Small Groups

Small group ministry is a commitment to listening and speaking with care and attention, to being authentically present, and to developing a deeper sense of meaning and spiritual community. It is a great way to find connection and get to know people on a deeper level.

We can reclaim conversation as our route back to each other, and as a path to a hopeful future.

-Margaret Wheatley

Our Committed Groups meet twice monthly on weeks when there is no Sanctuary worship. Members of committed groups must attend 5 of the 6 sessions, so please join at the start of each Fall or Spring term. Email to find out whether sign-up is open.

When and where….and what will we eat?

All groups meet at First Church Boston or in Cambridge from 6:30-8:30p. You are invited to bring snacks/desserts to share. 


What happens at a small group meeting?

Each week, facilitators choose a topic of interest to the group. We gather for 30 minutes of food and fellowship, then light a chalice and check in, sharing briefly around the circle anything we need to leave behind to be fully present. Then we read quotes and short passages to stimulate our hearts and minds on the topic. We start the discussion with “popcorn style” sharing from our own experiences, once per person without response or cross-talk. Then we break briefly and return for a second round of conversation with more response and cross-talk.

What should I expect of others in my Small Group? What will they expect of me?

Small groups are covenant groups, which means we promise to stay in right relation with one another and create a safe space. Each group makes its own covenant by agreeing upon a set of expectations and boundaries that may include time management, commitment, communication, respectful sharing, deep listening, speaking from one’s own experience, and confidentiality.