One of the things members have said they appreciate during this time are all the opportunities to connect with others. We have many groups to choose from, but especially if you’re new to Live Oak, it may be difficult to differentiate between them. So here we go, the current Guide to Groups at Live Oak:
Geo Groups: all official members of Live Oak have been assigned to a group with other members who live geographically close to them. These groups are self-run. Some groups meet weekly via Zoom, others have their own Facebook group, and some stay in touch via email.
Acorn Groups: Sponsored by the Membership Team, these are just for new members. In the Acorn group, there is a trained facilitator with a 6 week session of weekly meetings where members can get to know each other, and explore spiritual/philosophical questions. After the 6 week session, the group may decide to continue meeting. If you’re new to Live Oak, this is a great way to connect with other new members.
Chalice Circles: Under the umbrella of faith development, these groups are open to anyone. They meet weekly, with materials created by the minister and Director of Lifespan Faith Development that correlate to the worship service themes. These groups make space for deep listening so that group members can deeply delve into their own beliefs and ideas.
Drop-In Groups: There are also groups oriented around particular interests, or life stages, like the Parents of Youth group, the Stitching Circle, and Senior Coffee. Unlike Chalice Circles, where members make a commitment to be at each meeting if at all possible, most of these drop-in groups are more casual. Another drop-in group is Sack Lunch with the Minister, which gathers every Wednesday online at noon. Members from Congregation Shir Ami, including Rabbi Reice, sometimes join us.