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Make new friends, learn something new, and grow closer to God

We think that small groups are central to the community life of our church outside of Sunday gatherings. We believe scripture teaches that the Christian life works better in community. Small groups are also an important place where we can relate our faith to all of our lives, the things we do and face every day. They meet regularly in homes and venues across the locality. There are lots of different groups to choose from, but the essence of every group is the same – to provide places to make new friends, learn something new and grow closer to God.

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The small group structure is designed to make it easy for us all to sign up. Many groups will be brand new each term. Some groups may only last for just the three months’ duration of a term, whilst others will run continuously from term to term until the leaders choose to rest. This means attendees don’t have to feel tied to one group forever, giving them opportunity to possibly try a different type of group each term. Others however, especially as they connect deeper into the community of the church, may begin to deepen relationships by staying with just one group for a longer season beyond a single term – it’s always up to the attendees – we might make recommendations along the way, but the decision ultimately rests with them.

Each small group will have a category depending on the focus of the group. For example, traditional Bible study groups will be categorised as ‘General’, walking or cycling groups will be categorised as ‘Activity’, and so on. This term there are four categories – General, Courses, Activity and Life Stage.

Below you will find the list of groups that are available this term. Click on each group to find out more, or to book on to that group. Members of existing groups that are listed below will still need to sign up and register their place if they want to continue.

General

Wednesday Wonders

Host: Arlene McIlwaine
When: Every two weeks. 8pm – 10pm on Wednesday
Where: Marlow
Start date: Wednesday 27th September
Who’s this for?: More suited to Women

Studies from the Good Book Guide on Women of Faith from the Old Testament – Hannah, Abigail, The Shunammite, The Godly Wife. We will study the lives and experiences of women from the Old Testament, highlighting their faith and their flaws, their struggles and solutions. Women who were wives, mothers and worshippers of God; from a pagan prostitute to a prophetess waging war.
Through these women, we learn about God, ourselves, the great problem with this world and what God is doing about it. These stories could change your life! We start with tea/coffee, work our way through the study guide and have great discussions about what comes up. You don’t have to be a Bible scholar to join this group! All are welcome as we learn, laugh and share our thoughts together.

A study in Revelations
***this group is now full***

Host: Joy Halton
When: Every two weeks. 8pm – 10pm on Thursday
Where: Marlow
Start date: Thursday 21st September
Who’s this for?: Adults

A Study of Revelations following a bible study booklet.

Learning and Sharing
***this group is now full***

Host: Kathy Burns
When: Monthly. 7.30pm on Tuesday
Where: Marlow Bottom
Start date: Tuesday 5th September
Who’s this for?: Adults

This group has been meeting for some years and is almost at its maximum but a small number of new members would be most welcome. The leadership is shared around the group members month by month and includes bible study, prayer and fellowship. There will be four sessions within this term.

Acts of the Apostles

Host(s): Cliff & Jeannie Hampton
When: Every two weeks. 8pm – 9.45pm on Thursday
Where: Marlow
Start date: Thursday 14th September
Who’s this for?: Adults

We are a small friendly group meeting in a home on Thursdays currently studying the Acts of the Apostles.

Love Beyond Reason

Host: Sandy Powell
When: Every two weeks. 8pm – 9.30pm on Wednesday
Where: Marlow
Start date: Wednesday 20th September
Who’s this for?: Adults

Reading chapters 6 to 12 in John Ortberg’s book Love beyond Reason – moving God’s love from your head to your heart.

Modern Day Christian Martyrs

Host: Olive Bridge
When: Every week. 2pm – 4pm on Thursday
Where: Marlow
Start date: Thursday 21st September
Who’s this for?: Adults

This is a video based course about modern day Christian martyrs such as Corrie Ten Boon. There will be time for discussion after the video and of course a cup of tea.

The Book of Esther

Host: David Baldwin
When: Every 2 weeks. 7.30pm – 9pm either on a Tuesday or Wednesday
Where: Bourne End and Little Marlow
Start date: Wednesday 20 September
Who’s this for?: Adults

This term, the group will be looking at the life of Esther from the Old Testament with a study guide.

Courses

Alpha Course (Marlow Bottom)

Host: Rev Graham Watts
When: Every week. 7.30pm – 9.30pm on Thursday
Where: Marlow Bottom
Start date: Thursday 28th September
Who’s this for?: Adults

Do you have questions about life, death and God? Or do you want to revisit your roots? The phenomenally successful Alpha Course is running again in Marlow and Marlow Bottom. The course gives an opportunity to explore the really big questions of life and time to think through the big issues. If you have ever wondered about life after death, about the place of suffering in our world, the many religions that all seem to offer to lead us to God – then this is the course for you. We eat together, listen to a speaker together and then discuss together. In the process friendships are often made! You can find out more about Alpha courses on alpha.org.

Revd Dave BullAlpha Course (Marlow)

Host(s): Rev Dave Bull & Rev Roland Slade
When: Every week. 7.30pm – 9.45pm on Thursday
Where: The Church Hall, The Causeway, Marlow. SL7 2AA
Start date: Tuesday 26th September
Who’s this for?: Adults

Do you have questions about life, death and God? Or do you want to revisit your roots? The phenomenally successful Alpha Course is running again in Marlow and Marlow Bottom. The course gives an opportunity to explore the really big questions of life and time to think through the big issues. If you have ever wondered about life after death, about the place of suffering in our world, the many religions that all seem to offer to lead us to God – then this is the course for you. We eat together, listen to a speaker together and then discuss together. In the process friendships are often made! You can find out more about Alpha courses on alpha.org.

Just Looking

Host: Rev Sami Watts
When: Every week. 1.45pm – 3pm on Wednesday
Where: Marlow Bottom
Start date: Wednesday 13th September
Who’s this for?: A relaxed chance to explore the Christian faith over coffee and cake. Mostly for mums

How does the whole Bible fit together? Does God really speak to us through a book so old and so confusing? How can we read it and get the most from it? This group isn’t promising all the answers but it will be a great place for getting a bit more to grips with this incredibly important, living book.

Advent Course

Host: Graham Slocombe
When: Every week. 7.30pm – 9pm on Monday
Start date: Monday 4th December
Who’s this for?: Adults

A three session course for Advent, using material written by Bishop Steven, the Bishop of Oxford, based on The Beatitudes.

Activities

Simple meals for better health

Host(s): Joanna Keyes and Kelly Little
When: Every week. 10.30am – 1pm on Monday
Where: Marlow
Start date: Thursday 26th October
Who’s this for?: Everyone

Simple Meals for Better Health is a series of 6 weekly cooking demonstrations aimed at providing healthier options to many of the shop-bought, over-processed foods many of us eat today. Over the 6 weeks we will provide ideas for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Sweet Treats, Savoury Snacks and Special Occasion Desserts. Our demonstrations will explore alternative ingredients which are beneficial to your overall health and well-being. Participants will be able to sample all the dishes and so are encouraged to arrive hungry! Jo and Kelly look forward to welcoming you to these instructive and delicious mornings! There will be a £30 cost for this course

Knitting Group

Host: Sally Brasier
When: Every 2 weeks. 8pm – 9.30pm on Monday
Where: Various
Start date: Wednesday 20th December
Who’s this for?: Adults

We are a social group who meet and share our spiritual journeys. In the autumn term we plan to knit ‘fish and chip’ vests for newborn babies. They are sent out in aqua boxes to disaster areas. As well as being water purification units the boxes go packed with essential items. Find out more here. The vests are simple to make and are commonly called ‘fish and chip’ vests (as they replace the newspaper babies are often wrapped in when disaster strikes). Non-knitters who would like to just come along for the chat are welcome too.

Film Club

Host: Caroline Wesson
When: Every 2 weeks, 8pm, whenever convenient for group
Where: Marlow

The aim of the group is to see ‘serious’ film or films with a message at local cinemas then discuss over a cup of coffee.

Eco Church 4U
Host: Paul Taylor
When: Every week, 8pm – 10pm on Thursday
Where: Marlow
Start date: Thursday 28th September
Who’s this for?: Anyone who has an interest in caring for God’s earth, from an environmental and ethical perspective; and wants to do something practical about it. Would be suitable for 17/18 year olds.

Are you interested in caring for God’s earth, from an environmental and ethical perspective, but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you are already involved in initiatives to help look after the natural world, and want to meet with like-minded people? If so, this is the small group for you. Initially, we will be investigating and understanding the biblical basis for caring for God’s creation. Then, we will look at ways in which we can make a practical difference, both in our own lives and as part of the church. We will also be exploring the inspiring ‘Eco Church’ award scheme, which will challenge and equip us to care for God’s world in all areas of church life.

Men’s Curry Nights

Host: Ian Branch
When: Running over three separate nights September to December
Who’s this for?: For men only

A chance for fun and fellowship over a shared meal.

Craft and Chat

Host: Sarah Fitzgerald
When: Every week, 3pm – 4.30pm on Tuesday
Where: St John the Baptist Church, Little Marlow
Start date: Thursday 28th September
Who’s this for?: Open to anyone interested in craft activities. Young people would be welcome but timing probably not suitable.

A social group. Bring along your knitting or craft activity to do whilst we chat and have refreshments. You do not have to be an expert, we will share tips and interests and instruction can be given to beginners in knitting. An opportunity to get to know each other and develop supportive relationships.

Life Stage

Ladies’ Lunch

Host: Sue Glyn-Woods
When: Every 2 weeks, 12pm – 2pm
Where: Members’ homes or local pubs
Start date: Tuesday 19th September
Who’s this for?: Widows/lone ladies

Teeny Saints

Host: Anna Clarke
When: Every week, 10am – 11.30am on Thursday
Where: All Saints Church, Marlow
Start date: Thursday 7th September
Who’s this for?: Parents and 0-3 year olds

Every Thursday morning between 10-11.30am, parents with 0-3 year olds are welcome to join us for tea/coffee in a relaxed environment. Our crèche will be supervised and open for use allowing parents to enjoy some time with one another. Some weeks we will organise special events where we may have craft for the children, sung worship and praise or even puppet shows!

Young adults

Host: Ruth Frost
When: Every 2 weeks, 7.30pm – 10pm
Start date: Friday 15th September
Who’s this for?: 18 to 35s

The All Saints Young Adults group will be meeting twice a month during the autumn term. A typical get together will include supper, games, Bible study & prayer time. Ad hoc social events will also be organised throughout the term.