Community Life Groups


Location: Members’ homes or Incarnation’s Great Hall Dining Room

Acosta-Smith is a group of Incarnation women who meet for programs pertinent to Christianity, charity and outreach, and for lunch and fellowship. Our main involvement is in donations to the church, diocese, and community. New members are always welcome.

Meets the second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. (September through May)

April 14: Garden enthusiasts please join the Acosta Smith group to hear author Shelley Cramm discuss her book “NIV God’s Word for Gardeners Bible” in the Great Hall Dining Room. Shelly’s devotions will walk you through a garden tour of Bible verses on growing things, garden work, gardening tools and stories. Boxed lunches provided afterwards for $10 at the door. RSVP to Annabelle Catterall at 214-750-8011 by Thursday, April 9. Cash and checks written to COTI (Acosta Smith in the memo) only.

May 12: Year-End Meeting/Salad Luncheon; Kathryn Hoppe’s home

Contact: Kathryn Hoppe, Chairman at 972-788-5375


Location: Star Brand Ranch (Kaufman, TX)

Spanish for Short course is a three-day weekend—a time for renewal, refreshment and recommitment to living though Christ. Through talks given by both lay persons and clergy, small group discussions, worship, and the sacraments, participants of the weekend come away with the tools to help them lead a more Christ-centered life and advance in their walk with Christ. Participants also come out of the weekend with an expanded community to share their faith. The fruits of the Cursillo weekend are limitless.

Meets March 13-16

Contact: Barbara & Allen Dickason (214) 358-2001 or Renee Loy (214) 213-3987

Daughters of the King

Location: Conference Room

Church of the Incarnation’s Order of the Daughters of the King is a spiritual, praying order for women vowing to spread God’s Word through evangelism, prayer and service. Membership is open to communicants of the Episcopal, Catholic, and Lutheran Churches and visitors are welcome at all functions.

Odd months: Meets third Sunday of the month at 11:15 am
Even months: Meets third Monday of the month at 1:30 pm

Contact: Ana Williamson (214) 436-2139

Fathers of Young Children

Location: Varies

We meet periodically for breakfasts or happy hours, and we try to find events 2 or 3 times a year for dads and kids. The Incarnation Fathers of Young Children (FYC) is a group for fathers with grade school children and younger to get to know each other. The group will provide a welcoming environment for those fathers new to the church, new to fatherhood or just looking for a place to belong within the parish.

Meets at various dates, times and locations.

Contact: Zach Wooldridge (email) or (214) 871-5650

First Friday

Location: Various

Led by Cynthia and Mark Drennan, Melanie and Gary Brown, Jamie and Andrew Leonie, and Michelle and Richard Anderson, First Friday is a fellowship of Incarnation parishioners inclusive of everyone — singles, married couples, empty nesters. It is a time for food, fellowship and fun bridging both the uptown ministry and the greater church.

Meets first Friday of the month from 6 to 8 pm (with a special event quarterly)

Contact: Cynthia Drennan (email)

Incarnation Men’s Fellowship

Location: Henk’s Black Forest Bakery, 5811 Blackwell St. (Behind Half-Price Books)

Our mission is to foster a community of men at Church of the Incarnation in fellowship with the Holy Ghost. The community is comprised of a cross section of men from all generations of the Parish Family –- married and single, young and old. IMF is not a Bible study, per se. We have no agenda or objective other than to explore and express our interests, ideals and experiences in a congenial atmosphere and on equal terms. IMF is a community where men may explore the riches of our Parish Family and the Anglican Tradition, seek wisdom, explore callings, gain encouragement and be sent out for ministry. Finally, it is a place to return for rest after service, to share what was learned and continue to discern how to be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ.

Meets every Thursday at 7:15 am

Contact: Jim Moomaw (email) or Warren White (email)


Location: Conference Room

INClings is an Incarnation group of all ages who meet to read and discuss works of the original Oxford Inklings and other Christian writers who were their contemporaries and predecessors. Some authors we are studying include J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Dorothy L. Sayers, T.S. Eliot, and G.K. Chesterton. This year, we will read Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. New members and guests are always welcome. So bring your book and join us in some lively discussions.

Meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. (Jan 8 – Feb 17)

Contact: Susan Skelton at (214) 575-5616

Next Group

Location: Parishioner Homes

The “Next Group” consists of adults, mostly 65+, that share a pot-luck meal together each month at a parishioner’s home. It is a great way to meet other parishioners in a smaller group and home setting. Newcomers Welcome! The entree is decided by the host and co-hosts while those attending bring a side dish. Each person brings $5 defraying the cost of the entree and wine. Our dinners will be noted in the Sunday Bulletin once a month. We also notify by e-mail.

Meets every fourth Friday of the month at 7 pm (Sept through May except Dec and one month during Lent)

Contact: Marge Mallory (email) at (972) 241-7270

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Location: Family Ministries Room

Dedicated Knitters turn out beautiful prayer shawls for those “in need.” Anyone can pick up a prayer shawl (free of charge!) to take to someone “in need.” Shawls can be given to anyone, anywhere, and for any reason; these are not just for parishioners. Stories about the experience of sharing a prayer shawl are amazing. Enjoy great homemade treats, fellowship and friendship with this lively group!

Meets every Tuesday from noon to 3 pm (Holy Week, holidays and bad weather excepted)

Contact: Sally Butler at (214) 887-1126

Silver Saints

Location: Various

The Silver Saints, our “senior saints,” gather for luncheons and outings on a regular basis; however, they participate in a broad spectrum of ministries of Church of the Incarnation, from going on mission trips to serving on the altar guild to knitting prayer shawls to planning the next social event.

Meets at various dates, times and locations.

Contact: Deacon Judy Frizzell (email)

St. Clare Gardening Guild

Location: Church Grounds

A new group is sprouting up at Church of the Incarnation with the purpose of beautifying the gardens and plantings of the church campus. Anyone who wants to participate and is willing to get a bit of dirt on their fingers is welcomed. The group is composed of men and women from all parts of the church. No knowledge of gardening is required –- just a desire to participate and help. The goal is to serve God as we garden together, learn together, socialize and have fun.

Meets third Saturday of the month from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Contact: Gayla Kading (email)

Supper Club

Location: Parishioner homes

Supper Club is a fellowship opportunity for parishioners and visitors to meet and dine with each other at a member’s home in a casual setting. It is a chance for newer members to make connections with others and a chance for any member to renew or deepen connections to our church community. Participants are asked to bring their own beverages.

Contact: Supper Club (email)

Support Groups

Addiction and Grace

Location: Great Hall Dining Room

If you, a family member, or a friend have been touched by addiction, please join us for a 13-week study and group discussion on Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm in the dining room. Ben Albritton and Jim Wills will discuss the integration of Orthodox Spiritual Traditions and 12 step recovery. Following a brief lesson each week, we will have an open forum focused on deepening our understanding of addiction and recovery in light of our personal spiritual growth.

Meets Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (Feb 25 through June 3)

Contact: Dr. Ben Albritton (email) and Jim Wills (email)

Alcoholics Anonymous: Central Expressway Group

Location: Welcome Center

Our focus is on newcomers to Alcoholics Anonymous; however, all are welcome. If you have a problem or interest, please visit us on Monday nights.

Meets Mondays from 7 to 8 pm

Contact: Sandy Moseley at 214-502-6569

Alcoholics Anonymous (Traditional)

Location: Family Ministries Room

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is an honest desire to stop drinking. AA has no dues or fees. It is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Meets Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.

Contact: Tom H. (email) or (214) 769-1203

Cancer Support Group

Location: Brides’ Room

The Cancer Support Group is a confidential gathering of persons whose lives are affected by cancer. The weekly meetings allow each participant — whether recently diagnosed and in treatment for cancer, surviving cancer, or caring for a loved one with cancer — the option to speak candidly of “where they are” and of how his or her life is effected by illness as others attending listen non-judgmentally. Following this time of sharing, we read aloud together from some book chosen as our current focus and which provides the vehicle for us to speak of the spiritual, emotional, and physical issues we may be experiencing or have experienced. Each session ends with prayer for those attending. Participation is open to parishioners and non-parishioners alike.

Meets Wednesdays at 1 p.m.

Contact: Deacon Dori Budd (email)

Grief Support Group

Location: Great Hall

The Visiting Nurses Association offers monthly bereavement luncheons, providing an opportunity for bereaved adults to meet with others who understand loss and learn more about helping themselves. Free of charge. RSVP required.

Meets at noon the last Thursday of the month (except in Nov/Dec, meeting the third Thurs)

Contact: VNA Bereavement Coordinator Sue Rafferty at (214) 689-2633

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