small groups 4u

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.

The Small Group structure is designed to make it easy for us all to sign up. Many groups will be branded 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.

Information about the groups will be available on the church database and the website from Sunday 2nd September. Help with sign up will be available after the Sunday morning services on the 2nd, 9th and 16th September.

Most groups will then start in September. If your chosen group is full then please look at other possibilities. If you are a member of an existing group that is listed you still need to sign up.

If you have any questions, please email smallgroups@4u-team.org and we shall endeavour to help you in your decision.

Types of group

General Groups

General groups will meet in homes, worship together, discuss a book in the Bible or follow a particular programme and pray for one another. General groups include an element of fun and social activity and aim to provide a greater opportunity of going deeper.Ordinarily these groups will have a strong discipleship edge and be strong on pastoral care.

Some of the general groups will opt to meet for more than one term consecutively for those with a desire to form longer-term friendships.

Activity Groups

Activity groups are those groups led by leaders around a special interest or hobby. This could be simply gathering a group of people in a coffee shop and discussing a book that the group is reading together, or people meeting up each week to go for a walk, ending with a drink in a café or pub, doing craft or doing a sporting activity. Activity groups gather like-minded people around a common theme. Activities are limited only by the imagination and passions of the leaders – sports, nature, hobbies, food, movies, outdoor pursuits, crafts and seasonal activities are just some of the possibilities. At some point discussion can also include prayer needs or the Sunday sermon, etc.

Courses

Each term we aim to have different courses running. These courses will include things like Alpha, marriage courses, prayer course, evangelism, etc.

Our hope is that these central courses will be easy places both for larger numbers to attend, but also a familiar space for newer church members to come along to.

Life Stage Groups

It is recognised that at particular stages in life it is helpful to meet with others who are at that same stage. The aim therefore is to have groups such as those for young adults, parents of young children, and older people who value a daytime group.

These groups may operate in a similar way to the general groups, and the leaders will send through details of the study they will be using each term, in advance ready for the Small Groups’ guide.

There may be a more pastoral element to some of these groups, in line with the needs associated with that stage of life.


General

Monday Ministry

A peaceful prayer group incorporating both spoken group prayer and personal silent prayer.

A spirit filled place to be with God and share with others.

A spirit-led group with no fixed agenda. We are open to prayer, silent contemplation, sharing and praying for anyone, any situation and any place that would benefit from God’s gracious love.

Led by Neil Smithers and Bob Davis.

When: Weekly on Mondays from 7.45-9pm
Where: Marlow.
Contact: Neil Smithers on 07414 480213.

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Bible Study
Practical Christianity – The Book of James

Looking at living the Christian faith by studying the New Testament book of James.

A wide age range of folk learning how to grow as disciples of Jesus.

Led by Sandy Powell.

When: Fortnightly on Wednesdays from 8pm-9.30pm. Starts on 19 September.
Where: Marlow.
Contact: Sandy Powell on 01628 486502 or 07941 521577.

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Wednesday Wonders
‘Four Great Loves’

Bible study on the Four Great Loves using Lifebuilder series.

Led by Arlene Mcilwaine.

More suited to women.

When: Fortnightly on Wednesdays from 8-10pm. Starts on 19 September.
Where: Bovingdon Heights.
Contact: Arlene Mcilwaine on 07881 027207.

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Learning and Sharing

Each month the leadership is shared around volunteers from the group so the subject and the activities do vary. However, there is always sharing of our own news, Bible study and prayer.

Suitable for all adults.

When: Fourth Tuesday of the month: 25 September, 23 October and 27 November.
Where: Marlow Bottom.
Contact: Kathy Burns on 01628 478003.

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‘The Apochrypha’

This group is planning to be discussing the books of the apochrypha starting with Tobit and then hopefully progressing to Esther.

Led by Joy Halton.

When: Fortnightly on Thursdays from 8-9.30pm. Start date to be confirmed.
Where: Marlow.
Contact: Joy Halton on 01628 483706.

Unfortunately this group is already full.


Bible Study Group

This group meets regularly to discuss biblical topics and to pray together.

Suitable for all adults.

When: Fortnightly on Wednesdays from 7.30pm. Starts on 19 September.
Where: Homes across Little Marlow, Bourne End and Flackwell Heath.
Contact: David Baldwin on 01628 525086.

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Activity

Bible Journalling Group

This group will launch this autumn, focusing on the Psalms. We will meet together to study a new passage each week, discussing what stands out to each of us and then spend time prayerfully drawing / painting a page in our journals. We hope journalling will bring deeper understanding and reflection to our studies, that we can then share with one another.

Journals and art materials will be provided for £10 to cover the term.

Led by Lora Wilson.

When: Fortnightly on Thursdays from 8-9.30pm on the following dates: 13 & 27 September, 11 & 25 October, 8 & 22 November, 6 & 20 December.
Where: Marlow.
Contact: Lora Wilson.

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Film Club

We will meet approximately once a fortnight, on no specific day or evening, to either visit the cinema or to watch a DVD in someone’s home – followed by coffee and discussion.

When: Fortnightly, as arranged. Starts on 19 September.
Where: Local cinema or someone’s home.
Contact: Caroline Wesson on 01628 471669.

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BSL – British Sign Language

This will be an informal group where we can meet together to learn some prayers and worship songs in BSL as well as improve our basic vocabulary.

A lovely lady named Alison, who is deaf, a Christian and loves cake(!) will be joining us to help us improve our BSL at each session.

In order to cover Alison’s travel costs, there is a suggested donation of £1 per session (£8 upfront for the term) per person in attendance. If you cannot afford this, please do not let this put you off signing up – we’d still love to have you!

Led by Lora Wilson.

When: Thursdays from 7.30pm on the following dates: 6 & 20 September, 4 & 18 October, 1, 15 & 29 November, 13 December.
Where: All Saints’ Church Hall, Marlow.
Contact: Lora Wilson.

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Walking and Coffee

An opportunity to walk, chat and get to know each other and enjoy a coffee stop.

Four legged friends are also welcome.

We expect the walk plus coffee to take about two hours.

Led by Alison Branch and Sara Edwardes.

When: Fortnightly on Monday mornings from 10am. Meets on the following dates: 24 September, 1 & 29 October, 5 & 29 November, and 3 December.
Where: Walks will be in the Marlow area and will be confirmed before each walk.
Contact: Alison Branch on 07970 302306, or Sara Edwardes on 01628 478516.

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Knitting Group

This Autumn we will again be knitting “beanies” for the mission group to take to Romania in October and we are starting to knit squares to make up small blankets to be sent out in aqua boxes to disaster areas.

Non-knitters who would like to just come along for a chat are most welcome too.

When: Fortnightly on Wednesdays from 8-9.30pm.
Where: Various people’s homes.
Contact: Julia Stacey on 01628 484514.

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Book Club

We tend to find books which stimulate discussion with the majority of them having Christianity as a major factor although Judaism and the Muslim faith have featured recently. Everyone present is expected to have an input and express their opinions.

For those who enjoy reading challenging books

When: First Sunday of the month from 2.30-4.30pm. Runs from 2 September to 2 December.
Where: Various people’s homes.
Contact: Sue Glyn-Woods on 01628 483168, or Elizabeth Masser on 01628 488772.

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Courses

Refugees, Migration & Movement
People on the move – our Christian response

We will be exploring the differences between migrants, refugees and internally displaced people. And we will be looking at the issues of human trafficking and population displacement due to climate change.

Whatever the particular circumstances, we are challenged as Christians to consider our response. This study course does not claim to have the answers, but we hope it will inspire us to engage more deeply with the issues.

The discussions will be based around the USPG course: http://www.uspg.org.uk/docstore/143.pdf

Led by Vanessa Faulkner.

When: Fortnightly on Thursdays from 7.30-9.30pm. Runs from 20 September to 29 November.
Where: Marlow.
Contact: Vanessa Faulkner on 07810 366657.

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The Alpha Course
Explore life, faith and meaning

The internationally acclaimed Alpha Course returns to Marlow, exploring questions about life, faith and meaning through small discussion groups. We will share a meal together, watch a film, hear from others about their journey of faith, and have plenty of time to discuss questions and share our points of view. No two Alphas look the same, but generally they have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.

There will be two separate courses running this term, one in Marlow on Wednesday evening and one in Marlow Bottom on Tuesday evenings.

The Marlow Alpha Course

When: Weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7.45-9.45pm. Runs from 26 September to 12 December. No meeting on 24 October (half-term).
Where: All Saints’ Church Hall, Marlow.
Contact: Rev Roland Slade on 07449 330581.

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The Marlow Bottom Alpha Course

When: Weekly on Tuesday evenings from 7.30-9.30pm. Runs from 25 September until 4 December. No meeting on 23 October (half-term).
Where: Marlow Bottom.
Contact: Rev Graham Watts on 01628 440106.

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Discipleship Explored

Using video, bible study and discussion we will be looking at Paul’s letter to the Philippians. The greatest love we can ever know is the love of Christ, this is what the course is all about.

The bulk of the group is made up of people who did the Alpha Course last year. Ideally this is a course for people who feel they are at an early stage in their faith.

When: Fortnightly on Thursdays 7.30-9.30pm. Runs from 6 September to 13 December.
Where: Marlow Bottom.
Contact: Rev Graham Watts on 01628 440106.

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Exploring Baptism and Communion

Following the discussions about admitting children to communion, many adults said they would appreciate the opportunity to explore for themselves the significance and meaning of Baptism and Communion.

In this short course we will look at and discuss what these wonderful gifts of God mean to us. We will also look at the different parts of a Communion service. Open to all whatever your stage of faith, an opportunity to learn together and ask those burning questions!

When: Weekly on Tuesdays at 7.30pm. Runs from 2 October to 23 October.
Where: Marlow.
Contact: Rev Sarah Fitzgerald on 01628 481167.

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“Names for the Messiah”
Advent Course

An opportunity to take some time out in the hectic season to reflect on the coming of Jesus, the Messiah, both as he did at Christmas and will again in the future. Based on Walter Brueggemann’s book “Names for the Messiah” we will look at four names of the Messiah given in Isaiah 9 v6: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of course you are busy but why not challenge yourself to make some time for God in the weeks before Christmas and see if it makes a difference to your appreciation of the Christmas celebrations?

When: Weekly on Mondays at 7.30pm. Runs from 26 November to 17 December.
Where: Marlow.
Contact: Rev Sarah Fitzgerald on 01628 481167.

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The SHAPE Course

We will help each other to explore our unique God-given “SHAPE” and how we can use this in his service.

Do you wish:

  • you could discover your gifts?
  • you could live a more joyful and fruitful Christian life?
  • you could serve God more fully?
  • you could become the person God has designed you to be?

“The SHAPE Course” involves six fortnightly meetings in a small informal group.

It will be enjoyable and interesting!

We will help each other to explore our unique God-given “SHAPE,” and how we can use this in his service.

When: Fortnightly on Tuesdays from 7.30-9.30pm.Runs from 25 September to 4 December.
Where: TBC
Contact: Gill Taylor on 07720 707339.

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Life Stage

Communion Preparation for Children

The preparation course for children to be admitted to communion before Confirmation

This course will look at the questions: What does it mean to be a Christian? What is baptism? What is Communion? … and how do we live as a Christian? It will look at these questions in ways that are appropriate to the ages of the children involved. The parent/carer who comes with the child will be fully involved in what happens on the course.

This is a course for children who their families, in consultation with the clergy, feel are ready to take communion. The child needs to be accompanied by a parent or carer on the course.

Please do feel free to contact Graham or one of the clergy to talk about this course further before signing your child up for it.

In order to have completed the course all four dates must be attended.

When: Sundays from 4-5pm. Runs from 4 November until 25 November. [Note: This course will be repeated on Wednesday evenings in March 2019
Where: All Saints’ Church Hall, Marlow.
Contact: Rev Graham Watts on 01628 440106.

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Confirmation Preparation

If you want to explore the Christian faith, then this group is for you.

If you want to have fun with other young people, then this group is for you.

If you want to discuss your faith and grow in your love of God, then this group is for you….

AND if you are thinking you might want to take the step of declaring your faith, in a public service of confirmation, then this group is for you!

You don’t have to get confirmed if you come along to this group, but it will help you to work out if that’s the right thing for you to do!

Suitable for young people in school years 6 to 13.

Led by Rev Sami Watts and Rev Roland Slade.

When: Tuesday evenings. Timings to be confirmed. Runs from 30 October until 20 November. The confirmation service will be on Sunday 25 November.
Where: Marlow Bottom.
Contact: Rev Sami Watts on 01628 440106, or Rev Roland Slade on 07449 330581.

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Young Adults

A small group for young adults to both socialise and study the Bible together. Suitable for young adults between the ages of 18 and 35 years. Everyone welcome whether you attend church or not.

Led by Ruth Frost.

When: Fridays from 7.30-10pm. Runs from 21 September to 14 December.
Where: Meets in various people’s homes.
Contact: Ruth Frost on 07470 082010.

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Single Ladies’ Lunch

The majority are older ladies who enjoy the opportunity to meet with others also coping with life on their own. It might be termed a mutual support group.

We have enjoyed making friendships, having a time for “grace” and Christian reading and including those from other churches in the team or different services.

For ladies living on their own, especially those widowed.

Led by Sue Glyn-Woods.

When: Runs fortnightly from 19 September to 15 December.
Where: Various locations including homes, pubs and restaurants.
Contact: Sue Glyn-Woods on 01628 483168.

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