One easy way to use Take Out in your adult faith formation ministry is to offer a monthly series for parents to gather in small faith communities and discuss one article from each months’ issue. I know from experience that adults today are often searching for ways to connect with other people who share common values, are at the similar place in life and, of course, share the same faith beliefs.
At our parish, this series is titled, “Conversations that Matter.” It is a series of eight to 10 sessions – one per month – to which parents are invited to connect with other parishioners and talk about the topics that matter most to Catholic families today. Participants are asked to register in advance.
At the beginning of each month, all registrants (one per family) are sent a copy of Take Out magazine and asked to pay close attention to one particular article in each issue. Then the registrants are invited back for an evening at the end of each month to come together and discuss that article. Or order a subscription to Take Out for all of the families in your parish with young children and print the “focus article of the month” in the parish bulletin.
Reserve a room in your parish that is large enough to accommodate 25-50 people (or more!) Set up tables with five to seven chairs at each. (Having people sit at tables is an easy way to divide them into small groups.) Several sets of the discussion questions should be in the middle of each table along with a few copies of that month’s Take Out magazine.
Refreshments are always welcome and need not be fancy or time-consuming to display. Decaf coffee and cookies are usually a welcome after-dinner treat.
Check this website each month for small-group discussion questions, tips and tools to help facilitate your Conversations that Matter series.
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