Many have found regular participation in a small group helpful in their growth in faith and their connection to God. Prayerful conversations in small groups can offer a haven of support and caring in a sometimes difficult world.
Many of these groups are ready to receive new members. Some may be temporarily full at this time, but there will be opportunities to join at a later date. If you would like more information about the group, or would like to join, contact the group leaders directly or contact the church office (273-5971, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Leaders: Dave and Sally McCune
Contact Info: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting Info: Usually every other Tuesday evening in the Durham Room. Contact Sally or Dave for more information.
The intent of this group is to seek Divine connection individually and through each other. We will focus on four essential components of our meetings.
* MEDITATION: Each member would ideally share a primary desire for a personal relationship with the Divine through silent, guided, and group meditation.
* CONTEMPLATION: As a group, we will strive to explore the challenges of a faith-centered life through personal and communal study and conversation. This may include individual and communal experiences of scripture, poetry, faith-based books, and written meditations.
* FELLOWSHIP: Every quarter we will gather at a different member’s home to enjoy the benefits of community without a specific spiritual agenda to deepen our individual relationships with one another.
* SERVICE: The group will commit to a significant service project 2 times per year. This may be a project that only the group initiates and works on, or may be in conjunction with larger mission goals and initiatives of the St Paul’s community.
FAITH IN ACTION
Leader: Patsy Brannon
Contact Info: email@example.com
Meeting Info: Third Wednesday of the month, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the Durham Room. Contact Patsy to receive information about monthly service opportunities.
This group is exploring transforming our blessings through acts of service, study, and discussion to meet Christ’s challenge in Matthew 25:35-40.
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.” Then the righteous will answer him, saying, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?” And the King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”
The Faith in Action small group also seeks to enhance our transformation by the Spirit through the process of forming relationships with those at St. Paul’s and in the broader Ithaca community by our acts of service. Our small group meets twice each month: one meeting for prayerful conversation stimulated by texts, videos or other media selected by the group and one meeting for a service activity. Past service activities have offered opportunities for participation of family members.
GETTING AND STAYING GROUNDED: A CREATION AND SPIRITUALITY COVENANT GROUP
Leader: Jeff Shepardson
Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting Info: Usually every other Sunday, from 9:15 – 10:30 am in the Mott Room. Contact Jeff for the next meeting date.
“Getting & Staying Grounded” is a small group enterprise open to those who seek a spiritual vitality through engagement of creation in the context of community. Our Vision of fostering “grounded-ness” is at the heart of Getting Grounded’s purpose. By this we mean fostering the practice of engaging the ground-of-our-being on a regular basis as part of our spiritual well-being. This is based on a belief that our most immediate and direct experience of the divine can and often does come to us as we engage the Ground of Our Being. Also important to our purpose is the work of “walking our talk” in terms of everyday-living-in-right-relationship to that ground, including the personal life-style changes such relationship constantly requires. Finally, being grounded in this relationship will call us to a “stewardship of advocacy” as we engage our community and the broader culture of which we are a part with an invitation to shift the way we think towards a more reciprocal/mindful relationship to the ground of our being.
This small group also goes on monthly hikes – all are welcome to join in. Click HERE to find out more!
If you are interested in exploring this group, send me an email at email@example.com. Virtual membership may also be a possibility as long as you have video/audio Skype capabilities.
Leader: Eunice Tabor
Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting Info: Usually the 4th Wednesday of the month, from 2:00 – 3:30 pm in the Durham Room.
An important part of becoming a compassionate community is praying for those with particular needs. Some of us have found that we would like a more visible reminder that we are praying for someone. We also know that there are those in our congregation who like to create items using yarn or cloth. A few years ago, a couple of women came up with the idea of making a prayer shawl which can be sewn, knitted or crocheted and given as a reminder that we care. While making the shawl, prayers are offered up so that each shawl is filled with prayer-filled stitches. This process becomes a spiritual discipline for the maker. Our plan is to meet regularly with our projects for prayer and encouragement. We invite anyone interested to join our group, whether you already knit, crochet or sew, or would like to learn.
WOMEN IN THE MIDDLE (WIM)
Leader: Tina Champion
Contact Info: email@example.com
Meeting Info: First and third Monday of the month, from 6:45 – 8:30 pm in the Durham Room.
Children out of the house? Grandchildren arriving? Retirement around the corner? Any of the above? None of the above? Come join the Women in the Middle Small Group. We are an active group of women who gather every other week for support, service, and study. We’ve packed health kits and Friendship Center lunches, taken on work projects, watched and discussed the “Uppity Women of the Bible” series, gone on day trips, and offered many other opportunities for connecting among each other, St Paul’s, and the world. Added plus – we are really good at laughing! We meet Monday evenings at 6:45 pm. We welcome you to join us!