Small Christian Communities
Connecting Faith and Life
|What Is A Small Christian Community?
A Small Christian Community (SCC) is a group of eight to fourteen adults who gather in homes to discuss their lives in the light of the Gospel and to share their Christian faith through prayer, friendship and service.
Originally Christians lived their faith within small home-based communities. Gathered around their bishop, the community was small enough to allow a deep sharing of life and faith. When the bishop's community became larger, the Church soon appreciated its need to divide into small groups--parishes. Now the parish community is in the same situation in which the bishop's community historically found itself, and so at SJV we are dividing into Small Christian Communities where quality sharing of faith and life can take place.
Are Small Christian Communities Bible Study?
Scripture reading is a part of the SCC format, but SCC's are not Bible Study groups. SCC scripture readings correspond to the Sunday Mass readings, and are reflected upon (informally) by the group in the week prior to the readings, creating an opportunity to enrich the learning from the scriptures at Mass.
What about kids?
Children and youth do not attend regular SCC meetings. They are, however, a very important part of the Parish Community. Gatherings (such as Sacramental preparation, Sunday worship, social and service activities), provide children and youth with the opportunity to meet peers and to form friendships with adult members of the community. These experiences strengthen community and enrich family life.
How often will they meet?
They meet every other week for three 12-week periods each year.
How do I get involved?
There are sign ups preceding each 12 week period. There are different types of groups such as neighborhood groups, special interest groups as well as randomly formed groups.
Can I change groups or stop attending a group for a while and then rejoin?
Small Christian Communities will become an ongoing part of St. John Vianney Parish; therefore, we expect that people may want to change groups from time to time, or may have periods in their lives where they cannot participate regularly.
POPE JOHN PAUL II
"The parish is not principally a structure, a territory, a building. The parish is first of all a community of the faithful... that is the tack of the parish today; to be a community, to rediscover itself as community... Make yourselves builders of communities in which, after the example of the first community, the Word lives and acts."
Comments from those involved in SJV Small Christian Communities:
"SCC's offer us an opportunity to share with fellow parishioners common values and to enrich our commitment to our faith journey" - Lou & Zorz
"My SCC helps to expand my own thoughts when I hear other people's thoughts on a reading" - Pat - Pat
"It seems the early Christian Church was based on Small Christian Communities. It is timely that we return to that - to personalize our relationship to Church and fellow Christians." - Royce
"The SCC gatherings have transformed my spiritual and parish life ever closer toward Christ." - Fr. Chris
"Since I joined my SCC, I have the privileged opportunity to sit and listen in AWE to the depth of our member's faith sharing." - Peggy
"Through common prayer and sharing at our meetings our lives have been changed for the better" - Lillian
"Through the sharing, we learn the needs of each person. Our souls grow closer." - Julia
Small Christian Communities are involved in the following four activities:
Community-- a sincere involvement in one another's lives.
Reflection on Scripture and the teaching of the Church.
Prayer and anticipation in the liturgical life of the community and the parish.
Service both within and beyond the community.
National Organization Supporting
of Catholic Small Christian Communities