Small Groups

Welcome to Ascension Small Groups!

Many of the things that Christ calls us to as a church community simply can’t happen in our limited interaction on Sundays. We want to be involved in each other’s lives and encourage spiritual growth amid our day-to-day challenges. To that end, we have a variety of groups that meet during the week to provide more focused study and foster deeper relationships.

Ascension’s small groups are organized by geography, topic, or gender. Each group has 10-15 people and meets for about 90 minutes. Some groups facilitate fellowship events and service projects in addition to the regular meeting time.

Small groups meet during two terms: Fall (September to December) and Spring (January to May).

Participants sign-up for groups at the beginning of each term. If you are new to Ascension or missed the sign-ups, please contact the leader of the group you’re interested in to see if there is space available or contact Tim Haynes if you need help in finding a group that fits your interests, geography and schedule.

Newcomer’s Group
South Arlington
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
The group is not exclusively for newcomers, but keeps space open for people new to the church to join at any point during the term and always builds in time for light snacks and socializing. If you want to get connected, this is a great place to start. The group uses the Ascension daily devotional and scripture reading schedule as a structure for its time. Tim Haynes facilitates. Contact Anna Carrington for more information. Spring term begins January 23.

Men’s Early Morning Group
South Arlington
Wednesday, 5:45 a.m.
This group meets for 45-60 minutes at Charley Sabatier’s home in south central Arlington with a focus on scripture and prayer. The group is facilitated by Mike Richardson; contact Mike for more information.

Women’s Morning Group
Central Arlington
Wednesday, 10 a.m.

This group meets from 10–11:30 a.m. at Christ Church. Childcare is provided. Ascension Moms will start their spring semester on January 15. We’ll be reading Lauren Winner’s Mudhouse Sabbath together and alternating three weeks of study group (with childcare provided) with one week of play group. New moms are welcome! Contact Michelle Griffith for more information.

Women’s Fellowship Group
Central Arlington

Central Arlington Group
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

This group meets at Emily Rose and Lauren Vander Heyden’s home. The group discusses the content and application of the previous Sunday’s sermon as well as praying for both corporate and personal matters. Every fourth week the group takes a break from study to gather for a night of fellowship. Mark Warner facilitates. Contact Katherine Bathgate for more information.

Falls Church Group
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

The Falls Church small group will start at 7:30 on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at the Laushkin residence. We will structure our time with a compline service, and our study will be a survey of the Old Testament, with particular attention paid to its historical and theological makeup. It will be facilitated by Andrew Litke. Contact Danielle Hitchen for more information.

Alexandria Group
Sunday, 9 a.m.

This group meets Sunday mornings in the Del Ray area of Alexandria. Schedule has men and women alternating weeks with larger all-member gatherings twice per term. Location will vary, but all locations will be in Del Ray; meetings will be accompanied by brunch. Contact Becca Hall for more information.

Other questions?

If you have any questions or want to join a small group, please contact Tim Haynes at

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