Why life groups?

We were not made to do life alone. God created us for community, and Life Groups provide a place for you to connect with others, share life, and grow in faith together. 

We believe every person is created with God-given potential to make a difference in the world. Life Groups are a place you can grow with others to become more like Jesus and reach the potential God has for you.


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winter 2019

begins the week of Sunday, January 27

check out our Life Groups and choose a group that’s right for you!

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Our 2019 Winter Life Groups are now closed. Interested in seeing the kinds of groups we offer? Scroll down to see the variety of Life Groups, and get ready for our next semester in the Spring!



Group 1: WOMEN // Crafting //1st & 3rd Sundays //1:15-3pm // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: Church // Leader(s): Marjie Remington-Howes

Description: Join us in fellowship as we craft and build friendships with one another. Whether you are new to crafting, wish to brush up, or are a seasoned crafter -- all are welcome!  The projects you make can be for yourself, a friend/relative, a donation to one of our outreaches, or a donation to our craft fair that benefits the Judah Quay Orphanage in Bolivia.

Group 2: AGES 18-25 // Book: “Keep Your Love On” (Danny Silk) // 1pm // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: Church // Leader(s): Thomas McKellick & Shiloah Frederick

Description: This is a life group for those that are 18-25. Whether you are in college or out of college, married or single, we know there is so much going on during this stage of a life and it doesn’t seem to slow down. That’s why staying in community is key. 

About this book: If you want to build healthy relationships with God and others, learning to keep your love on is non–negotiable. For many, relationships are anything but safe, loving, or intimate. They are defined by anxiety, manipulation, control, and conflict. The reason is that most people have never been trained to be powerful enough to keep their love on in the face of mistakes, pain, and fear. Keep Your Love On reveals the higher, Jesus–focused standard defined by mature love―love that stays ‘on’ no matter what.


Group 3: WOMEN // Book: “Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less-Than, Left Out, and Lonely” (Lysa TerKeurst) // 7:30pm // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: East Rutherford // Leader(s): Luz Rodgers & Jacquie hardy

Description: The enemy wants us to feel rejected . . . left out, lonely, and less than. Uninvited reminds us that we are destined for a love that can never be diminished, tarnished, shaken, or taken — a love that does not reject or uninvite. We will use a six-session video Bible study by Lysa TerKeurst. She "digs deep into God’s Word to help you explore the roots of rejection, the way other relationships get tainted because of a past rejection, and the truth about what it looks like to live loved.”

Group 4: GENERAL // Topic: Cancer Recovery // 7pm // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: Church // Leader(s): indra nirmala & elizbeth alvarez

Description: This support group is for anyone whose live has been impacted by cancer — whether you are currently facing it or have dealt with it in the past, as well as anyone currently supporting someone with this illness. Join us as we support and care for one another on this journey.


THIS GROUP IS FULL // Group 5: GENERAL // School of Kingdom Ministry // 7pm // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: Church // Leader(s): Sue & Don Sehulster, Patricia Ashby

Description: The School of Kingdom Ministry is a supernatural ministry school that is being run in Vineyard churches all over the world. Our goal is to provide a cutting edge teaching and equipping school for anyone who is interested in growing in this area. Since "everyone gets to play,” everyone needs to be trained. You will receive practical experience in areas such as engagement in prophecy, healing, power evangelism, and deliverance, as well as a fuller understanding of Kingdom theology, the theology of the Holy Spirit, and your identity in Christ.

Details: Tuition ($125/single - $200/married couple) for materials & online access/student account

Group 6: GENERAL // Book: “Greater Is In You!” (Sandra Smith Moore) // 6:30pm // Kid-Friendly: yes // Location: WoodRidge // Leader(s): stacy spethmann & cristina luciano

Description: Greater Is in You! is a book that teaches how to endure life's challenges through Jesus Christ and his written word. It gives a touch of real-life situations and a newfound strength through Christ. Greater Is in You! tells intimate details of life to encourage you that your life story has a purpose.

Group 11: ESPAÑOL-GENERAL // Estudio Bíblico: Las Cartas Del Apóstol Pero // 7:30pm // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: Moonachie // Leader(s): diego lopez & eddie pangol


THIS GROUP IS FULL // Group 7: WOMEN // Topic: “Waiting on God’s Timing” // 7:15pm // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: Little Ferry // Leader(s): bhautika patel

Description: Are you tired of waiting for harvest time in your life? Are you frustrated, crying out, "When, God, when?" Then we need to understand that God's timing is often not our timing.  He doesn't do things on our timetable. Yet His timing is perfect!!  Join us as we hear from Dr. Charles Stanley, Francis Chan, Rick Warren and others on what it means to wait for HIS timing for our breakthroughs- whether it is for healing, a new job, a spouse or anything else that you have been waiting for.

Group 8: GENERAL // Topic: Grief Share (Recovery) // 7pm // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: Church // Leader(s): patricia ashby

Description: It hurts to lose someone. GriefShare is a friendly, caring group that will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Whether your situation is recent or years ago, you don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. While there are other losses in life that create feelings of grief, GriefShare is specifically for people grieving the death of a family member or friend. 

Group 9: GENERAL // Book: TBD // 7pm // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: West New York // Leader(s): jason tirado


Group 10: GENERAL // Book: TBD // 7pm // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: Nutley // Leader(s): peter centanni


Group 12: GENERAL // Topic: The Gospels & Christian Witness to World Religions // 7pm // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: Church // Leader(s): darren cireco & charles taylor

Description: Join this evangelistic course geared toward understanding and engaging persons of other faiths and reflection upon the examples of outreach demonstrated in the Gospel accounts of the ministry of Jesus.

Group 13: #ADULTING (20-30somethings) // Book: “Live Like Jesus:” (Putty Putman) // 7pm // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: Church // Leader(s): taku mugabe, alex nartey, koco bonsu

Description: We are a group in our 20’s and 30’s doing life together. Join us on Wednesday night at 7 pm as we study/read "Live Like Jesus" by Putty Putnam. We will begin the semester watching Darren Wilson's "Father of Lights" movie before diving into the book! #NJVineAdulting #CoedGroup #ItsOn #ComeHolySpirit

Group 14: GENERAL // Topic: Christian Mindfulness (prayer/meditation) // 7pm // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: Church // Leader(s): cherie buziak

Description: If you’re curious about Christian mindfulness, this is the group for you. During our Life Group meet-ups, we’ll pause with guided closed eye meditation moments focused on seeking God and his Word to bring inner peace and wellness. After the meditation, we'll take time to share what the Holy Spirit may have revealed through the meditation. Daily Christian Meditation app and book purchase: optional. Please note: This is not a counseling nor an inner healing group.  

Group 15: GENERAL // Book: “Be Courageous!” (Luke 14-24) // 6pm // Kid-Friendly: yes // Location: Morris Plains // Leader(s): maria & Jason kowzun

Description: It takes courage to walk out our faith. Courage to stand for what we believe. To set our standards on Biblical truth, not cultural trends. To pursue a life defined by integrity and character. And we find no greater profile in courage than in the life of Christ. This study based on Luke 14-24 follows our Savior as he faced opposition, challenged critics, and courageously chose to make the ultimate sacrifice.


Group 16: WOMEN // Study: “Transformed” (Rick Warren) // 10am // Kid-Friendly: yes // Location: Church // Leader(s): mary anne de la torre

Description: Transformed will explore what the Bible has to say about every essential area of our lives: Spiritual, Physical, Mental, Emotional, Relational, Financial, and Vocational. We will seek answers to our relationship struggles, solutions to our financial trouble, and explanations to our search for meaning by seeking God's Word and will pray for transformation in all areas of our lives together as a community.  

Group 17: SENIORS // Bible Study: The Gospel of John // 1:30pm // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: Church // Leader(s): clive needham

Description: We will study the Gospel of John which was written to show that a person by believing would have life in Jesus’ name.  John chose to do this by limiting his focus to only 7 miracles or ”signs” pointing to Jesus’ divine nature.

Group 18: GENERAL // Topic: Divorce Care (Recovery) // 7:30pm // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: Church // Leader(s): mike & jackie mcgrath

Description: Find help and healing for the hurt of separation and divorce in this caring group that will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Whether your situation is recent or years ago, don’t go through separation or divorce alone. Do not lose hope — our Heavenly Father will never fail you or forsake you.

Group 19: #ADULTING (20-30somethings) // The Gospel of Luke // 7:30pm // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: Church // Leader(s): emily & mark layton

Description: We are a group in our 20’s and 30’s doing life together. Join us on Thursday nights at 7:30 pm as we read and discuss the Gospel of Luke. #NJVineAdulting #Coed

Group 20: GENERAL // Topic: Why Do We Worship? // 7pm // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: Little Ferry // Leader(s): grimaldi martinez

Description: We will be exploring different ideas about the importance of worship as part of our daily expression of faith and how it affects our growth in Christ.  We will be learning from various streams that are influencing the way the contemporary church does worship services, comparing it to scripture and our values as a Vineyard church.  This is for all who are interested in learning more about why we worship in church the way we do and how that becomes a part of our daily experience with God.

Group 21: #ADULTING (20-30somethings) WOMEN ONLY // Book: “Girls With Swords” (Lisa Bevere) // 7pm // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: South Hackensack // Leader(s): tricia maharaj

Description: #NJVineAdulting is a group of 20 and 30 somethings doing life together. This is a passionate call for Christian women to effectively "wield the sword" of their God-given feminine strength against any evil that threatens them and those they love.

Group 22: WOMEN // Book: “The Wisdom of God” (Nancy Guthrie) // 8pm // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: Bogota // Leader(s): zabrina kearns

Description: Wouldn't you love to be wise and know the God who is Wisdom Himself? This 10-week study of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon mines the Wisdom Literature not only for wise principles for living, but also for the wise person these books point to — Jesus.

Group 23: GENERAL // Topic: Freedom // 7pm // Kid-Friendly: yes // Location: Church // Leader(s): phil chorlian

Description: This group is designed to equip you to live the victorious and abundant life Christ came to give you. Join us as we build on the foundation of your faith in Christ to help you embrace the truth of God’s Word as it relates to your worldview, your past, your sin, your personal value to God, and your purpose in His Kingdom. This group will help you remove every obstacle to intimacy with God and walk in true freedom.

Group 24: ESPAÑOL - MUJERES // Book: “Mentiras que las Mujeres Creen” // 6:30pm // Kid-Friendly: yes // Location: Moonachie // Leader(s): sandra nieto & fanny testino

Description: Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth comunica este mensaje liberador a una nueva generación. Mentiras que las mujeres creen presenta cuarenta y cinco mentiras que las mujeres cristianas creen con mayor frecuencia; mentiras acerca de Dios, ellas mismas, las prioridades, las emociones, el matrimonio y la maternidad, entre otras. El libro ofrece el único medio para confrontar, contrarrestar y vencer el engaño: la verdad de Dios.

THIS GROUP IS FULL // Group 25: WOMEN // Book: “A 30-Day Walk with God in the Psalms” (Nancy Leigh De Moss) // 7pm // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: Dumont // Leader(s): gale winnet & diane thurber-wamsley

Description: We will be gathering together for comfort food, warm and loving fellowship, worship, and prayer during our study of the Psalms. De Moss encourages us to draw closer to our Heavenly Father, exploring fresh and new glimpses of God's love for us expressed through the Psalms. It will be interesting to see what new insights we can glean from this exciting book.

Group 26: PARENTS WITH TEENS // Book: TBD // 7pm // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: Fair Lawn // Leader(s): norma chorlian

Description: Join other parents of teens for a time of fellowship to encourage each other during these challenging years and have the opportunity to pray together for our teens.

Group 37: SERVICE GROUP // Topic: WEEKEND PREP, Psalms & Prayer // 11a // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: Church // Leader(s): MONICA MANTILLA

Description: Join this wonderful group of volunteers who come each Thursday to prep for our weekend services! Spend time volunteering together as part of Team Vineyard, then enjoy a time of pizza lunch, a weekly Psalm, and prayer for each other. 


Group 27: WOMEN // Book: “Breaking Free From Spiritual Strongholds” (Beth Moore) // 7pm // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: Lyndhurst // Leader(s): LORETTA WISE

Description: Join us as we explore God’s freedom from strongholds in your life. Whether it’s from the things that that keep from being who God created you to be, or issues such as depression, addiction, bad habits, etc. — discover the transforming power of Jesus in your life. 

Group 28: GENERAL - JAPANESE // Book: “The Purpose Drive Live” (Rick Warren) - Japanese version // 7:30pm // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: Emerson // Leader(s): DAVID IWABUCHI

Description: We seek to draw near to God together as we encourage one another through studying the Word of God, sharing our lives, and lifting each other in prayer and worship. We study the basics of a Christian faith applied to everyday lives at home, workplace, school, etc. Our goal is to become and feel closer to God as we let the Holy Spirit work in our lives.  

About this book: Stop and realize how God uniquely designed you for a purpose only you can fill. Before you were born, God already planned your life. God longs for you to discover the life he created you to live — her eon earth, and forever in eternity. Let The Purpose Driven Life show you how. 

Group 29: ESPAÑOL - GENERAL // Book: “Creer” (Randy Frazee) // 8pm // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: Hackensack // Leader(s): GUILLERMO REYES & JESSICA ARBOLEDA

Description: ¡Cuando realmente crees en la Biblia, entonces te lleva a la acción! El creer no es un sentimiento pasivo. Creer es mucho más que el reconocimiento intelectual de lo que está escrito es verdad. Creer, también es más que tener la confianza que la Biblia es inspirada por Dios. Realmente creer, significa tener fe en que Dios vive, que es activo y está muy interesado en mí hoy. 

THIS GROUP IS FULL // Group 30: GENERAL // Book: “Doing Healing” (Alexander Ventner) // 7:30pm // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: Hackensack // Leader(s): SIM & GEM MARCELO

Description: In Doing Healing Alexander Venter gives us an awesome vision of God’s healing power by addressing incisively and provocatively the questions of how we understand sickness and healing, how our view of reality affects this understanding, what the Bible says about it, how Jesus healed people, and how he authorized and empowered the church to heal.


Group 31: GENERAL // Bible Study: The Book of James // 10am // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: Rutherford // Leader(s): BRYAN & HELEN RESPASS, JOHN & NANCY BOLSTER

Description: What does it mean to live a life of faith? Do you find it challenging in times of  trial, pain, or suffering? James deals with every area of our Christian life and walks us through the practice of living out our faith. Come join us as we explore this life changing Book of James!

Group 32: GENERAL // Topic: Personal Spiritual Formation // 10:30am // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: Fort Lee // Leader(s): JAY & GI HE CHOI

Description: We will be learning theological and practical aspect of christian living.  Our hope is to enrich your prayer life, emotional well-being, by learning the spiritual discipline.  The material will be power point created by Ron Walborn, (Dean of Alliance Theological Seminary)

Group 33: GENERAL // Topic: Bible Overview // 10:30a // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: Fort Lee // Leader(s): CHARLES WONG

Description: In our group, we will explore an overview of the Bible to make Scripture less daunting. We will touch on famous passages in the Old and New Testament, using the New Living Translation for easier reading and understanding. Lastly, we will provide prayer support for those in the group.

Group 34: MEN // Book: “Celebration of Discipline” (Richard J. Foster) // 6:30am // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: Church // Leader(s): SPENCER LEE & BRUCE BUCHANAN

Description: We believe in creating and fostering God centered relationships between men. We look forward to seeing you. 

About this book: Discover a richer spiritual life infused with joy, peace, and a deeper understanding of God. Celebration of Discipline explores the “classic Disciplines,” or central spiritual practices, of the Christian faith — showing along the way that it is only by and through these practices that the true path to spiritual growth can be found.

Group 35: GENERAL // Book: “God’s Power to Change Your Life” (Rick Warren) // 10:30am // Kid-Friendly: no // Location: Clifton // Leader(s): KIM CASTELLANO & JOY SOLIMENE

Description: As you apply the truth of God’s Word by the power of his Spirit, your life will change. You’ll move out of your rut—and get on track with God’s wonderful purposes for your life. Each week we will review and have a discussion on a chapter of the book.

Group 36: WOMEN / MOMS // Book: “Boundaries” // 10:30am // Kid-Friendly: yes // Location: Edgewater // Leader(s): JESSA MARTINEZ

Description: Are you in control of your life? Do people take advantage of you? Do you have trouble saying no? Christians often focus so much on being loving and giving that they forget their own limitations. Have you ever found yourself wondering: *Can I set limits and still be a loving person? *What are my legitimate boundaries? *Why do I feel guilty setting boundaries?” Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend give you biblically based answers to these and other tough questions, showing you how to set healthy boundaries with parents, spouses, children, friends, coworkers, and even with yourself.

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