Our Life Groups are a hugely important aspect of Church life, providing friendship and support, discussion, bible teaching, pastoral care and encouragement.
Have you ever made a nice hot cup of tea and then got involved in something and gone back to it later only to find it is now stone cold? Sadly, it didn’t stay hot. Our faith is a bit like that: we need to constantly keep it heated up, so we can stay close to God. The Bible’s advice is that burning coals need to stay in the fire to keep hot, if they are taken off the fire, they soon burn out.
We can liken life to a journey: we do need to keep going forwards – taking on board new challenges and prayer adventures with God to keep our faith alive and vibrant. And it’s so much easier to travel with other people. If we don’t plug ourselves in to a worshipping community (church) and have a smaller group of people we trust with whom we can talk about real matters of life and with whom we can pray then the tea goes cold.
Life group – what is it? Some people to do life with as a Christian – to laugh with, cry, with pray with. Friendships we make with Christians are so much deeper and more meaningful that friendships with others because Jesus is the third person in that friendship offering wisdom, comfort and purpose in our lives. Regularly reading the Bible and chatting with a group of trusted friends helps us all to grow in faith.
Try a Life Group: Options are Evenings – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Mornings – Wednesday, Friday.
Talk to Cathy for more information.
Many of our Life Groups have continued to meet over these last few months, Zoom, WhatsApp and socially distant meet ups have become the norm and have provided many with the opportunity to build friendships and community, supporting and encouraging each other through the ups and downs of these strange times.
FAQ’s about Life groups and prayer triplets
Do we get food? Very important question! All groups have some sort of refreshments varying from biscuits and cake to puddings and sometimes supper.
Do I have to attend every week? Some groups are weekly, some every two weeks, but it doesn’t matter if you can’t get to every one. Better you are connected into a group than not. So, no, you don’t have to go every week
Do I have to stay in the same group for months and months? No, you can try a group and if you don’t like it, try another one. You can stop at any time and choose to stay connected to the group or not.
Do I have to do Alpha first? You don’t have to have done Alpha, but if you have questions about the Christian faith – Alpha is a great course. We run courses in September and January – morning and evening courses available. Check out the Alpha page to learn more.
What if I have small children? You can take children to the Wednesday morning group. Some groups have done alternate babysitting for each other, so they can attend every other meeting.