GIFT stands for Growing In Faith Together and that’s exactly what our small groups aim to do – through studying God’s word, through prayer, through fellowship.
This term we’re continuing our studies in 1 Peter, and then marking Advent in the run up to Christmas. Over the next two Sundays we’ll have a sign up list in church. One group will meet on a Wednesday evening as before, venue tba, starting September 19th. If there is sufficient interest, or people who can’t make an evening meeting, we’ll arrange another group, too. So look out for the list, and there will also be opportunity to ask for, or offer, transport.
Why small groups? Because God never intended for us to live the Christian life alone.
When we look at the early church we get a picture of small communities of people who followed Jesus together. The Book of Acts, especially Acts 2:42-47, gives us a great picture of the early church and the components of biblical community, which encompassed both the “temple courts” and “house to house.”
These believers engaged in life together through teaching, fellowship, communion, prayer, miracles, radical generosity, and corporate worship. They spent time together eating, learning, celebrating, proclaiming the Good News, and supporting each other. It was a place where people loved, forgave, served, bore burdens, encouraged, exhorted, prayed, equipped, spoke truth in love, confessed sins, and treated each other as precious members of one body.
So come along and join us – everyone is welcome!