Summer Connections

We will have multiple small community gatherings this summer and we are calling them Summer Connections. If you’re looking for ways to meet new people, this is a fun way to connect with each other in more informal ways. They are run by members or regular attenders of Renewal and are a great way to connect with people outside of your Community Group (CG) while CG’s take a break. Sign up for as many events as you like!

West Philly Summer Connections

Summer BBQ potluck in Fairmount – led by Ken and Sunny

Date: Saturday, June 17, 2023
Time: 12:00-3:00pm
Location: Fairmount near Baldwin Park

Please join us for a summer BBQ potluck on Saturday, June 17th at noon! We can accommodate up to 12 people comfortably and we will have the grill running for all of your summer classics dishes (burgers, hot dogs, etc.). Please RSVP with what sides you are planning to bring and if you have any dietary restrictions.

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Lea Elementary Yard Clean Up Meet Up – Led by Stephanie

Date/Time: Saturday, June 24 and Saturday, August 12 from 9-10:30am
Location: Lea Elementary School @ 47th and Spruce
Who: Anyone! Kids are welcome!

Let’s meet up and clean up! We’ll spend time picking up litter and weeding, so if you have favorite tools for that, feel free to bring them. You’re also welcome to just come out and enjoy good company and our playground. 🙂

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Binge “The Chosen” Season 1 – Led by Ryan and Hannah

Date: Saturday, June 24
Time: 3:00 – 10:00pm
Location: Manayunk area

Attendees should bring their favorite snack to share! We will have a projector and large speaker so that it will be like a movie theater experience. We could fit 15 people in our house comfortably. The Chosen is a TV show about the life and ministry of Jesus. This is a very well done show; the show crafts stories that are focused more deeply on the people who encountered Jesus and viewing Him through their eyes, presenting Jesus in a way that is more personal and intimate. We will provide a crockpot dinner. Please RSVP so we know how much food to make.

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Book Club – Led by Jaimie

Book Club to read and discuss! As a group, we will decide on a fiction book to read and meet bi-weekly to discuss. Gatherings will take place on 51st & Chestnut and will begin the week of July 2. Max 8.

**Please note – We have a mid-sized dog named Coney! He is very friendly but does shed and will ask for pets.

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Dottie’s & Dogs! – Led by Emily

Date/Time: Saturday, July 8th at 11:00am
Location: Dottie’s Donuts, 4529 Springfield Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143

Meet at Dottie’s Donuts in West Philly to grab donuts on our way to the dog bowl area of Clark Park to watch the dogs play. Bonus: if you have a dog, bring it!

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Volleyball – Led by Isaac

Date/Time: Saturday, July 15, 2023 at 4:00pm
Rain Date: Saturday, July 22, 2023
Location: East Fairmount Park, near Edgely Field

Join us for a volleyball game at Fairmount Park. No previous playing experience is necessary. Please feel free to personally invite other friends to join us. There is no cap in the number of people. The area where I’m thinking of setting up the court is not very shady. If you have a canopy and some camping/beach chairs, those items might be worth bringing with you. The location of the event is a bit fluid because there are so many things going on at the park, so there may be last minute changes. Isaac will send a text to everybody on the day of if there are any changes.
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Kenyan Goat Roast and Picnic – Led by Ryan and Peter

Date: Saturday, August 5, 2023
Time: 12:00 – 4:00pm
Location: Clark Park

There will be a cost involved based on those who would like goat. Please RSVP with what side you will bring. Bring a picnic blanket or chair to hang out in the park. Ryan and Peter will be grilling the goat.

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Center City Summer Connections

Memorial Day Picnic at the Park – Led By Ricky

A few church members are thinking about hanging out at East Fairmount Park on Memorial Day afternoon. Please feel free to drop by, bring a picnic blanket and/or food to share! We will have a volleyball net handy should there be enough people interested in playing.

May 29, 2023 at 2pm

Pickup Volleyball at Crane Chinatown on Sundays – Led By Alex

Currently, we (myself, Ernest T, and Hannah L) host weekly pickup volleyball almost every Sunday at Crane Chinatown from 4:30-6:30pm, and sometimes 6-8pm. The mission is to use volleyball as a medium to fellowship, get to know, and do life with people you may or may not normally hang out with.
Open to all skill levels! So if you never played volleyball in the past, don’t let that stop you. We’ll do our best to teach you the fundamentals.
Disclaimer: This is a non-competitive pickup, so please leave your ego and pride aside.
We currently have a list-serve for everyone interested and thought it would be great to open it up to more of y’all and all the newcomers that come through Renewal this summer! So if you’re interested, please email me ( to get added to our list-serve!
Some logistics …
1) Emails to signup are sent out every week on either Monday/Tuesday and we usually cap at 28 people.
2) We have to pay to reserve the court and so we’ll split the cost evenly. Typically ranges anywhere from $7-10 based on turnout.

Saturday Afternoon Board Games – Led By Crawford

All are welcome; no previous experience is required. I’ll be teaching some of the most accoladed (ergo most fun) board games of all time.
Location TBD – either my place in Center City or a board game cafe near Drexel, depending on the number of attendees.

Please RSVP by the prior Friday night so that I can plan accordingly. I may remove an option if enough people sign up. Time slots are:

May 27, 3-6pm
June 10, 3-6pm
July 8, 3-6pm
July 22, 3-6pm

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Weekly Interfaith Basketball – Led By Mark

When: Every Sunday
Time: 2pm-4pm (though we always go longer)
Where: The Mason on Chestnut on 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
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Indoor Bouldering at Cliffs! – Led By Sharon & Daniel

What: Indoor bouldering (rock climbing) at Cliffs at Callowhill!
When: Listed Sundays, 2-5pm (subject to change based on interest).
Join us for lunch prior if interested, otherwise see you at Cliffs around then.
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Pickleball Hangout – Led By Kristin

Come hangout and play or learn how to play pickleball! Teran, Chris, and I will be there to teach anyone who hasn’t played before and we can play games together by the end! We will plan to meet at the pickleball courts at FDR park. Paddles and balls will be provided!

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Tennis/Squash – Led By Patrick

I can rent outdoor tennis and indoor squash courts at the University of Pennsylvania for free. The squash center has everything you need as free rentals (shoes, racquets, and balls). The tennis center unfortunately does not, so you would have to bring your own equipment. I have extra tennis balls and one extra racquet. This is an informal event and can happen whenever people want and at whatever frequency people prefer. I also do not need to be present for the event to happen. I can book courts for people to use if you want. The times below are just suggestions. Please let me know if you prefer other times. I’m always down to hit! Feel free to contact me at 573-514-5428.

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Lion King Broadway Show – Led By Jeffrey

The Lion King broadway musical is showing at the Kimmel Center from 8/16-9/10! I will be organizing and getting tickets in the next few weeks to get a group rate discount! Join for a spectacular night of memorable tracks and outstanding performances! Please contact to join the Facebook message group.

Make Your Own Boba Night – Led By Mark

Come make your own boba! Mark will be gathering all the ingredients together so just come as you are! Feel free to bring your own fancy mason jars or metal resuable environmentally friendly straws.

Date: June 16, 2023
Time: 7:30pm

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Bicycle Trip/Brunch – Led By Chris

Date/Time: June 17th 10am-2pm

Happy Spring Y’all! (: Weather is getting beautiful and calling all bikers or two wheels. Feel free to bring your bicycle, scooter, or mode of transpo and join for a casual group ride!! Plan is to meet up Art Museum Rocky Steps at 10am and have a casual ride to Main St, Manayunk via Kelly Drive. From there we can all get brunch together!

The ride should be around 16 miles round trip and the pace is <10mph nobody will be left behind! haha

*strongly encouraged helmets

-Chris Li Any questions feel free to contact 484-686-4608,

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Pool Party! – Led By Grace

Date: Saturday, July 15, 2023
Time: 11:30am
Max capacity: 6 ladies/children
Lunch will be provided!
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Princeton Canoeing Trip – Led By Hannah

Hey y’all!
Similar to last summer, we’re planning a trip to Princeton to go canoeing (11am) then hang out downtown (1:30pm)!

Additional Details
Who: Renewal CC 🙂
What: Princeton Trip! Canoeing and Downtown
When: July 15th, Canoeing at 11:00am, Downtown at 1:30pm, End ~5:00pm
Where: Princeton, NJ
Why: For fun, but also just a good way to meet other brothers and sisters at Renewal. We encourage you to get to know people outside of your CG! 

Canoeing/kayaking would be, at most, $30/person/2 hours, but rates can be found here:

A $10 deposit will be required for those interested in going.

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Japanese Ramen & Movie Night – Led By Daniel

Date: Saturday, July 29, 2023
Max capacity: 6
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Outing to the Southeast Asian Market at FDR Park – Led By Jenny

More Details to Follow

Ultimate frisbee at Penn Park – Led By Jenny

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Renewal Golf Group – Led By Brian

Are you a passionate golfer or someone interested in taking up the sport? Come join us as we seek to make a golf group here at Renewal!
Our aim is to bring together fellow golf enthusiasts for regular outings to the golf course, as well as sessions at the driving range (for those that are interested in learning). We can also potentially go to Top Golf or Screen Golf (Five Iron) depending on interest. It’ll be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy golf while fostering deeper connections within the church.

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Renewal Valorant Group – Led By Brian

Do you play Valorant or are curious about it? We’re forming a Valorant group for Renewal, with the goal of playing together as teams and also running customs. All experience levels are welcome, the goal is to have fun and get to know each other.

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