Small Group Ministry
The Small Group Ministry Program is an integral part of adult education at South Church. The program is nation-wide program and sometimes called chalice circles or covenant groups in other UU churches. Small groups of 6-10 people commit to meet twice a month from mid-October to May. These groups create small communities of inspiration and support within South Church. Through interaction with each other, group members learn to listen deeply to themselves and others while they develop personal understandings of topics related to spiritual maturity and Unitarian Universalist principles. Group meetings are facilitated by trained volunteers from the congregation. Although normally small groups meet in the home of its leader or member, for 2020 our groups will meet on zoom.
In past years, people have said this about their small groups:
- I really appreciated the format. It distills how to relate and gives us a form of communication to follow. The structure of the group creates safety and mutual respect.
- I was surprised at how often I realized I had never thought about a subject we were asked to think about.
- Small group let me share from the heart and gave me a sense of community in a time of transition. Also enjoyed deep listening and that helped me do more of that in gene
- I was surprised by how much love there is.
Sign ups for 2020-2021
Sign ups begin on Sept. 13 and close Sunday Oct. 4. Small groups begin meeting in mid-October, with dates dependent on their group’s schedule.
In 2020 our groups are generally meeting the 1st and 3rd weeks of the month, except for the Tuesday/Kittery group which meets every other week. Groups’s meeting dates vary at times to work around holidays and other events. Your convener will notify you of the first meeting and discuss the group’s meeting schedule as the year unfolds.
There is a reset period during the last week of January in which group members can easily withdraw and new members can be added if there are places in a group. If you’d like someone to talk with about the small groups and group process please contact Dave Drucker at firstname.lastname@example.org or RitaWeathersby at email@example.com.
Here is our list of small groups for 2020-2021:
1st and 3rd Mon from 9:30-11:30am with Dave Drucker in Dover, NH
1st and 3rd Mon from 6:00-8:00pm with Angela Matthews in Rollinsford, NH
Every other Tues from 6:30-8:30pm with Bob Vaccaro and Kay Kandarian in Kittery, ME
1st and 3rd Wed from 1:00-3:00pm with Joanne Holman in Portsmouth, NH
1st and 3rd Thur from 1:30-3:30pm with Rita Weathersby in Portsmouth, NH
1st and 3rd Fri from 9:30-11:30am with Lance Hellman in Portsmouth, NH
To register click on the link below and follow the directions:
All groups will be on zoom. Your small group convener will contact you with the details of your first meeting.