Small groups are an extremely important part of the life at SIF. Small groups provide a way for us to connect. Small groups help us connect with other people from SIF – building relationships and supporting one another. Small groups also help us connect with God as we study the Bible together and strive to make it a part of our lives. God designed us to live out our faith in community. We just can’t do it by ourselves!
Small groups are an important part of the life of any church. But even more so at SIF because of the nature of expat life here in Suzhou. We need the support and encouragement from other believers even more during our time as expats.
If you are already a member of a small group great! Do everything you can to be fully committed to the life of the group and the lives of the other members.
If you are not part of a small group, consider joining an existing group. SIF sponsors a number of groups meeting around Suzhou at various times / places. Take a look at the description of each group on the right side of this page and contact the group leader if you are interested in attending. We would love to meet you!
You can also consider starting a new small group. Maybe you already have a group of friends you would like to meet with regularly to study the Bible together. We would love to help you get started! For any questions about starting or joining an SIF small group, please contact our small group coordinator by contacting Kurt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|SIP Group 1||Meets on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm. Meets on the West side of Jinji Lake. We are a group of students and young professionals, married and single, from many different countries. We are currently studying the spiritual disciplines and how we can make the practice of them a daily part of our lives.|
|Location: West side of Jinji Lake|
|Day/Time: Tuesday at 7:30 pm|
|SIP Group 2||Meets every Friday at 7:30 pm. We focused on fellowship along with the study of God’s word & prayer. Our study alternates between chapters of Bible and topical subjects. Our group is diverse with ages from 30’s to 50’s and home countries from Switzerland, New Zealand, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, England, USA, etc. Bay Side Garden is conveniently located near the Cultural Center metro stop on Line 1. Feel welcome to join us!|
|Location:Bay Side Gardens (SIP)|
|Day/Time: Fridays at 7:30 pm|
|SIP Group 3||Our group is a good mix of people from Europe, America and Asia. We are mostly married couples with some having small and adult kids. We get together every Friday to study the Bible and to fellowship. The Bible is the inspired word of God and we believe that it is the final authority on faith and life (2 Tim 3:15-17, Psalm 19:7-9). Like in Hebrews 10: 24-25, we hope that through the fellowship we share, we can spur one another toward love and good deed. Our meeting place is near Rainbow Walk by Jinji Lake. It is a few minutes walk from Dongfangzhimen Subway Station. You are most welcome to come and join us!|
|Location: Top Lakeview (SIP)|
|Day/Time: Fridays at 6:30 pm|
|Contact: Ed & Beth
|SIP Group 4||Focused on fellowship and application based studies. We are made up of a diverse group of families, parents in the 30s and their 40s. Kids are mostly elementary or preschool aged.|
|Location: Marina Cove (SIP)|
|Day/Time: Every other Saturday at 7:00 pm|
|SIP Group 5||Group is mainly comprised of academics. We share a meal, fellowship, Bible study, and prayer. We spend time studying God’s word (eg, miracles of Jesus or a book of the Bible), and also emphasize sharing and prayer for each other. We seek to answer the question: What does it mean to be a Christian in this culture and context?|
|Location: Jin Hu Wan (on Nanshi Jie).|
|Day/Time: Friday Evenings|
|SIP Group 6||Our group is primarily a group of Filipina women. We meet each week to study Scripture and fellowship. We are currently engaged in the all-church “Living By Faith” study.|
|Location: Suzhou Industrial Park (various locations)|
|Day/Time: Every Thursday at 11:00 am|
|SIP Group 7||We focus on fellowship along with the study of God’s word, prayer., and singing. Our study alternates between books of the Bible, topical subjects, and video series. We are a diverse group with ages ranging from the 20’s to 50’s. We are mostly single, but we also have some young married couples. We come from many countries including the USA, England, Indonesia, Taiwan, Canada, Ukraine, and China. You’re welcome to join us.|
|Location:Various Locations east of Jinji Lake (SIP), mostly in the area near XieTang Lao Jie (New-Old Street) and Higher Education Town.|
|Day/Time: Wednesdays at 7:00 – 9:00 pm|
|Contact: Ann or Micah
|SIP Group 8||Our small group meets every-other-Saturday at 6:30 pm. Our time includes fellowship, the study of God’s word & prayer. Our study alternates between Bible books and topical subjects. Our group is diverse with ages from 30’s to 50’s and our kids – elementary through high school – and home countries of Brazil, Korea, Austria, USA, Taiwan etc.|
|Location: Portland Street or Horizons 3|
|Day/Time: Every other Saturday at 6:30 pm|
|SIP Group 9||This is an international group with small children and singles. We are currently studying John’s Gospel.|
|Location: Near Suzhou International Academy, BFSU, Ludang Lu, Wujiang District, in the southest portion of Suzhou, south of Suzhou Wandong subway station on line 4.|
|Day/Time: Every Thursday, 7-8 pm|
|SIP Group 10||We would like to provide a place for families with small children to get together to play, pray, and study the word of God together. Because of all the small kids, our small group is a bit hectic and fun! Join us if you want to connect with other families with small children, and support one other in this important time in your family’s life.|
|Location: Lakeshore Garden|
|Day/Time: Every other Saturday, 4 pm|
|Contact: Hans & Sunny
|Kunshan Group 11||Alternating between prayer, worship and fellowship one week and Bible study, fellowship and worship the next. We are located in Kunshan near the Kunshan South Railway station. We are a diverse group, from Europe, Asia, and the Americas, compromised of married and single, with young children. We focus on fellowship along with the study of God’s word, prayer, and singing, and we are about to start a new 6-week devotional in growing in Christ. You’re welcome to join us!|
|Location: Kunshan City (east of Suzhou Industrial Park, between Shanghai and Suzhou)|
|Day/Time: Every Saturday at 6:30 pm|