Whether you are a believer, a seeker, a person of faith, or one who has no faith at all, you are welcome here.

Small Group Ministries

The First Congregational Church of San Jose has several groups that meet for the social and spiritual benefit of its members and friends.

Caregiver Support Group

If you are in the position of being a caregiver or support person (long distance or nearby), and would like to connect with others experiencing the same kind of challenges, this is the group for you. They meet on the third Saturday of each month. At each meeting we have a time of check in, and then explore a topic related to care giving.

Dream Groups

Dream Groups are circles of trust where we explore the relevance of dream imagery in our spiritual and personal lives. Currently two groups meet, one on Saturday, the other on Monday. Please check with facilitators Anne Swanson or Margaret Gainer for available openings.

Heartstrings

Heartstrings is a gathering of women into a time of handwork, silence, music, gentle qi gong movement, guided meditation, and reflective conversation. You are welcome to bring any quiet work of the hands, or we have a collection of mandalas from which you may choose to fill in with colors that express your own inner spirit. This group meets during Lent and in the fall for 6 weeks before ThanksgivingPlease note there is no Wake Up & Knit on the Tuesdays Heartstrings meets.

Wake Up & Knit

“Wake Up” is part of the name because each handwork session ends with a period of guided mindfulness meditation, a time to still the hands, come into quiet, and wake up to the experience of the present moment and our connection to each other and all beings. Not everyone in the group is a knitter: we also have people who quilt, crochet, needlepoint, cross stitch, and create handmade dolls. Just about everybody does both personal projects and things to be donated. People have knitted caps for preemies and cancer patients; scarves for the homeless; socks for a community service provider; prayer shawls or lap robes for those who are ill; child-size quilts for the Linus Project for sick children; and knitted bird nests for orphaned baby birds being treated at Wildcare Center.

Women of Faith

Women of Faith meet monthly to share their faith journeys and discuss how to live out Jesus’ vision for a just and loving world in an intimate setting. We are two congenial groups, one meeting on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in one another’s homes, and the other meeting on the fourth Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the Friendship Room. All are welcome.