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.
While the church building is closed, our groups are meeting virtually. We can help you set up the virtual technology. If there is enough interest in an always virtual group, and enough people are available at the same time, we may set up a group that continues to meet virtually even after the church building opens. Please check as many available times as you can if you want this option.
Our new SGM groups will be organized in January, and will have their first meeting in February, 2021. Please use the webform below to register. Participants will be notified by their facilitator as to the time for their new group’s meeting. Please sign up by January 17, 2021. If you have any questions, contact Karen Kinnear, firstname.lastname@example.org or Joleen Trotta, email@example.com.
The Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Landrum, Minister 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.