Something is coming to PCM, and we can’t wait for you to join us!
What are these groups? This fall, we are piloting three new small groups which will meet for a period of six weeks and delve into the topic of being in community. These groups are open, and all are welcome to join a group! Whether you are brand new to PCM or have been a member your entire life, we hope you will join one!
Why small groups? These groups are designed to provide a nurturing and supportive environment where individuals can connect with one another on a deeper level, grow in their faith, and cultivate meaningful relationships within the context of a larger church community.
Who will be there? Each group will include 8 to 12 individuals and will meet weekly at the Parish House over the course of six weeks. The composition of these groups will vary, with members drawn from a diverse range of ages, backgrounds, and life experiences. Each group is led by two fabulous leaders who will facilitate discussion from week to week.
What is the time frame? We will meet for six weeks (each day for about an hour). Once the group has completed their six weeks of sessions, we will invite you to give feedback to our group leaders, and we will discern if we will meet again for another six weeks in the spring.
Is there a theme? Our theme is “Moving Together.” We will explore what community looks like when our to-do lists are overflowing. We will explore some big questions about community inspired by the book of Mark and specifically Mark 12:28-31:
One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Some questions include:
● How do you define “community?” Why be part of a supportive community?
● In what ways does being part of a community of believers help you grow in your faith?
● How can we build community when we are feeling isolated and alone?
● What are some potential barriers or challenges that can hinder the development of a strong church community, and how can we address them?
To answer some of these big questions, we will explore this theme through conversation as well as other activities including: Storytelling, worship, creative arts, service projects, prayer walks, pop culture readings, Bible study, testimony swap, and music.