St. Agnes Small Groups: Faith & Fellowship

 

Faith and Fellowship Groups

St. Agnes Parish has a long history of small group programs, including Renew, Ashes to Easter, Arise, Alpha, Why Catholic?  and currently, Faith & Fellowship.  

 

Faith and Fellowship is the parish small group ministry that is made up of 170 parishioners.  The goal of the ministry is to deepen faith lives through prayer, shared experiences, reflection, scripture and laughter.  If you are not currently participating, please consider joining!  You can sign up here or  with the forms at the back of church.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Steve Goldner (sgoldner74@hotmail.com). 

 

NEW 6-WEEK SESSION COMING FALL 2017.  For all interested in participating and/or learning about a Faith and Fellowship group, there will be information and sign-up opportunities following all Masses on September 16 and 17, 2017.  We will do our best to match you with a group that best meets your needs. 


2017-2018 Faith and Fellowship Dates:
September 17th  @ 6:30 PM in Parish Center – Leader Training
September 16th & 17th – Sign-Up Weekend
October 1st - 6:30pm-8:00pm in Parish Center – Opening Celebration
January 28th – Midyear Gathering (time & place TBD)
April 29th – Close-Out Gathering (time & place TBD)

Personal Testaments:
“I have been active in the parish in various ways through the years, and have heard wonderful testimonies about the power of these small groups, but never joined a small group because I didn't think I would be comfortable "sharing" in this way.  This past Lent I finally tried it out, and it was, and still is, a wonderful experience.  In my small group are a few parishioners I've known for many years, and also a few people I met for the first time. … I have found that discussing the relevance of the scriptures to our daily lives with other adults in a comfortable and casual setting is a positive way to deal with daily challenges life brings us, and I have appreciated the prayers and support the group provides to each other.”
~ Angela Binda

"In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells us, 'where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them.'  I have found this to be profoundly true in my small faith sharing group.  My faith has been challenged, and my relationship to Christ strengthened and deepened.  I am so grateful for the people I have met and the friends I have made.  It is clear that God brought these wonderful people into my life for His purpose.  It has been a joyful experience and one I am eager to continue."
~ Jeanne Borawski

"For Where two or three are gathered there am I in the midst of them."
Matthew 18:20

In response to Jesus’ call to spread the Gospel, the Church continues to renew itself. As our Parish Mission Statement recognizes, we have been blessed with a vibrant Catholic community welcoming all - a beacon of faith, alive in Spirit and active in spreading the word of Christ. We are called to share Christ’s light.

If we do not share what we have been given, then the gift was never truly received.
Every gift given is meant to be passed along.”
Carrie Gress 
Nudging Conversations

One way we have done this is through the small group program Faith and Fellowship.These small groups are a place to grow spiritually, find support and encouragement, face challenges together, have fun, share a meal, and reach out through service projects. 

Faith is a free and unconditional gift from God. However, it requires our response. Participation in a small group provides an opportunity to respond to God’s gift by exploring and sharing our faith with others in a way not possible in a larger setting such as at Mass.  It is our hope that a small group will serve as a gateway to deeper faith and will provide a vibrant means for sharing the Gospel of Christ.

     “Everything depends on how we love each other.”  Mother Teresa Thirsting for God


What is a Small Group? Is it Bible Study? 

Small Groups are made up of about 8-12 people who meet to discuss faith, may explore the message of a particular program, currently our program is Faith & Fellowhip, and support one another in their relationship with Christ. While prayer is an important part of our Small Group environments, they are not Prayer Groups.  Small Groups are not Bible Study or Adult Education classes. Small Groups are the place you connect with other growing disciples in a more personal environment.

What happens in a Small Group?

Groups meet in members’ homes and usually begin with casual conversation then prayer. Group members discuss and apply God’s word to their own lives. Meetings end with group prayer.

Are Small Groups just discussion groups?

Our Small Groups are more than just discussion groups.  They are environments for growing discipleship in authentic and caring ways.  Small Groups strive to be the place for Church members to find support, encouragement and care. Great friendships have developed out of our Small Groups.  Group members face the challenges of life together, have fun together, share a meal, or reach out in service projects.

How do Small Groups get started?

We have two sign-up events a year (one in the Fall and one in the Winter) where we either form new groups or find a place in an existing Small Group.

How long do Small Groups meet?

The general meeting time is approximately an hour and a half (90 minutes). Often small groups augment this time with social time before and/or after the 90 minute meeting time.

How long is my commitment to Small Groups?

We encourage each Small Group to grow together through a Season.  There is a Fall Season from the beginning of October through mid-November, and a Lenten Season during the six weeks of Lent in the spring. 

What kind of group can I join?

Most groups are mixed adults (men, women and couples). A few are Men's groups or Women's groups. Many groups meet in the evening during the week with a number of groups meeting on the weekend or during the day. We can find a group time that works for you.

Do I need any kind of qualification, is there a fee?

You don't have to be a member or a Catholic to join a Small Group at St. Agnes Parish. Everyone is welcome. We encourage all our Church members to join a group and invite their friends. The parish purchases the program materials and fees; group participants can help support the program by contributing to the cost of your book, about $15.

How do I learn more or sign up?

Follow this link to sign up for a Small Group.  Someone from our Small Group Team will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

 


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The Fall 2017 Session will use Conformed to Christ:  A Catholic Discipleship Small Group Discussion Guide.

 "For us Paul is not a figure of the past whom we remember with veneration.  He is also our teacher, an apostle and herald of Jesus Christ for us too.  Thus we are not gathered to reflect on past history, irrevocably behind us.  Paul wants to speak to us - today... Let us not ask ourselves only, who was Paul?  Let us ask ourselves above all:  who IS Paul?  What does he say to me?"

~ Pope Benedict, June 2008

Join us in a small group setting as we explore the topics of Love, Temptation, Virtue, Suffering, Spirit, and Church through the writings of St. Paul.

Small Groups meet for 90 minutes every other week for prayer, scriture reading, reflection and sharing, as well as social time.  

If you have not participated in the past, give it a try this season!  We don't want you to miss out!
 


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