Autumn Training Day on Engagement Groups a success

Eleven Unitarians from six congregations gathered at Kingswood Meeting House on a sunny Saturday in October, to learn what Engagement Groups are about, and how to facilitate one. The course was led by Sue Woolley and Alison Thursfield. In the morning, participants were given a whistle-stop tour of engagements groups, covering why there is a check-in and check-out, and opening and closing devotions; why are engagement groups special; what sort of ground rules are needed if folk are to share deeply and openly in an atmosphere of trust; how to listen well; and a little about the role of the facilitator in holding and controlling the group.
Then, after a brief break for lunch, participants were divided into two groups, and enjoyed an actual engagement group experience, facilitated by Sue and Alison.
At the end of the day those present had a much clearer idea of what engagement groups are about, and why small group ministry can be so important in our congregations.