Dear Members and Friends of First Parish:
We are now enrolling participants for our new Small Group Ministry groups. Many of you have already participated in the SGM program. 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.
SGM is a network of small groups of 8-10, each led by a trained facilitator, that meet monthly for one year. SGM has a dual purpose, which has been described as Intimacy and Ultimacy—to strengthen the connections between group 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 introduced. Each member in turn shares his/her own thoughts and feelings about the subject, without interruptions. After everyone has spoken, there is usually time for a more general discussion of the subject. Past topics have included Friendship, My Spiritual Beliefs, Living Simply, and Gratitude. In addition, each group covenants to perform a service project, either for the church or in the larger community.
There are a few guidelines. To achieve the purpose of SGM, it is especially important that members be able to commit to attend meetings regularly. Couples are 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, 2017. If you sign up, you will be notified by your facilitator as to the time for your new group’s meeting. Please sign up by January 22, 2017. If you have any questions, contact Karen Kinnear or Joleen Trotta Sullivan.
The Rev. Tom Rosiello 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.