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:

Summertime Moms Group

This group meetings Wednesdays beginning June 14 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at the BA Scout Building (2847 Buck Road in Bryn Athyn).

Having a supportive community of moms as we navigate the years of raising children is so life-giving! If you are a mom of young or school-age children, you are warmly invited to join a weekly moms group this summer. The format will be low key – we’ll start with a go ‘round of check-ins, then have some sort of discussion topic. Come once or every week, depending on what works for you and your kids. Kids welcome! There is an outdoor fenced-in space, and indoor air-conditioned space with bathrooms.

Let Nina know if you want to stay informed about the group. No formal commitment required, but I will send email reminders and weekly topics. Contact Nina at or 215-947-6225 x206.

I hope you can join us!

Caring for Our Elderly Parents: “That was Then, This is Now”

This support group meets regularly on the second Wednesday of the month from 7:15 pm to 8:30 pm, over Zoom.

We provide a time for each person to check in, and then have a discussion topic as time allows. Consider joining us… no need to face this chapter alone.

If you are curious or interested, and to get the zoom link, contact Nina at or 215-947-6225 ext. 206

Aging Discussion Group

Meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 1:30 - 3:00 pm at Cairnwood Village.

This group is led by Margit Irwin.

Contact Nina Dewees at or 215-947-6225 x206 for details.

Complaint-Free World

This small group meets weekly on Tuesdays, beginning May 30, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in Bryn Athyn

Join Clark Echols and Tamar Austin for a six-session, weekly, in-person small group experience exploring the challenges presented in Will Bowen’s book, “A Complaint Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted.”

There are no prerequisites; however, a $35 donation is suggested to cover the cost of the book and handouts. To register, contact Clark at

Death Cafe

This small group meets periodically on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in the BACS Library (check the Community Calendar to see when the next meeting is scheduled)

You're welcome to join us for an open conversation about end-of-earthly-life issues, concerns, thoughts, and feelings. For questions, contact Chara Daum at 215-620-0300.

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.