Connect Groups

Our relationship with others says a lot about our relationship with God…

It is our desire to have each person at New Hope UMC develop strong relationships with others in our faith family… for growth, accountability, support and encouragement.  As a church, New Hope is committed to helping each person become more like Jesus Christ in character and conduct. We believe that such life-changes best occur when we're connected with others in authentic and accountable relationships. One of the most significant ways we can develop spiritual maturity is by being active in a group where we connect with God, connect with one another, and connect with those not yet here through our service & witness.  Connect groups are where we can interact with God’s Word in order to apply it to our lives; where we can learn and see the power of prayer at work; where we can build meaningful relationships that provide both affirmation and accountability; and where we can share honestly and openly with one another in a confidential atmosphere of God’s love and grace for each one of us.  The basis for participating in groups is demonstrated throughout scripture as God encourages us to love and care for one another (John 13:34, 1 John 4:11), to pray for one another (John 5:16), to encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11), and to gather together and motivate one another to love our Lord and do good deeds in His service (Hebrews 10:24).

Our aim is for each person at New Hope to have someone they can call on 24/7 for support and encouragement, and that they would be the kind of person who could be called on in someone else's time of need, too.  To learn about groups available to you, click any of the links below or contact Dan Palmer in the Church Office, at 813-689-4161 or .

Sunday Morning Connect Groups
“Sunday School” is a Wesleyan tradition that has been tweaked in recent years to better draw people closer to each other as we all learn to grow closer to God.  At New Hope, we have various Sunday morning groups meeting at both 9:30 and 11:00am (these groups differ from traditional  Sunday School only in that they are intentional about inviting more interactive participation and emphasize between-meeting care among attenders).   Children's programming and the nursery are available all morning long so parents can participate in the Sunday Morning group of their choice. List of Sunday Morning Connect Groups

Adult Connect Groups Throughout the Week
Groups of 6-12 or more people meet on-campus, in homes and at other locations around town on various days and nights of the week.  Certain groups consist only of men, women or singles but most are mixed groups.  Most groups employ teaching videos, followed by discussion.  List of Connect Groups

Women's Groups
Women's Bible Studies meet Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30-11:00am on campus. Childcare during these morning programs is available through the Mother's Day Out program – advance reservations required.  On Wednesday mornings, come to the Social Hall at 9:15am for coffee and fellowship: the Thursday morning class meets in the Church Office Building, classroom NH107.

United Methodist Women is for women of all ages. They have a large group meeting every other month (usually a Sunday luncheon following our last worship service) as well as monthly small group meetings, known as Circles. They meet for fellowship, prayer, study and fundraising for the many ministries they support. The monthly General Meeting is usually held at noon on the 2nd Sunday every other month in the Social Hall.  For more information about joining a circle, contact Mary Baker,    

Men's Groups
A senior men's Bible Study meets the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesdays at 10:30am.  Other groups of men meet at various days, times and locations during the week for study and accountability. List of Men's Groups

Walk to Emmaus Reunion Groups
Meet regularly for accountability.  The Walk is a three-day experience designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christians and empower them for leadership in the local church.  Walks are held twice per year; for more information, visit  After the walk, particpants receive on-going support and encouragement through reunion group meetings.  If you are looking for a reunion group, click here.

Financial Peace University
Discover the profound impact handling your finances God's Way can have on your life.  Classes are held throughout the year.  For more information on upcoming classes, call the Church Office or visit

Connect Group Mission & Ministry Opportunities
Connect Groups at New Hope are a critical part of reaching out to others as we seek and explore having a real relationship with the living God.  Such groups also put hands and feet to Christ-like love and care, by offering opportunities to serve one another in the church as well as those in need in our communities. Each of us is called to serve, and serving with your connect group makes volunteering even more meaningful.  Perhaps your group would like to serve together as an usher team, in Hospitality, Children's Ministry, at one of our outreach events during the year or for visitations of shut-ins.  We'd be happy to provide you with information on current opportunities…discuss with your group what type of ministry and/or mission you'd like to participate in on a short-term basis to put hands and feet to your faith. Information on Serving Opportunities

Want to Host a Group in Your Home?
The best way to start a new connect group is to invite 8-10 people with whom you already have relationships to consider joining you in forming a group. Responsibilities for organizing and running the group are shared among its members, with you serving as the catalyst to get things going. You also serve as the point person for the group – the individual with whom the church communicates. Most of our studies are video-based, so you can spend your time nurturing the members of your group instead of preparing lessons.  To learn more about starting a group, write  .