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Have you ever wanted to explore your faith – and doubts – in a comfortable, relaxed setting with people sharing similar feelings? Then going to a House Group might be the place to do it.
In St Peter’s there are several groups, some meeting during the day and others in the evening, at various homes in the parish. They are usually fortnightly and roughly follow the school term pattern. During Lent and Advent special material is often studied and at other times the group reads other recommended books.
‘Read’ and ‘study’ are words that conjure up ideas of hard work, but don’t be deterred. Members are encouraged to prepare the next chapter of the study book so there can be purposeful discussion, but there are no tests at the end of it!
The pattern of the meeting includes a time for prayer and quiet reflection, discussion about the current chapter and an informal time over coffee, tea and sometimes something stronger if there is a special celebration to share. Our house group also have an end of term meal out together as another way of cementing our fellowship together. As you can imagine, there is a lot of laughter as well as more serious discussion.
Fellowship is the key word. In our small groups we grow in faith together and forge strong links with one another that are caring, supportive and completely confidential. There is trust in one another so that we can be completely open and honest in our discussions without the fear of being judged.
If belonging to a House Group appeals to you, ask the clergy who will put you in touch with one of the group leaders. You will be made very welcome.
Contact Steve Whittingham via the Parish Office.
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