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.

Storytelling Covenant Group

Everyone loves a story.  In the Storytelling Covenant Group, we will get to know each other better by telling stories.  At each meeting, each group member will have an opportunity to share a personal story that relates to the topic for the meeting; the topics could be anything from True Love to Fears and Phobias to The Internet.

Location: Ralph Waldo Emerson Room, Religious Education building

Date and Time: Every other Tuesday from 7-9pm, beginning September 4 through November 20.

Facilitators: Beth Calvert and Wendy Hearl storytellingsgm@hvuuc.org

"PPP": Pheelings and Phun through Photography

We'll decide on a theme before each meeting. Examples: "My sacred place", "happiness", "it's complicated". Everyone will bring to the meeting an image they have captured that speaks to the theme and we'll share our reflections that arise from everyone's images. Don't worry - it's not an art contest. The covenant group emphasis on sharing our experiences is the important thing here.

Location: Susan B. Anthony room, Religious Education building

Date and Time:  1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 7-9pm, beginning October 7

Facilitator: Dave Calvert and Tom Burns photographysgm@hvuuc.org

Heart to Heart

A short term covenant group based on the book by the same title, written by UUs Christine Robinson and Alicia Hawkins. The group will address selected sessions from Heart to Heart including Listening, Gratitude, Friendship, Doubt, Endings.  Purchase of the book is optional.

Location: Ralph Waldo Emerson Room, Religious Education building

Date and Time: Every Tuesday, 10:30am-12:30pm, September 18 through October 16

Facilitator: Wanda Earp heartsgm@hvuuc.org