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Welcome to Group Life!

All our groups are listed below by Day of the Week.

Want to visit a group? Contact the group leader directly below.

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

Use your existing or create an Infellowship profile to sign up directly here.

East Oakland

Sundays 11:45am

We meet at the Anderson home in East Oakland (by the zoo) for lunch after the first worship service. Our group focuses on discussing the sermon ideas. This season we will continue to build relationships, have options for group participants to volunteer through Project Peace, go deeper with a weekend retreat, and optionally discuss a book about gospel parenting. Family friendly, and all are welcome!

Childcare available.

 
Leaders: Mark and Rebecca Anderson

Social Entrepreneur Group

Sundays 1:00pm

How excited are you to make a way out of no way in life? Go after Your Dreams, Goals, Passions, Create New Paths or  just become more socially involved with your family, school or church community?

But you’ve got some obstacles to overcome? Life, people around you, challenges at work, money, business problems, mental health concerns, prejudice discrimination, doubt or even failure- these  can get us down and stop our excitement in its tracks. This group is  for social entrepreneurs who want to make a difference in theirs and others lives.

What is a Social Entrepreneur?

Social entrepreneurs drive social innovation and transformation in various fields including education, health, environment and enterprise development. They pursue poverty alleviation goals with entrepreneurial zeal, business methods and the courage to innovate and overcome traditional practices. A social entrepreneur, similar to a business entrepreneur, builds strong and sustainable organizations, which are either set up as not-for-profits or companies.

A social entrepreneur is a leader or pragmatic visionary who:

  • Achieves large scale, systemic and sustainable social change through a new invention, a different approach, a more rigorous application of known technologies or strategies, or a combination of these.
  • Focuses first and foremost on the social and/or ecological value creation and tries to optimize the financial value creation.
  • Innovates by finding a new product, a new service, or a new approach to a social problem.
  • Continuously refines and adapts approach in response to feedback.
  • Combines the characteristics represented by Richard Branson and Mother Teresa
 
Leaders: Brian Hill, Damon Sicore

Being Human: Theological Reflections...

Sundays 2:00pm

In Romans 12 Paul exhorts his readers asking that they "not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." ​While some small groups are primarily relational and others are vocational this group will be unapologetically oriented to the discipleship of the mind. ​Over the course of the class we will read​ through​ "The Abolition of Man" by C.S.Lewis and "Begotten or Made" by Oliver O'Donovan as a group and reflect on what Christianity has to say about human nature. There will be ten pages of reading per week, all are welcome to join in the discussion as we engage our faith in seeking understanding.

 
Contact: Prof. Colin Chan Redemer

Evening Service Community

Sundays 6:00pm

Join us for worship, sharing and dinner each Sunday as we vision and dream about starting an evening service. We will spend time building community among ourselves as we pray about who to reach out to and the kind of worship that will draw them into our faith community.

 
Leader: Carl Pascual

Dimond

Sundays 7:00pm

Our small group would like to warmly invite you to join our community at conveniently located walking distance from the church! Our gatherings typically include delicious snacks, discussion on morning’s message, and a time for communal prayer. We also like to fellowship over meals, board games!

We plan to volunteer regularly to help beautify Peralta Hacienda Park.

 
Leader: Rachel Mellby

Writing Workshop

Mondays 11:00am

Julie Jones from the Commission on Aging taught creative writing at Brown University. She has a love for writing and is willing to encourage those who have been looking for a safe space to start that novel, family story that's been looming deep inside or just an opportunity to improve your writing skills.

 
Contact: Norma Sherman

Married Men's Group

Mondays 7:00pm

This group is an opportunity for guys who are newly married, or are thinking about getting married, to talk in an open supportive environment about their relationship and gain insight on marriage.

 
Leader: John Fuller

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.

www.bsfinternational.org

 
Contact: Norma Sherman

Grand Lake

Tuesdays 7:00pm

Our heart is to develop a culture where we all empower and honor one another while developing relationships and community. Each week we will discuss the sermon, wrestle with scripture, and pray for one another. We will focus on applying the Word of God to our daily lives and encouraging one another to live as Jesus did.

 
Leaders: Denai and Kyle Lovrein

Fremont-Newark

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!

 
Leader: Greg Means

Common Ground Class

Wednesdays 7:00pm

Common Ground "People Who Don't Belong Together"

This group focuses on the joy and the challenges of being a part of God's diverse community. We will talk about race, power, and oppression in our own lives, the Church, and the world. We will study scripture and other resources to deepen relationships, expand perspectives, and strengthen cross-cultural dialogue.

Sign Up Here

 
Leaders: Riana Shaw Robinson, Anna Seid, Gent Grush

Temescal

Wednesdays 7:00pm

We focus on connection and community through discussion of the week’s sermon, sharing our stories and struggles, and encouraging one another to look beyond our group to the broader Oakland community. Expect honest conversation, communal prayer, and good snacks.

Hannah Waits hannahwaits@gmail.com

Anne Sunderland asunderland08@gmail.com

Lunchtime Study

Thursdays 12:30-1:20pm

This group is for anyone who finds a lunchtime group easier to attend than an evening group. So if you're a shift worker, have lunchtimes free - this is the group for you. We will be done at 1:20pm sharp. The group is open, but we encourage people to sign up and come regularly.

 
Leader: Pastor Josh McPaul

Open Door Bible Study

Thursdays 7:00pm

A weekly in-depth walk through Scripture as we unpack a book of the Bible and relate it to the original context and our lives today.

This season we will study the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts.

 
Leader: Carl Pascual

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

Mom's Group

Fridays 10:00am

A time to gather moms and their children to play and support one another. We meet weekly at Avenue Terrace Park (Jordan Park) at 4369 Bennett Place, Oakland, CA.

 
Leader: Ahnika Johnson & Ingrid Stokstad

Sidewalk Talk Community Listening Group

5pm on Fridays May 4, June 1, July 6

“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.

Meet at Grand Avenue and 22nd Street, Oakland.

Please take the online training HERE

 
Leader: Myisha Hill

Ceasefire Nightwalks

The First and Third Fridays 7-8:30pm

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. Starting location will be posted on the OCC Facebook Group.

 
Contact: Riana Shaw Robinson

Strength Saturdays

Saturdays 6:30am and 8:30am

If you are interested in lifting weights and getting strong, this is the group for you!  This 12-week program will develop total body strength through barbell training. We will provide the coaching, equipment, and programming to facilitate your strength development. Men and women of all ages and experience levels are welcome! Let us know which season you’d like to attend.

 
Leader: Andrew Vincent

Hiking Group

Saturdays - 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

AllFlourishTogether

Full for this Season

We invite OCC’ers of all ages and stages to join us in discussion, relationship-building and prayer. After spending last season discussing Andy Crouch's book, Strong and Weak, on what it means to flourish where God has placed you, we will focus on deepening relationships and digging into sermons this season.

 
Leaders: Esther and David Landhuis

Lake Merritt (Lakeside)

Full for this Season

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.

We are participating in the West Oakland Night Walks.

 
Leaders: Jordan and Karley Yoder

Redwood Heights (Formerly Fruitvale)

Full for this Season

We provide a comfortable space for conversation about life and faith. We will use the study guide provided 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.


 
Leaders: Peter and Velina Barnes