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Welcome to Group Life!

During the 2017 Spring Season, each group will meet over nine weeks starting May 1 until the week of June 25.

Home Groups and City Groups are listed below by Day of the Week.

More information about the leaders of our new groups is here.

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Questions about a specific group? Contact the group leader directly below.

Want to to talk about where you might fit? Contact our Minister for Community Life here

*Sign up is through our InFellowship website: a secure and online tool that allows you to connect to what’s happening at church. Through your personalized account, you will be able to access and update contact info, search for groups, manage group involvement, use the church directory and give online.

List of Groups




Home-based groups meet in a members' home and are lead by one or two leaders. They will primarily study the sermon text, with study guide and questions provided by the pastors.


East Oakland

Sundays 11:30am

We meet for a potluck-picnic lunch at Dimond Park (3674 Dimond Ave) after the first worship service. Our group focuses on discussing the sermon ideas and living according to the teachings of Christ, as well as deepening our relationships with each other. All are welcome!

*No formal supervision for children, but they may play at the adjacent tot lot.

Leaders: Mark and Rebecca Anderson


Sundays 7:00pm

We are a new group coming together this season, meeting Sunday evenings to gather as new friends and share with one another before the start of another work week. We promise gluten free filled snacks, discussions about the morning message and space for prayer and support.

Leaders: Rachel Mellby & Joanna Kabuye

Men's Book Study: "Desert Wisdom"

Tuesdays 7:00pm

“Desert Wisdom: Sayings from the Desert Fathers”

Readings from the book will prompt deep reflections on our lives as men, brothers, husbands, fathers and friends.

Contact: Brady Jones

Lake Merritt (Lakeside)

Tuesdays 7:00pm

We hope to cultivate a community where everyone feels welcomed and at home. We will discuss each weeks sermon and have the opportunity to explore the scripture on a deeper, more personal level in the context of fellowship and prayer. The ultimate aim will be to empower each other to serve with joy and love in our daily lives.

Leaders: Jordan and Karley Yoder


Tuesdays 7:30pm

We will spend time catching up and sharing each other's story over a snack or meal. Following a relaxed, organic structure we will review the past sermon and our interpretations and reactions to it. If you live or work in the Fremont/Newark area we would  love to have you join us!

Leaders: Mark Bandstra and Greg Means


Thursdays 7:00pm

The Fruitvale group hopes to build off the positive vibe established by previous groups in the area by providing a comfortable space for conversation about life and faith. We will use the study guide provided by OCC to dive deeper into the content from the Sunday sermon and will strive to connect these sermons with our day-to-day lives. Ultimately we hope that this group provides a safe place to explore how we can love God and our neighbor in a real and meaningful way. Come join us!

Leaders: Aaron McGregor and Sally Stosich

Lake Merritt (Sunnyhills)

Thursdays 7:30pm

Starts May 11

We are all about exploring Sunday's message, getting to know each other on a deeper level, and eating yummy snacks in a comfy environment. We're a laid back group that loves to share thoughts, wisdom, stories, and prayers. We focus on each week's sermon and Bible verses but riff depending on where the conversation takes us. We also plan group hikes, book clubs, or spontaneous dinner meet-ups.

Leaders: Leah and Adrian Walker

San Leandro

Thursdays 7:15pm

The group is co-ed, multi-generational, multi-cultural and may include people outside of the OCC family. The study focuses on the presence of God in our lives and typically utilizes lessons from the previous week's sermon.

Leaders: Susan Broadnax

Castro Valley

Contact the leaders about meeting times

Our group is focused on building community, sharing our faith journeys, and walking through life together. This group will be particularly geared towards couples and young families. After our potluck dinner, we will spend time discussing that week’s sermon and fellowshipping.

Leaders: Angie and Evan Chung




City Groups provide structure and direction with a specific content or activity. City Engagement offers opportunities to volunteer and become involved in the community.

Sidewalk Talk Community Listening Group

Sundays 1:30pm

“Sidewalk Talk” is an ongoing community listening project that promotes empathy and wellness through offering listening in public spaces: “We quite simply take two chairs, one for us and one for you, out on city streets sit down and offer to listen to anyone about anything.” Participants will be trained in principles of supportive listening by local experts and serve as listeners at local scheduled listening sessions throughout Oakland.

Leader: Myisha Hill and Travia Fitzpatrick

Open Door Bible Study

Mondays 7:00pm

A weekly in-depth walk through Scripture as we unpack a particular book of the Bible and relate it to the original context and our lives today. This season will continue with the book of Genesis.

Leader: Pastor Josh McPaul

"Street Cred" Book Study

Mondays 7:00pm

"STREED CRED: A Hood Minister’s Guide to Urban Ministry"

A weekly study on the theology and practice of inner-city ministry and healing from the thoughts and experiences of a local street minister.

Shane Claiborne writes about Street Cred: “Rev. Williams reminds us all that the best healers are wounded healers - that the worst sinners can become the greatest saints, and that the real power doesn’t come from the titles we hold but from the testimonies we live. If there is one thing the church needs today, it is street cred. And here is a guide to help us recapture that - a faithfulness that does not just have its head in the heavens; it also has its feet on the ground.”

Leader: Rev. Harry Williams

Bible Study Fellowship

Tuesdays 7:00pm

Bible Study Fellowship is an international study. Everyone around the world study the same scriptures every week from September of one year through May of the following year. This group is on a different time frame than the rest of the groups at OCC. We will complete our sessions in the first of May. Speak with Norma Sherman if you are interested in joining.

Contact: Norma Sherman

Worship Discussion Group

Wednesdays 5:30pm at OCC and various locations.

“So, exactly what IS worship, really?”

Well, how about we ponder that and similar tough questions over finger food, friends, and fruit juice? You might snag the occasional gourmet cupcake or two, and we'll even make our own music as the seasons change. All are welcome, lack of musical talents notwithstanding. See you there!

Leaders: David and Tracy Sovereign

Common Ground Class

Wednesdays 7:00-8:30pm

"People Who Don't Belong Together"

One of three church classes offered throughout the year exploring the three parts of Oakland City Church’s mission. This course will address issues of race, power, and privilege, help participants articulate individual ethnic identity stories and discuss how faith, spiritual practices and other tools promote reconciliation, friendship and healing in the church and beyond.

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Leaders: Riana Shaw Robinson

Ceasefire Nightwalks

The Second and Fourth Fridays 6:00-9:00pm

Join the Oakland Community Organizations (OCO) Nightwalks. Faith leaders, residents, schools, neighborhood organizations, social services, public agencies and law enforcement are uniting to build a culture of peace and healing in our community. We are walking our neighborhoods to carry this message, "We love you and we want you to be alive and free!"

This is a family friendly event. We will meet at OCC at 6:00pm and carpool/caravan to the nightwalk site.

Leaders: Katherine and Dom Lipari

Hiking Group

Saturday (Times/locations on InFellowship )

Join us on Saturday morning for an outdoor adventure and fellowship together. Men and women of all levels are welcome! We will enjoy exploring a few trails locally and beyond. What better place to grow together, be encouraged and get active in God than in His beautiful creation this Spring. Schedule, location and need to know information will be available on group homepage in InFellowship. See you on the trail!

Leader: Chelle Austin

Women's Prayer Group

Third Saturdays of the month 10:00-11:30am

We started the Women's Prayer Group this summer, and many ladies asked for more. This monthly gathering will be a chance for the Women of OCC to fellowship, build deeper relationships, share wisdom, and pray together. We might even share a meal. Childcare is available.

Leader: Riana Shaw Robinson