Over the last year Wilmslow Parish has set up a number of Home Groups. These groups
consist of a small number of people (anything from 4 to 8), often from both churches.
Each group meets approximately every month or 6 weeks and will do a variety of things.
A group might choose to do Bible study, learn more about prayer and pray together,
watch films and talk about how they relate to our faith, work through a study book
on a particular subject or look at subjects which are relevant and contemporary to
us in faith as well as in society. One group in our last parish photographed and
studied the stained glass windows in the church. At most groups, enjoying some social
time together is also important and so some simple hospitality always happens – tea
and cake, soup and bread, wine and cheese or a simple meal.
Home Groups provide a way of ‘being church’ but in a smaller and more intimate setting.
It gives us all an opportunity to get to know one another in a different way and
often at a deeper level. There isn’t always time to do this after church. The dynamic
and life of home groups can also help feed and nurture the life of our congregations
as a whole. It can also be a great way of helping new people to get to know others
who are more established when they are new in church and community.
Home groups are ultimately self-led but help and resources would be available from
the beginning in order for them to function in this way. Healthy home groups also
grow and change, and, at times, invite others on the edge of the church and community
to come and be part of their life. They are also not just about being with your friends
but about celebrating the diversity of who we are as Christian people.
If you are interested in belonging to a Home Group please speak to or email Magdalen.
It would also help if you could let her know the kinds of things you might be interested
in looking at.