Small Church Communities
The goal of Small Church Communities is to present to each parishioner of Holy Cross Parish a new way of being church. To establish a vision where each person may take responsibility for not only their own spiritual growth, but also to find ways to deal with the emotional, relational and physical needs of their fellow parishioners.
What is a Small Church Community (SCC)?
A Small Church Community is a small group of 8-12 adults (sometimes families) who gather regularly to connect their faith with everyday life. The early Christians gathered in small groups, most frequently in a home. That experience allowed a deep sharing of faith and life. Today, SCC's work to foster this same connection among parishioners. Relationships are formed in which sharing, listening, and genuine communication are nurtured. The sharing of faith leads to action on behalf of members, in their daily lives.
For FELLOWSHIP with other parishioners as well as for MUTUAL SUPPORT during one's life journey.
For LEARNING to help take a more intelligent look at their faith and the world around them.
For FAITH SHARING and the connections between Scripture and Church teaching and discernment of Gospel responses appropriate to the concrete situations of life.
For PRAYER, recognizing the centrality of God's active presence, signs and wonders, in each member's life and in the life of the community.
For ACTION, working for compassion, justice, reconciliation and peace within the group, in the family, even in the workplace and the community.
The believers devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. –Acts 2:42
Who Belongs to Small Church Communities?
Most Small Church Communities are diverse in membership with single and married, young, middle-age and older people coming together to share faith and life. The richness of diversity reflected when we gather for parish-wide Liturgy is mirrored in the makeup of Small Church Communities. MEMBERS WANTED!
Who leads a Small Church Community?
A pastoral leader volunteer who is at the service of the other members in their SCC, helping them relate to each other, and keeping the group true to its purpose. The pastoral leader need not be the wisest, holiest, or most articulate person in the group. He/she is also not the problem solver, not the counselor, and not the teacher. The pastoral leader is often the facilitator of the meetings, but not necessarily if there are other members who wish to facilitate. Sometimes the host of a meeting also facilitates. LEADERS WANTED!
Where and how Often Do Small Communities Meet?
Most Small Church Communities gather in homes twice monthly on a day or evening of their choice. Members of the SCC take turns hosting the meetings at their homes.
How do I join a SCC group or become a volunteer facilitator for a Small Church Community?
Sign up in the office by calling the church at 480-981-2021 or contact Fr. Jaya Maddu at firstname.lastname@example.org.