Listening is a form of spiritual hospitality by which you invite strangers to become friends, to get to know their inner selves more fully, and even to dare to be silent with you.
Hopeful that our communal life will form a shared rhythm of living the Jesus-way together, our church has communities meeting in various nooks and crannies around Charlottesville. Each have their own unique texture. But there’s always love in these spaces. Here is our most up-to date Small Communities Guide
for this year. Most of our groups meet from September – May.
Please contact the leader of any group for more info – or Audrey Breen who would be happy to help you get connected.
Meals & Stories (2 groups)
All Souls began as a simple community in a living room, praying the evening hours, sharing a table and sharing bits of our life story (who we are, what has made us who we are, where we’ve encountered deep joy and where we hope for God to make us new). This community hopes to continue this core way of life. This group will be limited to 10 people and is an especially meaningful way for new folks to find their way into our community. Our hope is that everyone at All Souls will, at one time or another, be part of Meals & Stories. We will not have childcare, but will eagerly help with the cost if it is a hardship.
Group 1 | Erin & Mike Garcia | Sundays at 6:oo p.m. (for 10 weeks)
Group 2 | Winn Collier, Chip & Kathy Morton | Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. (for 10 weeks)
We are starting out exchanging stories of where we each come from, and what our lives have been like until now. When this process is complete, each gathering will comprise three main segments: time to discuss and reflect on the previous Sunday’s sermon, time to pray together, and time to plan opportunities to serve people outside of our small community. Aside from the regularly scheduled gatherings, we will more sporadically meet for meals, enacting the planned acts of service, and other fun things that may arise.
Eric & Laura Urban
| Sunday evenings | Crozet, sometimes C’ville
The contemplative prayer group welcomes men and women to a sacred space where we hope to encounter the Trinity, one another, and our own hearts as we engage in simple, quiet practices such as lectio divina, centering prayer, meditation, and the Ignatian practice of praying with Scripture.
Men’s Covenant Group
The Men’s covenant group opens for new participants at the beginning in September and January; then it is a closed group. We spend our time in various ways, sometimes reflecting on Scriptures or reading a book, praying or sharing what’s emerging in our lives and heart.
East of Eden
East of Eden, a small community that meets in the Lake Monticello neighborhood is open for new folks to join. The group will rotate between the home of the Chandlers and Rafalys. The group will focus on getting to know one another through reading, praying, and sharing our stories. Gather over a small meal or dessert (TBD) from 6:30-8. From 7:00 to 8:00, here’s the format:
* Lectionary readings and short group input on what the Lord might be saying to us through these scriptures.
* Individual testimony time, one individual per week, with this “then/now/next” format:Then – how did I come to faith? (5 min), Now – what is God doing in my life now, and at All Souls particularly (5 min), Next – what is the Lord needing to bring forward as my next stage of growth (5 min).
* Followed by group-praying-for-each-other time.
In Kingdom Living (KL), we explore what it means to live in light of the Kingdom of God in our everyday lives. We begin each week with a shared meal and try to strike a balance between intentionality and spontaneity. This semester we will be modeling our time together after a typical Meals and Stories gathering. Hearing and responding to each others’ stories we will practice loving our brothers and sisters. Our group has been meeting together for a few years, but we are excited to welcome new people! Childcare is not provided, however, all are welcome. Join us!
Sarah Juday, Malcolm Stevenson |Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
We’re going to meet weekly throughout the year for worship, study and prayer. We expect to pick, as a group, a theme at the beginning of the year that will guide our selection of scripture, novels, theology and poetry, for study and contemplation. Every fourth week we will gather for a casual meal.
2017-18 Covenant Groups
Covenant Groups began as small communities but are currently closed for a variety of reasons: desire for safe space where relationships can deepen in ways that open groups cannot afford, capacity issues, and confidentiality issues. Our default posture is one of openness, but these covenant communities reflect the reality that sometimes, life and relationships require something else. Current covenant groups are: