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House Groups

Since the birth of the Church, Christians have met together to in people's homes and in public places to support one another. An extract from Hebrews 10 vv24-25 says "Let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together but encouraging one another". 

There are a number of house groups meeting regularly in the parish. They exist so that we can encourage and support one another so that we may grow strong in our Christian faith and be a witness to others. They are open to all, and wherever we are in our journey of faith, we can benefit from joining one. No question is too simple that it cannot be asked or too hard that it cannot be explored. Listening to others discussing their faith, and, as we get braver, sharing our own experiences, help each of us to grow and to encourage others. 

Each group described below has its own style and will look at things in different ways. While all will include prayer, bible readings and discussion, the emphasis will vary. The one thing that they have in common is a warm welcome for anyone who wants to join them. 

Bible Study and Prayer Group - contact Gordon & Vicky Battye (07887555075) or Jean Thompson (412379)

When: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 7.30pm.  After the summer break we start again on Wednesday 13 September 2017.

Where: At 4 Shannon Court

What: We are half way through a Guide of six Studies called "Transformed by the Love of the Father" by Liz Babbs.

Millfield group - Ann (885058) or  emailtomkeates@blueyonder.co.uk
When: Thursday mornings at 10am. we work in blocks of 5-6 weeks, roughly within school term times, then we have a break for a couple of weeks and start a new topic. This allows anyone who has missed a session or two to feel they can easily restart with the new theme.
What: Our house group started in the autumn of 2009, following a need for a day time group. The group meets at different members' houses, on Thursday mornings at 10am.  We are a very informal group enjoying fellowship through discussing and learning from one anothers' experiences. In the past we have used dvds and cds with accompanying course booklets and also prepared workbooks on a variety of themes-   we are hoping to start studying St. Paul in our next series. Members of the group who are happy to do so, take it in turns to lead the group. We cover a wide age range and come from a variety of Church backgrounds but share a common aim to follow Christ in every day life.

Pam Thompson (417751) 
When: Alternate Tuesdays at 8pm 
What: Prayer and Bible study 

Shall we Dance - contact Rebecca Teague (rlteague@btinternet.com) 
When: usually on the last Thursday of the month from 8pm to 9.30pm. 
What: we have formal sessions and creative sessions. During our formal sessions, we spend time studying the bible and consider the application of what we have read to our lives. We then pray together for each other and for the world and the things that concern us. During our creative cross stitch sessions, we pray and share in companionship and chatter!! 

Bible study group - 
contact Drs Diana and John Whallett (412346)
When: Alternate Thursdays 7.45pm for 8pm 
What: Bible study group which meets to reflect on passages familiar and less well known. Fellowship and discussion. 

Janet Beaty (411654)
We are a small group and have been studying Exodus this year (having done Genesis last year) particularly looking at God's plan to rescue His people and live with them and be their God.  We meet on the second and fourth Mondays of the month and do homework questions in preparation for the evening.