Community Groups

Community Groups

We believe community is God’s provision for our flourishing. Community Groups at First Pres are at the heart of our life together. These places and spaces are where friendships take root and bonds are formed through shared stories and discussion. Whether you are new to First Pres, or have been here a while, and are seeking deeper connections, a great place to start is in a Community Group (CG).

Connecting with a Community Group

New Community Groups will be forming again in early September. Typically comprised of six to twelve adults, CGs meet on various days, times, and locations in the home of a group member or on the First Pres campus.

Community Groups Directory | On-going Groups

Currently, we have several open Community Groups. For information about and to register for an open Community Groups, search the Community Groups Directory.

Community Group Study Resource
You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit

Community Groups can continue to explore the themes author James K.A. Smith introduced at our All Church Conference based on his book, You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit. 

You Are What You Love | Discussion Guide

The Discussion Guide is available to download here.

You Are What You Love | Video Introductions
Chapter 1
You Are What You Love: To Worship is Human Video | Chapter 1
Chapter 2 You Might Not Love What You Think: Learning to Read “Secular” Liturgies

Video | Chapter 2

Chapter 3
The Spirit Meets You Where You Are: Historic Worship for a Postmodern Age

Video | Chapter 3

Chapter 4
What Story Are You In: The Narrative Arc of Formative Christian Worship

Video | Chapter 4

Chapter 5
Guard Your Heart: The Liturgies of Home

Video | Chapter 5

Chapter 6
Teach Your Children Well: Learning by Heart Video | Chapter 6

 


Chapter 7
You Make What You Want: Vocational Liturgies Video | Chapter 7

 

Community Group Questions for Reflection:

The sermon-based Questions for Reflection, for both individual use and group discussion, will resume again in the September.

Questions for Reflection from The Prodigal God sermon series are available.Click here to download.

Community Group Resources

Our Community Groups team is excited to support and resource all of our Community Groups. Here are some ways we can help:

· Keep you informed of upcoming equipping events where we cover such topics as insights from upcoming sermon series upon which our discussions are based, honing facilitation skills, having difficult conversations, using our online CG Directory and more…

· Resource missional/service opportunities for your CG

· Connect your CG leaders with a CG Coach for support and encouragement

. Thinking of starting a Community Group or adding more members to your existing group? We can help with that too!

More information about Community Groups: Please contact Janet Sanders, Assistant Director for Christian Formation, at janets@fpcberkeley.org or (510) 280-6167.