Relationships are the backbone of our life together at Grace Church. The Christian life is meant to be shared. Stick around long enough and you will soon see that we are more than a congregation – we are family! And we are serious about growing in fellowship with each other in rich, God-centred relationships.
One of the primary ways we build relationships and cultivate fellowship with each other here is through a network of small groups — what we call “Home Groups.” While we are joined to all believers in the local church, our Home Groups allow us to relate more deeply with a small number of people. An integral part of our church’s ministry since its founding, Home Groups provide an important context for accomplishing a number of biblical priorities.
“The value of the small group is that it can become a community of related persons, and in it the benefit of relatedness cannot be missed nor its challenge evaded. I do not think it is an exaggeration to say, therefore, that small groups are indispensable for our growth into spiritual maturity.” — John Stott
Our Home Groups are made up of between 10-15 church members and meet three times per month, although relationships usually spill out to include far more than these midweek meetings.
The purposes for our Home Groups include:
Merely hearing God’s word is insufficient; we must apply it to our lives for there to be fruit. Home Groups enable us to do this together. We seek to apply the Bible’s teaching, review Sunday messages, discuss Christian books, and use a variety of other resources with the intention of growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Genuine fellowship isn’t practical in a large crowd. Home Groups provide a place where we can build intimate relationships, care for one another, and help each other grow in our relationship with God.
God has made us dependent on each other, and Home Groups provide a context where we can minister to each other with the gifts that God has given us. Meetings often include times of prayer for one another and opportunities for individuals to exercise spiritual gifts for the edification of others.