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DISCOVERY circles offer a place to connect, and to live out our values in the context of personal gatherings and small groups.


ABOUT DISCOVERY CIRCLES
One of the many blessings of McKillop United Church is its large size;  this enables us to do a lot in the community and in the congregation and generate the irresistible energy that runs throughout this community.

With two services and a large congregation, one of the challenges is how to feel that we belong.  How can we live our values of welcoming, nurturing, affirming, diversity, social justice, and spirituality?

DISCOVERY circles are designed to ignite connection in the context of small groups - everybody is invited to join a circle or DISCOVERY one of their own.

The goals of these circles are to...

ENHANCE BELONGING
DISCOVERY circles allow each participant to get to know other people and help create a sense of belonging at McKillop.

CELEBRATE & EXPLORE
DISCOVERY circles offer a space to celebrate our gifts with each other and to explore new ideas and skills.

CREATE A SAFE SPACE
DISCOVERY circles provide a safe place to share what’s in our heads and hearts and to explore the spiritual aspects of everyday life.



Discovery Groups Beginning in Fall/Winter 2018

Thursday Night Book Study
First Meeting, Sept. 20th at 7:00 PM.
This is a monthly group that explores themes of spirituality. Meets 3rd Thursday of the month.  Dear Heart Come Home: a path of midlife spirituality by Joyce Rupp.  Facilitator:  Jennifer Hansen.

Knitting Meditation
Thursdays, Sept. 20 - Nov. 22, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ Lane Lounge
You are invited to join us this fall for a cup of tea, caring conversation and a period of meditative knitting.  For more information call or email Gloria Bremer (403-394-1402, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


Meditation
Wednesday, September 12 11:00 AM @ Choir Room
Each Wednesday, the 1 hour session will begin with a quiet 20 minute meditation, followed by a time to discuss Cynthia Bourgeault's book 'Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening'; copies are available for purchase at the Church office. No experience in meditation is required, all are welcome to attend.

Quilting
Tuesdays, 12:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Choir Room
Please bring your projects, your equipment, and your sense of humour and join us for some time quilting, sewing, stitching, knitting or with handwork of your choice.  All skill and interest levels are welcome. Please contact Donna Dalby 403-381-7096 for more information.

Ukulele Group
First regular rehearsal on Wednesday, September 12, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM @ Choir Room
This group meets to sing, strum, laugh, and support each other as we hone our Ukulele skills.  Please bring your ukulele and join us.

Inner Quest/Friday Morning Book Group
Begins Friday, September 21st, 9:30-11:00 AM.
If you have wondered which of the nine personality types you are, join the Friday Morning Book Circle.  We will be delving into the pages of The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective by Richard Rohr and Andreas Ebert.
Contact Doris Redel This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information.

Wednesday Bible Study
Wednesday, September 12, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
We will be continuing with the Disciple series with “ Into the Word Into the World.  We in our group would like to extend a welcome to any one who might be interested in joining us. Please feel free to join us even though you may feel like novices in the study of the Bible. We all still feel that way. No matter how much time we may have spent reading and studying this book, the more we learn, the more we realize we know nothing. You may feel shy about asking questions, or sharing your theories with others, please don’t, we are all the same and there is no such thing as a stupid questions. All questions are good, they challenge us, interest us, and give us more to think about. So come along, join us, helping us with your new ideas and new questions.  Hopefully we will see some new faces on Sept. 12.

For information call Barb Cook at 403-752-3782.

Early Morning Book Study Group - Integral Christianity
Will meet on Thursday, September 27th at 7:30 AM at Smitty’s Restaurant. 
The group will then decide over breakfast the direction they will be going in. All are Welcome.


Discover and start your own Discovery Group
Have an idea for a Discovery circle?  Look at our Discovery Handbook and e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him at 403-328-2703.


Potential Ways to discover a connection

•    Physical activity; hiking, cycling, yoga, walking …
•    Special interests; art, crafts, knitting, music, quilting, board games, video games movie group…
•    Spiritual study; bible studies, book studies, meditation …
•    Age related groups; family games night, Mom’s walking group …
•    Social justice; soup kitchen, food bank, picking up trash, climate change …
•    Emotional support; sharing comfort in times of grief, divorce, parenting …
•    Affirming; LGBTTQ book study, fellowship …
•    Sunday worship; Sunday lunch group, Sunday morning book study …

We exist to welcome, nurture, and equip people for spirit-filled, gospel living.

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