New Year, New RE
January will be the beginning of our new Religious Education programming for adults. The new format takes a 4-part approach to meet the needs and interest of our congregants. Please check out what is coming up. Registrations will begin in December.
Journey Circles (Small Group Ministry)
Journey Circle’s central goal is to foster circles of trust and deep listening. In traditional small groups, questions are an opportunity for the group to think together, going through each question one by one. Journey Circles will engage reflection questions differently. Questions will be tools for individual exploration and spiritual discernment. Instead of asking small groups to go through the questions and discussing them one at a time during group time, participants will read all the questions ahead of time and find the one question that “hooks them”—the one that speaks to and challenges them personally. Participants then live with -or “walk with”-that question for a couple weeks leading up to the group, coming to their meeting, not with an answer to each of the questions on the list, but with a story about how their one personally chosen question led them to deeper, personal insight. This technique leads us away from abstraction and intellectualizing and challenges us to think about how the topic (and question) applies to our daily living. Sign-ups will begin last week of December.
- Meet once a month
- Each group has a trained facilitator
- Activities provided for the entire month
- Members hold each other accountable to the group
- Groups set the time, day, and place of their meetings