Chalice Circles

 

 

Sign-up for Chalice Circles will begin this October 2017!

 

Chalice Circles are a form of “small group ministry” – widely considered a very effective model for growing a church in numbers, engagement, spiritual depth, and action.

The Unitarian James Luther Adams spoke of the human need for “intimacy and ultimacy.” Chalice Circles serve these needs:

 

  • Intimacy: building community and deepening relationships
  • Ultimacy: encouraging deeper spiritual exploration and search for meaning
  • Growth: growing a church in numbers, leadership, generosity, collaboration, welcome & well-being

 

Chalice Circles are groups of 5-9 people who gather twice a month. Our groups will meet for 7 months with a trained facilitator to discuss how a theme relates to their lives (Hospitality, Justice, Love, Hope).

No homework is required, but for those who like to dive deep, you can refer to the “Touchstones” packet of resources on the monthly theme (articles, poems, prayers) which will be emailed* to all members and friends in our database each month.

The monthly themes will also be woven into Sunday services and occasional additional offerings. Rev. Emily will preach on the theme once a month. Touchstones’ annual theme is “Reimagining the Common Good,” so each month you will see a section of the packet that connects the monthly theme to that annual theme. Many UU churches use the “Touchstones” themes and will be exploring the same themes as we are!

Sign-up for Chalice Circles begins on October 1st. Rev. Emily will preach about Chalice Circles at that Sunday service, and then after the service, you can join in a 30-minute small group discussion as a glimpse into Chalice Circles. After the service on October 8, we will have a 30-min presentation and Q&A. Sign-ups will end around the close of October, and Chalice Circles will start in November.

To sign up, fill out the sheet in the church foyer, OR sign up online!. When you sign up, you will be letting us know whether you need childcare, and which of the below times (choose as many as you are able) work for you:
Thursday 6-8 pm
Friday 1-3 pm
Sunday 2-4 pm
Wednesday 6-8 pm

You do not have to be a member of the church to join a Chalice Circle – or even attend services!

 

* We will also print out a few copies for the church foyer. If you’d like us to mail you a copy of the Touchstones journal (or be added to our church database for emails), please contact office administrator Jessica Stewart: 432-694-4308, office@uumidland.org