Older Adults

Logistics for Older Adults

Below are logistics to consider to ensure that your small group runs smoothly: Where should the session be held? Sessions should be held in a place that won’t be interrupted, and where group members feel safe and comfortable. Your group may decide to meet at the church, or may decide to meet at the host’s…

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Week Five: Abide in Me

Set-up: Chairs need to be arranged around a table or in a circle. Make sure that the meeting space is brightly lit, and is a place that has low reverberation or ambient noise that could make it hard for group members to hear. Devotional helps are set up. This may be a candle, a cross,…

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Week Six: We Declare to You

Set-up: Chairs need to be arranged around a table or in a circle. Make sure that the meeting space is brightly lit, and is a place that has low reverberation or ambient noise that could make it hard for group members to hear. Devotional helps are set up. This may be a candle, a cross,…

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Week Four: I Have Called You Friends

Set-up: Chairs need to be arranged around a table or in a circle. Make sure that the meeting space is brightly lit, and is a place that has low reverberation or ambient noise that could make it hard for group members to hear. Devotional helps are set up. This may be a candle, a cross,…

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Week Three: Close to the Father’s Heart

Set-up: Chairs need to be arranged around a table or in a circle. Make sure that the meeting space is brightly lit, and is a place that has low reverberation or ambient noise that could make it hard for group members to hear. Devotional helps are set up. This may be a candle, a cross,…

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Week Two: The Word Became Flesh

Set-up: Chairs need to be arranged around a table or in a circle. Make sure that the meeting space is brightly lit, and is a place that has low reverberation or ambient noise that could make it hard for group members to hear. Devotional helps are set up. This may be a candle, a cross,…

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Week One: God is Love

Set-up: Chairs need to be arranged around a table or in a circle. Make sure that the meeting space is brightly lit, and is a place that has low reverberation or ambient noise that could make it hard for group members to hear. Devotional helps are set up. This may be a candle, a cross,…

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Getting Started: Meeting Jesus

Set-up: Your purpose here is to create a welcoming environment that sets clear expectations for your time together. Be sure to follow all guidelines for the space you are using. Chairs need to be arranged around a table or in a circle. Make sure that the meeting space is brightly lit, and is a place…

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Logistics

Below are logistics to consider to ensure that your small group runs smoothly: Where should the session be held? Sessions should be held in a place that won’t be interrupted, and where group members feel safe and comfortable. Your group may decide to meet at the church, or may decide to meet at the host’s…

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Empowering Yourself to be a Group Leader

Good facilitation requires intention, however, it is a skill that can be learned and honed. To prepare first-time small group facilitators, we’ve created some resources that will help you lead your small group. There will be a webinar for facilitators in December. This 60-minute webinar is free and will be recorded and available for viewing…

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Transforming Existing Small Groups into Faith-Based Small Groups

Many Episcopal parishes don’t think they have any sort of small group ministry, when in reality their parish has multiple small groups whose members are already working hard at supporting and loving one another.  Some of these groups may be primarily made up of mature adults, like the altar guild, or the retiree breakfast club.…

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Getting Older Adult Small Groups Started

Older adulthood is a time of great spiritual growth and also challenges. Having the support of other older adults in the form of a spiritual small group can provide a safe place for important conversations to happen. Here’s a great way to get started: Read through the small group information found on this page and…

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Running a Small Group for Older Adults in Retirement Communities

Older adults have a unique depth of perspective and experience when it comes to spiritual conversations. Older adults also have a unique set of needs and challenges that can be fruitfully addressed given appropriate preparation. Strengthening the spirituality of older adults, who are often in positions of leadership in your parish, can help to strengthen…

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