Meeting regularly with a small group of other internationals and American volunteers to learn more about the Bible is one of the best ways to build deeper and meaningful friendships. These friendships can enrich your life and contribute to your sense that Columbus can be a new home for you. Most of our small groups also eat together regularly. No prior knowledge of the Bible is necessary for participating in any of IFI’s weekly small group meetings. Please notice that we have special weekly meetings for wives and moms.
We hope you will take the time to check out one of our weekly meetings. We look forward to seeing you there!
Leaders: Rich Mendola, , , , , and others.
Locations: Xenos Christian Center; 1934 N 4th St. Columbus, OH 43201
Other Details: Transportation provided
Meeting Times: Friday, 7:00pm for dinner
Synopsis: Jesus is the most important person in the Bible. Learn about his life from beginning to end. Learn why his life is so amazing and important! We eat together each week. Practice your English, understand Western Culture better, understand why people believe and follow God, and evaluate why you believe what you believe. We welcome people from all backgrounds to come and ask questions.
Location: Calvary Bible Church, 3865 N. High Street,Columbus, Ohio,43214
Other Details: Multicultural Group Study, Transportation provided
Meeting Times: Friday, 7:00 pm
Synopsis: Mike’s group is a great opportunity for you to practice English and make new friends! We provide dinner every Friday night at 7:00. From 8:00-9:00 Mike teaches lecture style through the Bible. You will learn the culture, history and main message of the Bible. There are also classes for children from 8:00-9:00. We have extra group activities planned during the year. Please email Mike if you need a ride.
Leader(s): Location: Calvary Bible Church, 3865 N. High St, Columbus, OH 43214
Other Details: International Wives’ Bible Study, Transportation Provided
Meeting Times: Thursday, August 25 (our first meeting for the fall) 12:30 -3:30pm
Synopsis: For wives of International students and visiting scholars, come make new friends, practice English, learn about American culture and discuss the Bible. We also do special activities around holidays. Sorry, we don’t have childcare. Contact Rebecca for a ride. For more information and to sign up, click here.
Leader(s): Location: Calvary Bible Church, 3865 N. High St Columbus OH 43214
Other Details: International Mom’s Group – Childcare & Transportation Provided
Meeting Times: Weekly on Friday, 9:45am – 11:45am
Synopsis: We are a group of moms and children who are like family! On Friday mornings, we visit with each and have something to eat at 10:00am and at 10:30am we discuss passages from the Bible. It’s a great time for you to practice your English, make new friends, learn Western culture, and for your child to play! Rides, Childcare, and Bibles are provided. For more information and to sign up, click here.
Leader(s): and Brix GarciaLocation: Upper Arlington ( 3036 Tremont Rd, Upper Arlington, OH – 43221), please email leaders for location and directions, transportation provided
Other Details: Bible Tea Fellowship
Meeting Times: Friday, Potluck Dinner @ 7:00pm; Bible Study @7:45pm
Synopsis: We welcome people from every nation and focus on learning the Bible together and growing in our friendship. Our time together includes dinner, worship, bible study, prayer, fellowship, play board games, and tea! It’s a great time to get to know people, make friendships, and practice conversational English!
Leader(s): , Mark and Nancy Leach, Jack Howarth, and Yan Hostetler Location: 5723 Sandalwood Blvd., Near 161 and I-71
Other Details: Your Home Away From Home, Transportation provided
Meeting Times: Friday, 7:00pm
Synopsis: Our group is like a family, celebrating birthdays and graduations, as well as taking some trips together. On Friday nights, we eat together at 7:00pm and at 8:00pm we sing songs and discuss passages from the Bible. This year we will give an overview of the Bible from creation through the life of Jesus. It’s a great time to practice your conversational English!
Leader(s): , Bob Williams, Stephanie ConnersLocation: 3270 Ridgewood Drive Hilliard, OH 43026
Other Details: Transportation is provided
Meeting Times: Friday, 7:00pm
Synopsis: Our group meets for dinner at 7 pm each Friday night followed by an engaging Bible discussion where everyone is encouraged to participate. We often enjoy fun activities together throughout the year. Our group has been primarily made up of Brazilians the past couple of years, but we love to include anyone who is interested. Come visit! Transportation is provided.
Leader(s): , Bob and Karen Mack, Howard and Kate HarriLocation: 50 W. Walnut St., Westerville, OH 43081
Meeting Times: Friday, 6:00pm for potluck followed by Bible discussion
Synopsis: We welcome people from every nation (international and domestic students) and spiritual interest. We focus on learning the Bible together and growing in our friendship. We eat a potluck dinner together (usually food with an international flare) starting around 6:00pm and begin the Bible discussion whenever we are done eating, usually around 8:00pm.
Leader(s): Location: 509 Midgard Road, Columbus, OH 43202. If you need a ride, one of the students will be glad to give you a ride. Please contact Wanda at 614-806-3899
Other Details: Chinese Home Church at the Hoerles House
Meeting Times: Fridays, 7:00p.m., eat and then study
Synopsis: We are a student-led group. We meet year-round on Friday nights at 7pm for a shared meal and then we get to know each other and discover God together by discussing what we read in the Bible. Afterwards, we hang out talking and playing a game. We really get to know each other and help one another with any problem or need we have. This is a place you will want to bring your friends!