“For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there
where and when?
A simple group meeting lasts about an hour and a half.
Groups meet in homes, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, even online, and by
phone. Day of the week and time of the day is determined by the participants.
what happens at a meeting?
An agenda might include time for:
Socializing - Snacks and
Opening Prayer - Inviting Jesus to the group through the
presence of the Holy Spirit.
Sharing by each about the previous week’s progress or
disappointments in three areas--Piety, Study, and Action.
Prayer for one another’s needs
may we explain?
Socializing could be called fellowship, trust building,
community building, and just plain getting to know each other. Many groups
start out with a meal or snacks, while they bring each other up-to-date with
what’s going on in their lives. Members agree that what is shared among the
group is not shared with others.
Piety is our relationship to God and the time we spend in
his presence. We share how we do that, whether through morning, midday, or
evening prayer, a daily reader such as Forward Day by Day, church attendance,
communion, the Daily Office, the beauty of nature, etc. We each share a moment
closest to Christ. This can be a moment of an awareness of God or God’s hand in
your life, an experience of emotion or love, or seeing and feeling the majesty
of God’s creation. It might be experiencing the unconditional love of another,
or so many, many more spiritual experiences.
Study is primarily letting scripture inform our lives. Jesus
knows all about you. Do you know all about Jesus? If you want to claim Jesus as
your friend, you need to learn all you can about him through the study of
Scripture and other spiritual resources. Meeting regularly with fellow
Christians also seeking a closer, stronger, and mature relationship with Jesus
helps us learn to make study a life practice.
“God loves us just the way we are, but he loves us too much
to keep us that way.”
Through study, we hear God calling us to a deeper
understanding of our faith, and where that faith is leading us.
Action is taking responsibility for changing the place we
live and work for Christ. It can be as simple as:
make a friend, be a friend, bring a friend...
You’re probably wondering, how do I do that, and what
friends are we talking about? A friend is anyone who has a need that I can
fulfill. I can be a friend by using my time, talent, and treasure, to help meet
that need. Lord, “Who, and how, can I help today?” Share your life,
share your faith (see Evangelism) and when the time is right, invite your
friend to join your group, to come to church, a church event, or maybe even a
Cursillo Weekend. You will learn more in your grouping.
Close the meeting by lifting up all group prayer requests,
confirming the next date and time for grouping, and saying the final closing
prayer, often the Lord’s Prayer, together.
purpose of the small group
By forming bonds of friendship, we’re strengthened by one
another in a confidential, supportive setting. This allows us to:
Grow in our relationship with Jesus, and strengthen our
commitment to follow the way of Jesus.
Mature in faith, hope, and love through the study of
scripture and mutual sharing.
Prepare ourselves for evangelism at home, our neighborhood,
panic. If this seems hard to do, or you don’t know where to start,
meeting with like-minded people in your group is the answer. Remember, you
don’t have to do it alone. Simply put, evangelism is any or all of the
Telling the Good News
Talking about your friend Jesus
Reaching out to others in
the name of Christ
Telling your story
Living the life of Christ
Would you like to find Jesus? Do you want to spend some time
with him, and a few others of the faith with common goals? Why not give a small group a try? Cursillo calls its small group ministry Group Reunion or
Would you like to attend a group meeting just to check it
“Grouping Central” can connect you with an existing group or send you an invitation to our new monthly zoom grouping.
Please provide your contact information, your parish, and your preferred
grouping location so we can find a group near you.
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