We know it can be a challenge to get to know people and make meaningful relationships when you are new to CNBC. Therefore we actively encourage anyone who comes along on a Sunday to join a small group.
“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
What is a small group
Our small groups are made up of 8-15 people who meet either weekly or fortnightly, usually in people’s homes. They usually last between 1.5 and 2 hours and include social times and devotional times. They are places to discuss the issues you face as you follow Jesus in your every day lives. Small groups also provide a space to pray for each other and support each other. You don’t have to do it out loud but as you become more comfortable you can join in. They are great places to share experiences to encourage each other. We don’t guarantee you’ll make friends for life in every group but many say the greatest benefit of a small group is the close relationships and friendships that develop. Sometimes we will phone each other during the week to share an urgent prayer request or an exciting answer.
Which group should I join?
We suggest you have a chat with one of the Ministry Team and ask them to help you decide on one that suites you best. If there is one with people who share common interests (e.g. stage of life, marital status) then that’s great although we know that there wont be a group that is perfect for you but we do hope there is one that will help you connect, go deeper and be challenged. If you don’t find the right group straight away, let us know and maybe we can help. And maybe its time to start a new one.
What if I’m having a tough time?
Small groups are intended to provide support in times of crisis, change, and stress. You’ll have a sense of stability and security knowing there are people who care for you and standing with you. Groups have often coordinated the sharing of hot meals to be brought in if a family is in need. When someone loses a job, or a family member has an extended illness, or a mother needs a babysitter – such practical needs will be naturally helped through your group.
What is the required commitment?
Groups only work if members are committed. Your group will suffer if you aren’t there, and you will miss it too. Do make it a real priority to attend, but there is no formal commitment.
How do I join one?
Why not visit our information desk on Sunday mornings and call the group contact number. Alternativly you could ask one of the team on a Sunday to point you in the right direction of Group leaders or simply email the Church office and we will help you to get linked up.