“For the body does not consist of one member but of many…
(1st Corinthians 12:14)
St. Matthew has an impressive tradition of Small Groups. I’m new here, but I can tell you that from day one I have heard about the amazing things that Small Groups have read, studied, and prayed. I’ve heard about the incredible communities formed. I’ve heard about the amazing content that the Small Groups Team created for four successive years, writing books and creating videos, distributing them to various communities around Charlotte and drawing the whole city into the excitement. I am blown away by the joy and enthusiasm for community that is evident here at St. Matthew.
This fall there is a new launch of small groups. What does it entail? Is it really anything different?
Because of the long history of small groups and the wide variety of spiritualties and walks of life that all participate in these groups, the Small Groups Team is trying to devise a program that will be flexible and accessible, something unifying and yet addressing the diversity of groups already active among parishioners.
We are picking some suggested resources. These will be resources you can choose to use with your group to plug into the group life. These will be updated seasonally, about four times a year, and will reflect the liturgical seasons – so for Advent we will have something that prepares us for Christmas, for Lent something that prepares us for Easter, etc.
This very blog will be updated with resources and pacing guides to help you if you would like to tap into an outside resource.
There will periodically be suggestions for how to make your small group life easier, better, more efficient, more fun, etc.
Diversity and Flexibility
The resources we are providing are simply suggestions. We have a resource library on the website that has a variety of different books and video series, many of which can be found in the St. Matthew library, that would be good to do with a group. It is not an exhaustive collection. (If you have something great that you’d like to share, please pass it along! We would love to know about it!)
Some groups will focus primarily on prayer, coming together for a weekly rosary. Some groups will be book studies or video series based, focusing on an outside resource and learning together chapter by chapter, episode by episode. Others might choose to follow the weekly Sunday readings and dive deeper into their meaning and application.
Groups at St. Matthew vary widely by kind, size, meeting frequency, focus and a number of other factors. Find a group, or start a group, that has a sustainable structure. Allow yourself to be drawn deeper into the faith by people who will get to know you and hold you accountable, sustain you in times of sorrow and share your joy.
“For the body does not consist of one member but of many… If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” (1st Corinthians 12:14, 26)