Our sharing circles small group program for the 2019 calendar relaunched in January 2019 and we will continue to take on new participates throughout the year until new groups are formed in January 2020. We have ten groups that have formed so far, with three groups having a specific focus on:
- young adults
- parents of young children
What are Sharing Circles groups?
Sharing Circles are small groups of 10-15 Cedar Laners who meet once a month (usually at the church) for a small group discussion about the monthly spiritual theme. It is a chance for you to make an intentional, year-long commitment to get to know other Cedar Laners more intentionally while exploring your own spirituality. Our Director of Religious Education Tim Atkins likes to call these groups “Bible Study without the Bible.”
Why should I join one?
There is no better way to get to know a small group of your fellow Cedar Laners. In a large church like this, this is often the best way to form those meaningful connections many are seeking. This is also one of the best ways to engage spiritually with our monthly worship themes. If you’ve never tried a small group before at Cedar Lane, we strongly strongly encourage you to sign up. One statistic that might help show how powerful and meaningful these groups are for the participants? Every single group from last year wants to continue.
When do these groups meet, anyway?
We encourage you to pick a group based on what date/time works for your schedule! New groups will be formed as needed.
Here are our current groups:
- Young Adults: 1st Mondays, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
- Parents of Young Children: 2nd Sundays, 11 - 1 pm
- 2nd Sundays, 1 - 3 pm
- 2nd Tuesdays, 7 - 9 pm
- 2nd Thursdays, 7 - 9 pm
- 3rd Tuesdays, 7 - 9 pm
- LGBTQIA+: 3rd Wednesdays, 7 - 9 pm
- 3rd Wednesdays, 7 - 9 pm
- 4th Tuesdays, 7 - 9 pm
- 4th Wednesdays, 7 - 9 pm
Sounds amazing. How do I sign-up?
Pick what time works well for you (and if more than one works, please give us your second choice – we will likely need to ask some people to switch to their second choice to keep groups in the 10-15 person range.)
We have seven groups open to all, most of which are weekday evenings. There are three special groups for certain communities within Cedar Lane. We have a group just for young adults (people who identify as being under 40.) We have a group for the LGBTQ+ community (Rainbow Group - inclusive of all genders and orientations.) And we have a group just for parents of young children (once a month during the 11 am service, with childcare.)
Please reach out to Tim Atkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.