BEAVER FALLS Most people are familiar with local Christian youth groups for teenagers, but not many organizations are geared toward young adults.
That is one of the reasons why Life Group was formed in 2012.
I had a really awesome college-aged Bible study and I loved going, said Deidra Beller, the groups founder. I knew once the spring semester came, I would miss getting their encouragement once a week and spending time with the word of God.
The program runs every Thursday beginning May 29 and is open to college-aged students and other young adults. Generally, the program is for 18- to 24-year-olds. But no one will be turned away, said Ms. Beller, a recent graduate of SUNY Potsdam.
We start at 7:30 p.m., worship for half an hour, listen to music, a speaker talks for half an hour and we have yummy treats at the end, said the 21-year-old former dental hygiene major. It can go until 9:30 p.m., depending on peoples schedules.
Further events will be planned throughout the summer, including theater on the beach or games of Dutch blitz, a German card game.
The group averages from five to 30 attendees per week. At each meeting a different speaker addresses the gathering.
We have a lot of people without a home church, so they come and try it out, Ms. Beller said. For them its less intimidating than going to a church on Sunday and trying it out for the first time.
This marks the third year the program has been running. Although Ms. Beller is no longer a college student, she intends to remain involved. She will return to Croghan for work and plans to keep the program running indefinitely.
Life Group meets most weeks at Salem Christian Fellowship Church, 9586 Beaver Falls Road. The local band Tribe Judah entertains. David Tanner of Carthage will be the next speaker. Paul Mast of Croghan is scheduled for the following week.
A bonfire is planned for the first night, at a location to be determined.
Information can be found at wdt.me/LifeGroup.