Threads has always placed a high value on small groups where participants can grow in deeper community with one another as we pursue discipleship and service in the way of Jesus.
All Community Groups at Threads follow a general pattern of six-week sessions, followed by a break of several weeks. People are welcome to try different groups, and to switch groups from session to session. Our Community Groups are open groups—anyone is welcome to join at any time.
Community Group leaders may use a book or video resource to spur conversation during their gatherings, but these resources aren’t prescribed church-wide—different groups will use different resources depending on the interests and style of the leader and the group.
Weekly Community Group time is typically characterized by a meal together, a time of sharing and prayer, and time in discussion around a book or resource of some kind. Community groups also participate in outreach and service together in some way during each six-week session.
Fuel is our youth group for students in 6-12th grades. We meet after the Sunday gathering every-other week for lunch, games, Bible study, and service projects.
Threads has historically partnered with Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes, Milwood Commons Learning Center, and local schools, in addition to maintaining a community garden, in our efforts to serve and bless the Milwood community. The Covid-19 pandemic interrupted many of the ways we had engaged with local outreach and service, and we are just in the process of reimagining how we can best serve and love our community going forward.
Threads has had a long-term relationship with an orphan-care community in Honduras. This relationship involved regular financial support, as well as sending a team from Threads to Honduras every-other summer in order to provide support and service in hands-on, tangible ways. The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted our patterns of connection with this ministry, and we are currently in a season of reevaluating what healthy and loving international outreach could look like going forward.