Alton Webteam: January 2018
I have always valued the importance of housegroups within the life of the church. They are a place to share friendship and fellowship, to read the bible, to discuss its meaning for us today and to listen to one another's thoughts and ideas. Housegroups can also be a place to spend time praying for one another and supporting each other more deeply as Christians.
I am delighted to find that there are a number of housegroups meeting within our church at various times during the week. Some are full to capacity due to size of venue whilst others may welcome new people join them.
Following the autumn Church Council, a Strategy Group was formed to think about how we might develop the life of the church. In thinking about the area of discipleship and learning we felt that it was important that we promote the value of housegroups, raise the profile, and in addition to those already working well to begin a new group/s for those interested.
We felt that doing short series of study and discussion would enable people to dip in and out of a group. We also recognised the value of doing a Sunday sermon series on a particular study so that we have opportunity to then discuss the same subject in a group (Watch this space)
During Lent there are two opportunities to join a five-week course either on Marks Gospel (GAP Lent Study) or in a new housegroup using a film-based study on 'The Theory of Everything'.
In June we are encouraged to engage with 'Bible Month' when there will be a Sunday Morning series based on the book of Jonah & there is housegroup material from the Methodist Web Site available for any group which would like to join in.
Thank you to those who host and facilitate our housegroups and please be encouraged to join in — we can be blessed and be a blessing to others in so many ways. (Details of Current Housegroups are on our church website in the Activities section)
If you would like to join a new group or have access to the materials mentioned for your group please do contact Liz George or Philip and look out for further details.
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