come to seek and to be found by Love that never ends.


We meet every Friday, but our events vary. First Friday is our main prayer meeting: ADORATION. The other three Fridays we split between Encounter.Friday, Encounter.D-Day (Dive Deeper) and various monthly events: outreach and evangelization, Misericordia (nursing home and hands on ministry), weekend or one day retreats and trips, cultural events (concerts, Cinema Divina), social events such as parties and dances. 

ENCOUNTER.ADORATION

Every first Friday 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Everybody is welcome. Family friendly. 

Typical evening:

Taize chants, adoration with silence and prayers, confessions, Lectio Divina, chanted Complete (Night Prayer), occasionally praise and worship and the end. 

Learn more about Adorations HERE.

There is always an event after Adoration. See ADORATION page or EVENTS for more details. 

ENCOUNTER.FRIDAY

7:00 - 10:00 pm

Everybody 13 yo and up is welcome.

Typical evening:

WORSHIP and PRAYER (15 min)

Employs mostly contemporary praise and worship, with occasional chanting and traditional hymns. Our focus during worship: to encounter God, enter into His presence and dwell in it. Spontaneous prayers, intertwined with praise and worship, intercessory prayer for each other. Occasional LOTH chanting. 

TEACHING (30 min)

Short, interactive teaching, integrating relevant life issues with reality designed by God. No-nonsense approach. Zero boredom. Integrated with the current series (see below)

ENCOUNTER. GROUPS (60 min)

Facilitated by older teens and include sharing, focused discussion, Lectio Divina and prayer; the outline of each session is prepared in advance by the overseers of Encounter. Small group facilitators are trained and equipped on a monthly basis. 

CURRENT ISSUES (15 min)

Discussion related to current social, cultural, religious or political issues. Prepared and led by teens. 

HANG OUT (60 min)

Conversations, snacks, games. 

ENCOUNTER.D-Day 

7:00 - 10:00 pm

Encounter.Groups Leaders and all 16+ and young adults in their early 20's who:

  • are passionate in their search for God in all aspects of life
  • entrusted their life to Jesus, and although are struggling, are committed to follow Him as growing and commissioned disciples and are determined to resolve all barriers that stand between them and their loving Creator
  • want to go deeper in prayer, especially in their personal, daily life; topics will include: personal prayer plan, discernment of spirits, prayer for healing and deliverance, intercession, prayer for designated area
  • who are ready to commit to weekly Bible Study, and systematic Bible reading on their own: developing habits of studying the Bible for devotional and spiritual benefits as well as for widening intellectual capacities
  • are ready to become transparent and vulnerable in order to reach out to the challenges of life and to grow in grace and knowledge that they are loved and cherished
  • who are wanting to grown in the area of leadership development, including: how to lead a small group effectively, evangelization 101
  • want to recognize and develop their charisms: DISC or other personality test with spiritual implications, encouragement and accountability in developing gifts and charisms; establishing an intercessory prayer team which will pray for people during and after Adorations

Typical evening:

PRAYER AND PRAISE & WORSHIP (15 - 30 min)

We pray as long as the Holy Spirit leads us. 

BIBLE STUDY WITH TEACHING (30- 60 min)

Going deeper in studying about the issues relevant to a spiritual personal and communal development.

GIRLS/GUYS GROUPS (30-60min)

Sharing, questions, discussion, intercessory prayer, accountability.

ENCOUNTER.GROUPS LEADERS (30 min)

Organizational issues. Snacks. 

Comment: This evening is for those who are not searching mostly for social interaction but for those who are actively seeking spiritual growth and are able to discipline themselves and pursue intense challenges and are taking seriously art of listening to others as well as are open to relationship based on intentional giving and receiving. 


Youth ministry (ages 13-30), as traditionally organized, has also suffered the impact of social changes. Young people often fail to find responses to their concerns, needs, problems and hurts in the usual structures. As adults, we find it hard to listen patiently to them, to appreciate their concerns and demands, and to speak to them in a language they can understand. For the same reason, our efforts in the field of education do not produce the results expected. The rise and growth of associations and movements mostly made up of young people can be seen as the work of the Holy Spirit, who blazes new trails to meet their expectations and their search for a deep spirituality and a more real sense of belonging. There remains a need, however, to ensure that these associations actively participate in the Church’s overall pastoral efforts.

Even if it is not always easy to approach young people, progress has been made in two
areas: the awareness that the entire community is called to evangelize and educate the young, and the urgent need for the young to exercise greater leadership. We should recognize that despite the present crisis of commitment and communal relationships, many young people are making common cause before the problems of our world and are taking up various forms of activism and volunteer work. Some take part in the life of the Church as members of service groups and various missionary initiatives in their own dioceses and in other places. How beautiful it is to see that young people are “street preachers” (callejeros de la fe), joyfully bringing Jesus to every street, every town square and every corner of the earth!
— Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium

PEOPLE

OVERSEERS

Keith Major - fixer of encounter. 

Cajun photographer and entrepreneur from Baton Rouge, LA who at the age of 21 heard a call and became a missionary to the Soviet Union in 1991. somehow managed to woo a Polish super woman to marry him and has been forced to experience continual conversion since then. spent over a decade as a church planter, pastor, and ESL instructor in Russia, Poland, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. baptized Catholic, grew up in the Evangelical Charismatic world and reverted back to the Catholic Church in 2010. (video version). Read more about Keith's experience HERE

Iwona Bednarz-Major - guru of encounter. 

Homeschooling mother of three, born and raised in Wrocław, Poland during Communism. by occupation a RN. had a conversion experience at 17, became the leader of a Catholic Charismatic movement in Poland and then in 1991 a missionary to Russia. leaned over toward the Evangelical Charismatic side for almost 20 years, evangelizing, leading worship and building Christian communities in Russia, Poland, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. has lived in the US since 2003. reverted fully to the unam, sanctam, catholicam and apostolicam Church in 2010. Read more about Iwona's experience HERE

Keith and Iwona are founders of MajorChange, non-profit organization. MajorChange is engaging in leadership development, outreaches and media that encourage metanoia in all aspects of life: from seeking and receiving fierce love to sustaining and sharing God's grace, ultimately helping people to reach happiness.

They belong to St. Peter's parish in Steubenville since August 2010. 

Overseers work as volunteers and are not compensated financially, neither do they expect to be, since freely they were given the greatest grace of knowing God and freely they give away, considering it a privilege to be able to serve. Small fees are charged for deep2deep courses to cover the cost of printing materials and snacks. If you would like to DONATE to our work, we would be very grateful. 


SMALL GROUP LEADERS

He appointed twelve [whom he also named apostles] that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach and to have authority to drive out demons.

Mark 3:15

Each small group is led by two older teens or young adults and has no more than eight people, including the leaders. 

Gabe

Gabe

John

John

Nathaniel

Nathaniel

Steven

Steven

Teah

Teah

Christiana

Christiana

Grace

Grace

Isabella

Isabella

 
James (In Austria during the Fall of 2015)

James (In Austria during the Fall of 2015)

Timmy (In Austria during the Fall of 2015)

Timmy (In Austria during the Fall of 2015)

David (Missionary to Mexico in Fall of 2015)

David (Missionary to Mexico in Fall of 2015)

 

COLLEGE STUDENTS and ADULTS

College students and young adults are welcome. If you were a part of a parish/diocesan community, movement, homeschool co-op, Catholic school or a youth group, you might find Encounter. Friday meeting very suitable.

We are not a typical youth group, although the majority of our Friday meetings are attended by teens (for now). Adolescence is a process of maturing, recognizing ones vocation, training for adulthood and as such is not bound by strict age limits. We operate from the premise of accepting anyone who feels drawn to Encounter., because our focus on relationship with God and each other in that order enables us to build a community formed by trust, vulnerability and poverty of heart that seeks happiness. 

Encounter. wouldn't be possible without the help of a few families who consistently assist with time, energy, skills, advice, supervision and presence.

We stay in close contact with the parents and families of the teens. Weekly email updates include recaps and info about upcoming events. Occasional parent meetings, casual or more formal, are held throughout the year. Certain events are very family friendly. 


so far we have conducted 12 series: 


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