New Small Groups

Small groups are places to CONNECT – to grow closer to God, to connect with other people, and to share in a faith study or enjoy a common interest together. Learn more.

New small groups start throughout the year. In addition to the groups listed here, more small groups are in the planning stages for winter. Check back for the latest information. To find out more or to sign up for a group contact Denise Floe at dfloe@incarnationmn.org or 651-484-7213.

Creative Journaling on Faith Small Group

Every other Wednesday from 11:00-12:00 p.m., November to December.

This new small group is a chance to engage in a Biblical text, then spend time creatively journaling with a variety of art supplies (crayons, colored pencils…) on its message for life today. There will be time for personal reflection and group conversation using the texts and writings from Connecting in Grace: Radical Gifts, Radical Grace. The group will explore a new faith practice that opens up your creativity and deepens your faith journey.

All supplies will be provided as each person adds to an ever-growing, personal journal. No experience with faith or art is necessary. Journey together with others who are looking to connect more deeply with God through creative journaling. Suggested contribution: $10.

Sunday Small Group

Once/month on Sundays, 9:45-10:45 a.m.

Gather with others to watch and talk about video segments from the faith studies, NOOMA (Rob Bell) and Everybody Always (Bob Goff). This easy-to-do small group meets just once a month to connect with one another and take part in a guided conversation on a faith topic. It’s a great starting place if you’re new to small groups and a convenient way to take part in a small group before or after attending worship. Leader: Grant Rykken. Register: dfloe@incarnationmn.org.

Discovering Joy through Simplicity and Generosity Small Group

Once/week on four Mondays 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. November – December.

Money has great power in our lives, and when used wisely, helps us meet our goals, provide for our needs, and fulfill our life purpose. But when we find ourselves forgetting our priorities, the result can be stress and anxiety, instead of greater happiness and satisfaction. Enough is an invitation to rediscover the Bible’s wisdom on prudent financial practices. United Methodist pastor, Adam Hamilton, has written a short book accompanied by a video series. Find the keys to experiencing contentment, overcoming fear, and discovering joy through simplicity and generosity. This book could change your life by changing your relationship with money. Suggested contribution: $10. Leaders: Tim Gray and Janet Karvonen-Montgomery.

Faith On the Way to Work Small Group for Men

Twice/month on Mondays, 6:30 – 7:30 a.m.

Get together with a group of men and start the week with a short faith study and prayer, before heading to work or other activities. This group will take part in a facilitated conversation using a faith study written at Incarnation for small groups, Connecting in Grace: Living Our Faith. The group meets at Incarnation and ends by 7:30 a.m. There is no homework, preparation or prior experience needed. Led by Tim Gray, the group is a chance to connect your faith with your life and start your week centered on faith. Suggested contribution: $10. Register: dfloe@incarnationmn.org.

Contemplative Prayer with the St. John’s Bible Small Groups

For more information on groups currently available, contact Denise Floe at dfloe@incarnationmn.org.

Using images from the Saint John’s Bible and the corresponding Scripture texts, small groups (meeting different days/times) delve deeper into the Scriptures through contemplative prayer and group conversations. The groups reflect on the Bible texts and images using the contemplative prayer practices, lectio divina and visio divina, along with silence and prayer. After reflecting, the groups talk about how the texts and images speak to a life of faith today.

Commissioned by Saint John’s Abbey and University, the Saint John’s Bible is handwritten and illuminated with artwork. The images, or illuminations, offer a new way of seeing and reflecting on Scripture. The practices of lectio and visio divina have been used by Christians across the centuries.

Small groups are an opportunity to gather with others who are interested in going deeper in faith by reflecting on Scripture, learning about contemplative prayer practices, and being inspired by the images created for the Saint John’s Bible. The groups are also a chance to connect with others and grow in faith as part of a small group. Suggested contribution: $15. Space is limited.

Reading Richard Rohr Small Group

For more information about winter small groups, contact dfloe@incarnationmn.org

Read and talk about Richard Rohr’s book, The Naked Now, while connecting with others in a small group setting. This book explores how to be more present to God and more present in each moment, drawing on the Christian contemplative traditions, the Gospels and Paul’s writings.  Discover God’s presence, peace and wisdom in daily life, in a world that often seems far from God.

Richard Rohr is a Franciscan and the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation. In The Naked Now, he calls for setting aside dualist (either/or) perspectives, for a more contemplative, prayerful, awe-inspired approach to questions about faith, love, death, suffering, leadership, mystery and being awake to God’s presence. Rohr calls the naked now, “the sacrament of the present” and says that “when you can be present, you will know the Real Presence.” There will be short readings (10-15 pages) between each gathering. Leader: Anne Cremons. Suggested contribution: $10.

How do I sign-up?

To sign up or for more information, contact Denise Floe by email or at 651-484-7213. Space is limited in each small group, so sign up early!

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