Small Groups

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Being part of a small group is one of the BEST ways to connect with people at Faith Church. The weekly and monthly groups listed below are open to drop-in participants, and information on the short-term groups can be obtained by calling or emailing Sharon Morrison.  Please refer to online calendar to confirm meeting dates or call the church office.

 

SHORT-TERM GROUPS

Rector’s Bible Study
Meets:  Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m.  in Big Room B/C
Childcare is available with advance notice.
Contact:  Fr. Sean Cox

June – July – Rector’s Bible Study will go dark and will resume in August.

Wednesday Morning Centering Prayer Group
Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer—prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.  We will be offering Centering Prayer on Wednesday mornings in the sanctuary from 9 to 9:20 a.m. except June through mid-August.  All are welcome.
Contacts:  Cass Bisbikis.

Women’s Bible and Book Studies
These intergenerational groups are designed for women who desire to go deeper in their faith through study and discussion of scripture and contemporary books that challenge us and enrich our spiritual lives.  The groups also offer opportunities for connection and support among women of all ages.

Wednesday Morning Women’s Group
Meets:  Wednesdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m., in Big Room B/C
Contact: Sharon Morrison

We will resume mid-August.

 

WEEKLY ONGOING GROUPS
 
Bulletin Preparation
A group which gathers weekly for conversation and fellowship while they fold, assemble and keep current the Sunday morning bulletins, a vital communication tool for our congregation.
Meets:  Friday mornings, 10:00-11:30 a.m., in the Conference Room
Coordinator:  Barbara Gillespy

Coffee Talk at ForkLift in Cameron Park
A weekly gathering for fellowship and conversation about the upcoming Sunday’s Lectionary readings.
Meets:  Mondays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Location:  Fork Lift, Cameron Park
Facilitator:  Fr. Sean Cox

Women’s Lectionary Bible Study
Develop a better understanding of our Sunday worship scripture readings in a small group setting.  Come to this group to read and discuss the upcoming lessons and Gospel reading, often with additional insights from Fr. Sean.
Meets:  Wednesdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m. in the Conference Room
Resource:  The Revised Common Lectionary Bible Study by Paraklete Press of California, $10, available at class
Facilitator:  Ruth Pihlaja
 
BI-MONTHLY GROUPS
 
Knitting and Crocheting for Others
Come join the fun!  A place to do knitting and crocheting together, get assistance or get started learning.  Projects will be made with the intention to give to those in need.
Meets:  1st & 3rd Thursdays each month, in the Big Room, 1:00-2:30 p.m. resumes September 1
Coordinator:  Judi Hill

MONTHLY ONGOING GROUPS

Quilters
Sharing a love of fabric crafts, the quilters are making quilts to be given for outreach (children in need through our missionary contacts at Faith Church, and to our local senior care facilities) and “inreach” (to Faith Church babies and our members recuperating from illness).  Bring your sewing machine and quilting tools/ideas!
Meets:  4th Tuesday each month, in the Big Room, 9:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Coordinator:  Gerri Morgan

Senior Lunch Bunch
For Seniors and others who are interested in the day’s topic, a monthly gathering for lunch, followed by presentations by invited speakers.  Bring your sack lunch.  Coffee and tea are provided.  We gather the 3rd Tuesday each month, Noon to 1:30 p.m. from September to May.
Coordinator:  Sharon Morrison

Landscape
If you like to get your hands dirty and work with the earth, join us in tending to God’s garden here at Faith Church.
Meets: Second Saturday of the Month 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.
Leader: Tim Daust
 
LONG-TERM CLASS 
 
Education for Ministry

A 4-year curriculum– enrollment is for one year at a time.  Some students go through all four years in a row, others take some time off between years before returning to their next year of study.  The course includes Old and New Testaments, Church history, theological ideas and reflections connecting faith with life experience.  Individuals are taught to think critically about their theological views and take leadership in thought, word and deed.
Coordinator:  Sharon Morrison

RETREATS
Women’s Retreat
Facilitator:  Sheryl Trainor

MEMBERSHIP GROUPS

Magdalene Journey
Walk With the Women Who Walked with Jesus
Have you ever wondered what the women that walked with Jesus felt or thought about? What was it about Jesus that so touched Rhoda, Mary, Martha or the Samaritan woman to take that leap of faith?  The Magdalene Journey is a way to connect with these women and other women of Faith while deepening your own faith walk. The Magdalene Journey uses a combination of meditations, prayer and discussion.
Meets:  Sessions to be determined
Contact:  Kim Dillon

The Order of the Daughters of the King
A religious lay order for women, who come together monthly to support one another as they follow a Rule of Life that focuses on prayer, service and evangelism.  Those interested in participating may arrange to attend a meeting as a guest to learn more.
Coordinator:  Ane Deister
Contact:  Ane

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Divorce Care
You don’t have to go through it alone.  Most people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they’ve ever faced.  This 13-week program combines a video series with group support.  Newcomers may start midsession.  For more details: www.divorcecare.org
Meets:  Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., (please contact Carolyn for session schedule)
Facilitators:  Carolyn Flood & Mark Pinski
Contact:  Carolyn , 916-764-8859

Alcoholics Anonymous for Women

Friends for Survival
A support group for those touched by suicide.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)