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 meeting on Sunday mornings at First Pres during Middle Hour (10:15-11:15 am).
For information about and to register for an open Community Groups, search the Community Groups Directory.

Spring Community Groups
April 28-May 24 | You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit

During the four weeks leading up to the our ACC (All Church Conference), CGs—and all who are interested—are invited to explore the award-winning book, You Are What You Love, by our ACC Speaker, James. K.A. Smith. Smith will be speaking to us about the practice (habit) of love throughout his messages entitled Love Takes Practice: Disciplines of Hope for Hurting World. For more information about James K.A. Smith visit the ACC webpage.

You Are What You Love | Books

Books will be available at the Community Group Pathway Table Sunday, April 28 and May 5. Suggested donation:$10.

You Are What You Love | Discussion Guide

Our conversations will be initiated using the Discussion Guide 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.