A Small Group consists of 3 or more people who gather together to build community, to grow and serve together. They meet in a variety of places and cover a variety of interests.

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Sunday Morning Power Up

Leader Name:   David Vines
Phone Number:   910.286.4830
Meeting Time:   Sundays @ 9:15-9:30 am
Focus:   Prayer is the fuel that propels all that we do on the earth to advance God’s kingdom. We gather in the in the 2-5 year old classroom before our Sunday celebrations to ask God to meet with and speak to each person attending that morning.

Growth Track: First Step, Next Step, & Leader Step

Leader Name:   Christopher D. Hallaren
Phone Number:   757.719.1488
Meeting Time:   Sundays After Morning Service
Location:   Manna Church
Focus:   Manna Growth Track is designed to facilitate your growth as a healthy, effective follower of Jesus Christ. Bring some lunch or go grab some fast food to go. This is a DVD/Discussion formatted group. You’ll catch Manna’s DNA and initiate some new friendships through our times together. We meet in one of Manna’s children’s ministry rooms.

Class Act!

Leader Name:   Jason Stuart
Phone Number:   757.604.5369
Meeting Time:   Sundays 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Focus:   This group is dedicated to discovering and developing acting talent to the glory of God. This group is for people of all ages and acting abilities. We will practice each week to prepare for a spring presentation here at Manna Church. We meet at Manna Church and enjoy lunch together before digging into the play preparations.

Manna Youth

Leader Name:   Chris & Amy Story
Phone Number:   540.222.3597
Meeting Time:   Sundays @ 4:00 pm
Location:   Story's Home
Focus:   Raising up young men and women to be leaders in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity. This fall Manna’s youth group will focus on identifying and developing spiritual gifts.This will include studying the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, how to hear the voice of the Lord, and weekly teachings on specific gifts by individuals who walk in that gift with authority.

The Daniel Plan

Leader Name:   Bob & Arlene Nipp
Phone Number:   757.871.1883
Meeting Time:   Sundays @ 5:00 pm
Location:   Northside Christian Church
Focus:   Join us for a 7-week fellowship based on Rick Warren’s “Daniel Plan”. We’re endeavoring to build a healthy lifestyle centered around faith, food, fitness, focus and friends. Cost is $40 per person or $60 per couple, which includes materials and 7-week membership to YMCA. The meetings will be held at Northside Christian Church on J Clyde.

The Funky Bunch

Leader Name:   Ron Darata & David Quinones
Phone Number:   704.891.2702 & 501.710.5106
Meeting Time:   Mondays 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location:   Darata Home
Focus:   Come join The Funky Bunch! We’ll share manly experiences as we build life-on-life mentoring habits from Gods Word. On alternating weeks we will go bowling and build friendships within this fun activity. We’ll meet at Ron’s home.

House of Prayer

Leader Name:   Chris Hallaren & Yolonda Vines
Phone Number:   757.879.2073
Meeting Time:   Tuesdays @ 6:30-8:30 am
Location:   Manna Church Worship Center
Focus:   Jesus said, “My house shall be called a hours of prayer.” Join us for a time of prayer, worship and Scripture reading. Your welcome to come for 30 minutes and hour or whatever time works for you. We meet at church building.

5 Loaves Food Pantry

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Meeting Time:   4th Tuesday of Every Month @ 5:00-7:00 pm
Location:   Hampton Roads Church: 14425 Old Courthouse Way, Newport News, VA 23608
Focus:   Do you like to serve? Do you have a heart for the needy? If you answered yes to either of these questions, this is the place for you! 5 Loaves operates out of Hampton Roads Church on Old Courthouse Way (Next to the Fire Station). The pantry is a Manna Church ministry partner.

Faith Booking

Leader Name:   Trudy Scharff
Phone Number:   757.369.0259
Meeting Time:   3rd Tuesday of the month @ 6:30-8:00 pm
Location:   Manna Church
Focus:   Faith Booking is an opportunity to share your life-journey by answering 10 faith questions. These questions will help you think about your life and how your faith has gown and developed.

Reaching Out!

Leader Name:   Christopher D. Hallaren & Samuel Hallaren
Phone Number:   757.719.1488
Meeting Time:   2nd & 3rd Tuesday of the month @ 6:30 pm
Focus:   Join us for a variety of outreaches. We’ll visit Manna guests as well as use prayer, acts of service, give aways and other means to share the gospel. We’ll also help spearhead Manna’s Valentine’s Day & Easter outreaches. Our passion is that none would perish!

Breaking Bread with Friends

Leader Name:   Chris and Sue Hallaren & Duane and Sonya Randall
Phone Number:   757.879.2073
Meeting Time:   Wednesdays 6:00-8:00 PM
Location:   461 Winterhaven Dr.
Focus:   We share a meal together and then take some time to discuss our reading from the past week’s Reading Through The Bible chapters. Sharing a meal and breaking the bread of God’s Word – doesn’t get any better than that! Come join us! We meet at the Randall’s house @ 461 Winterhaven Dr. NN.

Young Adult Hangout

Leader Name:   Bruce & Helena Ausink
Phone Number:   757.218.9933
Meeting Time:   Every Other Friday @ 7:00 pm
Focus:   This group is all about relationship building. Our times together will center on life-giving discussions, game playing and SNACKS! Recommended age target – 18 to 36 year olds. Singles and couples welcome. Location TBD.

“Life on Life”: A Women’s Breakfast

Leader Name:   Susan Hallaren
Phone Number:   757.719.4571
Meeting Time:   2nd Saturday of each month @ 9:30 am
Location:   Manna Church
Focus:   Come join us at Manna as we learn some life lessons from the Lord through the lives of others. Every gathering will include breakfast, the sharing of a life lesson, discussion and prayer. Ladies, you don’t want to miss this!

Men’s Mettle

Leader Name:   Victor Krus
Phone Number:   910.723.0989
Meeting Time:   2nd Saturday of Month
Focus:   Join the Men’s METTLE small group. Mettle is defined as a person's ability to face a demanding situation in a spirited and resilient way. Manna METTLE-Men Encouraged Through Tough-Life Encounters. We’ll share a meal and life together from 0830-10-30am @ Golden Corral; on alternating months we will have an activity/service work to demonstrate servant hood to the world around us.

Strategy Game Fellowship

Leader Name:   Jarrod January
Phone Number:   757.746.9464
Meeting Time:   Two Saturdays A Month @ 5 pm
Focus:   Join us for a night of low-key fellowship. We’ll share a meal and then settle in for an evening of strategic games such as Risk, Axis & Allies and Settlers of Catan. For 16 year olds & up.

Small Groups not only impacted my life...they changed my life.


Small Groups are where life happens.


Small Groups have really helped to refine and deepen my understanding of what it means to BE the Church.


The dynamic of small groups is one of the the quintessential ways of Christ to aid in the fulfillment of the Great Commission.