Small Group Ministry
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Our congregation is growing and all of our lives are busy. It is a challenge to connect with each other in meaningful ways and to nurture our spirits. Small group ministry creates these opportunities.
As we enter our fourth year of small group ministry in Bolton we encourage you to join a group. The following quotes show the reactions of some participants from previous years.
"Small Group Ministry has enabled me to more deeply connect with members of my faith community."
"The meetings challenge us to explore deep, thought-provoking concepts and share how these ideas shape who we are."
"Laughter, frowns, puzzlement, chuckles, curiosity --- these are what I experienced in our small group."
"Often days after small group, I find myself reflecting on something someone said."
"Small Group Ministry is a great tool for personal growth."
"The bonds of trust and friendship that I now share with members of my group are ones that can never be broken."
Overview of Small Groups at First Parish of Bolton
- Meeting Frequency: Once a month for two hours.
- Leadership: Facilitators are approved and trained by the minister. Facilitators participate in monthly meetings for ongoing support, skill building, and problem solving. These meetings are lead by the minister and/or lay leadership team.
- Group Duration: Groups meet October through June (in the summer if they so choose).
- Group Composition: Groups are not formed around specific interests such as young adult or BGLT but represent our diverse fabric of gender, age, theology, sexual orientation and identity, and race.
Each meeting includes time for participants to “check in” if they wish sharing how they are and what they will leave behind to be present with the group.
Introduction of Meeting’s Focus
Using a reading, or series of short readings, a topic is presented for consideration. Last year the topics we grappled with included “Belonging”, ”Generosity”, “Advent”, ”Adversity and Suffering”, and “What words of wisdom would you pass on?”.
Reflection and Sharing
Guided by a series of questions individuals are invited to reflect on the topic as it relates to their lives and share their thoughts with the group.
Members practice “deep listening” as each member shares their thoughts and feelings. There is no cross talk or offering of advice.
Confidentiality is observed. Pastoral concerns may be shared with the minister if the facilitator believes it is appropriate.
A brief sharing by group members concerning their likes and wishes about the meeting that is closing.
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