Groups &
Community Life

Not Just Sunday Friends

At The Loft, we strive to truly be integrated into each others’ lives throughout the week. Our theology centers on the belief that spiritual growth and transformation happens when our community is in conversation. Conversation starts on Sunday mornings, but is taken to deeper levels in Loft Groups throughout the week. Please browse the group descriptions below to find one (or two or three!) that is right for you. Feel free to join at anytime during the semester and to “group hop” until you find the right fit. ALL ARE WELCOME.

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If you’d like to be matched to a group or get more information, please contact Sara Critchfield, Director of Community Life, at sara@theloftla.org.

WESTWOOD SMALL GROUP – TUESDAYS
September 12 – December 12, 2017

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Tuesdays (7:30pm) Westwood
Hosts: Alison and Jeff Arnold
Discussion Leader: Alex Smith
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What to expect: Conversation, pizza, alcohol and friendly people – not necessarily in that order. Jeff and Alison are experts at welcoming people into their home, as are their two adorable doggies! We create free flowing conversation around Sunday topics that gets everyone involved. Our motto is: not all problems can be solved, but all problems can be discussed on Tuesday nights!
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If interested, contact: Sara Critchfield, Director of Community Life, at sara@theloftla.org

Hosts: Alison & Jeff Arnold
Discussion Leader: Alex Smith

CULVER CITY SMALL GROUP
November 2nd – December 2017

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Every Other Thursday (7pm) Culver City
Leaders and Hosts: Bobbi and Owen Shiflett
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What to expect: Discuss Sunday topics, current events, and the joys and concerns of life. If you’re a fun professional living in or near Culver City, consider this a safe space to get all the worries off your chest, be encouraged, and celebrate what’s going well in life.
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If interested, contact: Sara Critchfield, Director of Community Life, at sara@theloftla.org

Hosts: Bobbi & Owen Shiflett

EAST HOLLYWOOD SMALL GROUP
September 13 – December 13, 2017

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Wednesdays (Dinner at 6:30, Discussion at 7:30pm) East Hollywood
Hosts: Amy and Ryan Parker
Discussion Leaders: Emily and Josh Morales
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What to expect: This small group is home to all the Lofters living east of the church…and we like to eat! Come for dinner and fellowship at 6:30 and stay for discussion about Sunday topics at 7:30. We want to truly “do life” together and we’d love it if you joined us!
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If interested, contact: Sara Critchfield, Director of Community Life, at sara@theloftla.org

Hosts: Ryan and Amy Parker
Discussion Leaders: Josh and Emily Morales

CULVER CITY BOOK STUDY: RACE MATTERS
September 11 – November 6, 2017

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Mondays (7:30pm) Culver City
Host: Justin Wentz
Discussion Leaders: Justin Wentz and Marshal Rittenger
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What to expect: In this 8-week study, we’ll read one chapter per week of Race Matters by Dr. Cornell West. Sure, you could read something like this on your own, but why not read it along with a few fellow Lofters? The point of the group (of any book group, really) is to create a context in which you can bounce ideas and questions off of other folks who are interacting with the same material you are, so let’s do that! Let’s learn and grow together. Feel free to come any week even if you haven’t read the chapter!
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If interested, contact: Sara Critchfield, Director of Community Life, at sara@theloftla.org

Host: Justin Wentz
Discussion Leaders: Justin Wentz and Marshal Rittenger

MOMS GROUP
September 11 – December 11, 2017

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Every Other Monday (8pm) West LA
Host & Discussion Leader: Paige Spearman
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What to expect: Our kids are all different ages and we are all different kinds of moms: stay-at-home moms, working moms, sharing-custody moms, single moms! But what connects us is our sisterhood and the desire to navigate motherhood with grace. Oh yea, and we want to drink wine and eat cheese, too. We’ve discussed clothes, partners, dealing with exhaustion and friendships. Occasionally, we just have fun, doing a game night, a bonfire or an old-fashioned show-and-tell!
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If interested, contact: Sara Critchfield, Director of Community Life, at sara@theloftla.org

Host & Discussion Leader: Paige Spearman

DADS GROUP
September 21 – December 21, 2017

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3rd Thursdays (8:15am)
Location: Cafe Laurent (4243 Overland Ave. in Culver City)
Discussion Leader: Pastor Chris Spearman
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What to expect: Coffee seems to be mandatory for parenting. Coffee with other dads discussing the opportunities and challenges of parenthood is AWESOME. After school drop off, we grab a bite and compare notes on parenthood. What could be better?
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If interested, contact: Sara Critchfield, Director of Community Life, at sara@theloftla.org

Location: Cafe Laurent (Culver City)
Discussion Leader: Pastor Chris Spearman

SOCIAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE
September – December 2017

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One Sunday a Month (TBA) The Loft at Westwood UMC
Facilitator: Joshua Edwards & Jonathan Crisman
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What to expect: If you’re ALL FIRED UP about what’s going on in the world and you want to be with a group of folks who are taking action, come! We seek faith-based responses to the external world and to do justice together in community. Join in the ongoing conversation and post/learn about action items at loftsocialjustice.slack.com. Monthly “flash meetings” are held after church.
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If interested, contact: Sara Critchfield, Director of Community Life, at sara@theloftla.org

Facilitator: Joshua Edwards
Facilitator: Jonathan Crisman

FAMILY POTLUCK & PARK PLAYDATE GROUP
September – December 2017

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1st Sunday (12-2pm)
Location: Holmby Park – 601 Club View Dr, Westwood
Facilitator: Emily Morales
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What to expect: Once a month, families in the Loft community meet at a park, share food, and let their kids run wild. All are welcome — not just those with kids or traditional families. Bring your dogs, bring your partners, bring your step-whomever or just bring yourself! But whatever you bring, definitely bring a delicious dish to share!
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If interested, contact: Sara Critchfield, Director of Community Life, at sara@theloftla.org

Facilitator: Emily Morales

Y&R HAPPY HOUR GROUP
September – December 2017

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Biweekly on Wednesday or Thursday*
Location: Bars/Restuarants typically in West LA
Organizers: Jasmine Shah, Brett Gibson, Westley Garcia, Whitney Unruh, Joshua Edwards, Julia Black
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What to expect: Not gonna lie, we’re definitely the group that has the most irresponsible fun during the week. It takes a special kind of person to go a few rounds on a weeknight but we form deep bonds and have great conversation. If you’re not the drinking type, join us for delicious happy hour food and great people. *Date and locations are sent via email the week before.
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If interested, contact: Westley Garcia, Director of Loft Connections, at westley@theloftla.org

VALLEY BRUNCH GROUP
September – December 2017

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Bi-monthly on Saturdays (10:30am) Sherman Oaks
Hosts: Emmanuel and Marietta Probst
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What to expect: This informal, family-friendly brunch will help connect our Valley members. Picking up conversation from the most provocative Sundays, we aim to keep connected through great food and interesting conversation. Kids can go swimming while the adults enjoy adulting. Bring a dish to share and your swim suits!
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If interested, contact: Sara Critchfield, Director of Community Life, at sara@theloftla.org

Hosts: Emmanuel and Marietta Probst