Connect Groups


Women’s Groups

Our Women’s Ministries connect opportunities are designed to not only teach but also encourage and equip the women of our church to move out into their communities and make an impact for Christ. We want all women to know that they are a part of community of believers. We want to walk with you, challenge you and support you as God moves in your life and heart.

Tuesday Women’s Connect from 9:30 to 11:30 AM in the auditorium. Light refreshments and child care provided. The group is currently on summer break and will begin again in the fall.

Wednesday Women’s Connect from 7 to 8:30 PM in room 10. The group is currently on summer break and will begin again in the fall.

Moms Connect provides an environment for mothers of preschoolers to grow in their faith and be encouraged, challenged, and equipped as women, wives, and mothers in the name of Jesus Christ. It also gives opportunity for them to connect with other moms, share mothering ideas and suggestions, and be guided by mentor mothers’ wisdom and experience. This group meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday during the school year from 9:30 to 11:15 AM in the auditorium. For our regular meetings, limited childcare is available for a fee. Moms Connect currently has a waiting list. Contact Karen Stover at 717-460-5676 for information.

Men’s Groups

The purpose of Men’s Connect is to equip men to be Christ-centered leaders at home, work, church, and in their communities. We seek to provide ways for men to grow in their faith. We hope to encourage husbands, fathers, and sons as they walk their journey of faith.

Tuesday Men’s Connect from 6 to 7 AM (breakfast included) in Core Cafe. The group is currently on summer break and will begin again in the fall.

Thursday Men’s Connect from 7 to 8:30 PM in Room 404. The group is currently on summer break and will begin again in the fall.

Adult Groups

18.24 (ages 18 to 24)
This group is for anyone ages 18-24. If you are home from college for the summer or you are continuing in your workplace, we have a place for you to hang out. Every Tuesday night, starting at 6:30 PM, 18.24 gets together to get to know each other better and study God’s Word. It’s low-key and relaxed. Locations are as follows:

July 24 = Hoffsmith (900 Syner Road, Annville)
July 31 = Ebersole (2429 Church Road, Hummelstown)
August 7 = Craft (121 Savannah Drive, Hummelstown)
August 14 = Stover (32 White Pine Drive, Hershey)

Creative Arts Gathering was developed because we believe that God created all people to create. We also believe God has uniquely gifted some people in creativity. This gathering is a place for you to have a safe space to share and create as part of the body of Christ. Your contribution to the body through creative arts matters. So we are inviting all creative-types and artists, no matter what your discipline (painting, graphic design, writing, dance, photography, music, film and all others), of every skill level, high-school-aged and up to attend a monthly gathering. At this gathering we connect with Jesus and build community with one another through the discussion and experience of the arts. We share, mentor one another, critique and encourage each other in our own artistic expressions of our shared faith. We meet the third Thursday of the month at 7 PM.

Precepts is an inductive Bible Study where members have the opportunity to fellowship and engage with one another while deepening their walk with Christ. We meet Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 AM in room 10.

Senior Adult Bible Fellowship offers an opportunity monthly for fellowship around God’s Word and through worship using some familiar hymns. The Bible Fellowship meets the first Wednesday of each month from September through June at 10:45 AM in the auditorium, followed by lunch at noon.

Senior Adult Strength Training uses stretch bands of various tensions to help those with limited mobility to regain and maintain strength and flexibility. Please note that anyone over age 70 will need to have their doctor’s clearance to participate. Strength training is held every week on Monday and Thursday, 11 AM to 12 PM in room 10. Questions? Contact Craig Koskela at ckoskela@hersheyfree.com or 717-533-2092, ext. 2028.

Sunday Connect

We know that attending a new place can be intimidating, and it is our strong desire to help you form connections and relationships at Hershey Free. Our Sunday Adult Connect Groups are a great place to start. These groups meet every Sunday morning and are a great way to begin to get to know a smaller group of people and study God’s Word together. The classes meet during the 9 and 10:30 AM services, so it is possible to attend a group and worship on Sunday morning.

They are based on life stages. We have groups for college-aged, millennials, parents, adults, and senior adults.

9 AM Groups
Ages 25 and up (KidStep Parent Connect)—Room 302 ( 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month)
Allen and Tiffany Dark | allen_tiffanydark@yahoo.com | 479-586-8976

Ages 55 and up (Caring Servants)—Room 301
Tom and Corinne Sechrist | csechrist2@verizon.net | 717-561-8675

Ages 65 and up (Barnabas)—Room 401
Chuck and Judy Musser | cmusser@crownmagnetics.com | 717-272-2292

10:30 AM Groups
Ages 18 to 24 (18.24)—Room 404
Jerry Hoffsmith | 18.24hersheyfree@gmail.com | 717-926-0879

Ages 25 to mid-30s (Millennials)—Room 302
Chris Large | millennials16@gmail.com | 843-443-5087

Ages 45 and up (The Loft)—Room 303
Michael Murray | mail4michael@verizon.net | 717-533-2750

Developmentally disabled adults (King’s Corps)—Room 10
Monthly socials for King’s Corps participants occur throughout the academic year.
Michelle Furjanic | msfurjanic@aol.com | 717-561-1848

Key Contacts

Deb Hinkel
Deb Hinkel

Director for Spiritual Formation and Family Ministry
717-533-4848
dhinkel@hersheyfree.com

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Craig Koskela
Craig Koskela

Administrative Assistant for Adult and Care Ministries
717-533-4848
ckoskela@hersheyfree.com