How Do I Meet People?

Blooming Grove is not a place for spectators. It is a place for team members. Whether you are a five-year old child, a ninety-five year old grandmother, a busy mom, or a farmer with big responsibilities, we want you to be a part of our vibrant church community. Here is how you can get plugged in and stay connected at the Grove.

Small Groups

Often, small groups of people are better able to interact and learn about a topic than larger groups are. For that reason, the Grove has small bible studies held in member homes. The size of the group is anywhere from six to twelve. Most small groups meet during the school year and break for summer. It’s in these smaller, intimate groups where real ministry often takes place.

Youth & Children’s Ministry

Nearly a third of our average weekly attendance is made up of children and teens. Raising your children to be full of joy and rock solid in their faith requires a personal relationship with Jesus. We’re here to help you as you lead your children toward a vibrant faith. Our Toddler Worship, Junior Worship,  PastorPals, and Youth Ministry are dedicated to supporting your family from the youngest to the oldest. At each stage, God’s Word will be taught in a creative, relevant and age appropriate manner.

The Breakfast Club

Fellowship is important. Just hanging out and having a good time with some old friends can lift our spirits and build relationships that last a lifetime. Every Thursday morning a group of six to ten senior saints gather at Hardee’s in Carlinville for food and fellowship.


At the Grove we believe relationships are often built on the basketball court, that’s why dozens of us participate in our area-wide church league basketball, softball and bowling teams. Not only do these sports give you the chance to get up off the couch and get some exercise, but they can help form bonds between believers and even build bridges between seekers.


Centershot is an eight-week outreach ministry that uses the life skill of archery as a tool to encourage kids of all ages to “make Christ the target of our lives.” Several sportsmen from the Grove volunteer two hours a week to teach kids the art of archery followed by a devotional the helps build a spiritual foundation. Bring your kids and get connected!