I’m in a YA group in my parish. I like it, but in a way, find it too cheesy with all the icebreakers and kiddie stuff. I just feel like I’m in kindergarten or something. Maybe that’s why many have left. Either way, I also feel like we only talk about the same thing over and over, like God’s love and the sacraments, and nothing new really or anything edifying or much of actually teaching us anything. Any time we’ve talked about the sacraments, it’s really basic stuff, they never touch deeper than what any normal catholic would know. I’ve even wanted to tell them the things I know, but of course, it would be rude to interrupt the speaker to add a many more things and I’m quite an introvert so I keep my mouth shut. Maybe it’s because I’ve dwelved deep into theology that I feel it’s so basic. I’m not saying I’m smart or anything, just that it feels basic.
Besides that, most that are in the group right now, already have known each other before the group started so I feel like the odd one out, as I’m the only one “new” there pretty much. And I’ve known people who have had bad experiences with groups in church that they decided never to join or serve again because it’s just too problematic. How about you? Do you think it’s better to stay away from groups? I know one priest that actually said it was better not to join groups because people in them can be quite troublesome and there can be gossip etc.