What is the Small Groups Ministry at St John’s?
The ministry is literally made up of small groups of people (also known as “covenant groups”) that have a specific focus and meet regularly to discuss topics or participate in activities in support of their focus.
What is a “covenant group”?
- Generally a group of people numbering between 6 and 8
- Common focus or “covenant” that guides their discussions and activities
- Members are accountable to one another and support each other
- Discussions are usually confidential within each group
- Focus of a group may include Bible study and Lenten/Advent studies
- Groups may choose to discuss books, articles or current events & issues
- Groups may plan activities such as community outreach projects
What is it like to attend a small group meeting?
- Your group may have a leader (or the role may be shared) who leads the agenda
- The agenda is driven the focus or “covenant” of your group
- Your group may have a time of fellowship or checking in: “How are you doing this week?”
- Members discuss topics in confidence which allows trust to build within the group
- Prayers may be used to open or close the meeting
- Your group may choose to shift focus at it evolves
- Larger groups may decide to “split” into smaller groups and support one another
- Most groups meet in person at private homes or in church meeting space
How do you find out more about small groups?
- Contact existing groups from the link below to attend a meeting and decide if you’d like to join
- Speak with an existing small group leader for assistance in starting your own group