Small Groups began as a ministry at Holy Martyrs in Fall, 2016 to intentionally make our large church small and personal. The purpose is to further develop our relationships with God and with those in our Holy Martyrs community. Gatherings are held every day of the week, some in homes and others at HM. Groups meet for 90 minutes and review the Sunday Gospel, then watch and discuss a message relevant to members’ daily lives. Members are encouraged to attend the weekly gatherings and to pray for one another. Typically, there are 5-10 members in each group.
CONNECT Small Groups are currently offered for: Mixed Adults, Married Couples, Women, Men, and Parents of Young Children (kids play while their parents meet). As our ministry grows, more specific groups may be added (e.g. Young Adults, Parents of Teens, Singles).
Joining a CONNECT Small Group is a perfect follow-up to Discovering Christ, as well as a great entry point for adults seeking to grow spiritually and connect with other parishioners. One of the Core Values of Small Groups is to be welcoming of new participants. Please take that next step and join a Small Group.
ADVENT SESSION FOR 2018
Prepare for the birth of our Savior by joining Connect: Small Group Experience in a new series for Advent. Several groups will be starting a “Just for Advent” series — Bridges to Contemplative Living — a timely Advent book study (sharing the insights of Thomas Merton paired with readings from other spiritual leaders).
Bridges to Contemplative Living gently leads participants on a journey toward spiritual transformation and a more contemplative and peace-filled life around four Advent themes of Hope, Salvation, Compassion and Tenderness. Step away from the secular hustle and bustle and do something special this Advent by joining a Small Group. Join us and experience this season as it is meant to be experienced – in preparation and hope-filled expectation.
The Advent session will start as early as November 25. To register, CLICK HERE.
REFLECTIONS FROM SMALL GROUPS PARTICIPANTS
“My prayer life is growing. I am learning much about the Word of God and growing closer to Him. And friendships! We’ve met wonderful people in our small groups.”
“There are so many fruits, it’s hard to enumerate them all! Here are some: new friends, talking about something important, learning new angles to look at things, relief from stress, special Eucharistic moment, and very valuable sharing about difficult times.”
“Our Small Group discussions of the Sunday Gospel were very helpful in illuminating Scripture as we discussed different aspects and the words that Jesus spoke.”
“Praying together was extremely valuable! It is an area in which I’m continuing to grow, and it helped to pray different ways, as well as to learn from experienced prayer warriors. Prayer is powerful!”
For more information about Holy Martyrs CONNECT: small group experience, please contact us at 330-722-6633.