Small Groups

What is Small Group Ministry?

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.

What does The Sanctuary Boston offer?

Our Committed Groups form each fall and spring and generally meet on weeks when there is no Sanctuary worship. Feel free to email us to find out whether sign-ups are open or to join our mailing list.

When and where… and what will we eat?

Groups meet in members’ homes (Somerville/Teele Sq) and at First Church Boston (Boston/Back Bay). Everyone is invited to bring snacks to share. 

Fall 2019 Small Group Ministry

  • General group (open to all) Tuesdays in Somerville 6:30-8:30p September 24; October 8, 22; November 12, 19; December 3, 10 
  • General group (open to all) Thursdays in Back Bay 6:30-8:30p September 26; October 10, 24; November 14, 21; December 5, 12
  • Younger adult group (ages 18-25) group location TBD Thursdays 6:30-8:30p September 26; October 10, 24; November 14, 21; December 5, 12. This group will explore how we live out our values as we emerge into our congregations and the world.

If you’re ready to join, sign up here by September 18, 2019!

If you’d like more info, email us!


What happens at a small group meeting?

Each week, facilitators choose a topic of interest to the group. We gather for 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.