Gather people in the name of Jesus


Experience the power of community through a small group at Willow Hill…


Gather Groups  provide an opportunity for people to meet other people and establish a community within Willow Hill.
Grow Groups  focus on helping people deepen their faith and relationship with Jesus in a space with others who are seeking the same.
Go Groups  offer opportunity for people to live out their faith with others by working to make a positive impact in this world.

Some groups may require you to sign up before attending. Click here for additional information.

Reckless Love
Leader:  Gail Brown                Group type:  Grow
Meeting time:  Sundays at 10am at church, March 6 – April 10

This study, based on the book, Reckless Love: Jesus’ Call to Love Our Neighbor by Pastor Tom Berlin, explores Jesus’ teachings and travels with his disciples and suggests that Jesus teaches us how to love God with our heart, soul, mind, and strength by showing us how to love our neighbor. Pastor Nicole will be using the book themes in her weekly sermons as well. Participants will read a short chapter, watch a 10-minute video, and join in discussion.

Scripture Art
Leader:  Ruth Inman                Group type:  Gather
Meeting time:  Sundays at 2pm, March 9 – April 13
Location: North Art Studios, 3601 N North St, Peoria

Each week we will look at a piece of Scripture and bring it to life thru art.  We will focus on the first six days of the Creation story, taking one day per week and resting on the 7th week as God rested on the 7th day.  Ruth looks forward to showing you her take on this playful endeavor and seeing your take as well.  We may even grow as we examine the Scriptures we illustrate.  

Reckless Love
Leader:  Erin Thomas/Nicole Cox                Group type:  Grow
Meeting time:  Mondays at 7pm at church, March 7 – April 11

This study, based on the book, Reckless Love: Jesus’ Call to Love Our Neighbor by Pastor Tom Berlin, explores Jesus’ teachings and travels with his disciples and suggests that Jesus teaches us how to love God with our heart, soul, mind, and strength by showing us how to love our neighbor. Pastor Nicole will be using the book themes in her weekly sermons as well. Participants will read a short chapter, watch a 10-minute video, and join in discussion.

Exploring Lent through Art
Leader:  Ruth Inman                Group type:  Gather
Meeting time:  Wednesdays at 4pm, March 9 – April 13
Location:  North Art Studios, 3601 N North St, Peoria

Each participant will compile a small book in which we will create artful interpretations of the life of Jesus and how he showed us ways to carry out the greatest commandment - Love. We will be creating a 2-page spread each week using many different materials. All materials are covered in the $10 fee, and no experience is necessary. Each week Ruth will introduce a different art material or process and how to use it, along with some creative ideas of things to give up for Lent. The class is limited to 8 seats to keep a safe and comfortable distance. Due to Ruth’s allergies, please no perfume of any kind. Thank you for understanding.

Dinner For 8
Leader:  Jeff and Ann Ringness         Group type:  Gather
Meeting time:   Various times and locations - Beginning in the spring

You are invited! Join Dinner for Eight for the coming year! Meet once a month with others to eat out! This is for couples or singles. We’ll put the groups together for you, then you take turns or plan together where and when you will meet again. You’ll have one social event planned each month. This a great way to get to know other church members better! If you have questions please call Jeff and Ann Ringness at 309-383-2402

Disciple Bible Study
Leader:  Janelle Provine            Group type:  Grow
Meeting time:  Sundays at 10:00am at church

Take a deep dive into the Bible with this classic Bible study that helps you in becoming a disciple of Jesus.  Many people at Willow Hill have experienced a part of the Disciple Study program and talk about the impact it has made on their faith journeys.  The entire study covers an overview of the Old and New Testaments, but the study is being broken into bite-sized chunks for participants to commit to only 6 weeks at a time. The next session will begin after Easter.

On-Going Groups

Piece Makers
Leader:  Sandie Watson                 Group type:  Gather/Go
Meeting time:  1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month 10:00am at church 

All women who enjoy needlework – crocheting, knitting, sewing, or quilting – are welcome to participate. The group meets to work on a variety of individual and group projects for service, mission, and care.

WOW Group – Wisdom on Wednesdays
Leader:  Kathy Miller                 Group type:  Grow
Meeting time:  Wednesdays at 1:00pm at church 

All women are welcome to join this ongoing group to discuss various authors and their studies or lessons on faith and the Bible.  New studies are chosen about every 6-8 weeks.  At the conclusion of each study, the group often goes out to lunch together for more of a social gathering. 

Book Club
Leader:  Various leaders                 Group type:  Gather
Meeting time:  3rd Thursday of each month 7:00pm at church 

Do you enjoy reading a variety of books and discussing them with other people? This group reads select book each month and then meets for discussion. All adults are welcome.