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
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.
Fall 2018 | Erin & Mike Garcia | Sundays at 7:oo p.m. (for 10 weeks)
Hearing & Following the Call: All Souls Young Adult Vocation Discernment Group
You suspect that God meant something specific when He meant you, that you’ve been designed to do something(s) here on the planet, but you’re not entirely sure what that is, nor how to assemble the clues embedded in your life already. Or you do have an idea, but could use the encouragement and accountability of some sisters and brothers alongside. Or you would benefit from being in a context where you are invited to try some new things. We’re launching a small group of young adults (post high school) interested in discerning and pursuing their God-designed life calling. We will meet regularly for sharing, prayer, Bible study, discussion, workshop exercises and encouragement.
Jerry & Laura King | Twice monthly | Time and day of the week to be determined with group members
Most recently, we read and discussed Winn’s excellent book, Love Big, Be Well. We are now embarking on a 1.75-year whole-bible-reading plan (4 segments per week rather than 7), reading every 4th segment together, and sharing some context/commentary/analysis whenever anyone’s inspired to. We also spend time together in prayer and try to do small, concrete acts of kindness sporadically.
Eric & Laura Urban
| Sunday evenings | Crozet, sometimes C’ville
Compline, the prayers prayed at the end of the day, provides a simple space for hearing from the Living Christ as we move into God’s deep rest. Our version of Compline will include a rhythm of silence, contemplative prayer, hearing Jesus in the Scriptures and sharing with one another how we are experiencing God. Our group will meet for 10 weeks.
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 meet at the Chandlers. 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.
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!
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.
2018-19 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: