Chalice Circles are small groups that meet regularly to deepen their relationships with each other and to grow spiritually. Chalice circles provide an open and supportive environment in which the inherent worth and dignity of each community member is respected, one that specifically promotes making connections and developing friendships within our congregation, and supports spiritual growth and the search for truth and meaning.
A Chalice Circle consists of 6-12 people, including a facilitator. The facilitators participate fully in the group and also come to monthly meetings led by the planning committee and the minister for ongoing support, skill building, and problem solving. Each group meets once or twice a month for about two hours.
At each gathering, members share with each other what is going on in their lives, and discuss a topic of spiritual or personal importance chosen for that evening.
Schedule of Current Chalice Circle Discussion Groups
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend
Chalice Circle 1
Meets the 2nd Wednesday – 7:15-8:45 pm in Port Orchard
Chalice Circle 3
Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays – 1:00-2:30 pm in East Bremerton
Chalice Circle 5
Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays – 9:45-11:15 am in Silverdale
Chalice Circle 7
Meets the 3rd Monday – 7:00-8:30 pm in Silverdale
Chalice Circle 8
Meets the 2nd Thursday – 7:00-8:30 pm in East Bremerton (Manette)
Chalice Circle 9
Meets the 3rd Monday – 7:00-9:00 pm in East Bremerton (Manette)
Chalice Circle 11
Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays – 1:00-2:30 pm in West Bremerton
(Also listed on the calendar)
Why Chalice Circles?
“There’s a depth of connection you don’t get to in the social interaction after services. You get to know someone better.”
“Sessions take stress away rather than adding it — there are no expectations except to come and share and make connections. It was fun!”
“It feeds my soul.”
Are a way to keep connected within the fellowship;
Offer a spiritual setting for personal growth;
Allow group members to interact on a meaningful level;
Allow for flexible, open communities of varying size and composition.
You should join a Chalice Circle if…
You are a man…
You are a woman…
You talk too much…
You don’t talk enough …
You have lots of friends…
You want new friends…
You like to find common ground with people like you…
You look around on Sundays and all the new faces make you uncomfortable…
You want a format to meet some of these new faces…
Chalice Circles are for YOU!
How are Chalice Circles organized?
The first covenant is that circle members come together with the promise to honor and respect one another by listening, sharing and showing up. A second covenant is the commitment to generate new circles by growing and dividing when the appropriate time arrives. A third covenant is the agreement to engage in a service to the congregation or the larger world.
Chalice Circles generally consist of 6-10 members. When a circle reaches 12, it splits in half. In this way, circles are constantly forming and evolving and no circle becomes a closed group.
Chalice Circles meet once or twice a month. Most meet in members homes for 90 minutes.
Each Chalice Circle has a contact person and a group facilitator.
Chalice Circles begin by lighting a candle and a reading is shared. Members will then have a chance to check-in and speak briefly about his or her day, week, or situation in life at the moment. Following check-in, the chosen topic is introduced and members share relating to that topic. Circles will end with a check-out and a closing reading.
For more information about chalice circles and UU small group ministry, go to www.smallgroupministry.net