Our Connect groups provide a wonderful opportunity for people to find and relate to each other.
What are Connect Groups?
Connect Groups are small groups of people within the family of the Lighthouse Church who aim to deepen their friendship, pray for one another and encourage one another to grow in faith.
They meet throughout the week in the daytime and evening, mostly in homes but also in the church and at other venues of their choice in the area. Connect Groups are a circle of friends where burdens can be shared and joys celebrated together. Groups also meet socially and sometimes come together to organise events.
Connect Groups have a slightly different emphasis to home groups in that they are not necessarily based around a home meeting but are centred on the connections each group makes with each other.
Bible studies, prayer cells one-to-one encouragement and social events and other ways of supporting each other can be explored.
Each Connect Group season lasts for a year. At the end of each year, people will have the choice of remaining in the same group, trying a new group or even taking a break.
Why join a Connect Group?
Lighthouse is a growing church and although we are a friendly and informal church it is still possible for people to feel slightly disconnected.
God did not want us to be isolated which is why he said, ‘it is not good for man to be alone’. He created us in community to enjoy the friendship and companionship of others. It is no coincidence that before he started his ministry, the first practical thing Jesus did was to call together a small band of disciples.
Gathering the whole church family together for collective worship is fantastic and inspiring but small groups enable us to connect with God and with each other in a more personal way; a deeper way in which we can do life together and strengthen and encourage each other on our Christian journey.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many groups will there be?
We are hoping there will be approximately 8 Connect Groups.
How will people join a group?
People will be encouraged to support a particular Connect Group.
By being more intentional rather than leaving things to chance, the aim is to facilitate the formation of friendships incorporating people within the wider circle of the church family (people that may be outside immediate friendship groups).
That said, Connect Groups are not intended to replace existing friendships or support groups but to enhance them. The aim is to widen the friendship networks in the church and so increase the amount of care, support and prayer each individual experiences.
Who will be my leader?
It is very important to note that Connect leaders are facilitators rather than pastors.
They are being encouraged to form a core team of 3 or 4 people who also help to facilitate the group and encourage everybody to pastorally support each other.
In effect, all those in each group are Connect leaders, in that everyone participates fully to support the other people in their group.
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