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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). 

 

"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 
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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.

 

 

Sign up weekend for the Fall Session is September 15-16, 2018.  Please note – you do not need to sign up again if you are already in a group.

Opening Celebration for the Fall Session of Faith & Fellowship is on Sunday, September 30, 2018, at 6:30pm in the parish center. 

This session’s book will be Blessed Are You: Living the Beatitudes by Christopher Ruff.

Quesions:  Stephen Goldner
sgoldner74@hotmail.com


 

Seeking Faith & Fellowship Committee Members
Faith & Fellowship Small Groups is growing and we could use your help as we include St. Athanasius through the collaborative.

The Faith & Fellowship committee is looking for people to help with organizing groups and celebrations, as well as choosing materials.

 If you have questions or would like to volunteer, contact Diane Finigan:
dianefinigan@gmail.com

 

 

 

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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