CONTACT Amy Howard

We believe in the importance of a continually growing and wholistic faith from our first breath all the way through our very last as we continue to discover anew God’s love for us. Small groups are provided as opportunities to build life-giving relationships with others and dive deeper into topics of life and faith, the Bible, to pray together, or in general to simply support one another. Large group studies are available to weekly and throughout the year for instruction and learning about the Bible, faith, and life. 




SMALL GROUPS on Sunday mornings meet in rooms off of the gym:

9:30am Room 1

Led by Bobby Johnson and Leon Smith (256) 286-3614

A discussion based group using various curriculum based on the group’s preference. The group organizes outings once a month to fun locations throughout the TN Valley for day trips. 

9:30am Room 3

Led by Kevin and Angela Patterson (256) 274-7467

A very diverse group that seeks to create a safe space for all to feel welcome and belong usually using a DVD study to launch lively discussions. 

9:30am Room 6

Led by Robert Humphreys (256) 686-1209

A large group composed primarily of older adults using the Cokesbury Quarterly Curriculum to guide discussions led by various leaders.

10:45am Room 1

Led by Alain Alonzo (256) 289-4392

A Young Adult Bible and book study group focusing on discussion about scripture and chosen curriculum. Quarterly, the group goes out to lunch or enjoys some form of group outing together.

10:45am Room 3

Led by Lynn Williams (256) 318-1926

A group with a mixture of lecture and discussion made up of a diverse mix of participants. The series topics are chosen from the group based on their interests.

10:45am Room 6

Led by Mike Hjelm (256) 974-7812

A small group that focuses on discussion centered around Scripture to guide their time together.

10:45am  Student Room 

Led by Josh Howard 

A discussion-based small group for all ages of adults that will look at the different ways we portray Jesus, and the ways in which it affects how we live. 



IMMERSE on Wednesdays at 6pm

Immerse is our new to Stone River group providing opportunities for you to discover more about what it is that makes us unique, what we believe, and how to get involved in life at Stone River. This group meets seasonally at various times and dates. It is a great starting place to launch into life in our community. 


KIDS (K-5th grade) Spark Rotation is taught on Wednesdays 6-7pm in Room 7


STUDENTS (6th-12th grade)  small groups are taught on Wednesdays 6-7pm in gym 


ADULTS A chapter by chapter Bible Study on Wednesdays 6-7pm in the Sanctuary




One of the things we are hearing as a common thread is the growing feeling of isolation during this time of social distancing. The online chat is going well, however there is also a need for us to be able to “see” each other and connect in that way. Zoom is a trusted platform for this used heavily in our conference for meetings. We have set up a zoom account for the church so we can meet up together from our own homes. Don’t let this season of social distancing become a season of isolation and depression. Together we are a community ready to love one another fully and creatively especially now! 


Sunday from 4-4:30pm:

Join us for this first meet up. It is a chance to “see” and speak with others in the community, while also gaining more familiarity with this platform so we can continue to utilize it in more ways in the upcoming weeks. 


5:00-5:30pm  Stepping Stone Kid’s Ministry

6:00-6:30pm  Outpost Student Ministry

7:00-7:30pm  Adults


The CODE is the same to access each to make it simpler.   

You may want to start accessing a little bit early for the first time to get it all set up. Here are the steps (it seems like a lot, but trust me, it isn’t really): 

1. Click on the link.

2. If you do not have a zoom app and you are on your phone, you will need to follow the link to download the app. From a computer there is no app needed.

3. It will prompt you to create an account by entering in your email address.

4. An email will be sent to you to activate your account. Click on that, it will reroute you to the website to set up a password.

5. Skip adding friends. 

6. Once you skip to where you cannot skip any further, get out of the browser or app, and click on the above link again (https://zoom.us/j/3979283437) and you will be linked in and ready to go! 


You CAN do steps 2-5 NOW. And then on Sunday or Wednesday all you will need to do is follow the LINK and join the meeting. 





In this season it can be very easy for isolation, depression, and general feelings of sadness and anxiety to take a hold of our lives. We are working on many different avenues in discipleship to help all of us stay connected to one another to help combat all of this. 


1.  Butterflies! We have caterpillars arriving this week. Amy will go live often on the Stepping Stones Kid’s Ministry Facebook page often providing updates on our caterpillars, talking about their transformation, and sharing some devotional thoughts. Our hope is to be able to release them on Easter together! 

2.  Stone River Sidekicks: Katie has had an amazing idea to help connect all generations in our congregation together especially now. Help our kids and students to know you are there for them and let them encourage you as well. (SIGN UP HERE)

3. At Home Crafts: Coming soon we will send home some simple crafts for kids in your homes. Once the craft is finished, take a picture or video and share it with us on facebook or send it to us via email so we can share it. 

4. Zoom Continues. Join us via zoom on

Sundays at 4pmfor kids

Wednesdays at 5pm for kids

6pm for students

7pm for adults 


5. Slack Conversations Continue. (SIGN UP HERE)



Lent instead, is a season of personal reflection and prayer. We have set up a “Slack” account for the church. Slack will serve as a safe platform for us to share together insights, questions, and prayers throughout this season. It is an online discussion board that can only be accessed if you are given the link to do so. With this option, you are able to participate from home.  

Click here to join the discussion!

You will click on the link and enter your email address. From there, you will receive an email to verify your email address. Follow the link in the email, and you are in! 

Once you are in, I will add you to the private discussion boards of Pauses for Lent and Readings, and then those options will appear on the left side of your screen with a lock beside them. This extra measure is in place so there is complete privacy on these boards within our group. 

So, here are your steps to get connected this Lenten Season: 

1. Go to Amazon or Cokesbury and order the book “Pauses for Lent.” It is also available on Kindle for $4.99. The actual copy of the book, brand new, is $8-9. If you need financial assistance, please do not hesitate to let us know. 

2. Follow the link above to get started on Slack. 

3. Participate and Grow together as a community in a new way this season.



Sundays 5-6pm 

Hill home in SE Decatur, AL

Led by Tom and Joy Hill (256) 355-5535

A large dinner group made up primarily of adults around retirement age that uses the Upper Room’s “Disciplines” to guide prayer, Scripture reading, and discussion. 


Sundays 6-7pm

Thompson home in Trinity, AL

Led by Coleman Thompson (931) 321-8534

A group geared toward young adult men looking for a place to get to know others, discuss Scripture, and pray together weekly.


Sundays 6-7pm 

The Columns in SE Decatur, AL

Led by Viljar Weimann (256) 303-2116

A discussion group applying theological concepts to life.


Mondays 10am-12pm

Fellowship Hall

Led by Lana Avera (256) 476-4291

A chance to gather around a table with the common focus of creating prayer shawls to share with those in our community who are struggling or celebrating.


1st Mondays 6:00-7:30pm

Fellowship Hall (256) 571-5382

Led by Judith Hines, Kathy Wright, and Sylvia Betts 

A group working towards changing the lives of women and children in developing countries through a shared dinner and program increasing awareness and support through voluntary donations.


4th Mondays 6-7pm

Conference Room 

Led by Joy Hill (256) 355-5535

A group for women focusing on prayer and meditation in support of our church, the missions we take on, our leaders, our members, and each other. 


2nd and 4th Tuesdays 4-5pm

Conference Room 

Led by Kristy Wharton (256) 919-1194

A group for women focusing on education for change and spiritual growth. They select and read a book together and discuss the ways they are challenged and shaped through the material. 


Wednesdays 10-11am

Room 1

Led by Barbara Rawls (256) 603-3472

A group focusing on packing bags of food for students to take home on the weekends in cooperation with Chestnut Grove Elementary School and Austinville Elementary School to help reduce food insecurity in Decatur.


2nd Wednesdays 10-11am

Conference Room

Led by Harriet Holland (256) 353-1028

A group for women focusing on local mission projects with a focus on service and advocacy in our community and around the world.


3rd Wednesdays 1-2pm

Conference Room

Led by Barbara Rawls (256) 603-3472

A group for women focusing on support and advocacy of women and children including education for girls to recognize their potential, aid young single mothers through Young Lives, and more.


Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm

Conference Room

Led by Kevin Patterson (256) 274-7460

A group for guys to gather around the table, get to know each other, discuss Scripture, and pray together weekly. 


Last Saturdays (time depends on location)

Lunch outing for ladies to enjoy each other’s company and grow from devotion and scripture. Transportation provided. Location will be advertised per month. RSVP monthly to Jill Amey (256) 684-4880



YOGA Regular yoga classes and chair yoga classes

June 1 - August 14

Led by Lana Avera (256) 476-4291

Chair Yoga: Room 7

Tuesdays and Fridays 2-3:30pm

Regular Yoga: Room 7

Mondays and Thursdays 5:30-7pm

A chance to catch our breath and share in yoga, either chair or regular, with prayer, scripture, and sharing together.

Next Session is August 31 - November 20



Mondays 10am

Our goal is to use our God-given talents to make prayer shawls offering comfort and encouragement to anyone who needs to feel the love that has gone into making each one and the blessing that our pastor has added.  We also make shawls to celebrate weddings, baptisms, and births.  We welcome everyone who wants to join in a very rewarding ministry.