"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." Hebrews 10:24-25
Sometimes people regard Small Groups as faddish, touchy-feely, or social clubs. The reality is that they foster true discipleship. They are a valuable means of helping people in our parish. Small groups come in many forms: bible studies like Walking with Purpose, RCIA, Youth Groups, discussion groups, etc. A small group is a gathering of people interested in spiritual growth.
Small groups are one way parishes can become “communities of communities” (Pope St. John Paul II). They are an important means of discipleship formation and fellowship, and evangelization for the many, many people today who have no knowledge of Jesus Christ and his community of disciples.
Small Groups at Epiphany!
A “small group” is a gathering of 8-12 people as a way to make our large parish “smaller.” Led by a facilitator, they are vehicles for much needed fellowship, friendship, spiritual growth, and pastoral care in ways that the broader church simply cannot regularly provide. We truly see small groups as an important factor in parish renewal.
Small Groups are one way for Epiphany parish to realize its vision: “To offer every person in our community a life changing encounter with Jesus.”
In the Fall of 2015 we launched our first small group series, "Rediscover Catholicism", which ran for six weeks.
Our Lent small groups ran from February until April. We used two books: Time for God and Rediscover Jesus.