Building a Connected Community
As part of our church’s greater mission to build and strengthen community at United Church, we offer a monthly opportunity for community group connection among members of United Church. The Community Ministry Groups come together for fellowship and spiritual practice that to deepen and nourish our faith together in community.
Why Community Groups?Are you longing for deeper connection to members of the church? Are you looking for fellowship and new friends? Are you wishing to deepen your faith within your Christian community?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then this program is for you!
“Who can be in a group?”, you ask.
Well, everyone! Families with young children, as well as teens. Singles, couples, and adults of ALL ages.
Our intention is to find a Community Group for ALL who wish to participate.
If you sign-up to participate in the program, we will work to find a Community Group Ministry program near you. We have groups in Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Durham, Pittsboro, Hillsborough and Burlington. We match you (and your family) to a group based on demographics, number in household, and need.
Each Community Group Ministry has a TEAM LEADER who has had orientation and training. A Team Leader helps facilitate group activities and meetups, as well as lead groups in simple spiritual practice.
Becoming a Team LeaderA Community Group Ministry Team Leader is devoted to our church community, likes hosting or organizing gatherings, and enjoys making deeper connections with people. If you recognize any of these traits, then you might have the makings to become a Team Leader in our Small Group Ministry program.
Team Leaders attend an orientation training Community Groups 101 “What Did I Get Myself Into?” Contents of the training include such topics as:
~Taking the Leap: The Invitation, the Meetup and Icebreakers
~Opening Up: Inviting Others to Share Deeply
~Praying Together: Becoming Comfortable with Communal Prayer
~Caring 101: Supporting Each Other in Times of Need
Commitment of Team LeadersTeam Leaders are asked to make a commitment during our church program year September 2019- May 2020, to maintain their neighborhood contact list, initiate gatherings and activities in your group, as well as lead the group in spiritual practice.
Our two hour Orientation Training is available this summer on:
~Sunday, July 21 (12:30 to 2:30 pm)
~Tuesday, August 6 (6 to 8 pm)
~Sunday, August 11 (12:30 to 2:30 pm)
Spiritual PracticeParticipants are encouraged to engage in spiritual practices together to their deepen faith and connection to the group. Community Group Team Leaders share a short monthly devotional (provided by Rinnie Orr, our Director of Hospitality Ministries and manager of this program) and engage in prayer.
The prayer practice of each group will differ. Some may engage in a communal prayer to kick off the evening. Other groups might engage in a more formal prayer session to share “Joys and Concerns” or maybe it’s a simple dinner prayer. The style of prayer is determined by the needs and interests of our Community Group participants.
For more information on the Community Group Ministry Program or being a Team Leader please contact:
Director of Hospitality Ministries
919-942-3540 (church office)