Current Small Group Ministries

Also known as "covenant groups” and “chalice circles,” small group ministries are a vital part of our congregation.

Groups of 4–10 people meet regularly, usually monthly, to reflect on and discuss significant life topics.

Small groups are great places to get to know other people and to get to know yourself. Over time, participants build deep connections with one another, with the congregation and with the sacred.

Whether the topic is “good and evil,” “mindful living” or “letting go,” the conversation is respectful and caring and leads to greater understanding. In each session, facilitated by a member of the congregation, all participants have opportunity to share their perspectives, tell their stories, and listen deeply. The time together is structured: Groups begin and end with centering readings and often include a time of silence before the sharing begins. Many small groups engage in annual service projects, putting their faith into action.

Have questions? See the Small Group Ministry FAQ

Open & New Groups

For over 10 years, the Small Group Ministry program has offered the opportunity for church members and friends to develop deeper relationships with each other and the greater church community through participation in Covenant Groups. All the groups below are open to new members. Please take a look at the descriptions below and consider joining one! 

Inquiries or interested in signing up?  Send an e-mail to SGM@hvuuc.org.  Signup sheets will also be available in the Fellowship Hall.

A Little Bit of Everything

This Small Group has no theme, instead we will talk about a variety of topics. The first six sessions we will discuss; Let’s start with getting to know each other and talk about how we spent lazy summer evenings, now or in the past. What are you curious about? How do you handle your leisure time? Can your gathering of friends be spiritual? How do you see the world, is it frightening, or do you see endless chances for new experiences? You can do this and more. Talk to Greg Kramer or signup on the signup sheet posted in the Fellowship Hall. Meetings will start Tuesday, September 17th. EverythingSGM@hvuuc.org

Life Stories

Ten years ago this month, we led our first covenant group, entitled Life Stories.  It’s time to do it again!  We will meet at church every other Monday from 7-9pm, Sept 23-Dec 16 (7 meetings).  At each session we will share meaningful bits of our lives with topics like people, music, food, smiles, and life-changing events.  We want to hear your stories!  Look for the sign-up sheet on the counter in the sanctuary or send an email to Tom Burns and Brad Helmer at lifestoriesSGM@hvuuc.org.