Why are they so important?
1) They help us to develop meaningful relationships. Because Myton Church is relatively large, it is very difficult to do this simply by attending on Sunday mornings. Belonging to one of these groups gives an opportunity to get to know a few people really well. We deliberately aim to have housegroups where there are a range of ages and backgrounds represented.
2) They provide a meaningful context for ongoing discipleship. We all need regular encouragement in our Christian lives and to have some accountability to others who we trust. Belonging to a small group helps ensure that we are applying the Bible’s teaching to every area of our lives.
3) They specifically help to further our three church goals. As a church we want to be being bowed down in loving devotion, built up for acts of service and sent out as full time Christian workers.
For these reasons, we encourage everyone in the church to join a housegroup, if at all possible.
When do they meet?
Most housegroups meet weekly on Tuesday evening.
In addition there are two other weekly groups that meet in different time slots (Tuesday afternoon and Thursday evening).
There is also a fortnightly Wednesday evening group.
On Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, there are ‘midweek’ groups primarily (but not exclusively) for mothers with young children.
Usually there will be time spent studying the Bible. Passages for study are often coordinated with the Sunday morning teaching programme. This helps the whole church to remain united in vision and purpose.
Prayer is also a normal feature of housegroup meetings. While the focus may vary from week to week, there are regular opportunities to pray for national and world events as well as for one another and for unchurched family, friends and work colleagues.
Occasional meals and social evenings provide relaxed settings for strengthening friendships.
Members of each housegroup are encouraged to support one another practically and prayerfully throughout the week. In this respect, housegroups contribute significantly to the church’s ministry of pastoral care.