Adult Small Groups
We invite you to participate in a small group – a gathering to get acquainted, deepen relationships with others within the congregation, and provide a forum for spiritual reflection, study or values clarification.
New groups form or existing groups with openings add new participants two months each congregational year (mid-January to mid-February) and again in September.
Until the next time period ends, feel free to complete a Small Groups Enrollment form and tell us the type of group that interests you, when you can meet and when the next enrollment period opens, we will connect you to any groups or make a suggestion about how to start a group.
What are Small Groups?
Small Groups are gatherings of 8-10 people focusing on a common interest or practice. Participants commit to meet once or twice a month for a congregational year. Groups meet at River Road or in group members’ homes.
What kinds of Small Groups are there?
There are Women’s Groups, and Men’s groups with the rest mixed based on interests — jazz, Eastern Religions and Philosophy, Spiritual Themes or extended check-ins. During the enrollment periods we post which groups specifically are open providing direct contact information.
How does it work?
Each group agrees on the focus and rhythm of their meetings. Group facilitators helps keep the process and the group on track. Different group members may share meeting facilitation.
Who can join a Small Group?
Congregants, member, friends, and newcomers can join a group. When a group’s membership goes beyond twelve members, a second group may be formed with another facilitator.
Are there resources?
Congregational staff and experienced Small Group leaders provide you with training, meeting templates, a database of thousands of meeting session plans and Soul Matters, a collection of resources arranged by monthly spiritual themes, that deepen and strengthen your small group.