The Friends of St. Mary's
make up the fellowship of St. Mary's Church of which Home
Groups form a key, functional part.
By the grace of God the ministry of Small Groups, one
of the three areas we are addressing which we believe is the
Vision that the Lord has for us here at St. Mary’s, is
developing and growing significantly.
We believe that spiritual growth and Christian community happen
best in such informal groups and we encourage all people who are
a part of St. Mary’s to be actively involved or connected to one
of these groups.
The groups provide support and fellowship for individuals
relationally, helping to build community. They challenge members
to use their gifts and abilities as they love, support, serve
and celebrate together. Home Groups ensure personal spiritual
growth and facilitate growth through prayer, Bible study,
friendship, mission, food, social activities and fun!
They are a great way to make friends, and an ideal base from
which to become more involved in the Church as each group has
its own distinct emphasis and style.
We are seeing that Home Groups do work, simply by the growth
is continuing to
bless His Church with at this time. We have Home
Groups meeting on either a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
or Thursday evenings and one on a Monday afternoon.
The success of two of our Alpha Courses has led to the formation
of new Home Groups, as most of the members valued the
meeting together regularly. They also want to ensure that they
continue to grow in their walk with God, through Jesus, in the
power of the Holy Spirit.
We also run a Discipleship Course
that aims to help people explore the Christian faith together.
The primary focus of each session is a group of people engaging
with the Bible together and working out what it means to follow
Jesus Christ as disciples in the whole of their of their lives.
We thank the Lord for His blessing on St. Mary's and are excited
by all He is doing in the lives of each individual, as we
continue to grow together under God, learning more fully to be
the person He created us to be, living out Jesus' call to