A LifeGroup is  a group of people who meet at a restaurant, a home or the church to study the Bible or a Christian-themed book, pray, care for one another, have fun and do mission projects together. LifeGroups are a great way to meet new people and grow in your faith! Every fall (and sometimes in the winter), we sponsor an all-church book study involving all of our LifeGroups. 

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If you have any additional questions, please contact Katie Vriezen at
Hope to see you there!

Our fall all-church book study is “Just Mercy” by Bryan

Stevenson. If you haven’t picked up your book, please stop in the bookstore any Sunday after service. (The Uprising students, see Adam Vodicka or Denny Nelson for your book.) We are asking everyone to read the entire book by Sunday, Sept. 22, the day our message series begins. The “Just Mercy” book is free; if you would like to make a donation to help defray the cost to the church, you may do so. Each book cost $8.

Bryan Stevenson’s grandmother tells him as a young boy, “You can’t understand most of the important things from a distance, Bryan. You have to get close.” (Just Mercy)
Along with reading Just Mercy this Fall, we invite you to “get close.” For each of us, the next step on the journey of getting closer will be different.  This fall, we are partnering with True Freedom Ministries in a variety of service opportunities, as well as hosting community – wide events at Mayfield Church to continue our learning.
First, get to know True Freedom Ministries, led by Executive Director Michael Swiger. Based in Cleveland, True Freedom ministers extensively within the adult and juvenile prison systems in Ohio, providing not only faith – based services, but also job training, family building and educational support to thousands of inmates a year. In addition to their work within the system, they also focus on two specific ministries to help provide aid and resources to help keep the most vulnerable out of the prison system: The Homeless Ministry and The Addiction Recovery Ministry. We are privileged to work alongside Michael and his team this fall, following their lead to live out Matthew 25:35-40 to feed the hungry, clothe the needy, care for the sick, visit those in prison.
Get Close: Homeless Ministry
Two Saturday evenings this fall (Oct. 5 & Nov. 2) we will serve at the Norma Herr Women’s Shelter and Lakeside Homeless Shelter, serving up food and fellowship alongside the True Freedom Team. We can bring up to 20 people each Saturday, and so we invite you to consider serving with your family (children aged 6+, please), or together as a LifeGroup or other small group. Our youth in The Rock and The Uprising will be collecting 600 pairs of socks and snacks to bring with us!
Get Close: Addiction Recovery Ministry
Two Thursday evenings this fall (Oct. 3 & Oct. 31), we will serve at True Freedom’s Reformer’s Anonymous meetings. For those comfortable sharing their faith and participating as an active listener to adults in addiction recovery, we invite you to pull up a chair into one of six small groups. Groups are separated by gender and there are opportunities for men and women to serve. If you love to cook, we invite you to help lovingly prepare a hot meal at Mayfield church that we’ll deliver and serve to the Recovery ministry.
Get Close: Death Row Church Service   

Every week, on almost every day of the week, five True Freedom chaplains and 150 volunteers host Christian worship services for inmates across the Ohio Department of Corrections (ODC), including on Death Row.  On Tuesday, Oct. 27, True Freedom has invited 5 Mayfield Church congregants to attend the Sunday worship service at Chillicothe Correctional Institution on Death Row, followed by a half – hour of fellowship with the inmates. Please note: If you wish to attend this service, you MUST register with Katie Vriezen no later than Sept. 25 in order to be credentialed by ODC.

Get Close in Community Together: Art Exhibition Sunday, Sept. 22 – Sunday, Sept. 29 in Fellowship Hall

This art exhibit explores children in the criminal justice system and landmark cases in which children are prosecuted as adults. It is open to the community Sunday, Sept. 22 & 29 and during the Community Dinner on Friday, Sept. 27.

Lunch with EDWINS & Documentary screening of 13th

Sunday, Oct. 13 Our version of a lunch and learn! Join us at 12:30 PM in Fellowship Hall for lunch, catered by EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute. EDWINS is a French fine dining restaurant located on Shaker Square, with a unique approach that gives formerly incarcerated adults a foundation in the hospitality industry while providing a support network necessary for a successful re-entry. EDWINS goal is to enhance the community of Cleveland’s vulnerable neighborhoods by providing its future leaders.
Following lunch, we will host a screening of the documentary 13th in the Worship Center.  13th, the critically acclaimed and Academy Award – nominated documentary by Ava DuVernay, explores the intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States.
We ask you to RSVP for this event in order to provide an accurate number of lunches.  The afternoon is free and open to the community. So, please come and bring a friend or two – and RSVP on your Connection Card beginning Sept. 15! Children are welcome to attend the luncheon and childcare will be provided for the documentary screening. On Thursday, Oct. 17, we invite documentary participants to join us in Fellowship Hall to discuss the film in small groups.
Serial, Season 3 Podcast: Listen Along
During the week of Oct. 20, listen to the podcast Serial, Season 3. In nine episodes, Sarah Koenig spends a year within multiple facets of the Cleveland criminal justice system: courtrooms, judges’ chambers, prosecutors’ offices, neighborhoods and prisons highlighting extraordinary stories of ordinary Cuyahoga County criminal justice cases. The Uprising, Mayfield’s Youth Ministry, will be our very own Tech Team after each service on the 20th. Bring your phone, tablet or laptop up to the Tech Table if you’re unsure how to download and listen to this free podcast.  They’ll be happy to get you set up!
The Marriage Group has spent months developing these partnerships and planning the Getting Closer opportunities. We hope you’ll join us for one, a few, or even better yet – ALL! Event and sign-up information will be linked on the Mayfield Church webpage. Additionally, sign-ups will be available after all three services on Sept. 15.

Contact: Pastor Jan Fillmore,