At Hope Community Church we don’t just want to do Church on a Sunday, but we want to build community in our everyday lives. We want to build smaller safe environments where everybody is welcome to be themselves building a place of support and discipleship. We believe Church is a family to be enjoyed throughout the week. Life groups are mid-week groups hosted in someone’s home where the following elements are included:
As a Church we believe prayer changes things and should become an important feature in our community life. In life groups there will be space for praying for each other, for family / friends, for the Church, for our town and wider. We also want to give time to bringing testimony and thanksgiving for answered prayer and for what God is doing in our lives.
We want to get deeper into God’s word, discussing what has been preached on a Sunday and allowing it to transform our attitudes and way we do things. Just like in Matthew 13 vs 8 where Jesus talks about “seeds which fell on fertile soil and produced a crop that was thirty, sixty and even a hundred times as much as had been planted”. We want to deepen our knowledge of God through His word, allowing it to change us.
As Christians we want to continually grow in our faith and gifting which God has given us. Life groups will be a safe place for people to discover what amazing gifts have been given to them and to step out in using them.
It is so easy for weeks to fly by and for us to not really meaningfully connect with others. Life groups are all about doing life together. As well as weekly get together sessions to study and pray there is also lots of room for eating together, playing silly games or planning in socials. They are a space for everyone to feel welcome and be able to participate.