What are Engage Groups?
- ENGAGE each other by pursuing authentic community: the scriptures make it clear that we were never intended to live our life of faith alone. We need one another to truly experience God’s full plan for our lives (Hebrews 10:24-25).
- ENGAGE with culture by connecting with and serving those around us: we were also never intended to live out our faith apart from the cultures we are in. Jesus came to show us how to live in the world, but not be of the world (1 Cor 9:20-23).
- ENGAGE our faith by seeking intimacy with God: to Jesus, faith is as normal a part of our lives as the air we breathe and the food we eat. Together we can more fully engage our faith and see it become more real in our lives (John 6:60-69).
Where Is the Loft?
The Loft is located off of Draper Rd. The official address is 215 Draper Rd, Suite B. There are double doors between Sycamore Deli and Souvlaki’s. Go in the doors and take the stairs up and go around the staircase to the door at the end of the hall. Check out this video with directions!
Engage Group Families
Our Engage Groups are organized into 5 Engage Group Families – the Hokie, Gobble, Maroon, Orange, and Grad/Working. The purpose of Engage Group Families is to serve as another level of connection with people in NLCF. The size of a family is designed to provide more opportunities to meet people outside of each individual engage group, but not as big as the entire church. The Engage Groups within each family work together to encourage one another and participate in various activities and service opportunities.
The Hokie Family includes Sports Guys, BreakOUT, Soul Food, and Kids at Heart. It is led by David McCann, Ally McCann and Stephanie Arnold. The Hokie Family gathers to eat dinner together (bring your food with you!) at 6:30p on Thursdays at the Loft.
The Gobble Family includes VenTure Up, Ut Prosim, Grace+Granola, and Women’s Coffee Break. It is led by Jennie Crumpler, Anna Gibbs, Morgan Solorzano, & Enrique Solorzano. The Gobble Family meets on Wednesdays at 6:30p in the Loft.
The Maroon Family includes God Squad, Play Tech Girls, Photography, and Pacemakers. It is led by Christian Hearl, Meg Hearl, and Emma Davis and they meet on Wednesdays at 6:00p at the Hearl’s (204 Church St. SE #3)
The Orange Family includes Core Sports, B-Listers, Healthy Roots, and The Local Boys. It is led by Curtis and Alainna Goodnight, Jeanette Staats, and Noah Pace. They meet on Thursdays for dinner in Owens at 6:30p!
The Grad/Working Family includes any students in graduate school, or those working in the New River Valley who desire to be around others in a similar place in life! It is led by Robbie & Kristal Poff, and they meet on Thursdays at 6:00pm at the Poff’s house (PoffHaus).
Engage Groups- 2019-2020
*Most Engage Groups will have discussions about the Sunday teaching series
Hokie Family Engage Groups grab food, and then meet to eat dinner together on Thursdays at 6.30p at the Loft, and then split into individual Engage Groups afterwards
Sports Guys: A group of guys dedicated to their spiritual growth and the building of community through intramural sports.
Soul Food: Sweet girls, muchin’ on sweet treats, talking about the sweet Lord.
Kids at Heart:We are a group of gals who really take “living with a childlike faith” to heart! We love spending time with kiddos to spread love and create smiles, while also diving into scripture and living life together.
BreakOUT: This group is focused around spending time in and caring for people around the BreakZone in Squires Student Center. We like to play pool, ping pong, bowling, and more!
The Gobble Family meets in the Loft at 6:30p on Wednesdays. Engage Groups meet after family time.
VenTure Up: An all-guys group called to explore God’s creation in the great outdoors- joining together as we humbly seek the Lord.
Grace + Granola: A gaggle of girls who strive to lead granola lives for God. We strive to be stewards of love, grace, and God’s creation. God, granola, Gagglestar Granactica. .
Women’s Coffee Break: We’re a group of girls who spend the morning waking up together, diving into Scripture, and strengthening our relationships with the Lord and each other. We just love to do life together, typically over a cup of coffee (or tea)!
OUT Prosim: A group of believers and Hokies whose mission is to bring the Kingdom to Blacksburg through community service and giving.
Maroon Family Engage Groups meet at Christian & Meg’s apartment (204 Church St., #3) on Wednesdays for dinner at 6:00p, followed by discussion and Bible study at 7:30p.
God Squad: Do you have legendary video game skills or maybe you just like to play? Perhaps you’re looking for a place to connect with others and strengthen your relationship with God? Welcome to the God Squad! We are a co-ed group who love to get together and play games if all kinds, at all skill levels!
Pace Makers: A group of friends getting out in God’s creation and fellowshipping through the ups and downs of running.
InFocus: We are a co-ed group whose goal is to grow closer to each other and the Lord through photography! Whether you’re an avid photographer or just wanna try it out, all are welcome! No equipment necessary, you can borrow from the VT library or use your phone!
Orange family meets for dinner at 6:30p on Thursdays in Owens.
Core Sports: We pursue friendship, fellowship, sportsmanship, and maybe a few championships while learning, serving, and glorifying God to the best of our abilities. No matter the talent or skill we pursue God’s will. Guys and girls welcome!
The Local Boys: A group of Jesus-Lovin’ guys taking advantage of all the things Blacksburg has to offer. Just some of the things we do are shooting, bowling, hiking, poker nights, Ping Pong, pool, IM sports, and occasional trips to Rural King.
B-Listers: A community focused on growing closer to each other and growing closer to God while crossing things off of an ever grow-ing bucket list; from having brownie bake-offs to burning a couch.
Healthy Roots: A group of girls that want to live healthy lives together; spiritually, mentally, and physically. We’re focused on being rooted in Christ and how that nourishes and sustains every aspect of our lives.
Grad & Working Family
Grad Students & Working: True to it’s name, the Grad & Working group is just that: A group of graduate students and young working folks. Finding ourselves in similar stages of life, we enjoy spurring each other on as we navigate life after undergrad. Together we pursue God, do life, and seek to BE for those in our various spaces. EG is hosted at the PoffHaus – Thursdays at 6pm. Kids welcome! Email the Poffs for address and other details..