As the name suggests, a home group is a small group of people who have gathered together, probably in someone’s home although not necessarily so, to study, pray and build community.
The idea is not a new one. In fact, this is how the early church originally met. The New Testament book of Acts records how Christianity spread throughout the Mediterranean region. Communities of believers sprang up in many cities. St Paul wrote letters to some of these churches and it is recorded in his letters that the church would meet in someone’s home. Home groups are therefore an expression of the wider church.
In our Parish, we presently have four groups who meet together mid-week, usually in someone’s home, to study the Bible and other Christian books, pray and share fellowship. Meetings normally take place fortnightly with three groups meeting in the evenings and one during the day.
The groups use a range of study methods, for example, a published course, reading and discussing a Christian book, or independent study of a Bible book. Whatever the method, the aim is the same – to deepen our relationship with God and each other, to grow in love and knowledge of God and to support one another.
If you are not already in a Home Group, we do encourage you to join one or even start one! For more information please feel free to contact us.