Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Update
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality has been our church-wide emphasis throughout 2013. Thusfar, sixteen CommunityLife Groups plus seven EHS groups including about 250 people have experienced Peter Scazerro's book and study; currently two more CommunityLife groups are sharing the study. We are encouraged by many reports of personal growth.
New CommunityLife Group in Glastonbury
Jonathan & Patty Watts are forming a new CommunityLife group in Glastonbury. They will be hosting a fellowship gathering soon and will launch their new group with a four week experience sharing Re-Group, and then consider various topical studies related to the group's interests. Want to know more? Contact us through the GroupFinder.
Claire Road CommunityLife Group Beginning New Study
The image to the left is Papyrus 37, a portion of a surviving text of Matthew 26:19-52 depicting the Last Supper, and the betrayal of Jesus before His arrest.
"The papyrus uses a legible, cursive-like script with irregular character linking. The cursive letters resemble the cursive that was common between the years 200 and 350. There are many variations in the letters, which makes a precise dating based on paleography difficult. The writer was most likely literate and educated because the letters do not appear crude or imitative, but the irregularities suggest the writer was not an experienced scribe. The handwriting is similar to personal letters and documents from the mid 3rd century." Wikipedia
The CommunityLife Cluster is taking a deep look at how our CommunityLife Ministry is advancing. The team includes our CommunityLife co-chair for Direction, Ken Holt, Robynn Shannon (a cluster member) and Brian Wylie who is serving as the chair. Brian and Robynn were deeply involved in the planning of our CommunityLife initiative in 2008 and each of them is or has been a group leader. The team has prepared a series of questions for CommuniyLife group leaders and members to gauge how this ministry is doing. They plan on conducting face-to-face interviews as well, all for learning what we can do to improve the availability of authentic Christian community to every member and friend of Trinity.
What is "Re-Group"?
Helping a small group of people to experience authentic Christian community is not an easy task. In the past, most efforts to equip leaders of small groups has centered on providing the vision of what a group should be about and to impart specific "process skills" to leaders for facilitating groups. Regroup , is a revolutionary new curriculum created to equip leaders and groups simultaneously and gives them everything they need to start and sustain a life-changing CommunityLife group. All it requires is a small group and a DVD player. Re-Group is an important part of how we equip CommunityLife groups at Trinity.
The Re-Group curriculum includes four sixty-minute sessions to train leaders and group members in the foundational values and practices of becoming a life-changing community. These sixty-minute sessions include teaching by the authors, creative segments, and activities and discussion time. During each session the group has the chance to review and learn new group life techniques.