We have just completed the 13th year of our Small Group Ministry Program and in January will be re-enrolling people for new groups for a new year. Many of you have already participated for one or more sessions. We hope you will decide to re-enroll. We also hope many of our new members and friends will give it a try. It is an excellent way to become better acquainted with other people and with our church.
Please register in one of the following ways by January 21, 2018:
- Online using the web form below.
- If you receive a printed Chronicle, you should have received a registration form.
- Additional registration forms are available in the FPC office workroom.
- Forms can be mailed to the church office or dropped of in the FPC office workroom in the box marked SGM.
For those of you who are not familiar with Small Group Ministry, the following is a brief explanation. SGM is a network of small groups of 8-10, led by a trained facilitator, who meet monthly for one year. SGM has a dual purpose, which has been described as Intimacy and Ultimacy—to strengthen the connections between members, and to promote the spiritual growth of the participants. Each meeting begins with a chalice-lighting, followed by a general check-in. Then a topic for discussion is presented. Members then share their own experiences, thoughts and feelings about the subject. Past topics included Friendship, Our Parents, Home and Transformation. In addition, each group covenants to perform one service project.
There are a few guidelines—it is important that members be able to commit to attend meetings regularly. Couples are strongly urged to attend different groups. The groups are open, so new people may join during the year. Confidentiality regarding the discussions is urged. Our new SGM groups will be organized in January and will have their first meeting in February, 2018. If you sign up, you will be notified by your facilitator as to the time for your new groups meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Kinnear, SGM Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or Joleen Trotta, Membership Development
Karen Kinnear ~ SGM Coordinator
We are also hoping to train some new facilitators this year. If you are interested, please check the corresponding box at the bottom of the form.