Make our big church feel small by joining a small group!
Covenant’s ministries offer an array of opportunities to build relationships in a smaller setting, based on interests or life stages.
Find a spreadsheet with listings for all ages here.
You can search for one that's right for you and register here.
Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self
Wednesdays at 1:30-3 p.m. and Thursdays at 10-11:30 a.m.
Beginning Oct. 16, led by Martha Isaacs
Shadows and the Light of Life: Understanding Depression
Wednesdays (Oct. 16-Nov. 13), 6:30 p.m. in the Parlor
Depression is part of everybody's life in some form or another...at one time or another. We will explore together the role depression can play in our lives as we come to understand it through spiritual, biological, psychological and social lenses. This 5-week educational and discussion based class will also incorporate tools and spiritual helps as we work through strengthening practices to navigate darker days. Led by Michelle McDevitt Askew, LPC-A, LMFT-A is a Behavioral Medicine Facilitator at Elizabeth Family Medicine.
The Sacred in My Story
Sundays, (beginning Sept. 15), 5:45-7 p.m.
This six-week group led by Jessica Patchett focuses on discovering God’s presence. Participants will look at short stories, blogs, poems and Ted talks to see how other people have identified God’s presence, and then try doing it themselves. RSVP required; group limited to 12 people.
PW offers more than 20 circles for all ages and interests at a variety of times and locations.
Small groups for young adults are forming for fall for single, young adult women in your 20s, in your 30s, young adult men, and young adult couples, married and dating. Groups will meet at various times and locations during the week. Register here.
What else do you need to know?
How many people are in a Small Group? Generally 6-10. Groups may begin small and invite new members. After a group grows beyond 10 members, it may divide into two groups!
How often do Small Groups meet? Either once a week or once every other week, with regular breaks to rest and start fresh. We suggest that your group meet in three seasonal sessions, Fall: September – November, Spring: Advent, January, Lent and Summer. We also suggest that your group meet weekly for at least three months before considering whether to meet weekly or every other week.
What happens in a Small Group meeting? Small Group meetings include time for checking-in about life, discussion or activity relating to the group’s chosen material for faith formation (scripture, books, art, video, etc), discipleship questions and commitments, and prayer.
How long are Small Group meetings? Generally, small groups meet for an hour and a half. This allows groups to dig deep both into the lives of one another and the content they are studying. Groups may add a meal and informal time together, as well.
Who leads Small Group meetings? Small Groups begin with a facilitator, perhaps one who has been trained in the Refresh Retreat and who attends monthly Refresh gatherings for leaders. If groups continue to meet for more than six months, group members are trained to facilitate, so that no one gets tired and everyone learns to lead. All small group facilitators, members, and those interested in small groups are invited to attend Refresh offerings.
What kinds of Small Groups are there? Small Groups may be organized around common interests, neighborhoods, ages and stages, or any number of other reasons why people tend to connect with one another. If you are interested in being part of a group for a particular purpose that isn’t represented in our Small Groups Registry (coming soon), please contact Jessica Patchett.
How long do Small Groups stay together? As long as they are healthy and continue to have a common purpose. Small Groups are asked to complete a Group Health Evaluation near the end of each seasonal session to determine whether or not the group will continue into another season.
What if I don’t want to continue with my Small Group? Be honest! Express your feelings and concerns to your group and let them know when you plan to leave the group.
How do I become a Small Group facilitator for a new group or a group that splits from a larger group? Contact Jessica Patchett to begin your journey as a facilitator.