to Fail-Proof Your Marriage" by Craig and Amy Groeschel

simple, light dinners will be ordered $5 per head

Experiencing God

God invites us into a loving relationship through which we can learn to join Him in His work so that we can share in His joy. Through the 13 chapters Experiencing God workbook, we will learn to experience His activity around us through the study of the Bible, prayer, and the sharing of testimonies.

Focus Group: Woman

Time: Wed. 8pm-9:30pm Location: TBD

Book/Materials: "Experiencing God" Workbook by Henry Blackaby

Experiencing God At Home

Do you have a desire or need to better manage your household? Experiencing God at Home for Parents is a Bible study that invites parents towards God-honoring parenting.

When God is no longer compartmentalized, but an integral part of everything inside and outside of the home, the home becomes a place that honors God. Throughout this study, we will discover that transformation always starts with us, and that parenting isn't really about "getting better kids." So, let's discover together what can happen, when our families really live for Christ!

By having BOTH moms and dads praying, studying, and wrestling together to center the homes in God, this small group will be very interactive and exciting with weekly family applications, reflections, and sharing! Discipleship starts in the home.

Focus Group: Families with Children Time: Sunday's from 2:30pm-4:30pm

Location: Totowa (if members prefer, we may also rotate homes)


Bible Study Workbook by Tom and Richard Blackaby


The first book of the Bible, Genesis, is God's revelation to man of beginnings. What is God teaching us about Himself, about us and about the creation around us? God creates the heavens, the earth, man and woman, but rebellion breaks out. But God initiates His plan to redeem mankind. The events that unfold in this extraordinary book give form to the entire Bible, right to the end of Revelation and God's plan for a new beginning. As we study we will gain a greater confidence in God's greatness, plan and purpose for us, His creation.

Focus Group: Open to all (no children)

Time: Wednesday 8pm-9:30pm

Location: Church

Book: the Bible

Gospel Community

How can we become a community where we see and hear Jesus Everyday?

What does it mean to be transformed by the Gospel and How does that happen? How do we naturally see and follow Jesus at our work, church, community, and in our relationships?

These are all questions we will look at for the purpose of transformation and to live into our mission. The Gospel Community group is designed to help you experience the Gospel daily and grow in the ability to express it in every area of your life. We'll also look at how to live out the truth of our gospel identity in the normal rhythms of everyday life. All this in a community that is moving toward Gospel centered Transformation in ourselves and to those around us.

Focus Group: Singles and Couples (without children) Time: Wednesday 8pm-9:30pm

Location: Hackensack, NJ 07601

Book Cost: The Gospel Primer $17.

His Needs, Her Needs

The main purpose of this group is to discover and learn how to meet each other's most important emotional needs. Over the course of 9 meetings, we will cover various topics including affection, sexual fulfillment, intimate conversation, physical attraction, domestic support, family commitment and more.

It is anticipated that those who attend be willing to share and converse in group discussions - openly and honestly.

Focus Group: Married Couples with or without Children

Time: Sunday 3-5pm Location: Church

Childcare Provided: $5 per child/meeting

Book: "His Needs, Her Needs" by W. Harley

Love and Respect

"The goal of this small group is to align our marriages to God’s design by reading “Love and Respect” by Dr. Emerson Eggerrichs. Whether you have recently gotten married or have been married for 20 years, we encourage you to join us as we study how God has made men and women in His image and the impact it has on our marriage.

We encourage couples to join the small group and study the book together; however, husbands and wives will meet separately to allow for honest and open conversations. One group will meet during the week (without kids) while the other group will meet on Sunday afternoon. This schedule will alternate. We also hope to share a meal together with the families on Sundays to promote community and fellowship.

Focus Group: Married Couples (with or without kids)

Time: Sunday Afternoon for one gender, weeknight for the other

Location: River Edge and rotating people's homes

Book: "Love and Respect" by Emerson Eggerichs

Prayer by Tim Keller

"Let us pray." When you hear those three words, do you sometimes cringe out of fear because you don't know how to pray? Or maybe your prayers are the same today as they were 10-20 years ago asking for this and that only. How do we have an abundant, spirit filled, Christ centered prayer life? How do we pray through circumstances involving grief, loss, love and forgiveness?

Dr. Timothy Keller through his book PRAYER delves into these areas and more in the hopes of providing his readers with a way to make prayer more meaningful, personal and powerful.

Focus group: Men of all ages only

Time: Fridays, 7 pm - 9 pm (Meeting), 9 pm - 10:30 pm (Bowling)

Location: Harrington Park, NJ (Meeting), Montvale Lanes (Bowling)

Book/Materials: "Prayer" by Tim Keller - $15 book - $10 dinner provided weekly - $13 bowling and shoes

The Purpose Driven Life

"What is my purpose?" is a basic question people face in life. Starting place to answer this question should be with God and His eternal purpose. This study will help understand God's plan for our lives and see ourselves from God's perspective

There are 40 chapters in The Purpose Drive Life (or 42 chapters in latest revision). We will go through the book at a slower pace at 4 to 5 chapters per week rather than 1 chapter per day as recommended by the book.

As we go through the study together, we will share our understanding, insights, and how we could apply the purpose driven lifestyle in each of our individual lives as Christians.

Focus Group: Co-ed (Singles, Couples, etc...) No childcare provided

Time: Tuesdays 8pm-9:30pm Location: Church

Book: "The Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren

Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul

Managing our career and family and going full throttle from 6am to midnight everyday isn't easy. Prioritizing our time with God often gets neglected. There has to be a way to stay very much alive in our spiritual life and be in tune with God.

In our small group, we will be working on prioritizing our time with God throughout the week and recalibrating our focus on the big picture (His picture).

Weeknight meetings will be held in person or via Skype.

Sundays will be reserved for optional family fellowship activities (i.e. museums, parks, bbqs) to strengthen our community values.

Focus Group: Families with children

Time: Wednesdays, 8:30-10 PM (alternating weekly by gender).

- Optional Family fellowship time on Sundays (bi-weekly).

Location: Rotating at each other’s homes

Book: "Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul" by Bill Hybel

Respectable Sins:

Confronting the Sins We Tolerate

This small group topic is about sin. In God's eyes, all sin is sin. However, in our culture we get distracted with major/obvious sins and subtle/respectable sins. We will study and find ways to identify and avoid commiting sins but more importantly living a more committed and intimate life with God.

Focus Group: Couples (with Independent Children-must love dogs)

Time: Sunday Afternoon

Location: Rotation of homes (Cresskill, Englewood Cliffs, and others homes)

Book: "Respectable Sins" by Jerry Bridges

Translating God

Hearing God's Voice For Yourself and the World Around You

Have you ever wondered if it was God speaking to you and not just some random thought? What would you do if God told you secrets about people that will make them say, ‘God is real and He knows me’? Would you like to connect people to God as the One who dearly loves and cares for them?

We will learn how to hear God, take risks, stay accountable, and love people well. We will read through Shawn Bolz’s real life successes and also very real failures with the prophetic, that will make us realize every one of God’s children can do this. We will be practicing together in a safe environment. How powerful our walk and witness would be if we were to heed our Father’s voice on a regular basis!

Focus Group: Open to all Christians Time: Wednesday 8pm-9:30pm Location: Palisades Park, NJ 07650

Book Cost: Translating God by Shawn Bolz + Workbook ($26 or bring your own hard copy)

You and Me Forever: Marriage in the Light of Eternity

We will be studying You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity from Francis Chan. Marriage is great, but it’s not forever. It’s until death do us part. Then come eternal rewards or regrets depending on how we spent our lives. In his latest book, Francis Chan and his wife Lisa address the question that many couples wonder at the altar: “How do I have a great marriage?” Setting aside typical topics on marriage, Francis and Lisa dive into Scripture to understand what it means to have a relationship that satisfies the deepest parts of our souls. Jesus was right. We have it all backwards. The way to have a great marriage is to not focus on marriage.

We will begin each meeting with worship and prayer. Both husband and wife need to attend due to the study material. Children are encouraged to worship with adults.

Focus Group: Married Couples, both husband and wife need to attend due to the study material.

Time: Sundays 3-4:30PM Location: Rotating at each other’s homes

Childcare: Children are welcome to join. Arrangements can be made for babysitting.

Book/Materials: "You and Me Forever: Marriage in the Light of Eternity" by Francis Chan - $15 & cost for refreshments