Meeting across Hawke's Bay


At Ascend Global Church, we believe it is essential that everyone who comes through our doors feels welcomed, connected with God, and connected with great people to do life with! So we’ve created many avenues for you to join and make those connections!

As our church grows larger, we understand it must also grow smaller in focus in order to care for each and every person.

While Sundays are a time to join together as a church, Connect Groups are designed to be fun, relevant and a time to grow in God and His word while building authentic relationships. Connect Groups also provide personal support and the opportunity to develop relationships in a relaxed environment.

Join a Connect Group by signing up at the ASK ME desk on a Sunday after the morning service OR Email:

Common Questions

What happens at a Connect Group?

Connect Groups are people who meet together on a regular basis, drawn together by common interests, a specific topic or activity, or a particular demographic. In a Connect Group you’ll meet people who live near you, are in the same stage of life as you or have similar interests. Whether you are reading through a Bible study together, diving deeper into the weekend messages, serving together or sharing a common interest, our Connect Groups are places where community is built and lives are changed.

How often does a Connect Group meet?

Groups meet on different days and times throughout the week. Most choose to meet every week, others meet bi-weekly.

Where do Connect Groups meet?

Groups meet in homes, restaurants, offices and coffee shops all across Hawke's Bay.

What if I don’t like the first group I try?

Connect Groups are about people and people are all different. The good news is there are a ton of groups to choose from at Bay City, so if you try one out and it’s not quite the best fit, no worries! Try another one and don’t give up. We believe there is a group that is right for everyone!