We believe that small groups are really important and ours are called Roots Groups. This is especially so in a large church as they enable people to get to know a smaller group of people better and create an environment for questions, discussions, sharing and support. Roots Groups play a big part in how we care for each other pastorally as well.
Typically in small groups we will read and study the Bible, worship, pray and share in each other’s joys and struggles. Most people in small groups are in one of our Roots Groups, which meet either weekly or fortnightly in people’s homes. Our groups often follow the morning sermon series or use material that complements what we are learning together on a Sunday.
There are also Roots Groups for youth and children, one for young adults and groups for women through Manna.
The Three Aspects of Roots Groups are to go:
Deeper in Devotion:
Roots Groups study God’s word and pray together to help everyone get to know Jesus better and grow as his disciples.
Closer in Connection:
In a big church, Roots Groups are a great way to get to know a smaller group of people better and to make friends. Groups can support each other in practical, emotional and spiritual ways too.
Further on our Frontlines:
As a church our heart is that people will come to know Jesus, and one of the key ways of seeing this happen is through Roots Groups. By that we expect the groups to grow by inviting friends from inside and outside of the church to be part of the Roots community. Because growth is at the heart of Roots Groups, they are always actively looking to grow to the point where they can multiply and set up a further group.
Three Main Ways to Join a Roots Group:
Ask someone you know which Roots Group they are in
Look on the board in church for details of each group
Have a word with the Roots Group Co-ordinator.
Because of the way that Roots Groups have been set up, the answer will always be “Yes” when someone asks to join. The door is always open! If you want to know anything more, do contact Eleanor, our Associate Vicar, on firstname.lastname@example.org