What are Homegroups?
Homegroups (or small groups) are a vital part of life at All Saints. Every member of the church family is encouraged to join a group in order to learn together from the Bible, grow in faith, become more like Jesus, and make friends.
Small groups are where we help one another to grow in our relationship with God and with others; a place where we can ask our questions, and where we support one another in prayer and in practical ways.
They provide the support network from which we encourage one another to step out into ministry in the church, at work, and in the community; and the confidence to share the gospel with our friends.
Where do Homegroups meet?
Most groups meet fortnightly. There are two morning groups which meet in Hoole. Several evening groups meet in Hoole – and also in Upton, Guilden Sutton, Christleton and Handbridge.
What happens in Homegroups?
Most of the time all the groups use a discussion guide that follows the sermon series, in order to dig more deeply into the subject that the whole church is looking at. At other times, there may be a variety of topics being studied, to suit the needs of individual groups.
In addition to learning from the Bible together, groups also arrange social events – meals, walks, quizzes – each term. Some meet up for occasional activities during the summer months as well.
Don’t worry if you:
- feel that you know very little about the Bible – we all come to learn.
- find the idea of speaking in a group intimidating. You do not have to share anything if you don’t want to – we respect confidentiality
- don’t know anybody very well – you soon will!
- find praying aloud difficult (lots of people do) – you don’t have to, if you don’t want to.
How do I choose a group?
There are many reasons for choosing a specific group – not least the convenience of the day, time and place that they meet. All groups have a different feel and style, but you will find a warm welcome in each.
If you need help choosing a group for you, please do get in touch with the church office. The homegroups co-ordinator, Anita, will be very happy to return your call or e-mail and discuss with you which group might be most helpful for you.
What Homegroups are exploring this term
Homegroups January – April 2021
1. “Sitting with the Psalms” – reading, reflecting and responding to a variety of psalms, using a booklet to jot down thoughts and observations. View the notes by clicking on ‘Sitting-with-the-Psalms’ below, or press the button to download.
2. “Meeting God” – exploring how we meet and experience God (using a Lifebuilder study guide by J.I. Packer).
3. Reading and discussing a book – the groups doing this are reading one of the following books:-
a) The Peg and the Pumice Stone – being good news in everyday life (Glyn Jones)
b) Specks and Planks –Stories of hope, humility & humanity (Jeff Lucas)
c) If Only – finding joyful contentment in the face of lack and longing (Jennie Pollock)