Small Group Ministry
Chalice Groups provide a small group opportunity for friends and members of St. John’s Unitarian Universalist Church to develop deeper connections, foster individual growth, and encourage service within the church and beyond.
Many of us within our community, as well as in our culture at large, wish to develop richer and more meaningful relationships with each other. Chalice Groups promote this, for every individual involved, 8 to 10 people at a time.
For newcomers they offer a way to become a part of the congregation, to gain a sense of belonging. For long-time members they create new ways to relate to each other, to care for each other, to talk with and listen to each other.
We also expect Chalice Groups to challenge us to spiritual growth, to deepen our understanding of Unitarian Universalist values and principles, and to prompt us to more fully express our values amongst ourselves and out in the community.
How can I benefit from a Chalice Group?
By creating an open, supportive, and nurturing environment, Chalice Groups facilitate spiritual growth and mutual care for one another. You can search and grow at your own pace and in your own way, through learning together and deepening relationships.
As you identify and use your own spiritual gifts, you will be moved to contribute of yourself and your resources.
How do Chalice Groups differ from groups already ongoing (like the Men’s Group, YADA, book groups, LiLACS, LAFs, etc.)?
A Chalice Group is supportive and yet not a support group. It is not a formal class and yet an opportunity to learn from peers. It is reverent and yet not a formal worship experience. It is not a social club and yet still an opportunity to make and deepen friendships.
Chalice Groups may seek out short-term service projects, but not long-term, ongoing social actions tasks. Another difference is that each Chalice Group operates with a covenant developed and agreed to by its own members.
How do I find out more about St. John’s Chalice Groups?
Check out the Chalice Groups – Questions and Answers page.
Who do I ask if I have any questions about the Chalice Groups program at St. John’s?
Please feel free to contact the Chalice Groups Coordinating Committee firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register to join an upcoming Chalice Group
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