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 fall. 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.

Discovering Joy through Simplicity and Generosity Small Group

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

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.

The Seven Experiment Small Group

Once/month on Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Oct.-May

Are you longing for a life that is simpler, yet filled with more meaning and purpose? This small group will step into The Seven Experiment: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. Using Jen Hatmaker’s book, short videos and study guide, the group will explore seven key areas (food, clothes, spending, media, possessions, waste and stress) and experiment with practical ways to step back from materialism, greed and overindulgence.

“What’s the payoff for living a deeply reduced life?” Jen Hatmaker says it is the discovery of “a call toward Christ-like simplicity and generosity” that moves each person and the world toward a “radically better existence.” The hope for this small group is that participants will explore how simplicity might take shape in their lives and become a sustained and long-lasting faith practice, extending well beyond the length of the group – and a faith practice to continue to grow into for a life-time.

The group will be encouraging, uplifting and, at times, humorous. You can share as little or as much as you’d like (within the group’s timeframe) in a judgment-free, no-guilt setting. Between gatherings, there will be readings and a chance to try practical exercises. You can take part in the exercises at whatever level you choose, but you’ll want to make a commitment to doing the reading, experimenting with the exercises, and engaging with the faith practices of simplicity and generosity. Leader: Jeanne Hartfield. Suggested contribution: $10.  Register: dfloe@incarnationmn.org.

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

Once/month on Tuesday evenings OR Wednesday mornings OR Thursday evenings (details below).

Using images from the Saint John’s Bible and the corresponding Scripture texts, three small groups (meeting different days/times) will delve deeper into the Scriptures through contemplative prayer and group conversations. The groups will 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 will 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.

Tuesday evening group, 7 – 8:30 p.m., once a month
Led by Julie Omland and Claudia Wiebold.
This group will use the Scripture texts for the upcoming Sundays to reflect on the illuminations and texts.

Wednesday morning group, 6:45 – 8:00 a.m., once a month
Led by Claudia Wiebold.
This group will use the Scripture texts for the upcoming Sundays to reflect on the illuminations and texts.

Thursday evening group, 7 – 8:30 p.m., once a month
Led by Deb and Grant Rykken.
This group will follow Seeing the Word, a faith study guide for small groups based on a selection of illuminations and texts.

These 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. Register: dfloe@incarnationmn.org.

Reading Richard Rohr Small Group

Once a week on Mondays, 9 – 10:30 a.m., October – November.
Interested in an evening group in January? 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. Register: dfloe@incarnationmn.org.

Creative Journaling on Faith Small Group

Every other Wednesday from 11:00-12:00 p.m., October 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.

Grateful Small Group

Once a week on five Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., October – December.

Explore gratitude as a faith practice and a way of living that connects us with God and with one another. This small group will read and talk about Grateful, by Diana Butler Bass on five Tuesday evenings. The book unpacks the role of gratitude in our lives and our world, with practical suggestions for reclaiming this spiritual practice. Between gatherings, the group will read chapters from the book and take part in simple gratitude practices. Leader: Denise Floe.  Suggested contribution: $10. Register: dfloe@incarnationmn.org.

Present over Perfect Small Group for Moms (with high school/college/young adult children)

Once a month on Wednesdays, 8:15 – 9:45 a.m., October – March.
This group has filled. To be added to the interest list for future groups, contact Denise Floe.

Step aside from the busy pace to connect with other moms and to be refreshed and renewed. Take part in conversations that are meaningful, life-giving and woven together with faith. This group will watch and talk about videos from the faith study, Present over Perfect. Created by Shauna Niequist, this faith study is a chance to move away from a frantic life toward a life centered on God’s love and grace.

This small group will gather just once a month, on Wednesday mornings, from October to March. There is no homework or preparation, just come to hear new ideas and be part of the conversation. Discover how to be more present to each moment, bringing a greater sense of peace to each day. Connect with other women who have children in the same age range as your children. Leader: Katie Solfest. Suggested contribution: $5. Register: dfloe@incarnationmn.org

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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