Small Group Ministry – Creating Connections in Small Groups

Mission Peak’s Small Groups start again in February. In groups of 6-12, we meet twice a month in people’s home to talk about topics designed to increase spiritual depth or challenge you to think. You can join at any time.

2017 SMALL GROUPS

 Day and Time   Leader   Location 
2 Mondays a month 7:30-9:30 pm Allysson McDonald Milpitas member’s home
2nd/4th Tuesday 10-12 am
(women only)
Beth Schaefer Fremont member’s home
1st/3rd Wednesdays 7:00-9:00 pm
(men only)
Rev. Jeremy Nickel and Ty White Rotating member’s homes
1st/3rd Thursdays 1-3 pm

(seniors only)

Rev. Barbara Meyers Mission Peak UU office
1st/3rd Thursdays 7:30-9:30 pm Summer Landers Union City member’s home

 

Excerpts from an Interconnections article on Small Groups describe the many benefits of Small Group Ministry:

  • In the late 1990s the Rev. Dr. Glenn Turner, of Maine, and the Rev. Bob Hill, of Texas, proposed that what was missing from many of our congregations was small groups, where people could connect in meaningful ways for “intimacy and ultimacy.” Groups where people could tell their stories and listen to the stories of others. Groups where people could relate to each other on a deeper level than they could on Sunday mornings.
  • Having small groups gives congregations an immediate place to connect newcomers. It increases the pastoral care ability of a congregation. There’s also a major increase in personal growth, in the deepening of relationships, in spiritual growth, and in finding a place to belong.
  • “People come to church for two reasons,” said Hill. “One is to find friends and community, and the other is to ‘be lifted out of the ordinary,’ to have a place to relate to others on a deeper level.”
  • Small groups have a ripple effect throughout the church. The way we relate to each other in covenant groups spills over into all other areas of congregational life. It is an effective way to build relationships while exploring our spiritual paths. It connects us in close communities of shared thoughts and experiences, and enables us to practice listening and speaking from the heart.