WHAT WE DO
The Branch hosts Friday Night Gatherings, our weekly large group meeting where we get to hear a message from the Word. Core Groups are our small groups that meet throughout the week and often informally in meals, hangouts, and more. Our Outreach Team offers events throughout the semester, such as volunteering at local churches or our signature Hot Chocolate Outreach. Every year, we host our annual Branch Retreat off-campus. We assist and coordinate Christian interfellowship events and help lead a number of events throughout the year in partnership with The Veritas Forum, Cornerstone Magazine, and other Christian groups and fellowships on campus.
Learn more about what we do below!
FRIDAY NIGHT GATHERINGS
FRIDAYS, 7-9PM AT MANNING CHAPEL
A time to worship, discuss questions together, and hear a talk on the Word delivered by a pastor, missionary, volunteer within the PVD community, or staff at Brown/RISD. These community gatherings are the best way to cap off the school week.
TIMES & LOCATIONS VARY!
Check our Core Groups tab to learn more about our small group offerings: Gender-Inclusive, Women's, and Men's! Fellowship with members of The Branch, engage with the Word, and grow your relationship with God. Core Groups are open to all years and meet during the week.
FRIDAYS, 2-4:30PM, MAIN GREEN BY THE BEAR
Whether it's volunteering at a church nearby, serving our campus, or simply handing out free cups of hot chocolate on a cold day, our mission is to create open spaces to discuss the Gospel.
TIMES & LOCATIONS VARY!
Check out our Daily Prayer tab to see when these small groups meet.
These groups are student-led opportunities to pray for each other and our communities.
SATURDAYS / WEEKLY
God calls us to love and serve our neighbors and to pursue justice. Isaiah 1:16 calls God’s people to wash themselves, remove the evil of their deeds from before God’s eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the orphan, and to plead the widow’s cause. Serving as a community brings us closer to the character of God and aligns our hearts with the Lord's.
Together, students head off-campus and hear from a Christian speaker for a weekend. Seniors also share parting advice. We hang out, cook, roast marshmallows, and learn more about God together. The retreat is a great time to grow your relationship with Christ, fellowship with other students, and build community.
We are committed to Interfellowship and believe that Jesus shared the Gospel for all people. We are proud to work with and support other Christian fellowships and groups on campus: Athletes in Action (AIA), Black Christian Ministries (BCM), Brown Christian Fellowship (BCF), Cornerstone Magazine, Harmonizing Grace (HG), RUF Salt & Light Christian Fellowship, Veritas Forum, Graduate/Medical Student Christian Fellowship (GMCF), and the Brown Christian Staff Fellowship (BCSF). You can find more on the Christian community at Brown at this published pamphlet (bit.ly/BRChristianGroups), compiled by student leaders of Christian groups on campus.