Transforming Faith Circles into Connect
With the use of outreach processes, such as Alpha, continuing to grow in the Catholic Church, we have transformed Faith Circles into a post-Alpha style group resource. Whilst retaining key components of the original resource, the new Connect is the ideal post-Alpha resource for continuing to build and develop strong community and faith relationships with God and one another.
What’s changed? A greater focus on group members sharing their personal faith story and relationship with Jesus.
We have therefore removed the reflection by Pope Francis and replaced it with an opportunity for a group member to prepare a short, 5–10 min sharing on how the Gospel reading relates to their life and relationship with Jesus.
What hasn’t changed? We will continue to base the resource on the weekly Sunday Gospel reading and include points for discussion and prayer.
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How to start?
As a post-Alpha initiative
Begin meeting fortnightly, instead of weekly, with your fellow Alpha participants. You gather for some food, worship, discussion and prayer. Connect gives you the format and reflection questions to assist in these fortnightly gatherings. In the context where Alpha is available, it is advisable to always encourage potential new members to complete Alpha before attending a Connect group.
For those who have not participated in Alpha yet
Whilst it is much easier to start a Connect group growing out of the Alpha experience, it is still possible to form and run a Connect group successfully if you adhere to the provided format. You’d be looking to invite 15-30 members of your Parish community who are interested in sharing faith and life to form a Connect group which meets fortnightly.
We have published a great resource giving tips on how to start and run a Connect group in your community setting. Click here to download our free resource 'How to Start & Run a Faith Sharing Group'
What are Connect Groups all about?
Connect Groups are where those who have completed Alpha go to connect and to grow. Connect groups are for building and nurturing relationships – with Jesus and one another. They are small to mid-size groups that retain the key ingredients of Alpha, especially sharing food, praise and worship and small group sharing.
At each Connect Group gathering a member of the group shares how a scripture reading connects with their life and relationship with Jesus. Time is then given for small group sharing followed by prayer with and for one another. Through Connect Groups the parish ensures that all parishioners are known individually, loved, nurtured and cared for. These groups enable:
- A sense of belonging and sharing of life through the lens of faith
- Group and personal prayerfulness and relationship with the risen Lord
Three's a crowd
We've all heard the saying three's a crowd. When Catholics come together in faith there is always an additional presence, as the Lord is true to his promise that, "For where two or three meet in my name, I shall be there with them." (Matthew 18:20) For this reason we are encouraging people to form Connect in their church community.
Accessing the resource
Connect is a single-sided A4 sheet, based on the Sunday Gospel with reflection questions and prayer points.
It will be available to download via email subscription (see above to subscribe). Connect is free, no strings attached, we just want Catholics to be nurtured by doing life and faith in groups, not on your own~ You can print as many copies as you like.
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|6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr B) - Encounters that Transform|
|1st Sunday of Lent (Yr B) - Going Deeper|
|2nd Sunday of Lent (Yr B) - Experiencing New Insight|
|31st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr A) - Integrity in Word & Action|
|32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr A) - Being Prepared|
|33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr A) - Sharing our Gifts|
|Christ the King (Yr A) - Judged on Love & Service|
|22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr A) - First prophecy of the Passion|
|23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr A) - Brotherly correction|
|24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr A) - Forgiveness of injuries|
|25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr A) - The vineyard labourers|
|Transfiguration of the Lord (Yr A) - Glory through Suffering|
|19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr A) - Keeping our Eye on Jesus|
|20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr A) - Persistence in Faith|
|21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr A) - Identity|
|Feast of Pentecost (Yr A) - Giving of the Holy Spirit|
|Feast of the Most Holy Trinity (Yr A) - Our Triune God|
|Feast of the Most Holy Body & Bloody of Christ (Yr A) - Receiving Jesus|
|12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr A) - Do not be Afraid|
|4th Sunday of Easter (Yr A) - Good Shepherds|
|5th Sunday of Easter (Yr A) - Jesus, the Way to the Father|
|6th Sunday of Easter (Yr A) - Promise of the Holy Spirit|
|Ascension Sunday (Yr A) - Go Make Disciples|
|5th Sunday of Lent (Yr A) - Freed, Even from Death|
|Palm Sunday (Yr A) - A Humble King|
|Easter Sunday (Yr A) - Joy in the Risen Lord|
|2nd Sunday of Easter (Yr A) - Experiencing the Risen Lord|
|3rd Sunday of Easter (Yr A) - Seeing the Risen Jesus|
|1st Sunday of Lent (Yr A) - Into Temptation|
|2nd Sunday of Lent (Yr A) - Being Transformed|
|3rd Sunday of Lent (Yr A) - Thirsting for the Water of Life|
|4th Sunday of Lent (Yr A) - Yearning to See|
|5th Sunday Ord Time (Yr A) - A Light for the World|
|6th Sunday Ord Time (Yr A) - The Virtuous Life|
|7th Sunday Ord Time (Yr A) - Love Your Enemies|
|8th Sunday Ord Time (Yr A) - Trust in God|
|2nd Sunday Ord Time (Yr A) - Baptism of the Lord|
|3rd Sunday Ord Time (Yr A) - Light of Faith|
|4th Sunday Ord Time (Yr A) - Be-attitudes|