A small group consists of an intentional gathering of 5 – 12 people who covenant to:
- Make every effort to attend group meetings;
- Pray regularly for the group and members of the group;
- Deepen the spirituality of each group member;
- Strengthen community within the group
Why have small groups?
CPCG needs ways for persons to connect with one another beyond Sunday school and morning worship. Small groups gather for study, support, and fellowship; they help to connect persons on a more personal level, providing the means of getting to know one another better.
How long does a small group session last?
1 ½ hours
How often do small groups meet?
They will meet every other week until a study is completed. Studies may last from 4 – 12 sessions. Then persons can continue for another study or they may opt out of the second study.
How personal does this get?
It is up to each person. Each person has permission to pass on sharing simply by saying, “I pass.” What is shared in the group of a personal nature stays in the group even when the group ends. In addition, there is no advice given unless counsel is requested.
When do small groups meet?
Generally, small groups will begin in September and continue until May, but that decision is up to the small group itself.
Presently we have two groups: a Men’s Group which meets twice a month on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. and a Women’s Group which meets every other Tuesday at 1:00. The Women’s Group is reading In Defense of Kindness: Why It Matters, How It Changes Our Lives, and How It Can Save the World by Bruce Reyes-Chow. At the end of January the Women’s Group will move to Building Resilience: When There’s No Going Back to the Way Things Were by Alice Updike Scannell.
The Men’s Group is reading Changing Our Mind: Definitive 3rd Edition of the Landmark Call for Inclusion of LGBTQ Christians with Response to Critics by David P. Gushee.