HOW DOES PECS WORK?

Find out more about a parish evangelisation cell and it's purpose, how a meeting is structured and how the different cells are organised within a Parish

WHAT IS A PARISH EVANGELISATION CELL?

A cell group is a group of people (approx 6 to 12 regular members), who meet weekly or fortnightly for the purpose of spiritual edification and evangelical outreach with the goal of multiplication, and who are committed to participate in the functions of the local church.

Groups meet in the leader’s home weekly or bi-weekly for 1½ hours, following a set agenda. While nurturing and fellowship do take place at the meeting, the main focus is outreach, the recruiting of new members.

Once a cell grows to more than 12 regular members, the preference is for the cell to divide and the deputy leader to lead a new cell. They are called cell groups because cells in the human body are living, vibrant, multiplying units. They are programmed to multiply or die and so it is with cell groups.

THE SEVEN PURPOSES OF PARISH EVANGELISATION CELLS
  1. to grow in an ongoing intimacy with the Lord;

  2. to share our Faith – evangelising by word and lifestyle;

  3. to grow in love of one another;

  4. to minister in the Body of Christ;

  5. to give and receive support;

  6. to raise up new leaders;

  7. to deepen our Catholic identity.

FURTHER READING ON HOW PECS WORKS...
OIKOS EVANGELISATION

What does 'Oikos' mean?

How does it relate to evangelisation?

The Oikos in a cell context and the seven stages of Oikos evangelisation can all be found here 

TEACHINGS

Teachings are the way the priest is present in the cell.

The role of the teaching is described here along with practical guidance on preparing a teaching and some sample cell teaching videos

LEADERS &
CO-LEADERS

What does the cell leader do?

How to identify leaders?

These questions are answered here along with an explanation of the cell system structure within the Parish

SEVEN MOMENTS OF A CELL MEETING

Cell meetings follow a set structure and format that can be described as "the seven moments" which are detailed here

TRAINING

Training is essential to the growth of the cells. There are a number of training resources described here along with suggested content for a local leadership training event

ABOUT US

PECS England is a group of clergy and laity who support and promote the Parish Evangelisation Cell System (PECS) within Catholic Parishes in England.

PECS England is overseen by Fr Victor Vella who is the National PECS Coordinator for England.

ADDRESS

PECS England

c/o Holy Innocents' Presbytery, Strickland Way, Orpington BR6 9UE

pecsengland@gmail.com

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