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, SCCs facilitate that sharing in the presence of trusted friends. Relationships are formed in which sharing, listening, and genuine communication are nurtured. The sharing of faith leads to action on behalf of others.
The purpose of a Small Church Community is to help the participants make strong connections between their faith and their everyday life.
Why do Small Church Communities Exist?
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 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, in the workplace and in the neighborhood.
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.
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.
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.