Option 1: Connect with a group on the small groups website.
Steps to picking a small group:
- Pray for a bit of inspiration and guidance from the Holy Spirit.
- Go to the small groups website, stmatthewcatholic.com/joinasmallgroup.
- Pick a group to join, based on whatever quality you find to be most critical, location, meeting night, kind of group, etc.
- Join your small group on their first meeting night after you join.
The first group you meet might be your ideal group, it might not be. It’s okay to go to a meeting or two and test the waters. That being said, I’d suggest sticking it out for a season and see if the group grows on you.
Of course not every combination is going to be readily available, and in that case you might want to take advantage of option 2.
Option 2: Start your own small group.
Steps to starting your own small group:
- Invite 3 or 4 people you know, maybe friends, maybe just acquaintances to join you in establishing a small group.
- Pick a meeting night and a frequency (every week, every other week, once a month) that will potentially work for everyone.
- Pick a meeting place, could be someone’s home, a coffee shop, a library, etc.
- Let Rachel know (email@example.com). Tell her about your group and get signed up so she can forward any new resources or information to you and your group.
- Invite others to join until you have a group that fits well in your meeting space. You can do this by reaching out individually to people, person to person. You can also do this by opening up your group on the website. (Rachel can help you with this too!)
- Once you have your group mostly gathered, pick a resource. You can use the suggested resource, pick a resource from our library, or you can go rogue and pick something we’ve never heard of. (If you find something good, please share it with us! We love hearing about new things!) Our suggested resources will change seasonally, and can be found at stmatthewcatholic.org/smallgroupresources.
Starting your own group can seem a little bit more challenging, but it really is not as hard as it seems. If you would like to start a group but it still feels too daunting, email Rachel and she will be thrilled to help you get started down the path to success!