We are in Ordinary Time after Pentecost

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.

~Henri Nouwen

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 | Mark and Amy Anderson, Winn Collier  | Sundays at 6:oo p.m. (for 10 weeks)
Group 2 | Andrew and Audrey Breen  | Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. (for 10 weeks)

 

Reading the Lectionary

Our small community gathers on Sundays to share a meal and discuss the lectionary Scriptures read aloud in the service that morning. We are an open group that welcomes everyone interested in regular, intentional Scripture reading. We hope to foster good habits such as memorization, re-reading during the week, paying a close attention to words, and discussing what it what it looks live out God’s Word.
Keith and Zella Page | Sundays at 6:oo p.m.

 

Lectio Divina (for men & women)

The Men’s covenant group opens for new participants in the Fall and the Spring =. We vary our time by sharing our stories, laughing, reflecting on Scriptures and praying.
Miska Collier | 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

 

Men’s Covenant Group

The Men’s covenant group opens for new participants in the Fall and the Spring =. We vary our time by sharing our stories, laughing, reflecting on Scriptures and praying.
Winn Collier | Wednesdays at 6:30 a.m.

 

Kingdom Living

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!
Garrett Trent, Sarah Juday, Malcolm Stevenson |Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

 

Hayashi House

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.
Andrew Hayashi & Kateri Dubay |Thursdays, 7:00 p.m.

 

2016-17 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:

10th Street House

East of Eden

Intercessory Prayer Group

Moseley House