To the Saints of Sanctuary First,
On All Saints Day we remember all the saints. All the saints that have been, all the saints there are, and all the saints that are to come. We are a heavenly collective. We are all connected and we all matter. None of us are insignificant. We belong to God, and through God we belong to one another.
The world has been reminded in 2020 of how much we need each another. You are needed. I am needed. We all have a part to play. We saints, on a mission from God. To live lives committed to those who need us and connected to the realities of heaven — of goodness and kindness and hope. Instead of despairing — we lament. Instead of switching off — we switch on. Instead of trying to be heroes — we humble ourselves as saints. To all the saints — thank you. You are valued. You matter. We can’t do this without you.
The following discussion questions are designed to accompany the adapt the monthly theme material (see The Living Freedom Through Recession Resource Pack) for small group work. They are divided into 4 parts to correspond with the 4 weeks of the Daily Worship theme. These questions are just a guideline and there is no need to go through all the given questions in a single session, or in the following sequence. Feel free to pick and choose, or adapt to what interests your group.
What are the Connect Groups?
‘Connect Groups’ is the name we give to small informal gatherings who decide to meet together to explore the Bible alongside our monthly themes. These groups are independent and folk can simply set up their own Connect Group themselves, meeting together with friends and family on their own basis. In this time of Lockdowns when people can’t get together physically this material can still be used to meet together online.
Each month we produce a range of questions to adapt our themes for group discussion. The material is offered as a starting point and there is no need to go through all the questions.You can pick and choose, tailoring it to suit the needs and interests of your group. Each ‘Part’ could form the basis of a weekly roughly 90 minute meeting but you could break it up differently. Let us know if you would like to find out more about Connect Groups and different ways of linking into the Sanctuary First community.
We all come to the Bible with our own questions, insights and barriers. The guiding principle we have in writing these is to ask questions we don’t already know the answer to! Our hope is to facilitate open-ended discussions. Often the most valuable parts of group chats are the bits that go off on bizarre tangents. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Jesus knows a thing or two about bizarre tangents…
Need some advice on starting your own Connect Group? Get in touch.