St John’s view Small Groups as the foundation on which the church in South Hornchurch is being built. It refers back to Acts 2:42 and the Fellowship of Believers – “They spent their time learning from the apostles and they were like family to each other. They also broke bread and prayed together”. In this respect they are not a programme of the church – they are church!
The Bible encourages us to meet with each other in this way: "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." Hebrews 10:24-25
Our fundamental belief is that Small Groups are a place where fellowship and community are built. It will be in these groups where people experience real life change as they come into contact with God’s truths and how these truths are lived out by the members of the group. These are comfortable place to grow in knowledge and fellowship with one another and will be ‘outward looking’ in their approach to developing ministry in our community.
Q: Do I have to be a member of St John’s to join a Small Group?
A: Yes, our aim at St John’s is to reach people and help them walk with God and that includes everyone who call St John’s their home.
This aligns with our vision statement.
Q: Will I be accepted into a Small Group regardless of my religious background?
A: Yes, small groups are open, and are designed to create an atmosphere of love and compassion for one another.
Q: Where do Small Groups meet?
A: There are number of venues – most meet in the homes of church members but there is also a meeting on church premises.
Q: Is child care provided?
A: At present we do not have facilities for child care. Please let us know if this is an issue which might preclude you being part of a group.
Q: What happens in a typical Small Group?
A: at St John's, small groups are designed to be more than just bible study. Our small groups are building towards greater fellowship, sharing, trust and authentic relationships with each other. Typically, a group will spend around 2 hours together, spending time sharing, praying and studying together. Groups will follow specially prepared material which from time to time will tie in with Sunday messages or they will consider specific life topics like marriage, finance, specific Books of the Bible. Its likely also that groups will share meals together and may become involved in some ministry together. The goal is to grow with each other in authentic relationships and with Christ.
Q: How can I find out more information about Small Groups, where and when they meet?
A: you can get more information about Home Groups by emailing the Church Office at: firstname.lastname@example.org