Singles For Christ Northern Virginia

                                                 

What is Singles For Christ?

CFC Singles for Christ is a Christian support environment for single men and women who are at the crossroads of their state of life, choosing between marriage, a religious vocation, or single blessedness. SFC is now established throughout the Philippines and in many key cities and states of other countries around the world.

SFC uses a three-pronged evangelization approach: Attraction, Retention and Transistion. Attraction establishes creative ways of bringing single men and women to community. Retention keeps members actively involved through community life experience and innovative formation. Transition involves the proper transition of youth to singles and singles to couples.

Pastoral guidance is extended to SFC members following CFC's vast network of households (a cell group of 10 to 12 members) led by a household head. Further, unit heads lead household heads, chapter heads lead unit heads and cluster heads lead chapter heads. Over-all direction is provided by a national council.

Who can become SFC?

Any single person can become a member of Singles For Christ. SFC is mainly a Catholic organization, but is open to membership to all Christians of other denominations. The participants need not have any specific religious and/or spiritual background to become a member. Singles For Christ draws its membership from all sectors of society - young and old, rich and poor, etc. SFC transcends all cultural, economic, educational, social and other distinctions. SFC is equally adaptable to all local and foreign settings.

Those who want to become members of Singles For Christ go through a seminar, which is called a Christian Life Program (CLP). The CLP commences with an Orientation session, then goes through 12 talks. The talks are usually held in the afternoons or evenings and usually last about two and a half hours per session.

What is a Christian Life Program (CLP)?

The CLP is an integrated course leading into a renewed understanding of God's call to Christian couples. It is divided into 3 modules of 4 sessions each. Most sessions consist of a talk, group discussion, and some time for fellowship. The first module (first 4 talks) presents the absolute basics of Christian life, with emphasis on our hearing it through a single adult perspective. The second module (next 4 talks) presents the kind of life that God calls us to. It spells out the personal response involved in receiving Jesus as Lord and Saviour and helps singles to make a reorientation of their lives around Jesus. The third module (last 4 talks) helps singles commit their lives in a serious way to Jesus. It helps them appropriate for their lives the power of the Holy Spirit. It provides the basis for continuing spiritual growth.

Module 1
Basic Truths About Christianity

God's Love
Who Is Jesus Christ?
What It Means To Be A Christian
Repentance And Faith

Module 2
The Authentic Christian Ideal

The Christian Ideal : Loving God
Loving Your Neighbor
Christian Family
Life In The Holy Spirit

Module 3
Living A Spirit-Filled Christian Life

Receiving The Power Of The Holy Spirit
Growing In The Spirit
Singles For Christ Family
Dedication

What are the goals of the CLP?

Evangelization
To take the basic message of Christianity and to proclaim it anew so that those who hear it can make a renewed commitment to the Lord in a way which will allow them to receive a fuller experience of the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives.

Renewal
Individual - to bring individuals to a stronger relationship with God by discovering and living more fully the power and gifts they received through the Holy Spirit.
Family - to bring single men & women to a renewed commitment to Christian Family life. To build up a community of committed Christian families.
Church - to strengthen and revitalize Christian community life in the parishes.

What is the history of SFC?

CFC Singles for Christ began on March - April 1993, when a group of about 40 singles from different parts of the Philippines and belonging to different groups supported by Couples For Christ (CFC) met for a 3-day workshop in Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines. During this workshop, the participants, with the guidance of some CFC elders and the grace of the Holy Spirit, drafted the basic outline of what is to be the Ministry of CFC Singles for Christ.

The singles grouped themselves to discuss various aspects, and the output of that workshop has become the cornerstone of the SFC manual, its mission, philosophy, commitment, and programs.

What is the mission of SFC?

The single men and women today live in a difficult age. In a world of rapid change and unprecedented evil, they need to chart the course of their own lives. They face an uncertain future, without much to hold onto since traditional support structures are starting to break up around them. Being on their own now, they experience tremendous pressure to succeed, or perhaps for most, simply to survive.

Life after school is a time for excitement and challenge. But many single men and women soon realize that real life is very different from what they have learned in school. Many lose their idealism as they are confronted with the reality of evil in the marketplace. And so they start to compromise their values. Earning money gives them a new freedom to make choices and a new sense of power to buy and to own. But the lack of values and a sense of responsibility to go with this new freedom can lead many of them in a path away from God. They chart career paths that do not consider God as a priority and, worse, develop new activities and habits, including vices, that make them turn away from God. This will only lead them to a life of loneliness, frustrations, and despair.

We believe that God has a plan for us to live a meaningful, happy and productive lives at this stage of our human existence. Given the formidable obstacles that we face, we need a renewed relationship with God and the power of the Holy Spirit to live a new life. We need a support environment where God's plan is revealed to us and where we can draw strength from other single men and women who are committed to love and support us. We need a group where our energy and talents can be developed and put to good use to serve God and His people. We need a place where we can be formed to prepare us for the next stage of our lives, to marry or to live a single life in total dedication to the Lord.

We therefore commit to the work of personal renewal and evangelization in our milieu as part of the larger work of the Couples for Christ family and in line with its global mission of "renewing the face of the earth."

What is the philosophy of SFC?

The following embodies the beliefs and ideals of the CFC Singles For Christ as a ministry, from which flow the Christian attitudes, values and behavior, as well as its programs, teachings and approaches to Christian renewal.

We BELIEVE that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and we safeguard its sanctity by being pure in thoughts, in words and in deeds.

We BELIEVE that God gave us gifts and talents with which we can serve and glorify Him and allow us to live fruitful lives. We believe in the proper stewardship of these gifts by striving to succeed in our chosen work or profession without sacrificing our Christian values and ethics.

We BELIEVE in the indissolubility of Christian marriage and the importance of family life in the plan of God, in the sanctity of human life and the right of the unborn child.

We BELIEVE that we are called to live out our faith fully and share actively in the life and mission in our church - through prayers, evangelization and service to others.

We BELIEVE in living productive lives as citizens of our country, obeying its laws and respecting its institutions. We believe that we have a duty to the future generations in protecting our natural environment and in combating the proliferation of evil in our social environment.

We BELIEVE that individual and corporate renewal can best be achieved by having a deep personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior by calling upon the power of the Holy Spirit in our day-to-day life and by making full use of all charismatic gifts at our disposal.