Fairfax Circle Church


Description of Small Groups: When Helping Hurts

When Helping Hurts

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About Small Groups

As a church that cares about our the needs in our local community as well as the needs around the world we want to constantly be looking for ways to engage and make a difference. At the same time we want to make sure that our efforts are as effective as possible and truly make a difference in people’s lives.

Poverty is much more than simply a lack of material resources, and it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve it. When Helping Hurts shows how some alleviation efforts, failing to consider the complexities of poverty, have actually (and unintentionally) done more harm than good.

When Helping Hurts will help us look ahead and encourage us to see the dignity in everyone, to empower the materially poor, and to know that we are all uniquely needy—and that God in the gospel is reconciling all things to himself.

Focusing on both North American and Majority World contexts, When Helping Hurts provides proven strategies for effective poverty alleviation, catalyzing the idea that sustainable change comes not from the outside in, but from the inside out.

As our church continues to work to engage the needs of our culture, especially those in poverty, and as we strive to build more and more partnership with other groups and organizations over the coming years it’s important that we understand and apply some of the principles found in When Helping Hurts.

We hope you will join one of our small groups this semester as we all focus on the same content, When Helping Hurts.

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Fridays at 7:00pm Fairfax City
Facilitator: Melissa Bowhay
Host: Bobby and Anna Ritter
Children Welcome

Fridays at 7:30pm, Fairfax City
Facilitator: Max Inman
Host: Carolyn and Max Inman

Fridays at 7:30, Fairfax area
Facilitator: David Magnet
Hosts: Christine and Gideon Dean
Children Welcome

Fridays, at 7:30pm, Centreville Area
Facilitator: Susan Cottrell
Host: Susan and Mark Cottrell

Fridays at 7:30pm, Vienna Area
Facilitator: Elise Bell
Host: Ellie and Jeff Bechtle
Children Welcome