Here are a few things that should allay your fears about home groups:
- Just because you signed up for a home group does not mean you have to be a host or facilitator
- Home groups don’t last forever – each term is approximately six weeks. After this there is a one month break and then you can decide to join another group (maybe because you are interested in a particular curriculum etc.)
- You’ll not be asked to share personal information and as a church individual privacy is one of our key values.
- Home groups don’t replace the Adult Bible Study on Sundays
The following are our current home groups:
- Custom House home group
- Beckon home group
- Essex family home group
(meetings rotate among volunteer families in Grays, South Ockendon, Basildon and surrounding areas)
- Romford family home group
(meetings rotate among volunteer families in Dagenham, Rainham, Hornchurch and surrounding areas)
- The Silvertown home group
- The Ebenezer home group (Portuguese speaking)
- Church on Sunday group
For more information on any of these groups (meeting times, named contact etc.) please use the contact form at the bottom of this page and we will get back to you as quickly as we can. God bless.
8 reasons why you should join a home group …
You will understand the Bible better in a small group
If you´ve ever listened to a Bible teacher or preacher and wanted to stop that person and say, “But what about…?” or “I don´t understand,” then a small group is for you! Preaching and teaching is one way communication. You listen while the speaker speaks. It´s fine for imparting knowledge but not as effective for personal application as a small group. In a small group setting, you can ask questions, participate in a discussion of the text, and hear others share insights and illustrations of the truth you are trying to grasp. The Bible must be applied to your own personal situations and that happens best in small groups.
Some of the small groups may actually decide to use the Sunday morning message outline as a Bible discussion guide.
You will begin to really feel like part of God´s family.
Over fifty times in the New Testament the phrase “one another” is used to describe our relationship to other believers. We are instructed to love one another, encourage one another, pray for one another, accept one another, bear one another´s burdens, and build up one another. The only way you can obey these commands is in a small group! We really do need each other. God never meant for you to go it alone in the Christian life.
Prayer will become more meaningful to you
You will be able to handle stress and pressure better
When someone loses a job, or a family member has an extended illness, or a mother needs a babysitter – these are practical needs that will be naturally taken care of through your small group. You’ll be amazed at what has happened in church driven small groups in our church. Some of the stories I’ve heard are really inspiring – help with getting a job, hospital visits, help with childcare and much more.
You will have a natural way to share Christ with others
You will develop leadership skills you never knew you had!
You will deepen your understanding of worship
You will be a New Testament Christian!
Consider these verses:
“They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Every day they continued to meet together… they broke bread in their homes and ate together… and the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42, 44, 46-47
“Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the Good News that Jesus is the Christ.” Acts 5:42
“Greet also the church that meets at their house.” Rom. 16:5
“Aquilla and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord and so does the church that meets at their house.”
I Cor. 16: 19
“Give my greetings…to Nympha and the church in her house.” Col. 4: 15
I am excited about the incredible potential of the network of small groups we´re building within our church. Small Groups have these eight benefits that no believer can afford to pass up. If you have not signed up for a group please sign up today.
If you would like to be part of a home group please let fill out the form below and let us know where you live using the message section. A group leader from your area will get in touch with you. But of course if you’re just interested in a particular group lets know and we will be happy to put you in touch with someone who can help.