All Souls provides rich opportunities to go deeper into spiritual life in the company of other small group members. You do not need to be a member of All Souls in order to join one of these groups led by trained facilitators. Just contact the group leader about joining!
When new groups are being formed we will announce this in the Pathfinder parish newsletter, in the “blue sheet” announcements in the Sunday bulletin, and on the parish web site. We aim to launch one or two new groups each fall and spring. Some groups may be ongoing or continue beyond a term, and others are designed only to run for a term.
Important information to know about joining:
– Join a small group by directly contacting the leader. There may be a wait list.
– The groups are not restricted to All Souls members or to Episcopalians. We welcome those who are interested in a group.
– If the group is reading a book you should order your own copy as soon as possible after you contact the leader and are admitted as a member.
– All small group leaders have completed leadership training to better serve you.
Listening Through Scripture — A small group where members read, listen, and apply God’s Word and uphold one another in prayer. As we gather, we’ll briefly share our concerns and thanksgivings, and then using the Lectio Divina approach, open the Gospel and read and discuss it. Before leaving, we will pray for the concerns raised and give thanks for our blessings. We use various Bible translations. Meeting Saturdays 4:00-5:30 approximately every other week in the Parish Library. Leaders are Sharon Roberts and Stephen Southern. This group is currently full.
Forming new small groups:
The small groups steering committee is always listening for where there is small group interest. Our mission is to provide the kind of groups that intentionally support the development of the members’ spiritual lives and deepen their relationship to God. The way a small group can do this takes many forms with a wide range of possible approaches. Our small group leaders have been trained in a core structure for the group and experienced a variety of models for engaging the Holy and supporting spiritual life in community. We have offered a wide range of small groups at All Souls exploring such areas as: Benedictine and Celtic spirituality, “holy reading” of scripture, music and spirituality, contemplative prayer, Renovare-based men’s spiritual covenant, walking meditation with reflective reading, and exploring the wisdom of our dreams. If you want to discuss small group offerings and possibilities you are welcome to talk to one of our small group leaders or a steering committee member. See “for further information” below.
Interested in Small Group Leadership Training?
The All Souls core small group leadership training program is offered once or twice a year. Participants attend six two-and-a-half hour sessions. This basic training provides demonstrations of “spiritual companionship” models of small groups as well as discussion of small group dynamics and more. Additional small group practice sessions are required as part of the mutual discernment of people considering being an All Souls small group leader, and are optional for those who wish to deepen their learning experience and apply leadership elsewhere. This training is not restricted to All Souls members.
For further information:
If you want to know more about All Souls’ small groups ministry, small groups currently offered or anticipated, and training for small group leadership please contact the Rev. Dr. Daniel Prechtel at email@example.com or 224-636-2874 (mobile and text), or any of our trained small group leaders or steering committee members.