Small Groups

Making Our Big Community Smaller

Small groups connect you to other people on their faith journey with similar spiritual needs and interests. They help make our large cathedral feel a little smaller and unite our community across services.

Please note that small group meetings have changed due to COVID-19, but many of these small groups are meeting online. Contact the organizer for more information about how each group is staying connected.


Below are groups that are currently meeting online with descriptions and group coordinators. Please contact Tina Clark, Director of Formation, at if you wish to join a group listed below or if you would like to start a small group.

Anam Cara

Anam Cara, “soul friend” in Gaelic, is a contemplative group for women of all ages and at all stages in their spiritual journey. Drawing from the ancient wisdom of Celtic Christianity, each meeting combines a reflection with a sacred sharing process. This format offers a wonderful opportunity to deepen your connection with the Divinity within yourself, within each other and within all of creation. All women are welcome.

Coordinator: Pat Petrash
When: Every first Tuesday of the month at 6:45 pm in the Nave and/or every second Monday of the month at 12:45 pm in the Library

Book Study: the Bible and Lectionary

This groups comes together each week to study the Gospel out of the Lectionary from the previous Sunday. It is a time of fellowship and mutual support for people on their spiritual journey. We meet after the 7 am Wednesday Eucharist that is held in Saint Martin’s Chapel. All are welcome, and please feel free to come when you are able.

Coordinator: Carol Prescott
When: Every Wednesday at 7:30 to 8:15 am

Book Group: Imitation of Christ

This small group meets weekly to study books on topics relating to social justice, advocacy, theology, and welcome. We have an active and lively group that tackles tough and relevant topics from some of today’s most engaging authors.

Coordinator: Anna Wadsworth
When: Every Wednesday, 11 to 12:30 pm.

Book Group on Sunday Mornings

This group has met for many years and covers a wide range of books, including Death Comes for the Archbishop, Hidden Figures, and Between the World and Me.

Coordinator: Diane Neumann
When: Every second Sunday of the month at 11:30 am

Centering Prayer

All are welcome for Centering Prayer via Zoom on Mondays at 5 for Taizé chant, opening prayer, 20 minutes of silence, and closing prayer.

Coordinator: Pat Petrash
When: Every Monday from 5 to 6 pm.

Be still and know that I am God…

– Psalm 46:10

Dementia Support Group

A monthly drop-in group that welcomes and offers support to those in the Saint John’s community whose lives have been, are, or may be impacted by dementia. Facilitated by Jennie Creasey, LCSW.

Coordinator: Jennie Creasey and Katie Pearson ()
When: Every first Wednesday of the month from 9 to 11 am

Friday Bible Study

All are welcome to join a virtual weekly, hour-long bible study hosted by David Abbott. Using a variety of translations and the HarperCollins Study Bible, the group explores books of the New Testament.

Coordinator: David Abbot
When: Every Friday at 11 am on Zoom

Knitting Group

Our group gathers to knit in community a couple times a month. Our current ongoing project is making prayer shawls for the clergy to give to a parishioner in a time of grief or celebration. Those who want to work on personal knitting projects are welcome to join us as well. All skill levels are welcome! We have several skilled people who enjoy teaching others.

Coordinator: Gaile Koehler
When: Every other Thursday from 12 to 2 pm.

Night Prayers in the Desert

All are invited to join us each Sunday at 7 pm via Zoom for Night Prayers in the Desert. We will use the Night Prayer liturgy from the New Zealand Book of Prayer. This service includes music, readings, and reflection.

Coordinator: Liz Wolfert
When: Every Sunday at 7 pm

Parenting Groups

The Director of Christian Formation, Tina Clark, hosts two parent group offerings through Saint John’s Cathedral.

Faithful Families meets once a month on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.

Parents of Very Young Children meets weekly on Tuesdays in the Library from 9:30 to 11 am.

More information on both groups is here.

Saint Martha's Guild

Emerged out of “Circle Groups” that were started in the 1950s, Saint Martha’s Guild is a group of women who come to lunch in Dagwell Hall once a month for fellowship and a presentation by a cleric on a topic of their choice.

Coordinator: Jane Joukema
When: Every fourth Tuesday of the month at 12 noon

Stargazers: A Widows Group

A group for widows at Saint John’s Cathedral.

Coordinator: Alexis Hertel

20s & 30s Group

20s & 30s is a gathering of young people at Saint John’s Cathedral and beyond who meet for fellowship and formation a few times a month and is led by Canon Precentor Broderick Greer.

Coordinator: Canon Broderick Greer ()
More information here.