Table Groups

Making spiritual sense out of our lives and the world.

The Concept

In the life of faith we are invited to move from Christ’s Table in worship to a common table outside the walls of the church—common tables are one place where we live out  the grace we experience of Christ’s table. Tables are also a reminder of Jesus’ intention and willingness to eat with anyone. Tables are a radical extension of God’s grace in the world.

Table Groups, PHPC's small group ministry, are a way that we gather in community to make spiritual sense out of our lives and the world. Groups meet in homes, restaurants, coffee shops, and various locations around the city throughout the week

They are a chance to form meaningful connections through food, fellowship, and book/Bible study. Table groups launch two times a year - once in the fall and once in the spring.

THE STRUCTURE

Weekly Rhythm
Table Groups meet weekly for an hour and a half. During the 1st half of the meeting, groups participate in book/Bible study together with a guided curriculum.  For the second half, groups engage one another in the question, "How is your life in God?” Each session closes with prayer sharing joys and concerns.

Bible and Book Discussion (45min)

This spring, groups will be studying Walter Brueggemann’s book, Sabbath as Resistance. Groups will dive into scriptures’ call to Sabbath, rediscovering that Sabbath is about more than “Blue Laws” and keeping rules. Sabbath is about becoming a whole person and restoring a whole society.  True Sabbath allows us to break the restless cycle of consumption, achievement, performance, and possession and focus more deeply on what is truly important: God, other people, all of life.

PHPC Table Groups do not have to have a single leader. Instead, groups follow a model of shared leadership and responsibility. Everyone in the group has the opportunity to facilitate the discussion (if they so desire). At your first gathering your group will decide who will facilitate each week. Other group responsibilities include snack coordinator, time keeper, and someone to keep track of prayer requests. Opening prayer, book and bible study discussion questions are provided in the curriculum.

How is your life in God? (45min)
The very act of asking this simple question on a weekly basis causes you to pay more attention to the presence of God in your daily life. Asking that one question at any particular group meeting might not seem significant, but asking that question in the presence of others on an ongoing, weekly basis, is a practice that the Holy Spirit can use to drastically change your life.  This time is not for sharing joys and concerns (that happens later!). This time is not intended to solve problems. It is a time to practice listening to others. It is a time to practice recognizing God’s leading in your life.

TIME FRAME

Table Groups are an initial six-week experience. Following the six weeks, groups are encouraged to participate in one service and one social activity as a group.  Lenten Table Groups begin the week of February 19.

THE FOOD

Your table group will determine the type of food that you want to incorporate into your time together. It can be as much as a full meal or as little as cheese and crackers or cookies. These decisions are made by you group during your first gathering.

JOINING

You can join online here! 

CHILDCARE

Childcare can be arranged for groups who choose to meet at the church on Sunday morning, Wednesday evening, or Sunday evening.

Interested in arranging childcare for your group? Email Rev. Sarah Johnson at