WHAT ARE DEDICATED DISCIPLE GROUPS?
Why form a Small Dedicated Disciple Group?
Small Groups provide the place where our large and diverse community becomes a smaller connected community. It's a place to be known and grow together in faith. Life is better connected and understood when we are a part of a small group. Jesus Christ becomes the center of the group and this reality finds its source in and leads us back into Sunday Mass where we worship and receive grace, something we can’t get on our own or from society but only from God. The Small Group provides an opportunity to walk with others as we intentionally follow Jesus in every aspect of our life.
What are the four essential parts to Small Dedicated Disciple Groups?
Praying Caring Sharing Faith Living out Intentional relationships formed in a Small Group are key to sustained spiritual growth. That's why Small Groups are such an important part of growing discipleship! In Small Groups members focus on a particular study about the faith, discuss what God's Word says, and apply what’s learned to the issues and challenges of their daily lives. People are challenged to become authentic and accountable about what's really going on in their lives in a safe and supportive place. Members pray for one another, care for one another, share their faith with one another and live out their lives with other growing disciples.
What is a Small Group?
Groups are made up of 6-12 people, who meet to discuss their journey, go deeper in the Catholic Faith, and support one another in their relationship with Christ. While prayer is an important part of our Small Group environments, they are not Prayer Groups. Small Groups are Study Groups where the four essentials are happening as people connect with other growing disciples in a more personal environment .
What happens in a Small Group?
Groups can meet in members’ homes, in a parish meeting space, or online through the use of email or other social media tools. St. Thomas More provides materials. Sometimes there is a minimal cost for a workbook. Group members discuss and discern what they are learning and how to apply it to their own lives.
How do Small Groups get started?
In the fall the Faith Formation Commission will host a faith event where people can have fellowship and experience some type of presentation about our faith. At this event individuals can sign up for a study of their choice for the fall and winter schedules. There will also be a Sign Up Table on Dedicated Disciple weekends after Mass as announced in the bulletin. In addition, the Dedicated Disciple Studies will be described on our website and a link will direct you to signing up for a study of your choice.
To find online studies, go to www.Formed.org . You should see the registration box that says, “Does your parish already have FORMED. “ Type in the parish code: 28YHKB. (notice: case sensitive) Next set up a user name and a password. Now you are all set to use the great study programs on FORMED.org anytime by simply logging in!!