Meeting together in each other’s homes was an important part of life for the early Christians. We agree with them, and meeting up in smaller groups is one of the ways we give ourselves space to think through our Christian journeys in more detail.
They are also a place where we can come for encouragement, support and reliable, strong friends. We encourage everyone who attends St Johns regularly to consider joining a small group. There are a different types of home groups at St John’s, including;
- Home Groups – the majority of our groups, with people from all ages. They usually meet on Wednesday or Thursday nights (to find out more click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org). For more information speak to Debby Bridge or Mark Roper.
- Midway – group for older women meeting during the day (to find out more click here or email Sue Clegg)
- Talk together – weekly groups for women who are free during the day (to find out more click here or email Pat Brydon via The Church Office)
- International Groups – similar to Home groups, but recognising the specific interests and needs of internationals (to find out more click here or email email@example.com)
- Men’s Groups – meet monthly for open discussion and fellowship (to find out more click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Although it might sound a bit scary meeting in a much smaller group, you’ll quickly settle in, and find it a place where you can ask those silly questions you’ve never dared ask before.
It’s the perfect environment for seeing how the bible applies today, and can be a place where you can ask for prayer off close friends. You’ll also find very quickly that you have things to give to other people in your group.
Joining a small group is always going to feel a bit more vulnerable that sitting in a full row on Sundays, but we think that step is worth taking. Getting into a group will give you the place and the people to really begin seeing God’s word and promises making a difference in your life, and the lives of those around you.