Small Group Opportunities

One of the best ways to grow your faith is to be connected to a small group community within Chapel Hill. A small group is a gathering of people joined around a passion, God-given gifts, common interests, or needs. It is a safe place to explore hard questions, find support when the answers don’t make sense, and celebrate life!

As individuals, we have differences in our journeys and our places along the path. Wherever you are on your journey, being in a supportive and purposeful small group will allow your relationship with God to grow.

It is our hope that you find a comfortable place in a small group that allows you to build your relationship with God and with the community at Portage Chapel Hill Church. May you find many blessings as you take this journey. The list below is always evolving, and there's always room for more! To get connected to a group, or if you have an idea for a group that you don't see listed, please contact Tonya Boot at

Homeward Bound and Together

There are many in our community who feel safest worshipping at home. Homeward Bound and Together is a small group for our online community to continue being in relationship with our church family. This group will meet over ZOOM and cover a variety of topics with the main goal being connection. Pastor Jess Davenport will be leading this group. To join the group please email Pastor Jess at

Park Village Pines Bible Study

This small group meets weekly on Thursdays at 1:30 pm outside at Park Village Pines Senior Assisted Living located at 2920 Crystal Lane in Kalamazoo. In the case of bad weather they meet on Zoom. The Park Village Pines Group likes to study books or watch videos with a spiritual growth theme and then have discussion. All are welcome to come check it out. If you have questions please contact Pat Catellier at To get the Zoom link please contact the office at or call (269) 327-6643.

Sisters in Spirit

This is a group of women who love books!  During the school year, books are read and discussed on topics of theology, spirituality, social justice and living in the world.  During the summer, members meet socially and share whatever books are being read. All women are welcome. This group meets weekly from 10 - 11:30 am on Wednesdays on Zoom. When we are in-person they meet at the home of Jean Christie, 6108 Cypress St., Portage (wheelchair accessible). Jean Christie and Shirley Freeman co-lead this group. For more information contact Jean at or Shirley at

Mission Quilters

If you can thread a needle and tie a knot, you can be a Mission Quilter! The Quilters are currently meeting the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm at Haverhill Park in Portage (you are welcome to come earlier and bring a sack dinner). In the case of bad weather they will meet the following Thursday, and when it becomes too cold to gather outside, they will meet on Zoom. The group creates quilts that are distributed at no cost to Parent to Parent, The Free Store at Sunnyside United Methodist Church, YWCA Women’s shelter, and many other organizations. No experience is necessary. If you have questions about the Mission Quilters please contact Gayle Franklin at

Faith Expedition

This group has book studies and conversation often focusing on topics of racial and social justice. Faith Expedition meets once a month on Sunday afternoons. Please contact Sue Kovats-Bell at to learn more.

Lunch Bunch

Good conversation and good food - what could be better? Lunch Bunch gets together for lunch once a month. Contact Susan Smith at to find out more.

Over The Chapel Hill Gang

Over the Chapel Hill Gang is a vibrant group of retirees and seniors who are young at heart! They get together once a month for lunch and fellowship. Contact Doris Mettler at to get connected.

Sacred Space

Do you have an eye for design and color? Then you might enjoy putting your creativity to use in helping design and decorate the altar space in the Sanctuary each week. Using the weekly scripture provided by the pastors, this group meets Monday evenings in the Sanctuary to discuss the scripture and theme for the week and then design the space using fabrics, pieces from nature, candles, and more, to help interpret the theme. Contact Tonya Boot at for more information.