Made for Community

Did you know you were designed to thrive in community with other Christians and that we grow better together? Life Groups are the friends you grow, laugh, and serve with. The Christian faith is a life designed to be lived in community. Jesus called many to follow Him, from a large group, to the 12 disciples He spent more time with, to three in particular; Peter, James and John. Growing as Christians has a lot to do with relationships and walking with God through life with the support of other followers of Jesus. We believe that Jesus wants us to learn from Him and in some ways pattern our lives after Him. Jesus lived his life in 3 dimensions, investing in: Up: relationship with God In: relationships with His followers Out: Connecting with and making a difference in a hurting world Why Life Groups? For many years Christians have found that Home Groups have helped them grow in faith and get to know others much better. These often met weekly or fortnightly at a regular time. However, people’s lives have changed a great deal over the last 10 or 20 years and people find it very difficult to commit to a regular group which meets at a set time. Finding a space in 10 people’s diaries is often impossible. While Home Groups will continue for those who benefit from them, we feel something new is needed: Life Groups What is a Life Group? A Life Group is a much smaller group of people, of 3 or 4 who agree to meet on a reasonably regular basis (many meet monthly) but at a time and place which is convenient to them. They may be made up of 2 couples, 2 families or of individuals who think they could find time to be together. How are groups formed? 1. Sign up on the ‘interested‘ list and groups will be carefully put together by church leadership Or 2. Get together with others and let us know that you would like to be a group together How will the groups be resourced? The church will produce resources to be used in the Life Groups with a degree of flexibility built in. Where do we meet and how often? Convenience is the key word here. You may choose to meet over a meal, over a coffee or over a drink in the pub; wherever works for you! A group will only work effectively if it meets at least once per month, but can meet more regularly if the group members want to. What next? Have a chat with some other people in the church family, would they like to form a Life Group with you? If so let Nick know and he will talk you through getting started. Many people will not know who they could be in a Life Group with. No problem—just put your name on the list at the back of church and we’ll come back to you with a suggested group as soon as we can. With love in Christ Nick