Small groups are about helping people
Small groups are for EVERYONE. They are generally around 5 to 12 people. Small groups often have a central book or video program that is used to foster conversation and faith-sharing. Suggestions will be provided here and updated regularly!
Yes! you can still meet digitally online to stay connected. Ask us how, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Matthew Small Group has a couple of current recommendations for your small group:
Video based: Divine Mercy: The Second Greatest Story Ever Told by Father Michael Gaitley
Book: The Way of Trust and Love A Retreat Guided by St. Therese of Lisieux by Jacques Philippe (Click on the picture to go to Amazon, and purchase your own copy.)
Follow these simple instructions to register for FORMED.
Go to formed.org/signup
Select your parish
Register with your name and email address
Check that email account for a link to begin using FORMED
Meeting with your small group using ZOOM
Watch this short video by Colin Maclver from Ascension Press to see how you too, can effectively run a virtual Small Group during quarantine.
Interested in learning more about Small Groups?
Email the small groups team at email@example.com!
Things you can’t do alone: See God’s image in one another
“Then the Lord God said, it is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” (Genesis 2:18)
Adam and Eve were the first small group. Looking at Eve, Adam sees in triplicate: he sees Eve as Eve, he sees Eve as a reflection of himself, and he sees Eve as a reflection of God. This is the service that we provide to each other when we come together. You show people the unique goodness that God has built into who you are. You reflect back to others the beauty God has given them. You simultaneously see and reveal the face of God as He has placed it in your nature from the first moment of your existence.
Interested in hosting a small group, click here and sign up!
Ten Tips for Small Groups
- Pick a book or video series that challenges you to think and ask questions.
- Agree on an attainable amount of weekly content.
- Come open-minded.
- Let people finish their thoughts – even if it takes them a minute or two to unpack them.
- Put your phones in the middle of the table, face down and silent.
- Let the conversation flow – try not to hog the topic.
- Make your point once, and engage on peoples’ reactions to your point.
- If you don’t understand someone’s point, ask!
- Don’t be afraid to speak up!
- Find at least 1 thing from each book that challenged you and made you think in a different way and apply that to your life.
Small groups are a great way to grow in faith and become part of a small Christian community. For many years, we have had small groups during Lent. This year, groups have two options, a web based option and a book based option. If you have previously been in a Lenten group, check with your host to see if you will meet.
Contact Deacon Jack Staub at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to discuss ideas!