A Class of Your Own

This is an invitation to try out a class of your own for four Sundays or four times following an act of worship. Find 4 to 6 other people who will commit with you to meeting four  times following the service for 30 - 45 minutes. The small group experience has  special roots in Methodist tradition.

The basic idea for the Class is simple. It is an opportunity to create some space to listen to each other, to put yourselves and your whole life concerns consciously in the presence of God, and to talk to God praying for each other and the things you are wrestling with and celebrating.

Please give commitment to your class over the four sessions a high priority, committing to attend each class meeting. It is an opportunity to get to know a group in more depth and to know that your class is looking out for you and praying for you.

The facilitator in your group  will be the person whose first name is closest to 'A' in the alphabet. The role of the facilitator is not complicated. It is to make the process of the group easy, and to help the group move through the easy format for each class meeting.

Class Meeting One

Agree guidelines for running the group

We suggest the following. You may want to add one or two in or leave one out.

With others you can create a safe space for people to share a little of the insights you have gained.

  • Please make a commitment to pray and support each other through the four weeks, which includes a commitment to be there to listen to one another.
  • Everything said is confidential and not to be repeated outside the group without permission.
  • Listen carefully to whoever is speaking and refrain from any comment until everyone has had the chance to answer the question being addressed.
  • Respect each person's right to explore and express their experience, even if you would do it differently.
  • Allow everyone the opportunity to contribute.
  • Be mindful of how long you have been speaking.
  • Take responsibility for sharing your perspective.

Opening sentence and prayer 

Moment of silence - remember God's presence with us.
Deuteronomy 4: 29 "If you seek the Lord with all your heart, you will truly find him."

  1. Everyone spend a couple of minutes introducing themselves, and their context.
  2. What idea, hymn, verse of Scripture, question, experience in worship today connected with you?
  3. What encouragement or challenge will you take back to your life context from your experience of worship?
  4. Have any challenges been raised for your  Church from your worship today?

Close with a time of prayer  - praying particularly for the person on your right. End by saying the grace together.

 

Class meeting two

Opening sentence and prayer

Moment of silence - remember God's presence with us.
Jeremiah 17: 7f "Blessed are those who trust in the Lord. They are like trees planted by water, sending out their roots by the stream."

Remind yourselves of the guidelines.

  1. Share a joy or concern from your week, and any ways the worship from the previous time has connected with your week.
  2. What idea, hymn, verse of Scripture, question, experience in worship today connected with you?
  3. What encouragement or challenge will you take back to your life context from your experience of worship?
  4. Have any challenges been raised for your  Church from your worship today?

Close with a time of prayer  - praying particularly for the person on your left.
End by saying the grace together.

 

Class meeting three

Opening sentence and prayer

Moment of silence - remember God's presence with us. 
Psalm 62:1 "For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation."

Remind yourselves of the guidelines.

  1. Share a joy or concern from your week, and any ways the worship from the previous time has connected with your week.
  2. What idea, hymn, verse of Scripture, question, experience in worship today connected with you?
  3. What encouragement or challenge will you take back to your life context from your experience of worship?
  4. Have any challenges been raised for your  Church from your worship today?

Close with a time of prayer - praying  for a person opposite you.
End by saying the grace together.

 

Class meeting four

Opening sentence and prayer

Moment of silence - remember God's presence with us.
John 14:27 "Peace I leave you, my Peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you."

Remind yourselves of the guidelines.

  1. Share a joy or concern from your week, and any ways the worship from the previous time has connected with your week.
  2. What idea, hymn, verse of Scripture, question, experience in worship today connected with you?
  3. What encouragement or challenge will you take back to your life context from your experience of worship?
  4. Share a little of how the experience of being part of the group has been for you over the last four sessions.

Close with a time of prayer - praying  for each other as you bless each other's lives. End by saying the grace together.

 

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