Feeling disconnected? Lost in a large church? Want to enjoy the company of other Christians and perhaps “bump into Jesus”? A Parish Cell is a group of 5 or more individuals coming together to share life experiences, connect with others, and discover where God is present in their daily lives through listening to others, scripture and prayer. Parish Evangelizing Cells make Church smaller, but more importantly, empower its members to serve the church and the surrounding communities in which we live.
Parish Evangelizing Cells
A cell group is not a program, or even a ministry…it is more a ‘way of parish life’. Cell groups are small groups that evangelize the parish from within, bringing the light of Christ to its members. Gathering in a comfortable setting, a facilitator guides the group. Usually the upcoming Sunday Scriptures are read. Each person reflects on the message and is encouraged to share how a word, phrase or idea speaks to them in a personal way. As members connect their own life and faith stories to the Scripture, they truly discover God more richly present in their lives. Groups also read and reflect on spiritual teachings provided by our parish priests. Again the concepts presented help to connect faith and life. The meetings run by a specific agenda for approximately 90 minutes.
What’s in a name?
Just as the body is made up of many cells that give it life, St Mary Magdalen is made up of parish cells of missionary disciples committed to living the Gospel together as one family in the Spirit to ends of the earth.
The Cell Meeting Agenda
- Song and Praise Prayer
- Abbreviated Lectio Divina (praying with Scripture)
- Evangelistic Sharing
- Teaching and Discussion
- Intercessory Prayer
- Healing Prayer
Fellowship time usually follows
What are the gifts one enjoys within a Parish Cell?
- Participating in a personal and supportive environment with a sense of belonging
- Having the opportunity to be listened to in a confidential, trusting and non-judgmental atmosphere
- Sharing life and Faith experiences with others
- Deepening one’s own Faith
- Meeting and building relationships with people from St. Mary Magdalen Church
- Having one’s abilities and talents encouraged and appreciated
- Feeling supported during times of challenge and joy
How can I join an existing Parish Cell?
Call Tim Gonzalez in the Parish Office ator click submit an interest form below, and we will get back with you very soon!
May I form a new Parish Cell?
Absolutely! In fact, new groups are highly encouraged to form and grow at St. Mary Magdalen. You will be given the help and reference materials you need to make your Parish Cell a wonderful experience. Please call Tim for more information:firstname.lastname@example.org email Tim at