Life groups (small groups that meet in homes) are a key part of our church life. They are a great a place to connect and make friends, to have fun together, to explore faith and to share life together.
Home based small groups go all the way back to the Bible (see Acts 2v46). Christians have been meeting like this since the church first began, and our church has a great history of these groups over many years.
We want all our Life Groups to be built around …
Fun, Food and Friendship … with Faith
They are about sharing life together, helping new people to connect to the church and building one another up. Some of the groups have been going for many years now and a lot of life has been shared!
Over the next season we are going to do a refresh of our Life Groups.
There are several reasons for doing this refresh, for example:
- Some Life Group leaders feel the need to take a break from leading, often after many years
- Some groups have been going for a long time, with people feeling that perhaps it’s time to “mix things up a bit”
- Some potential leaders are very keen to step up and lead new groups
So for these and other reasons, it’s time for a simple refresh!
Here is the refresh process:
The first step is simple: all of our current Life Groups are closing at the start of May. The last week of meeting together will be during the week commencing 6th May.
Why not take the chance during this last meeting to really honour your Life Group Leaders and show them how much you appreciate them?
Then, from 12th May – 9th June, there will be a chance to sign up for new Life Groups. We are producing a small booklet for everyone, listing who all the group leaders will be going forwards, and when and where they will meet.
There will be lots of groups to choose from, meeting in different locations and at different times, and you will be free to sign up for whatever group you want to go to – perhaps listing a top 3.
By mid June we will finish a process of working out who goes where, probably with some discussions as needed. New groups will then start on July 1st running through to Easter 2020 … when we will probably do something similar again
But what if I REALLY LOVE my current Life Group?
If you are in a group you love, and the leaders are carrying on leading and you want to stay with them (and they are happy to have you 😃) … you will get priority for that group.
What will happen in May and June midweek?
Since there are no Life Groups running during most of May and all of June, we will use that time to do something different – we are going to run our new “Belong, Believe, Become Discipleship Track” (click here for details) at the Welcome Centre
Each session will run three times
- Tue & Wed evenings: 8pm – 9.30pm
- Wed afternoon: 1pm – 2.30pm (finishing in time for school pick ups)
The exact dates can all be found in our church diary here
Please prioritise these sessions. We want the whole church to have the chance to experience all of it in person.
We love our Life Groups
We want them to thrive. This refresh is part of that desire.
And don’t forget, there is always space for new leaders to step up …