Community is the fruit of our capacity to make the interests of others more important than our own. The question, therefore, is not “How can we make community?” but, “How can we develop and nurture giving hearts?”
~ Henri Nouwen
Blessed Sacrament Parish Community is excited to introduce small faith groups to the community. Keep reading to learn more about the small group initiative and why you should be a part of it! It is our hope that our parish community will continue to grow in faith, discipleship, and fellowship through these small faith groups!
WHAT IS A SMALL FAITH GROUP
Generally, it is a group of 5-10 people who gather weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly for 60-90 minutes for fellowship, prayer and discussion. These groups can meet any place where community, conversation, confidentiality, and connection can happen. Though the composition and topic can be different for each group, the goals are the same for ALL groups; to make friends and make a difference while growing as disciples of Jesus.
WHY SMALL FAITH GROUPS
Jesus didn’t journey through this life alone. In fact, he called a group of twelve to follow him and companion with him. The group ate, prayed, and celebrated together. When times were difficult, they supported one other and strengthened each other’s faith. We were created from a community of love to be a community of love, and Jesus modeled that for us.
Small communities are powerful vehicles for adult faith formation, providing opportunities for learning, prayer, mutual support, and the shared experience of Christian living and service to Church and society.Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us, USCCB, 106
WHY SMALL FAITH GROUPS AT BLESSED SACRAMENT
At a parish as large as Blessed Sacrament, it’s easy to feel like you are just a number, just another person sitting in a pew. We realize that it’s often difficult to take the first step necessary to engage in all of the available ministry and faith formation opportunities. Small Faith Groups provide that first step and offer an immediate sense of belonging and a connection point to the larger parish.
WHO ARE SMALL FAITH GROUPS FOR
EVERYONE and ANYONE! Small Faith Groups are built around what people already have in common:
- Life Ages and Stages: young professionals, young families, empty nesters, singles, retired folks, married couples…
- Demographics: just men or women, mixed groups of men and women
- Areas of Interest: Scripture Study, Book Club, Papal Letters, Theology, God in Nature, Ministry Groups, Christian Music, Service, and Video Series on a whole range of topics
If you have questions, contact Lyn Pajk.