Posted by: dowsmallgroups | 24/03/2010

Hello world!

Welcome to my first small group post in which I’d like tell you a little about the role and responsibilities I have as ‘small communities’ team member. There are two aspects to my work – promotion of small faith-sharing groups in the Diocese of Westminster and the publication of resources to support these groups. There is, of course, a great deal of overlap. I imagine that this blog will serve to promulgate (fab word) materials and reflections that are supplementary to the main group booklets, e.g. we could have daily mediations here during the normal faith-sharing ‘seasons’ of autumn and Lent. We could even have weekly reflections on Scripture all the year round! Talk about a rod for your own back!

Either way, we’ll see what the powers that be say. Just a quick word on the title of this fledgling blog. It’s taken from Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (in the Penguin edition of Joyce’s Dubliners they got this wonderful book mixed up with Ecclesiasticus). The full passage goes:

Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

This is often used to refer to marriage but can just as easily be used to describe the purpose of small communities (small groups). The Church has two obvious priorities the fostering of communion, building fellowship AND mission, spreading the good news – to do this we need to know what we’re talking about!

It is my hope and prayer that the exploring faith resources we produce, this blog and our parish/deanery meetings help people, even a little bit, to build a closer relationship with Christ and with each other.

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