Small Groups

Some members of the Sanctuary Boston community meet in small groups to deepen their sense of meaning and connection. Small group ministry is dedicated to intentional listening, sharing, and spiritual discussion.

Group members commit to regular attendance for Fall (September–December) or Spring (March-May) small group ministry cycles. Each group meets for about 6 sessions at one of our host churches in Boston or Cambridge or at a member’s home.

Spring 2018 Small Group Ministry

Groups in Boston and Cambridge will meet during the weeks of March 12, March  26, April 9, April 23, May 7, May 21, and June 11.

If you’re ready to sign up, please fill out this form. Sign-up deadline for Spring 2018 is February 28, 2018.

If you’re interested in participating in a future small group ministry cycle, fill out this interest form, and we’ll get in touch!

What happens at a small group meeting?

Each session focused on a theme. We talk about about things like gratitude, loss, family, transitions, justice, etc. It’s a chance for deeper conversation and connection in an ongoing group.

We start each session with 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. We read quotes and short passages, and discussion questions about our theme for the night. We start the discussion by sharing from our own experiences, once per person without response or cross-talk. Then we break briefly for snacks, and return for a second round of conversation.

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

Small groups use a covenant—an agreement of how we will be together—which means we promise to stay in right relation with one another and create a safer space. Each group makes its own covenant by agreeing upon a set of expectations and boundaries that may include showing up, being on time, communication, respectful sharing, deep listening, speaking from one’s own experience, and confidentiality.