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Life Groups: I'm New Here

What are life groups?

Life groups are groups of up to around twelve people that meet during the week. They give us the opportunity to discuss the bible in more depth than is possible in a sermon. We are able to ask questions and discover what the bible means for our lives today. They provide a place we can get to know one another better, encourage and support each other as we grow in our Christian lives, and care for each other’s needs.

What happens in a life group?

At each meeting we focus on Christ and invite him to be present with us throughout our discussions. We have a time of worship, perhaps with some music, either listening or singing. We then look at the Bible together and discover how to apply it to our daily lives, before bringing one another’s needs to God in prayer. Meetings last around two hours and include time to catch up socially.

Confidentiality is important; everything that is said in the group stays in the group. This creates a very safe environment in which people can talk openly and honestly.

Why join a life group?

  • To get to know other church members in a more informal setting. This enables us to form strong and genuine friendships with other Christians.
  • To look at God’s word in more depth with more time for discussion. We can learn how to apply God’s word to our lives, and freely and openly ask questions.
  • To help us grow in our Christian lives and deepen our relationship with God. We can discover and use our spiritual gifts and seek to understand God’s will for our lives.
  • To pray for each other, the church, our neighbourhood and the world and to be encouraged as we see prayers answered.
  • To build each other up, support and care for each other and grow in faith together.

Our life groups mostly follow the topic covered in the previous Sunday’s morning worship. So come along, ask your questions, discuss your thoughts and grow as a person to fulfil God’s plan for you.

What’s so good about life groups?

People who belong to a life group say:

It's through life groups that I have made my closest friendships at St Mary's

We all learn about God together and pull each other on in our faith

When do life groups meet?

We have groups that meet in the daytime and evening, weekly and fortnightly. Each group has its own leader and its own characteristics. Our life groups meet on:

  • Tuesday afternoons (2-4pm)
  • Tuesday evenings (three groups, 8-10pm)
  • Wednesday evenings (two groups, 8-10pm)
  • Friday mornings (9.30–11.30am) (Mums with young children)
  • Sunday evenings (8-10pm)

How do I join?

If you would like to join a life group please contact:

  • Angela Spencer