Small Groups Ministry

Small Groups Ministry

Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there in their midst.
–Matthew 18:20

The Small Groups Ministry provides “church” throughout the week, offering groups that help members, friends and neighbors experience a sense of belonging and come to know one another through deep listening, sharing of stories, engaging in faith exploration and opportunities to put faith into action, studying important issues together, meeting for support and just plain fun.  Anyone 12 to 112 is welcome to participate in these groups.  Ideas for new groups are always welcome, as are offers to provide leadership (training and support provided for all leaders).

 

For more information, to suggest a new group or to explore becoming a group leader, click the button below.

BIBLE STUDY
    Leader: Pastor Anita Peebles
    Schedule: Weekly on Thursdays Noon to 1pm
    Venue or Platform: ZOOM
    Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86761779225
    Description:

    This isn’t your grandma’s Bible study! This weekly group will engage with the upcoming Scripture for the week, utilizing the latest biblical studies research, and various lenses for Biblical inquiry (feminist, womanist, queer, ecological, anti-capitalist and post-colonial among others). All are welcome to join to consider the text together–what is the historical context of the Biblical text? What does it mean for our lives today? How does the lens of interpretation shift what we get from it? Come explore together and share together.

    BIPOC Group

    Leader: Pastor Mario-Seth Morales
    Schedule: 3rd Sundays at 4pm
    Venue or Platform: ZOOM
    Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85036603078

    Description:

    If you self-identify as Black, Indigenous or a Person of Color, you are invited to join the BIPOC small group. BIPOC members and friends of SFBC meet monthly for fellowship, support and spiritual encouragement.

    Brave Space

    Leader: Karen Carlos
    Schedule: Weekly on Mondays 7-8pm
    Venue or Platform: ZOOM
    Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84851754597

    Description:

    We who self-identify as white gather to challenge our participation in a racist society that benefits us. We also challenge ourselves to practice what we have learned out in the community and here at SFBC. Participants bear witness to each other’s learning and commitment to do better as a white person.

    Environmental Book Discussions

    Leaders: Linda Zaugg, Alan Ness and Keith Ervin
    Schedule: Tuesdays at 7pm – 9/20, 11/15 and 12/13 only
    Venue or Platform: ZOOM
    Zoom Link: Listed under description below; different for each session

    Description:

    Sponsored by Interfaith Climate Action – First Hill, these sessions give participants an opportunity to increase their knowledge about and commitment to action related to the climate crisis. Reading the books in advance is encouraged for maximum benefit. Anyone unable to obtain a library copy and who cannot afford one may confidentially request a copy by emailing

    9/20: Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? by Bill McKibbens
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89692038619

    11/15: The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87163501008

    12/13: How To Blow Up A Pipeline by Andreas Malm
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84516549578

    Friendship Circle

    Leader: Marsha Ulmer
    Schedule: 2nd Sunday 1:30-2:30pm
    Venue or Platform: ZOOM
    Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87396272439

    Description:

    Women meeting together to support one another. This group grew out of an earlier association with the American Baptist Women organization which had a strong missions focus, and the current group continues to support a missionary and local charitable efforts. Meetings involve socializing, business agenda and spiritual support.

    Healing Journeys

     Leaders: Pastor Mario Seth Morales and Dr. Steve Smith
    Schedule: (In Person in Fridell Lounge) Sundays 9:30-10:15am for 8 weeks 9/25-11/13

    (Encore presentation on Zoom) Thursdays at 7pm https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86779019626

     

    Description:

    HEALING JOURNEYS (IN PERSON AT SFBC) with Pastor Mario Morales & Dr. Steve Smith. Eight Sunday mornings in Fridell 9:30am (September 25-November 13)
    HEALING JOURNEYS ENCORE – For those who cannot attend in-person, each Sunday’s recorded session will be offered via Zoom on the following Thursday
     starting September 29th.

    This fall members of our congregation will share their stories of serious illness or mental health crisis – personally or within their families. How did they make decisions and seek inner peace? Was it an opportunity to go deeper in faith, to become more fully present, and to experience gratitude? Join us on Sunday mornings this Fall for a series moderated by Pastor Mario Morales and Dr. Steve Smith. If you cannot attend on Sunday morning, a recording of that session will be presented on Zoom the following Thursday evening at 7pm.

    Weekly Schedule:
    09/25 – Pastor Mario and Dr. Steve Smith
    10/02 – Virgil and Sara Tollefson
    10/09 – Dick Miller
    10/16 – Erik & Linda Zaugg and Theresa Pruett
    10/23 – John Malcomson
    10/30 – Laura Van Tosh
    11/06 – Janet Hasselblad
    11/13 – Inola de la Cruz and Karen Carlos

    Interfaith Climate Action - First Hill

    Leader: Keith Ervin
    Schedule: 4th Sundays 6:30pm unless otherwise advertised
    Venue or Platform: Zoom
    Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81420918394

    Description:

    Interfaith Climate Action helps members of Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue and Seattle First Baptist Church learn about the causes and effects of human-caused climate change, and works in concert with other groups to maintain a livable climate. Sponsors educational events, supports climate-friendly legislation and policy, and opposes actions that would increase global warming. For more information, contact Cindy Ervin:  or call the church office.

    LEGACIES

    Leaders: CJ Hendrickson and Theresa Pruett
    Schedule: 1st meeting Tuesday 9/20 1-2:30pm; permanent schedule to be determined by group members
    Venue or Platform: Zoom
    Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83965596894

    Description:

    Legacies is a group primarily designed for older adults, though all ages are welcome. We will focus on ways of sharing our personal and communal legacies with one another and with future generations through telling our stories in various ways and using our creativity to imagine other ways to leave our experiences and wisdom – spiritual and otherwise – for the benefit of those who come after us.

    Men's Group

    Leader: Dick Johnson
    Schedule: Weekly on Saturdays at 10am
    Venue or Platform: Zoom
    Zoom Link: Contact Dick Johnson, for link (or call the church office)

    Description:

    Men come together weekly to get to know one another.

    PLACE AT THE TABLE

    Leader: Joan Benner
    Schedule: Quarterly on a Saturday evening. Fall 2022 Date:  Saturday 9/28/2022
    Venue or Platform: Multiple groups meet in members’ homes (and one group on Zoom)
    Zoom Link: Variable. For online guests – see church calendar for link each quarter

    Description:

    Potluck dinners are held in the homes of members and friends for the purpose of community building and developing relationships in smaller settings. Sign-ups for hosting and then for participating happen after Sunday services in the month prior to each event. There is a virtual potluck on Zoom for those who cannot attend in-person.

    Play Reading Circle

    Leaders:  Joanne Hjort & Norah
    Schedule:  First Saturdays 3-4:30pm
    Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85424372570

    Description: 

    Gather once a month to get to know one another, have fun and indulge in the love of theater.  Register by the 15th of the previous month in order to obtain a script for the next month’s meeting.   Email:

    PRAYER AND REFLECTION

    Leaders: Pastors Anita Peebles and Mario-Seth Morales Segura
    Schedule: Weekly on Tuesdays Noon-12:30
    Venue or Platform: Zoom
    Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86776242649

    Description:

    A brief time mid-week to gather for prayer and mutual support.

    REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE AND FAITH

    Leaders: Dr. Jennifer Chin, Beth Reis & Susan Blythe-Goodman
    Schedule:
    Monthly on the 2nd Wednesday Noon-1pm on Zoom
    Then the following Sunday at SFBC Peacemakers Room 12:30pm to watch the video of the meeting that happened on Zoom earlier in the week
    Venue or Platform: Primary – Zoom; Secondary – SFBC Peacemakers
    Zoom Link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/98270878634

    Description:

    We will hear the stories of people who have given birth, people who have chosen to parent and others who have chosen an adoption plan, people who have had abortions, people who could and who could not access contraception. We will also hear from a variety of religious leaders about their faiths’ perspectives on reproductive justice. These sessions will give priority to guests with QTBIPOC experience. We will examine the local efforts to increase reproductive access locally and for reproductive refugees and efforts to take care of those receiving reproductive healthcare. We will explore avenues for personal and collective involvement.

    Roamin' Catholics

    Leader: Joan Benner
    Schedule: Semi-Monthly; Permanent schedule TBD at first meeting Thursday 9/22 7pm
    Venue or Platform: Zoom
    Zoom Link: for 9/20 meeting only – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81154876899

    Description:

    This group is designed to give those of us who were raised Roman Catholic an opportunity to share our experiences. What served us and what didn’t? What are our thoughts and feelings today because of this experience? As in all SGM groups, confidentiality is expected and those who do not attend SFBC are welcome to participate.

    Women's Conversations

    Leaders: Susan Dohrmann & Kelsey Waldon
    Schedule: Semi-Monthly; 2nd & 4th Saturdays 11:30am-12:30pm
    Venue or Platform: Zoom
    Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89163623743

    Description:

    An opportunity for women of all ages to have safe, confidential conversations across generations. A place to make connections and to listen to many different experiences and viewpoints.

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