CONNECT groups

Connect Groups Catalog

To connect with a Connect Group, join them when and where they meet, contact the Facilitator directly or get in touch with Brenda Kyriakou. View a PDF copy of the catalog.


Connect Groups are the way to connect with our imperfect but forgiven body of believers here at SouthNaz and to share the  

journey of becoming more and more like Jesus. Connect Groups are places where people of similar interests grow in relationship with Jesus and one another. It is through Connect Groups that we do life together. We study the Bible together, apply God’s Word together, encourage one another to spiritual maturity, pray together, support one another during the trials of life, rejoice together, and serve together. Connect Groups are where you will find true fulfillment in the life God has for you.

Membership Class

Explores the history, beliefs of a Nazarene, our governance, and ethics of a Nazarene. You’ll learn about the covenant relationship, and you will have an opportunity to take the step toward becoming a member.  

Sundays - On Campus, Room 202 – 9:30am

September 22, 29; October 6, 13

Members will be received on Sunday, October 27

Baptism Class

Understand the three reasons for baptism, the meaning of baptism and the process for baptism at SouthNaz. 

September 18 - On Campus, Room 202 - 7:00pm

Baptism Service is on Sunday, September 29


J.O.Y. (Just Older Youth)

The J.O.Y. Sr. Adult Class is primarily comprised of retired adults but open to adults of all ages. The class objective is to study and share God's word utilizing the Nazarene Word Action publication utilizing PowerPoint outlines and class interaction/participation for application to our current and ever-changing world. The class goal is that individuals will value this hour as a learning experience so they can share and bless others.

Facilitator: Larry Dexter

Where: On Campus, Conference Room A

When: Sunday @ 9:30 am

Cost: Offering taken


Adult study using Max Lucado video series, and Nazarene Word Action Publications designed to help adults discover what it means to be holy in today’s world.

Facilitator: Doug Artin

Where: On Campus, Fellowship Hall

When: Sunday @ 9:30 am

Cost: Offering taken

Understanding the Bible (UTB)

This Bible study will help you gain a greater understanding of the New Testament books of the Bible along with interactive
discussions and sharing.
Facilitator: Lon Gay

Where: On Campus, Room 201

When: Sunday @ 9:30 am

Cost: Offering taken

New Testament Studies

This class is a Bible study of New Testament studies. In this class you will study chapter by chapter, learning and growing to be more like Jesus, while sharing life experiences.

Facilitator: Lori Fata

Where: On Campus, Room 209

When: Sunday @ 9:30 am

Cost: Offering taken

Wednesday Night Bible Study

This small group will engage in biblical studies on various subjects throughout the year. There will be interactive discussions. 

Facilitator: Pastor Brad Dyrness

Where: On Campus, Conference Room A

When: Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm

Cost: Cost of book

Women's Tuesday Bible Study - James-Discovering God's Delight in a Lived-Out Faith

Women joining together to learn more about God’s word while getting to know each other and building relationships.

Facilitator: Barb Bloomer

Where: On Campus, Room 200

When: Tuesday evenings beginning September 10 - October 29 @ 6:30 pm

Cost: Cost of book

Women's Wednesday Bible Study - Redeemed-A Tool for Sharing Your Story of Redemption

An opportunity to grow in God's word and grow in His likeness.

Facilitator: Michelle Helmic

Where: 321 House

When: Wednesday evenings beginning September 11 - October 23 @ 6:30 pm

Cost: Cost of book

Men's Bible Study Fellowship

Men's Bible Study for all Christian faiths. This group will be studying the book of Acts. Sponsored by Missionary Baptist Church. Child care provided for 1st - 6th grades.

Where: 500 Martin Luther King Blvd, Lansing, MI 48915

When: Tuesdays @ 6:55-8:40 pm beginning September 10

Contact: Mike Castilla

*Community Bible Study not sponsored by SouthNaz

12 Men

Once a week 12 men gather for a time of community, accountability, and learning. This group meets over a meal for no more than an hour and a half. If you are interested in a group like this, call the church office at 517-882-5775.

Facilitator: Pastor Brad and Ken McNulty

Where: Off Campus

When: Monday's @ 6:30 pm

Cost: Price of your meal and book

12 Men All In

Once a week 12 men gather for a time of community, accountability, and learning. This group meets over a meal for no more than an hour and a half. If you are interested in a group like this, call the church office at 517-882-5775.

Facilitator: Pastor Travis Myers

Where: Off Campus

When: Monday's @ 6:30 pm

Cost: Price of your meal and book

Couples Home Bible Study

These groups consists of married couples. The purpose of these groups are to support strong marriages, connect with others, and connect with God through varies biblical marriage studies and other biblical study books. The Groups will meet every-other Saturday or Sunday Night at various homes. The evening look a little like this: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm will be Bible study, sharing, and prayer.  Then at 6:30 - 8:30 pm dinner together and everyone brings a dish to share. Our goal is to have 6 couples in a group with multiple groups.  

Contact: Matt and Marilyn Hamlin

Cost: Price of your book and dish to pass each time.

5th and 6th Grade Girls Bible Study - A Young Women's Walk with God

Facilitator: Pastor Gretchen

Where: Off Campus, Pastor Gretchen's home

When: Thursdays: 9/12, 10/3, 10/24, 11/14, 12/12, 1/2, 1/23, and 2/27 @ 6pm

Light Snack and Book Provided


Bridge Builders

Fellowship, encouragement, and sharing for those over 50, retire or nearing retirement! Open to everyone. Along with other activities, this group meets monthly for board & table games, a meal, and a great program.

Facilitators: Glen and Karen Neal and team

Where: On Campus, Fellowship Hall

When: Fridays once a month

Cost: $5 for lunch, sign-up appreciated for accurate count for lunch. Day trips vary in cost.


Wednesday Evening Prayer Gathering

Intercede for the people and needs of the church, community and the world. Learn ways to pray and join others in lifting up to God the praises and requests of our church, families and individuals. Pray aloud or silently as you follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. 

Facilitator: Doris Redmond

Where: On Campus, Room 209

When: Wednesday @ 7:00—8:15 pm

Cost: Free

Weekly Men’s Prayer Breakfast

This group meets for encouragement, prayer and breakfast. 

Facilitator: Steve Reader

Where: Off Campus, Bob Evans, American Rd., Lansing

When: Tuesday @ 6:30 am

Cost: Cost of your breakfast


Men's Christian Grief Support Group

This group is for widowers—men whose wives have passed. It is open to any religious denomination and non-believers. We share time together over dinner and provide support to those who are grieving their loss and growing as a Christian. Following dinner, a specific grief or spiritual topic is discussed by the group. This group meets year ‘round. 

Facilitator: Larry Vert

Where: Delhi Café (4625 E. Willoughby Rd. Holt, MI 48842) 

When: Second Tuesday every month @ 5:30 pm

Cost: Price of your own meal

Grief Support Group

Learn about grief and share with others going through their grief experience. This group is appropriate for anyone who has experienced loss regardless of denomination, church affiliation, or spiritual beliefs. This group meets for six weeks. 

Facilitator: Larry Vert

Where: On Campus, 321 House

When: September 30 - November 11 @ 6:30-8:30 pm. 

CONNECTIONS FOR YOUTH (7th - 12th grade) 

Contact: Travis Myers, Pastor to Families with Youth

Phone: (517) 882-5775 [church] 

1 Timothy 4:12 says, " Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." 

Through FUSE, our SouthNaz youth ministry, we seek Jesus and build relationships with each other as we connect in worship, fellowship, discipleship and ministry. By doing these things, we FUSE together. 


(Isaiah 40: 6-8) God renews us with his lasting Word and we exist to be in relationship with each other. Exhale is a way that we come together to deepen relationships and grow spiritually. The life groups are divided into small groups. Sunday mornings on campus at 9:30 am. Come and find out what it’s all about! 


(2 Chronicles 5:13-14) We believe that getting together regularly is essential to our faith. FUSE is a time where youth get together and worship in a casual atmosphere that bonds us together in song and message. Come as you are, who you are, and learn why you are the way you are. We get together Wednesday nights on campus at 6:30 pm. 

Teen Quizzing (Leaders: Jillian & Kirk Rennaker) 

In an atmosphere of friendly competition, get to know other teens at South and other churches, learn to study the Bible and memorize Bible verses, learn life application skills and grow in relationship with Jesus. Wednesdays on campus at 5:15 pm, Lower Level

Big Comfy Couch

Everyone likes doing things without supervision. Well, here's your chance! Big Comfy Couch is youth led worship where YOU pick the music and YOU pick the message. We will provide the food, fun and great atmosphere. Meet us at SouthNaz on the second Sunday night of the month at 5:00 pm and we will provide the ride to a comfy location off campus. 

CONNECTIONS FOR CHILDREN (Infant to 6th grade) 

Contact: Gretchen Hand, Pastor to Families with Children

Phone: (517) 882-5775 [church] 

Children’s Ministries are offered On Campus and are cost free. Plugged In Children's Ministries - Sunday Morning Connect Groups With an atmosphere of a small group, Sunday School classes help teach and grow your child in a deeper knowledge and understanding of the Bible and the life changing stories it has to share. 

When: Sunday @ 9:30 am


Kids will experience worship created just for them! Using media, games, music, drama, small groups and lots of energy, kids will discover the truth in the parables of Jesus. Ages 4 years to 6th grade will love all the excitement that PowerHouse has to offer! When: Sunday @ 10:30 am, Room 102

On Campus Bible Quizzing

Children‘s Bible Quizzing is a fun and competitive way to learn and memorize the Bible. Focusing each year on a specific book of the Bible, quizzing invites children to friendly competition against kids from other local churches. Ages K- 6th Grade. 

When: Wednesdays @ 5:30 p.m., Room 105 On Campus

Faith Factory

The place where kids learn to serve God and others while putting their faith to work! Using media, games, drama, kids will discover the truth in the Bible. 

When: Wednesday @ 6:30 p.m., Room 102

On Campus for ages 0-3 years Nursery and Toddler Care is available Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings (except for Bible Quizzing) during the times of the Children‘s Activities above.