Life groups are a key part of life at St Andrew’s and All Saints. Many people take an active part in one of the groups or are linked to a group less formally for pastoral care.
Our weekly life group material can be downloaded here
The purpose of the groups is threefold:
• Up – to encounter Jesus in worship, prayer, scripture and openness to the Holy Spirit. This may be linked to Sunday’s preaching.
• In – to support each other to grow as disciples, to build relationships with each other, to care for each other. We encourage each other, pray together and share together.
• Out – we encourage groups to have a missional focus, to identify our ‘frontlines’ in our family, work and social activities and to support each other to reach out to those who are not yet Christians.
The outworking of this looks different in each group. Groups meet weekly or fortnightly in different homes around the area or in the St Andrew’s Church Centre. There are currently one or more groups on each weekday night except Friday, two early morning groups for working members of the congregation and a Friday morning daytime group.
Val Fane co-ordinates Life Groups. If you would like to find out more about how you can join a group then get in touch with Val on (01684 566601) or email the church office.
Current Life Groups:
2.30pm Lucy Burton’s All Saints Group (usually at 134 Fruitlands)
We are a group of mature people who meet on a Monday afternoon to study, pray and discuss the relevant sermon topic. Our vision continues to be that we support each other and our associate members on our walk with Jesus and offer practical help and spiritual encouragement.
7:30pm Jo Hartwright’s Group (various locations)
We are an active group of senior – mainly retired – members of St Andrew’s who really enjoy meeting together each Monday evening to share the ups and downs of life and how God has met us and helped us as we have sought daily to live for Him and serve Him. We gain mutual strength in laughter, relaxation and sharing in scripture, study, worship and service. Prayer and loving kindness are central and we have a WhatsApp link to keep in touch during the week. We warmly welcome new members.
7:45pm Helen Simpson’s Group (St Andrew’s Church Centre)
We meet on Monday evenings 7.45pm at St Andrew’s Church. We are predominately working women with one semi retired couple, a mix of single, married and mums. We mainly live outside the parish and gather together to pray, support and encourage each other as we navigate the ups and downs of life by drawing strength from the Bible and applying the teaching to our daily lives. Prayer is key and we support each other using WhatsApp during the week.
10:30am All Saints Life Group (Meeting at the Railway Inn currently, in covered area outside) – led by Janet Finch and Janet Simmonds
10:30am (for 11am start) ‘New People’ life group – led by Peter and Margaret Buchanan and Helen Wilkinson (All Saints Church)
A new Tuesday daytime group (10:30am for coffee for 11am start at All Saints) which is initially going to be using the ‘Rhythms of Grace’ materials. This course gives a very good introduction to our church ethos and spirituality and we would particularly recommend it to anyone new to the church. (You are welcome to join this group temporarily just to do this material if you wish). This group is for both St Andrew’s and All Saints members.
7:30pm The Octagon Community Group (The Octagon)
Coffee Shop Life group meets on the first and third Tuesday evenings of each month at the Octagon at 7pm. This group is for those involved in helping or attending Coffee Shop – a weekly community café in the Brook Farm Estate. Our Life group is focused around an Agape meal where we share food, life and faith.
7:30pm Online ZOOM Life Group led by Sue Albright and Mary Flynn
We welcome anyone who is unable to join in with a Life Group in person (because of health issues, shielding, family commitments or other reason) by extending fellowship between our homes on Zoom. We aim to share in prayer, support and encouragement of each other alongside deepening our understanding of our faith together. This is a new group, and we are open to how our Lord may lead us as it takes shape.
7:45pm Chris and Ali Mesley’s group
This is a group with a heart and focus for the communities in which we live. We support each other through prayer and encourage each other to apply the Bible to our daily lives. It is a real encouragement to us all to hear how God is working in people’s lives and through them in the wider world. We generally follow the sermon series with discussion and prayer in our weekly meetings. We are always keen to welcome new members.
7:45pm Colin and Marion Robbins Group (Berry Lodge Farm)
We are a new group made up of a blend of older Christians and a number of folk who have recently completed the Alpha Course, some of whom have started their faith jouirney in the past 18 months. We enjoy looking at scripture and discussing what it means for us in our daily lives, as well as sharing life & journeying together by praying for one another and seeking to know God in a deeper way.
7:45pm Heather Williamson’s Group
The membership of our group could be described as mature but diverse! Two couples in our group have been going through sad and challenging times, so pastoral care and support is an important element of our shared life. This has also caused us to pray together with increasing freedom. We love digging into God’s word and applying it to our lives, cheering each other on as we see this happening.
7:45pm Peter Myres’ Group
We are a mix of ages and stages of life; singles, parents with young children right through to those in retirement. Our vision for the group is to grow deeper in our faith, to be more confident in living out our faith in our daily lives and to support each other through prayer and friendship. Cake is allowed too! Our evenings include hearing our stories, exploring scripture and praying for one another.
A early morning men only group, particularly for those who are working. We share our news, reflect on the Bible together, pray and encourage each other to live for Jesus on our frontlines. We are all finished by 8:30am and then most of us head off to work.
10:45am- 12noon Women’s group (at St Andrew’s) – led by Jasmine Hnatkova
A group of friendly women who meet to study the Bible together and encourage each other on our faith journeys. Pre school children are very welcome and toys are provided! If you have any questions about this group please contact Jasmine.
7:45pm Derham Cook & Judith Keene’s Group
Warm, friendly fellowship with enjoyable ,open discussion, applying God’s Word for today and with time to worship in words and music.
You are very welcome to give us a try!
7:30-8:30am Women at Work (Church Centre) – for working women. Led by Alice Bruce
Women at Work is a life group for women who work and particularly find evening groups trickier to get out to. We meet 7.30-8.30 am in the Chapel at Andrew’s church. We are pretty flexible with what we do in our group time but we try to focus on what it means to live as disciples on our “Frontlines’, to challenge and encourage one another to follow Jesus in all the aspects of our lives and to be a prayerful, supportive community to one another
10:30am-12:00pm ‘Faith on Friday’ (St Andrew’s Church Centre) with David and Lis Ritchie*
*These Life Groups meet fortnightly, the others meet weekly.