Sankofa Circles

Small Groups engaged in spiritual growth and fellowship

Sankofa Circles Starting in March, 2020!

A new session of Sankofa Circles will be offered during Lent.  These home-based gatherings are an opportunity to discuss the sermon and Bible readings from the previous Sunday, in a comfortable small group setting.  The symbol of our small groups is the Sankofa Bird, a West African image of a bird looking back while holding an egg in its beak.  The Sankofa Bird represents moving into the future while respecting and cherishing the past. Our Sankofa Circles provide an opportunity to experience something like the “house churches” where early Christians gathered.

Newcomers are always welcome to sign up for any Sankofa Circle group. Whether you are new to St. B’s, or just new to Sankofa Circles, we encourage everyone to try it out!

Sankofa Circles begin the week of March 1 and conclude the week of March 29.

  • Mondays at 5:30 pm in the Parish House
  • Tuesdays at 11:30 am in the Parish House
  • Wednesdays at 3:30 pm at Fairhaven (Sykesville)
  • Wednesdays at 6:30 pm in Roland Park
  • Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in Columbia/Ellicott City
  • Wednesday at 7:00 pm near St. B’s
  • Thursdays at 7:00 pm in Oella
  • Thursdays at 7:00 pm in the Parish House

Call Maggie Caldwell in the Church office at 410-945-7263 to sign up for a Sankofa Circle.  If you have any questions, please talk to Flo or Thelma, or a member of the Planning Committee: Daphne Cover, Bill Kulp, Diane Mountain, Judy Sabalauskas.

And if you haven’t been part of a Sankofa Circle yet, I hope you’ll come and learn more about this extraordinary ministry. Each small group meets with two co-leaders, either at a host’s home or at St. B’s campus, to hold guided discussions based on the previous Sunday’s sermon and scripture readings.  The structure isn’t rigid, but generally we share some food and fellowship, and we incorporate worship and sharing of pastoral concerns also.

The groups meet for a defined period of time — once a week for about 6 weeks — which gives each Sankofa Circle the time to get to know one another and establish some group trust.  I love Sankofa Circles because they give me a chance to talk with people I see every Sunday, but rarely have the time to really connect with. And I’ve made completely new friendships that I treasure.

— Diane Mountain is a member of the Sankofa Circle Planning Team