We believe that discipleship happens most effectively in the context of community and therefore want to encourage everyone who calls Christ Central Church their home to belong to a Group. These are a great place to make new friendships, to build the relationships that are essential to help each one of us to grow as a follower of Jesus, to join us in our adventure and to have fun!
Christ Central is a vibrant, growing and multi-cultural church. We believe that the Church is the hope of the world and a place where everyone can thrive.
We are making it as easy as we can for everyone to join a group. Simply take time to look through the groups listed in the booklet, find a group that fits you for this term, and sign up.
There are three different types of groups each with a different emphasis but all express Jesus’ great commission to go and make disciples.
Christ Central Community Groups are the hub of community life, they are the central point of our group structure and we want to encourage everyone to attend one. Community Groups will be focussed on growing together in God by studying the Bible, praying together, giving a chance to grow and use our gifts, provide support, encouragement and friendship. These groups run termly.
Christ Central Connect Groups are for everyone and anyone whether Christ Central is your home church or not! They are groups based mainly around an activity or hobby with the purpose to build friendships with those within our wider community. By the nature of these groups they will generally not be following the termly pattern.
Christ Central Equip Groups exist to train and equip the church through courses that explore everything from faith and foundations to discovering our true identity in Christ and our Spiritual gifts.
These groups will run termly but may not last for the full 10-12 weeks.
Community and Equip Groups will be commencing at the end of January/early February 2018.
Connect Groups do not necessarily follow the termly pattern but have their own schedules.
Fill out the Sign Up form in the back of the booklet which can obtained from the welcome team and hand in at the Information Point. You can also email your choice of group – email@example.com
The group leader will contact you to confirm the details of start date, when and where the group will meet and welcome you into the group.
Our desire is that those who sign up for any group make it a priority to attend. If you have the time, you are welcome to join more than one group. However, it would be much better to attend one group regularly than two groups inconsistently.
We have found that the ‘holiday break’ keeps us fresh as it provides a sense of rest in our diaries. Also, taking a break between terms creates space to have meals with others you have built friendship with over the ten weeks of the course.
Yes! As long as it is running you can continue in the same group, there is no expectation on anyone to have to change groups, however there is great benefit to making new friendships by joining different groups from term to term.
The whole church engaging with signing up for groups will help those new to Christ Central to get connected into community life more quickly. It also helps us be aware of where people are connecting within the church.
Most groups will not be open after the second week so that real friendships can develop, however there are a few groups which remain open all term so simply fill out a sign-up sheet, hand it in at the Information Point and we will be in touch.
Please visit the Information Point before or after one of our Sunday meetings or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org