The Christian life is by no means a solitary life. We need one another to help us grow, to lend a listening ear, and to support us through good times, difficult times, and all the times in between. The Celtic Christians of old championed the practice of finding an anam cara, or soul friend, who could accompany us on the journey of faith and provide needed lovingkindness along the way. This relationship was mutual – as our soul friend accompanies us, we accompany them. This is in keeping with the character of the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus called the Paraclete, or literally the one who walks beside you.
We have two small group opportunities, P-PLEs and Small Groups.
P-PLE Group (as in people). The first letter stands for Partner – find two or three persons you trust and partner with them, agreeing to meet regularly (weekly or every other week) in a place that is inviting and comfortable. Each time you meet with them, follow this simple pattern to structure your time together: Pray, listen to God and one another, and Encourage (PLE). Begin thinking about this question: Who are my people??
Ask a couple of friends to meet weekly. Self-selective groups of 3-5 trusted spiritual friends can meet anywhere and anytime!
Small Groups will be larger groups, of upwards to 12-15 people. The shared experience or theme can be anything and the call upon us is to offer ourselves to others in leading or participating in such a group. Begin thinking about small group ideas you would like to lead or have offered. These groups can be long-term or short-term experiences.
current small groups
Purpose: To know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
Time: Faith and Joy Circle (Second Tuesday of the month @ 11 am)
Info: Caroline Horton