Celebrate Lent with FRIENDS


Small groups are a great way to make big churches feel small. They're a way to help us grow spiritually through relationships.

We believe that faith grows in community and a circle of friends is where that can happen. Small group friends get together to discuss the readings, reflections and questions for discussions.

What is a Small Group?

There are 3-12 people in a group which can be made up of friends, family, coworkers and fellow parishioners. Small groups can meet in homes, work or any place you can gather together.

How long is it?

The groups meet once a week for 90 minutes starting February 26th through April 2nd.

What takes place in a small group?

Groups will gather to discuss brief teachings by different pastors and priests each week and watch a unique story that brings to life the teaching, followed by questions for discussion led by the Host. It’s a fun, relaxing way to learn more about our faith in a comfortable environment.

What is a Host?

The key to the success of the Small Group Lenten series are the Hosts. Hosting this series is just saying "yes" and taking action because everything has been planned for you. Yes to inviting friends or acquaintances to celebrate Lent as never before. Yes to opening your home or coordinating a place to meet. Yes to following the curriculum as put together by the Small Group Planning committee at St. Matthew Church.

No special training is needed to be a Host, but training will be available on Thursday evening, Feb 16th at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday Feb 25th at 9:45 a.m. This training is especially recommended for new Hosts. This series has been designed to be easy to follow. Either the Host can facilitate each week or someone different each decide.

How do I get started?

The first step is to decide who will be in your group. Most groups have indicated that they’ll be made up of friends or acquaintances thereby the theme "Lenten Friends." We also encourage you to reach out someone that you might not be that familiar with. It could be an acquaintance or maybe someone you share a pew with and have not had the opportunity to get to know. It could also be someone God is asking you to reach out to. This Lenten Series is a wonderful opportunity to grow in your faith with friends both old and new. If you don’t want to be a Host, that’s fine too. There will be groups with available open seats as the signups begin or we will help you find a group.

We encourage you to prayerfully consider inviting someone you do not know to join your group...perhaps a new Lenten friend.


If you have further questions, please email us at or call 704-543-7677 x1010. A member of our small group team will respond as soon as possible.