The Children of the King

Sharing Groups



Because we need others to help us remain strong in our commitment to Christ and his Church. The Bible says, "Love one another" (Jn 15: 12); "Encourage one another" (2 Cor. 13: 11); "Instruct and admonish one another." (Col. 3: 16)

Remember, there’s no such thing as a "Lone Ranger Christian." The New Testament tells us that Jesus sent his disciples out "two by two" (Mark 6:7), and that the early Christians "devoted themselves to . . . the communal life" (Acts 2: 42). In other words, they loved, challenged and supported one another! We must do the same! It’s very easy to become "enamored of the present world" (2 Timothy 4: 10) and go back to our old way of living. We need the help of others to stay on the narrow road that leads to eternal life! (See Mt. 7: 13-14.)


At least once a week, to help us "to stir into flame the gift of God bestowed" on us at Baptism and Confirmation, and renewed within us at the Steubenville Conference. (See 2 Timothy 1: 6.)


At least 15 minutes.


On Thursday nights, during our weekly prayer-share group. On weeks when we don’t have a meeting, other arrangements could be made for the sharing group to meet. Or at least make the effort to talk to one another on the phone! That should be a very easy commitment for teens to make!

Subject Matter?

We are called to know, love and serve God. These areas should form the subject matter for our sharing groups.

To know God:

What have I done this week to further my understanding of God? of  my Catholic faith? (For example: What have I learned from reading Scripture?  What have I learned from reading other religious books or magazines? Or from watching EWTN? Or from reading something on or another good Catholic web site?)

To love God:

In my quest to become "perfect" as my heavenly Father is perfect, what acts of prayer and piety have nourished my union with Christ and others?  (For example: Mass; Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; Prayer Groups; daily Rosary; daily Scripture reading; novenas or other devotions.)

To serve God:

How have I tried to be a good witness for Christ in my family, at my school, at my place of employment? How have I tried to evangelize my friends? Through the Corporal and Spiritual works of mercy, what have I done to help those in need? (Corporal Works of Mercy: Feeding the hungry; clothing the naked; giving drink to the thirsty; sheltering the homeless; caring for the sick; visiting those in prison; burying the dead. Spiritual Works of Mercy: Converting sinners; instructing the ignorant; counseling the wayward; Comforting the sorrowful; bearing adversities patiently; forgiving others; praying for the living and the dead.)


Someone should volunteer to facilitate the group each week. Every gathering should begin and end with a prayer. These prayers may be said by the leader, or by someone else.


If you are open, serious, respectful, sensitive, enthusiastic and charitable toward one another, these groups will be a great blessing to your spiritual life.


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