What is a Small Group?
A Small Group is a welcoming group of parishioners, usually about 8 to 12, who meet regularly for fellowship, study, and prayer. These groups usually meet in people’s homes, though some meet at the Church.
What can I expect when the groups meet?
Our time together is very informal. Their first purpose is to help parishioners get to know each other better around the things that matter most. We hope groups will be places where you feel safe to be yourself, to talk openly and honestly about your faith, and to know there is a group of people who really know you. There will be Bible study, conversation about a particular topic, a chance to check in with one another, and time to pray with and for one another.
When will the groups meet?
Sunday afternoons, weekday mornings, weekday afternoons, weeknights… Different groups meet on different days and at different times. Most of the groups meet weekly, but this varies depending upon the desires and schedules of the individual group.
How long will each gathering last?
Usually about 90 minutes. The schedule is flexible and the atmosphere is casual.
How big are the groups?
The ideal group size is between 8 and 12.
Can the groups keep meeting after this time?
Absolutely---but it is not required. A group might consider continuing into our next “covenant period” in the fall, though we will ask you to be open to welcoming new members or even consider spinning off and creating another small group.
Will the clergy be leading our groups?
No, the clergy will actually be meeting as a group themselves. Each Small Group will have a parishioner or two servings as a “host” who will help moderate the conversation.
How do I join a small group?
If you’d like to join a Small Group at St. James’, let us know. Contact Ryan Fleenor.
Can I create a group with my friends?
Yes! But let us know so we can be in touch.
Will St. James’ place me in a group?
Yes, absolutely, we will do our best to find a group that fits your schedule.