Classes and Small Groups


Small Groups:

Participating in a small group -- for spiritual study, support or service, or some combination thereof -- can be a valuable way of building community. The isolation of COVID times has been nudging some of us to consider ways to be LESS isolated. Bryn Athyn Church offers a variety of groups, and we have many books and ideas for content if you are wanting to start a group yourself. Nina Dewees can help you explore your interests and support you in finding or forming a group. It can look like a lot of different ways – monthly Zoom support meetings, reading a book together over several weekly meetings, exploring prayer with several others whenever the timing works for you, participating in Pay-It-Forward Crew activities, etc. We would love to help find a good fit for you. Contact Nina at 215-947-6225 x206 or

Current Offerings:

Spirit and Stretch Yoga: Meets Thursdays at 7:00pm in the cathedral council chamber. This is a weekly centering practice with the goal of connecting mind and body through movement and breath work. No previous experience necessary. Maya Finkelday is our very experienced instructor. Suggested donation of $5-$10 a class. Bring your own mat. Contact Nina Dewees at or 215-947-6225 x206 if you wish to join.

A Deep Breath for Moms: Looking for some connection with other moms of young children? Join us as we explore Sasha Silverman’s Deep Breath for Moms – discussing topics such as being present, finding purpose and self-care. While motherhood is often isolating, this group might remind us that we are not alone on this journey! Claire Kaage will be our facilitator. We are hoping to have childcare available, but might just have our little ones playing happily with us. We will meet Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30am in the Cathedral Council Chamber, May 4 – June 1. Come once or for all five gatherings. To let us know you’ll be joining, or for more information, contact Nina at or 214-947-6225 ext.206.

Couples Mentoring Couples: Coordinated by Pastor John and his wife, Lori, who have been married for over 30 years. This program offers the opportunity for one married couple to meet on a regular basis with another married couple to encourage and support them in their marriage journey. Often, the mentoring couple discovers that their own marriage is incredibly enriched and blessed by this experience. If you and your spouse are interested in becoming mentors or would like to be mentored, contact John ( or Lori (

Caring For Elderly Parents Support Group Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:15pm. Contact Nina Dewees at or 215-947-6225 x206 for details.


I’ve never been in a small group before, what should I expect?

A small group is a chance for a group of people (usually 4-8) to get together and talk about a topic. The truth is, though, people tend to feel uplifted and inspired by small groups because of the personal connections. In a safe small group setting, people tend to be very honest and open. This has shown to be very comforting and healing in a world where it can be easy to miss out on sincere human connection. It’s a great chance to hear and be heard, and grow spiritually, connect with others, and explore some topic in a deeper way than you may ever have before.

I see the options available but none of those days/times work for me. How can I still be involved?

We are so glad you want to be involved. You have a few choices. 1) You could get together a friend or two and gather at a time that works for you. Facilitating a group is simple and we welcome your involvement. 2) You could do the program on your own, reading the book, doing the assignments, attending worship services, etc. Connect with our small group coordinator, Nina Dewees ( for more information.