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, 6 January. Help with sign up will be available after the Sunday morning services on 6, 13 and 20 January.
Most groups will then start in late January / early February. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we shall endeavour to help you in your decision.
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 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.
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.
Click on the links below to find out more about each small group, when and where they are, and how to sign up.