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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 month duration of a term, while 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.

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

Reflections and studies based on accounts of women in the Old Testament

Contact: David Baldwin (01628 525086)
When: Every 2 weeks. 7.30pm – 9pm on Wednesday
Where: Various homes in Bourne End and Little Marlow
Start date: Wednesday 17th January
Who’s this for?: Adults

This group is now fully booked.


Wednesday Wonders – Bible study and fellowship

Ecclesiastes 1-6 – Life Guide Bible Study. Making sense out of life. Is it all meaningless? Where can we find fulfilment?

Contact: Arlene McIlwaine (01628 473588)
When: Every two weeks. 8pm – 10pm on Wednesday
Where: Marlow
Start date: Wednesday 10th January
Who’s this for?: More suited to Women

Click here to sign up.


A study of 1 Peter

Contact: Joy Halton (01628 483706)
When: Every two weeks. 7.30pm – 9pm on Thursday
Where: Lodge Close, Marlow
Start date: Thursday 11th January
Who’s this for?: Middle aged upwards

Click here to sign up.


Acts of the Apostles

Contacts: Cliff & Jeannie Hampton
When: Every two weeks. 8pm – 9.45pm on Thursdays
Where: Marlow
Start date: Thursday 11th January
Who’s this for?: Adults

Click here to sign up.


The Beatitudes – God’s blueprint for how we live our lives

The Beatitudes – God’s blueprint for how to live our lives

Contact: Sandy Powell
When: Every two weeks. 8pm – 9.30pm on Wednesday
Where: Seymour Park Road, Marlow
Start date: Wednesday 10th January
Who’s this for?: Adults

Click here to sign up.


A study on 2 Corinthians

Contact: Olive Bridge (01628 487470)
When: Every week. 2.30pm – 4pm on Thursday
Where: Marlow
Start date: Thursday 18th January
Who’s this for?: Adults

Click here to sign up.


Becoming Jesus’ disciples

What does Jesus expect from those who call themselves Christian. This can be a follow on from ALPHA, but also a course for those who want to go deeper into their walk with Jesus. We will be looking at the church and the last week of Jesus on this earth leading to Easter.

Contacts: David and Marilyn Clarke (01628 472774)
When: Every two weeks. 7.45pm – 9.30pm on Tuesdays
Where: Oak Tree Avenue, Marlow
Start date: Tuesday 16th January
Who’s this for?: Adults

Click here to sign up.


C.S. Lewis – The Screwtape Letters

The Screwtape Letters is one of C.S. Lewis’ most influential works of fiction. This short work (~120 pages) from the writer of the Chronicles of Narnia is the fictional collected letters from the senior demon (Screwtape) to his junior colleague (Wormwood). Each short letter looks at an aspect of faith and imagines from a creative perspective the spiritual dimensions of everyday life.

The group will read a few of the short letters in advance of each week’s session. We will use a simple study guide produced by the C.S. Lewis Institute to help us talk about the chapters. We will also chat about life and how it relates to the topics that come up in the letters. A good opportunity for us all to explore the daily challenges that we face as Christians.

Contact: Rev Roland Slade (07449 330581)
When: Every week, 7.30pm – 9pm on Monday
Where: Oak Tree Avenue, Little Marlow
Start date: Monday 8th  January
Who’s this for?: Adults

Click here to sign up.


Courses

Alpha Course (Marlow Bottom – evening)

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 here.

Contact: Rev Graham Watts (01628 440106)
When: Every week. 7.30pm – 9.45pm on Thursday
Where: Marlow Bottom
Start date: Thursday 11th January
Who’s this for?: Adults

Click here to sign up.


Alpha Course (Marlow – daytime)

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Contacts: Vanessa Faulkner (07810 366657) and Sara Edwardes
When: Every week. 10am – 12pm on Monday
Where: Marlow
Start date: Monday 22nd January
Who’s this for?: Adults (pre-school children and babies welcome too)

Click here to sign up.


Just looking – God’s big story

Moving into the New Testament, we finish our Bible overview with some of the highlights of the life of Jesus and the early church. If you did not make the first part last term, that won’t matter! ‘Just Looking’ is a relaxed chance to explore the Christian faith over coffee and cake.

Contact: Rev Sami Watts (01628 473548)
When: Every week. 12.45pm – 3pm on Wednesday
Where: Marlow Bottom
Start date: Wednesday 10th January
Who’s this for?: A relaxed chance to explore the Christian faith over coffee and cake. Mostly for mums

Click here to sign up.


Worship central course

This course is a seven session course that looks at some of the big theological issues around leading worship in the 21st century. The team at Worship Central are passionate about the power of worship to transform our communities and have designed the course to equip, empower and encourage worship leaders and teams to be as effective as they can be.

Leaders: Gill Taylor, Caroline Slade and Simon Fry
Contact: Gill Taylor (07720 707339)
When: Every week. 7.30pm – 9.30pm on Wednesday
Where: All Saints Church, Marlow
Start date: Wednesday 24th January
Who’s this for?: Anyone interested in worship

Click here to sign up.


Marriage preparation course

The Marriage Preparation Course is for couples who are exploring the idea of getting married and for those who are already engaged. It’s also suitable for those in their first two years of marriage. The course is designed for those who want to give their marriage the best possible start, whether they’re exploring marriage for the first time or have been married before. The course is based on Christian principles but designed for all couples with or without a church background.

Each session includes refreshments and cake, a practical talk, and a time for discussion between you and your partner. Background music ensures that you can chat in complete privacy. You will never be asked to share anything about your relationship with anyone other than your partner. The evenings are designed to be fun and to give you lots of great discussions together.

Contact: Rev Dave Bull
When: Every week for four weeks. 7.30pm – 10pm on Tuesday
Where: All Saints Church Hall, Marlow
Start date: Tuesday 27th February
Who’s this for?: Couples soon to be married

Click here to sign up.


Churches Together in Marlow Lent group – ‘On the third day’

Ecumenical study groups offer a wonderful opportunity to share insights, learn from different experiences and traditions, and follow the example of the early Christians who met together in each other’s homes with glad and sincere hearts. We will be following the latest York Course ‘On the Third Day’.

How can we recapture the explosive power of the resurrection and be an Easter people?” There are five sessions, with a CD featuring Tom Wright, Ruth Gee, Libby and Paul Vallely. The course booklet has been written by John Pritchard (former Bishop of Oxford) with questions designed to stimulate lively discussion. The cost per participant is £5, which includes a copy of the booklet and a contribution to the cost of the CD. Groups will be formed to include people from different church denominations.

Contact: Tony Threlfall (01628 471610)
When: Every week for five weeks, at a mutually convenient time for various groups
Where: Marlow
Start date: w/c 19th February
Who’s this for?: Adults

Click here to sign up.


Confirmation preparation course

Are you interested in being confirmed and making an adult commitment to following Jesus? Come to this group and find out more. In this preparation group we will look at issues including being a disciple, belonging to church, baptism, communion and confirmation. If you decide to be confirmed there will be a service on Sunday 4th March.

Contact: Rev Sarah Fitzgerald (07815 117275)
When: Every week for five weeks. 7.30pm – 9.30pm on Wednesday
Where: Oak Tree Road, Marlow
Start date: Wednesday 24th January
Who’s this for?: Those thinking about confirmation

Click here to sign up.


Exploring the gift of tongues

What is the gift of Tongues? What is its purpose? Would you like to receive it and/or would like to find out more about it, when and where to use it and what it does? … then this group is for you. Join us for an amazing and illuminating journey of faith as we explore together the most misunderstood gift of the Holy Spirit.

Contact: Bob Davis (01628 473085)
When: Every week. 8pm – 10pm on Wednesday
Where: Marlow
Start date: Wednesday 24th January
Who’s this for?: Adults

Click here to sign up.


Activities

Knitting Group

We are a social group who meet and share our spiritual journeys. In the Spring term we will continue to knit ‘fish & chip’ vests for newborn babies. They are sent out in aqua boxes to disaster areas. The vests are simple to make and are commonly called ‘fish & 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 a chat are most welcome too.

Contact: Sally Brasier (07814 004997)
When: Every 2 weeks. 8pm – 9.30pm on Wednesday
Where: Various
Start date: Wednesday 17th January
Who’s this for?: Adults

Click here to sign up.


Film Club

To see ‘serious’ films or films with a message at local cinemas then discuss over a cup of coffee.

Contact: Caroline Wesson (01628 471669)
When: Every 2 weeks, whenever convenient for group
Where: Parsonage Gardens, Marlow and various local cinemas
Who’s this for?: For those over 18

Click here to sign up.


Men’s Curry Nights

A chance for fun and fellowship over a shared meal.

Contact: Ian Branch (07713 191544)
When: Running over three separate nights January to March
Who’s this for?: For men only

Click here to sign up.


Craft and Chat

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.

Contact: Rev Sarah Fitzgerald (07815 117275)
When: Every week. 3pm – 4.30pm on Thursday
Where: St John the Baptist Church, Little Marlow
Start date: Thursday 25th January
Who’s this for?: Open to anyone interested in craft activities. Young people would be welcome but timing probably not suitable.

Click here to sign up.


Orienteering

Orienteering is essentially a race on foot with no set route – you must find your own way between a series of checkpoints using a detailed map. Decide how serious and competitive you want to be. Some people run around the course on their own; however, it’s perfectly OK to walk around enjoying the scenery – it’s up to you.

On certain Saturday mornings during January, February and March we will be attending organised orienteering events in locations within a 30-mile radius of Marlow. Entry fees are paid directly to the organisers around £3 per junior and £6 per adult. Open to anyone who wants to try, whether on your own or as part of a group. Events are suitable for families, but parents will be responsible for children at all times. Orienteering is an adventure sport. All participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety. You will need to make your own way to the events.

Contact: Paul Taylor (07712 033388)
When: 9am – 12.30pm on specific Saturdays
Where: Various places
Start date: Saturday 20th January
Who’s this for?: Anyone, although children must be supervised by an adult.

Click here to sign up.


Life Stage

Ladies’ Lunch

Contact: Sue Glyn-Woods (01628 483168)
When: Every 2 weeks, 12pm – 2pm, on Wednesday
Where: Members’ homes or local pubs
Start date: Wednesday 10th January
Who’s this for?: Widows/lone ladies

Click here to sign up.


Teeny Saints

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 at All Saints Church, The Causeway, Marlow. Our creche 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!

Contact: Anna Clarke
When: Every week, 10am – 11.30am on Thursday
Where: All Saints Church, Marlow
Start date: Thursday 11th January
Who’s this for?: Parents and carers with 0-3 year olds

Click here to sign up.


Young adults

The All Saints Young Adults group will be meeting twice a month during the spring term. A typical get together will include supper, games, Bible study & prayer time. Adhoc social events will also be organised throughout the term. Find us on Facebook.

Contact: Ruth Frost
When: Twice a month. 7.30pm – 10pm on Fridays
Start date: Friday 12th January
Who’s this for?: 18 to 35s

Click here to sign up.


Please note the groups run by the following do not currently have availability.

General Groups:

  • Chrissy Longley
  • Sarah Lee
  • Graham Meeks
  • Kathy Burns

There is also currently no availability in the Book Club for this term.