FAITH CIRCLES August 2017 | Free weekly small group resource
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We are pleased to provide you with your monthly batch of Faith Circles for the five weeks of August 2017 spanning the Transfiguration of the Lord to the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A.
We are blessed this month with gospel reflections by Sr Sue Barker SGS - a Good Samaritan sister who has lived and ministered in five dioceses over the years, and is currently involved in Faith Formation and Adult & Family Spirituality at St Michael's Parish Nowra, NSW. Sr Sue's formation and ministry experience has included secondary education, parish pastoral associate ministry (Vic), liturgy and RCIA, with a special interest in evangelising young families.
As per usual, we also are blessed in Faith Circles with the wonderful words of Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI as well as insightful reflection questions written by our own Director of the Office of Renewal and Evangelisation, Mr Jude Hennessy.
We usually attend church in rows, often with limited interaction with our sisters and brothers in Christ. As the name suggests, Faith Circles aims to turn these rows into circles, bringing about:
A sense of belonging and sharing of life through the lens of faith
A growing knowledge of faith
Group and personal prayerfulness and encounter with the risen Lord
Growing confidence to share faith with others
A place to invite people who are not attending church but who want to grow in faith.
THREE'S A CROWD
We've all heard the saying three's a crowd. When Catholics come together in faith there is always an additional presence, as the Lord is true to his promise that, "For where two or three meet in my name, I shall be there with them." (Matthew 18:20) For this reason we are encouraging people to form Faith Circles in their church community.
HOW TO START AND RUN FAITH CIRCLES
Faith Circles are easy to start. Just get two or more people keen to share faith and life and pick a time and a place to regularly meet. Sign up for our emails and we will send it to you, for free! You can then print the handout or maybe just read it straight off a smart-phone or tablet!
We are meant to be a growing Church! Faith Circles isn't meant to be a closed club! Yes, it is a great resource to nurture those who come to Mass, but more importantly, Faith Circles provides a forum to draw back people disconnected from Church because of the welcome and care of a small group and an encounter with Jesus through prayer.
In other words, if your group isn't growing over time, you are doing it wrong! When groups get to 6-8 people it is time to start talking about splitting, and figure out as a group, who you are going to invite to join you next?
You might start Faith Circles with members of your Lenten or Advent group. You might kick it off with three or four people you have coffee with. You may have some friends who love a morning walk, or a group of teachers who want to come together for prayer, well Faith Circles can be the catalyst for sharing life and faith together, and a deepening walk with Jesus. It doesn't matter if you go for five minutes or an hour, the Holy Spirit turns up when we come together!