“Small Groups” may sound generic, but they mean something very specific at Westminster: An intentional face-to-face gathering of 10 or fewer people on a regular time schedule with the common purpose of building relationships with each other and God.
Small Groups provide:
- A place to know and be known in a supportive environment (beyond family or work)
- A place to explore with others how to integrate what we believe with what we do.
- A supportive environment for struggle, change and decision
Small Groups accomplish this by:
- Meeting about twice a month
- Discussing books, articles, or movies of substance
- Doing lots of talking and listening
- Sharing refreshments
- Offering prayer and support
- Engaging in service projects
The books, the projects, and the structure of each group are determined by its members and its lay leader (not a pastor). We currently have 12 Small Groups (8 of which are described below); each one is quite unique. Some have been meeting for as long as 12 years; others have just started. New ones can be formed at any time. Just e-mail Laurie Davis if you are interested.
A welcoming group for new and newer church members, Genesis is a great way to find out more about opportunities at WPC for spiritual growth and fellowship.
Meetings: Twice monthly, on the 1st Tuesday and 2nd Wednesday.
Contact: Kat Colclasure
Our focus is three-fold: spending quality time at each meeting in sharing, study discussion, and prayer. We enjoy reading our study book together and meeting at least twice a year for a potluck and dining out.
Meetings: Twice monthly, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday, Sept - May
Contact: Ruth Neely
Primarily a fellowship group for the past 20 years, we meet at WPC or at the 2nd Street Market in Dayton. There is also an annual retreat in September to recommit to each other.
Meetings: Twice monthly, on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays.
Contact: John W. Ey
Some Westminster Men
This group's focus is relationship building and support. We enjoy conversing about things that matter to us - books or articles we've recently read, sermons, current events, personal challenges, our life together at Westminster.
Meetings: Every other Tuesday morning.
Contact: Bob Knechel
Westminster Men's Reading Group
We enjoy reading books on various topics such as religion, economics, history, biography, psychology and social psychology, politics, legal issues, science, medicine, and social movements. Currently, we are reading "The Wright Brothers" by David McCullough.
Contact: Bill Lewis
Focusing on study and prayer, this group selects a theme, book, or movie to concentrate on for each quarter. Meetings can include invited speakers, and usually take place in members' homes.
Meetings: Twice monthly, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, Sept-May.
Contact: Sarah Sessions
We concentrate on studying books to learn more about our faith and also on prayer practices to enrich our prayer life. This year we are doing The Four Agreements (Ruiz), and The Friendship of Women – Hidden Tradition of the Bible (Chittister), as well as 2 movies – Philomena and the Way.
Meetings: Twice monthly, on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at church. (Sept-Nov, Jan-June)
Contact: Kathryn Lake
Currently at full membership, we study books, essays and sermons, prepare for service projects (we periodically write encouraging notes to be included in the Food Bank's weekend backpacks, and we plan and execute a mission arts and crafts sale in early December), and for fellowship.
Meetings: Twice monthly, on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at members' homes.
Contact: Laurie Leach
Small Group Weibel consists of women ranging in age from their 30s through their 60s. We start and end each gathering with prayer and open with a devotional or reading as well. We often do a study or read a book of interest, but sometimes we let the Holy Spirit take control and see where things go. We are always open to having new people join our group.
Meetings: Twice monthly, usually the second and fourth Wednesdays.
Contact: Elizabeth Weibel