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House Groups

Since the birth of the Church, Christians have met together to in people's homes and in public places to support one another. An extract from Hebrews 10 vv24-25 says "Let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together but encouraging one another". 

There are a number of house groups meeting regularly in the parish. They exist so that we can encourage and support one another so that we may grow strong in our Christian faith and be a witness to others. They are open to all, and wherever we are in our journey of faith, we can benefit from joining one. No question is too simple that it cannot be asked or too hard that it cannot be explored. Listening to others discussing their faith, and, as we get braver, sharing our own experiences, help each of us to grow and to encourage others. 

Each group described below has its own style and will look at things in different ways. While all will include prayer, bible readings and discussion, the emphasis will vary. The one thing that they have in common is a warm welcome for anyone who wants to join them. 

Ann’s group - contact Ann (885058) or tomkeates@blueyonder.co.uk

When: Thursday mornings at 10am. We work in blocks of 5-6 weeks, roughly within school term times, then we have a break for a couple of weeks and start a new topic. This allows anyone who has missed a session or two to feel they can easily restart with the new theme.

What: Our house group started in the autumn of 2009, following a need for a day time group. The group meets at different members' houses.  We are a very informal group enjoying fellowship through discussing and learning from one another’s experiences. We frequently use one of the “York Course” booklets e.g.-“Glimpses of God”. Members of the group who are happy to do so, take it in turns to lead the group. We cover a wide age range and come from a variety of Church backgrounds but share a common aim to follow Christ in everyday life.

Bible Study and Prayer Group - contact Gordon & Vicky Battye (07887555075) or Jean Thompson (412379)

When: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 7.30pm.

Where: At 7 Beechacres.

What: We are looking at New Testament Characters by Carolyn Nystrom.

Shall we Dance - contact Rebecca Teague (artysquirrel78@gmail.com)

When: Alternate Thursdays from 7.30pm to 9.00pm

What: we have formal sessions and creative sessions. During our formal sessions, we spend time studying the bible and consider the application of what we have read to our lives. We then pray together for each other and for the world and the things that concern us. During our creative sessions, we craft, pray and share in companionship and chatter!!

Bible study group - contact Drs Diana and John Whallett (412346) 

When: Alternate Thursdays 7.45pm for 8pm 

What: Bible study group which meets to reflect on passages familiar and less well known. Fellowship and discussion.