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: The Church on Lytham Road, 2300 Lytham Rd, Columbus, OH 43220
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, OH 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): or .Location: Calvary Bible Church, 3865 N. High St Columbus OH 43214
Other Details: International Mom’s Group – Childcare Provided
Meeting Times: Weekly on Friday, 9:45am – 11:15am
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 and discuss passages from the Bible. We meet from 9:45 to 11:15 am. It’s a great time for you to practice your English, make new friends, learn Western culture, and for your child to play! Childcare, and Bibles are provided. If you need a ride, let us know, and we will try to provide one. For more information and to sign up, click here.
Leader(s): , , and Location: Upper Arlington
Other Details: Please email leaders for location and directions; transportation provided
Meeting Times: Friday, 7:00pm beginning with potluck dinner
Synopsis: We welcome people from every nation and focus on learning the Bible together and growing in our friendship. Our time together includes potluck dinner, worship, Bible discussion, prayer, and board games! It’s a great time to get to know people, make friendships, and practice 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): Jerry & Gwen ShellhaasLocation: Their home located at 5791 Saffron Ave. Galloway, OH 43119
Other Details: Transportation is provided
Meeting Times: Fridays, 7:00p.m., eat and then study
Synopsis: We enjoy socializing with each other as we eat dinner together at 7 PM. At 8 PM we read a some verses from the Bible and discuss the main points of the passage. Our goal is to seek and find truth and then to apply that truth to our daily lives. As you attend from week to week, you will receive an overview of the major events recorded in the Bible. You will also learn about Jesus, the most important person in the Bible, and about who God is and what He is like, as well as about His love, plans and provisions for us. You will also have a better understanding of what many Americans believe, Western Culture and how students from other nations think and live. You will have many opportunities to practice your English and evaluate what you believe and why. Students and scholars from every nation and background are welcome to come and ask questions as we seek truth together.