Want to grow as a disciple of Jesus?
Want to help others grow in discipleship?
Want to get to know people at St. John’s?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then we recommend joining a small group
Small groups are central to our life as a church family. In a large church, they are one of the primary places where we can grow together in Christ, and support, serve, equip and encourage one another in the Christian life. Making the Bible, prayer and relationships our priorities enable us to do this.
There are many benefits of joining a group. Not least is the opportunity it gives to get to know other members of the church family at a much deeper level than is ever possible on a Sunday. But it is also about what you can add, what you can give and what you can do to support others.
The Christian life is personal but it is not private. We grow in our discipleship as we grow together. We are all different, with different schedules, different preferences – but our aim is to be built up and become mature (Ephesians 4 v 12) and continue to live in him, rooted and built up (Colossians 2 v7).
Your part in a small group
In joining a small group you are committing to learn and grow with one another, and to serve, love, encourage and care for one another.
Belonging to a group means praying regularly for one another, because it’s through our prayers that God does his work.
The group time should be a top priority in your diary. Belonging to a group means being there when it meets.
On a few evenings during the year, we all meet centrally (Central) at the church for teaching and discussion on a relevant topic.
In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul says that the church is like a human body. It only grows when every part is doing its bit. This means we have responsibilities towards each other as believers. Belonging to a group means sharing our lives with others through encouragement, care, support, service and the use of our gifts. It also means actively working to help others grow to be more like Jesus.
We have a variety of groups to suit different schedules, locations and preferences but we aim to reflect the diversity of our church within each of our small groups. If you are committed to St John’s and attend Sunday services you are welcome to join a group – whether young or old, single or married, local or from overseas.