BE PART OF IT
We come together as a congregation to build relationships with each other and with God, to explore the meaning of life, and to clarify what it means to be a Christian in the 21st Century and how this affects who we are and what we do.
Our services reflect our belief that attending church should be an enjoyable, uplifting and meaningful experience that encourages you to develop a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.
If you want to become more involved, we run homegroups, which meet once a week. These provide an opportunity to explore the Christian faith in an informal, relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
What will my home-group be like?
If you want to be more involved in St Peter’s community, a home-group is a great way of getting to know a smaller number of local people better. Your home-group will meet weekly, in the evening, in someone’s home. Your evening will start with refreshments, and then an hour will be dedicated to studying the bible, learning about prayer, discussing issues & themes and finish with some social time.
- Practical Christianity
Home-groups are great places to clarify your thinking about what it means to put the Christian faith into practice in our daily life, and to learn from the experience of others to grow in your faith. Even the most experienced Christian has issues surrounding: how to pray, how to read the Bible, how to pray with others, how to live as a Christian in the 21st Century, etc.
We shall study passages in the Bible to help to answer some of the dilemmas of day-to-day living. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues and discover some of the answers.
What will I get out of it?
Your home-group should become a place where you can to develop and deepen friendships – fellowship. It won’t be all study and serious discussion. Home-groups are about socializing too, so that we can encourage one another and to learn together. Your home-group may meet from time to time to eat together, or to go on an outing, or even go away for a weekend.
- Greater understanding
You will be able to learn more about the Christian faith. You can ask questions, discuss answers, share doubts without embarrassment, because everybody is learning together. At your home-group these issues become much easier to discuss.
Your home-group will be a place of encouragement. It’s so easy to become discouraged in our faith, and we all feel that our faith is too simple and that everybody else is managing to live the Christian life except us! You will soon discover that we are all have to depend on God to get us through.
- Spiritual Growth
What we learn and the encouragement we receive from each other can be just what we need to continue growing spiritually when the difficult times come. Sometimes, even when we know that God is always with us, it is still good to have someone else remind us that it is true. We tend to grow most when our faith is tested or when life is tough. Therefore it is important to have friends’ encourage to keep going.
How do I join?
- Speak to a home-group leader or one of the clergy.
- Trial period
We don’t mind if you want to come and try the home-group for a period to see whether the group is for you. However, we suggest that you stay long enough to experience both the social & the learning side of the group, so that you can make a fair judgment.
- Commit to attending
Please commit to attending regularly for the continuity of the group.