Small Groups 2013-2014
Living The Questions
People know that at its core, Christianity has something good to offer humanity. At the same time, many have a sense that they are alone in being a "thinking" Christian and that "salvaging" Christianity is a hopeless task. What is needed is a safe environment where people have permission to ask the questions they've always wanted to ask but have been afraid to voice for fear of being thought a heretic.
Featuring leading theologians, scholars and other experts, this 12-session DVD based series is a small group opportunity for those who are interested in serious, intelligent and enlightened conversations about the mysteries of life and faith. This group will meet Sunday mornings at 9:30 in Upper Lance Hall (nursery and Sunday School provided for children). The sessions will be divided into two parts, Part 1 will be from October 27 - November 24. Part 2 will meet in early 2013 (exact dates to be announced).
How can I live more simply to help our earth?
How can I balance life in an electronic world?
How can I manage my time to live more deliberately?
Consider joining the new Voluntary Simplicity group. Examine the distractions that get in the way of caring for the planet. Explore how consumer culture impacts you and your relationships, as well as the environment. Discover ways to slow down and live more simply and deliberately.
The Environmental Mission Group has organized a discussion group, Sustainable Living, that will run for 5 weeks during the fall/winter. This group will likely meet on Sunday afternoon (time to be decided by group) and each session will last 1.5 hr. The objective will be to explore how to enhance our lives with simplicity, frugality, work life balance, time management, and sustainable living. We will discuss our goals and develop a personal action plan.
Topic summaries, readings, discussion questions and suggested web resources will be provided. Optionally, you may purchase “Voluntary Simplicity” from the Northwest Earth Institute. Free and open to all.
The Celtic Spirituality Groups meet bi-weekly to study Celtic theological and related writings. Celtic theology is one that teaches that the environment and all who are in it are one. The thrust of the study is to help us grow in our own spirituality and to help us be in touch with the environment and our responsibility to it, one of the major thrusts of Circular. If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Barbara Cole.
Barbara Cole 388-0249
This group offers the opportunity to join with others weekly in intercessory prayer. Prayer makes a difference and is a unique way in which to feel more connected with each other and our church. For those who are unable to attend regular sessions there is the opportunity to receive requests by e-mail and pray in solitude. Meeting times are open for the group to decide and will meet at the home of Carolyn Ter Poorten, 1564 Home Farm Road, Mt. Pleasant.
Carolyn Ter Poorten 884-3428
Circular Book Club
Circular's book club meets the third Sunday of each month from September to June (except December) at rotating homes downtown after church (around 1pm). New members are always welcome!
September 15 The Orphan Master's Son by A. Johnson
October 20 The Right Hand Shore by C. Tilghman
November 17 In the Garden of Beasts by E. Larson
January 19 My Antonia by W. Cather
February 16 The Marriage Plot by J. Eugenides
March 16 Behind the Beautiful Forevers by K. Boo
April 20 Moonwalking with Einstein by J. Foer
May 18 The Shadow Catcher by M. Wiggins
June 19 The Round House by L. Erdrich
Circular Film Group
Come to the movies at Circular! We have seen and enjoyed The Chamber Maid on the Titanic, The White Dawn, Dreamchild, O'Horten and Temple Grandin, to name just a few. After the movie is over, we turn our chairs around and discuss the movie. For great film and lively discussion, join us once a month, on the last Friday of the month, 7:30 in Lower Lance Hall. Bring your own popcorn.
Richard Garcia and Katherine Williams 795-0115
Couples/Marriage Enrichment Weekend
More than I ever expected! Practical tools that work with figuring out better communication/intimacy.
- Past participant
Discover the essential skills that have helped tens of thousand create and sustain successful relationships that are an ongoing source of love, pleasure and happiness through a program called PAIRS Essentials. The workshop is held in Lower Lance Hall with brief lectures followed by strong emphasis on practical, easy to use relationship building tools through interactive exercises with your partner.
For couples in any stage of a relationship: Married, Life Partners, Dating, Engaged, Cohabiting, .
Dates: February 8 and 9, 2014
Time: Saturday. 10am – 5 pm and Sunday. 1pm – 4:30 pm
Cost: $50.00 per couple for workbook/materials
Becky Denslow, MSW, LISW-CP
PAIRS Trained Professional
843-884-8511 or 843-881-1626
Whether you are new to Circular or you have been a part of our church community for a while, chances are there are still many faces you don't know and not enough opportunities to get to know them! If you crave developing deeper connections and a greater sense of intimacy and community, Covenant Group is for you! These small groups will comprise of 8-12 people and will meet at various times. Group members will be asked to covenant together to meet once a month for the year. The groups will be a place for spiritual exploration and growth, where participants are encouraged and supported in the sharing of stories, experiences, ideas and feelings around common themes. Some of these themes include Community, Learning from Failure, Deep Listening, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Prayer, Jesus, the Sacred, Living Simply, etc. Please consider facilitating or being a part of a Covenant Group!
Evelyn Oliveira 789-0854
There is always an opportunity to start a new small group! If you are interested in leading a new group at any time, please contact Evelyn Oliveira.
Evelyn Oliveira 789-0854