Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection.
The Christian faith is certainly held in a personal way, but not in a private way. Without Christ-centered friendships, our walk of faith will most certainly be a slower, less steady one, and we’re far more likely to fall and fail. In the past, with its many fraternal societies, guilds, clubs, and organizations like CYO, Catholic parishes were excellent centers of friendship and fellowship.
Unfortunately, these days, parishes are no longer the social centers they once were. Take the Church of the Nativity, for example. At Nativity, people might have had friends who happened to be in the parish, but it seemed like very few people had friends from church. The proof of this was obvious at weddings, baptisms, and funerals. People congregated at Nativity, but the congregation wasn’t a community.
What did the Church of the Nativity do to address this challenge? Small Groups.
Watch Chris and Lisa talk about small groups for students and kids.
Kids and Students, Small Groups Video