St. Matthew > Small Groups Frequently Asked Questions

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What happens in a small group meeting?

You’ve probably seen Small Groups meeting and not even realized it.  A small group look likes friends at lunch, volunteers working on a project, or people studying a book.  At its core, a small group is a small gathering of people, and it is less about what you do and more about who you do it with.  By participating in Small Groups, you can expect to connect with others through a common activity, engage in life giving conversation and request prayer.  Some even find they develop lifelong friends, supporting each other in their spiritual and life journeys.

How often does a small group meet?

Small Groups can meet weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.…it’s up to the group to decide.  Small Groups are meant to bring meaning and community into the flow of your life, so even if you can’t attend every meeting there is still great value in joining a group.

Where do small groups meet?

Small Groups happen throughout the community in homes, coffee shops, restaurants and community centers.   Many groups decide to rotate between the homes of the participants.

How long does a typical small group stay together?

There are many groups in our parish community who have been meeting for multiple years, even decades. Other groups meet for a season, take some time off and reconnect after a few months.  The makeup of the group may change as people move on and new people join.

What if I don't like the first group I try?

The truth is, not everyone will find the best fit with the first group they try.  The simple strategy to finding success in Small Groups is not to give up.  We believe there is a group that is right for everyone – including you! You might even wish to consider organizing your own group.

What is involved in leading a small group?

Leading a small group isn’t about being perfect; it’s about serving others by giving them a place to connect.  Hosting a group is simple – choose a topic that interests you, select a time and location to meet with others to share it.  We give you the essential tools to make your small group successful through Leadership Training.  Some groups study the weekly scripture readings, but we provide a robust resource library for you to choose a discussion topic.  We also have a directory where you can register your group, so others can find it easily.  You may already have a group of neighbors, friends or outreach group who would like to gather to enhance their faith but need someone to organize the group.

What if I'm only interested in being in a small group for Lent or Advent?

In the past, most of the Small Groups at St Matthew have met during the Lenten or Advent seasons which is fine.  Our resource library offers recommendations for groups who wish to meet for an abbreviated period.   However, we encourage all groups to consider meeting throughout the year based on a schedule that works for them.  We and other parish communities have found that people who are part of a group which meets regularly have more robust discussions, develop deeper friendships and have a more rewarding experience.