Community Groups

A great way to get involved at The Heights Baptist is to connect with a group. Community Groups are designed to give you an opportunity to make new friends and enjoy things that you currently love doing anyway (or have an interest in beginning). We have a wide variety of groups that meet throughout the area and range from sports and exercise to Bible studies, with just about everything in between. Set aside some time and get started by participating in one or more of the groups. And, while you are at it, invite a friend to come along with you. Community groups are not created to replace LIFE Groups, but rather are an additional way that you can grow in your Christian walk by spending some time with new and old friends who share something in common with you.

GENERAL (co-ed)

Connecting to Create

Led by Lisa Mabry

This group is for adults who love to create!  Makers will employ current skills, teach/learn/share new ones, and enjoy each other’s company in a creative and supportive environment.  Twice a month we will meet to work on different projects inspired by viral trends and personal interests.  Whatever crafts you’re into (wood working, candle making, scrapbooking, drawing, knitting, painting, etc.), bring your supplies and come hang out and work on your own projects or learn a new craft/hobby! Meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Mabry’s house.



Led by Anna Heatherly

This group will meet monthly to put together jigsaw puzzles.  There will be puzzles of all sizes and difficulties.  We will occasionally have speed puzzle challenges.  This is a time to gather together, relax, and put together puzzles.


The Strategy Board Game

Led by Tyler & Elizabeth Southall

Meets once a month to play strategy board games. The group meets on the fourth Friday of each month at 6 pm. Bring your kids for a family game night!


Ageless and Unstoppable (Adults 60+)

Led by Theresa Garrett and Cindy Moore

Members of this community group will plan gatherings for food, fun, and fellowship. We are looking forward to planning day trips, lunch and learn sessions, picnics, etc.


Homeschoolers at the Heights

Led by Tasha Shultz & Chelsea Longbottom

This group provides support and encouragement within our community, as we commit to providing educational excellence for our children through home education. “I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself.” Colossians 2:2 NLT


Mid-Week Bible Study (Co-ed)

Led by Rico Patterson

Are you looking for a mid-week spiritual pick me up in the middle of the work week?  Come join us at 12:00 P.M. every Wednesday for a lunchtime virtual Bible study and fellowship as we take a verse-by-verse look at various books in the Bible.  As you partake in some physical food, also partake in some spiritual food for as our Lord Jesus said in Matthew 4:4 – “…Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”


Builders Group

Led by Steven & Sandra Westerman

This group helps build wheelchair ramps and/or minor home repairs for people in need in the 804. 


Pray Them Home

Led by Stacy Riddle & Michelle Besser

This group is for those who long to see the Lord move in the life of a prodigal loved one.  Church members who don’t have a prodigal loved one but would like to pray for those who do are also encouraged to join. We will meet monthly to pray over names of prodigals that have been submitted by group members and the greater Church family. Between meetings we will disperse names to members who are committed to praying at least weekly for their group of prodigals.  We will encourage loved ones to inform us of any victories they have seen the Lord accomplish in their loved one’s lives so we can celebrate and praise God for what He is doing.


Foster143: Wrap-Around Care

Led by Kristin Kaylor & Kelly Heffernan

This community group is organizing to serve and support children and youth in foster care and their families. Foster143 is for all foster/adoptive families and anyone wanting to serve vulnerable children and families through a variety of wrap-around services.

What could Foster143 look like?

  • a church family who diligently & consistently prays for children in care and those who support them
  • a group raising awareness about the needs of local children in care
  • a church family meeting needs of foster/adoptive families in the areas of training and support, physical and financial needs, & relational and spiritual needs
  • a group supporting and encouraging child welfare workers in our community

This group will meet regularly to discuss needs, plan events, and/or learn more about how we can support local families.


Woods and Waters

Led by Jason Matthews, Doug Pond, & Don Liggit

Hunters, fishermen and all other outdoor enthusiasts come join us in connecting to others in our church/community.  If you are looking for a group to connect or reconnect to other outdoor enthusiasts, come meet with us.  We will meet approximately once every one to two months to possibly scout for hunting or talk about hunting/fishing tips.  We will also try to disciple to younger or older outdoorsmen.  We will have opportunities for various outdoor type activities and events.  We can meet from time to time get outdoors, share a meal and build each other up in the Lord.  Both men and women are welcome.



Celebrate Recovery

Led by Jessica Miles

The Celebrate Recovery program involves eight principles from the beatitudes of the New Testament, and 12 biblical steps to recovery. This program is distinctly Christian, uncompromisingly biblical, and proven to work within the church. It has clearly brought people together to discover a new level of care, acceptance, trust, and grace. For those who seek to mature spiritually, making better decisions that will help them become Christ-like in character. It is designed as a program to help those struggling with hurts, habits, and hang-ups by showing them the loving power of Jesus Christ through a recovery process. We meet on Mondays at 7pm in the Youth Center (Dinner at 6pm).


Led by John Hubbard

If you are divorced, currently separated, or considering divorce this class is for you. Most people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they’ve ever faced. It’s a confusing time when you feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you’ve never faced before. DivorceCare meets weekly on Monday nights from 6-8pm here at church to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. The format for the course is video and discussion driven. This is an open class meaning you are free to begin at any time during the series. Many people join us throughout the 13 weeks and just attend the classes they may have missed when the next session begins.



Led by Tricia Wolfe & Harriet Chestnut

GriefShare has been offered at The Heights for 14 years now. It is a ministry that has touched the lives of hundreds of people grieving the loss of a loved one, not only individuals that attend The Heights, but across the 804 as well. GriefShare is a 13-week program that offers support through seminars and group meetings that are led by individuals who have experienced loss themselves and understand what you are going through. This group meets each Sunday afternoon beginning in April. The cost for GriefShare is $20, which covers a workbook for the class.


Renewed Hope (Cancer)

Led by Susan Herndon, Shannan Parczewski, and Julie Matthews

Support group for women that are cancer survivors or presently going through cancer treatment. It doesn’t matter if you were recently diagnosed or have been a cancer survivor for many years, you are welcome. Our mission is to support each other as we walk this lifelong journey together by praying, encouraging, and loving each other. Although this is a group no one would want to join, we believe Jesus can provide rest to those who are weary and burdened. No matter the outcome, we believe God’s grace is sufficient and we strive to share that truth in this group.


Women of Valor – Caregiver Support Group

Led by: Valerie Bare

This is a support group for women who are the main caregiver for a family member or loved one.  Our mission is to support each other as we walk this journey together by praying, encouraging, and loving each other.




Led by Jerry Witte

Get together with others who just like to play volleyball. This group will have open play here at the church. Dates and times to be determined and is dependent upon field availability.


Adult Soccer League

Led by Joel Eguiluz

Our recreational community soccer group is primarily focused on building relationships around the sport of soccer. The purpose of recreational soccer is to provide an opportunity for participants to have fun, learn the sport, and develop a love for the game. This community group is open to all interested players 16 years old and up. This group will meet on Saturday mornings at 9:30 am. Start date to be determined.



Led by Kenneth Folk

This group will meet on a regular basis to play pickleball at local parks. Dates and times are to be determined.


Hoop It Up

Led by Thomas Santerre

This group is for individuals who share the love of playing basketball. We will meet up for a friendly game of basketball at local parks. Dates and times to be determined.


Horse Back Riding

Led by Sara Dooley & Mary Hunt

This group is for anyone with an equine (horse, pony, donkey, or mule) that likes to ride with other Christ-minded people.  We will meet at Five Forks in Dinwiddie, VA once a month during the spring/summer months as weather permits us to ride, sight see, possibly have a picnic.  Each rider must supply his/her own equine and transportation for the equine. The purpose of this group is to bring people together to enjoy nature and exchange personal testimonies.   There is no fee unless the meeting location changes for any reason and the park has an entrance fee.  More info will be shared once groups are formed.


Christian Paintball Fellowship

Led by Kirby Southall

 Girls and boys age 12 to 79 are welcome to join the 35 year old ministry led by Kirby Southall.   Paintball is the exhilarating non-contact sport of small unit combat actions.

You will learn strategy, tactics, and find courage you never knew you had.  You will have wonderful bonding experiences with friends and parents.  Proper clothing limits the bruises.  We also have strict enforcement of safety rules and have never had a significant injury.



God’s Guys

Led by Tom Manson

The God’s Guys Community Group of The Heights Baptist exists to inspire our men to follow Jesus and show compassion to the 804 community and our church family. We are about providing the men of our church to show the love of Jesus Christ through both Bible Study and acts of service in our community. We accomplish our mission by coordinating monthly prayer breakfasts as well as community outreach projects.  This includes feeding the low income living in hotels, Homeless, as well as showing respect and love to our first responders, teachers in others that serve us in the 804.  In addition, we follow the command of Christ by caring for the widows and other members of our church families in their time of need.  This often involves projects such as leaf removal, tree trimming, and other landscaping needs. Some projects can utilize as many as 20-25 men. We realize not everyone can join every project but encourage those who can attend to do so when they can assist. Please join us in growing in Christ and sharing his compassion by attending our opportunities to serve at The Heights!


“Man Up” Bible Study

Led by Ronnie West and Jim Henry

Bring your own coffee and join us for some fellowship and a short Bible study to get that mid-week charge. Our plan is to look at different men in scripture and see what we can learn from their lives. There is so much to be learned from every character and how they faced adversity and challenges. So, man up, and make it a habit to meet with other guys each Thursday, before you go to work. We will meet on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursday mornings of each month at 7am.


Men’s Mid-Week Bible Study

Led by Rico Patterson

Men, are ready to start your day on a spiritual high?  Come join us at 6:00 A.M. every Tuesday for an early morning Bible study and fellowship as we take a verse-by-verse look at various books in the Bible.  We meet in person at Chester Christian Church and there is also an option to join us virtually through Zoom.  We would love to have you worship the Lord with us for as it says in Proverbs 8:17 – “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.”



God’s Girls

Led by Faye Manson

The God’s Girls Community Group of The Heights Baptist exists to inspire ladies to follow Jesus and fearless change the world. We don’t have all the answers, and none of us are perfect, but we are about encouraging the ladies of the 804 to follow Jesus Christ in every aspect of their lives; challenging each to show the compassion of Jesus through both Bible Study and acts of service in our community. We accomplish our mission by coordinating weekly Bible studies and outreach projects.  This includes feeding the low income living in hotels, Homeless, as well as showing respect and love to our first responders, teachers in others that serve us in the 804. Come and be a part of what God is doing at The Heights!


New Season Sisters, Widows Group

Led by Sandy Willis

The New Season Sisters Community Group of The Heights Baptist exists to inspire ladies that may be widowed, Divorced, Single to follow Jesus and show love and compassion for each other. Life changes can cause fear and isolation through many circumstances especially losing a Husband. The purpose of this Community Group is to connect those in similar situations to share their feelings, encourage and support each other.  Often times, just knowing there are others journeying through similar circumstances can challenge us to feel better about ourselves and God’s purpose for this season of life. We accomplish our mission by coordinating luncheons, trips shopping, to the movies and other events. Come and be a part of what God is doing at The Heights!


Praying for My Husband

Led by Shannon Parczewski & Heather Jarratt

This group will meet the second Sunday of each month to pray for our husbands.  We will be praying specifically for God to instill a desire in our husbands to want to know Him and enter into a relationship.  We will also pray for God to transform us as wives so we can better light the way for our husbands to realize that desire God is placing in their hear.  As our husband’s helper we are to work with God, not get in His way.