Life can be difficult and draining. We were never meant to “do life” alone. We were designed to walk with each other, to grow with one another and to glorify God together. At Sidley Baptist Church we are convinced that everyone needs the support and encouragement of other people. Everyone needs community and being part of a small group certainly helps in this respect. Our small groups are called Life Groups.
What are Life Groups?
Life Groups are small groups of 8-10 people who gather each week to “do life” together as followers of Jesus. One of our core values is “growing,” and we believe it is important for everyone to find a place to connect and grow. Connecting in a Life Group creates a safe environment to know and be known, love and be loved, encourage and be encouraged, serve and be served, and celebrate and be celebrated. We believe Life Groups are the best place to foster a significant relationship with God and together work out our Christian faith in a way that is meaningful when dealing with everyday situations.
What can I expect?
The great thing about Life Groups is that they are all different, but they have the same goal and purpose. They exist to help people grow in their faith by facilitating an environment of encouragement, challenge, support and love. The format and atmosphere of each group will be different depending on the leaders and the people in the group. Here are some of the things you can expect about Life Groups:
- Expect to laugh: We like to have fun and enjoy life with one another.
- Expect to grow: We want to help people take forward steps in their relationship with God.
- Expect to be loved: We will not make you feel judged or criticised. We are all works in progress. We believe in taking slow steps together.
How do I join a Life Group?
Life Groups have an informal and relaxed feel and meet in many homes (and in the Church) in the area. You don’t have to be a member of the Church to belong to one as they are open to everyone. They are designed to be life-enriching times of social interaction. They include worship, some discussion about how we apply the Bible to our lives, and prayer for issues that emerge from the chatting together. We have several Life Groups meeting from Monday – Friday at different times, so there should be one that is just right for you.