Small Church Communities (SCC)

A small church community is a group of 6 to 12 people who gather on a regular basis (often weekly or every other week) to talk about the ways their faith meets daily life.

St. John’s has 15 to 20 small church communities – some have been meeting steadily for more than 20 years! I support these groups by providing resources (At Home With the Word) and with help in creating new groups.

Why should I join a small church community?
A small church community is a group of 6 to 12 people who gather on a regular basis (often weekly or every other week) to talk about the ways their faith meets daily life. Being in a small community complements an adult’s individual study and prayer and participation in Sunday Eucharist by providing an opportunity to reflect on the events of our lives (and God’s presence to us in them) with a handful of others in a confidential setting. The Sunday scripture readings are the focus for most of the small church communities in our parish.

All small groups at St. John’s follow a process that includes prayer, reading from the scriptures, reflection together using prepared questions, sharing some of the important events of our lives, and closing with prayer. Our  meet at all times of the day and all days of the week – they meet at whatever time, day, and place that is most convenient for them. We are always ready to help form new groups or to help an individual find a small group to belong to – some groups are actively seeking a new member or two!

Call Peter Barbernitz at 410 964-1430 and get started now!

Resources
“Exploring the Sunday Readings” comes out each month.  It is available on the St. John’s secretary desk at OMI and on the bookshelf next to the sacristy at WL.

“At Home with the Word”, containing all of the Sunday readings, is distributed free of charge to SCC members each year.


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