Fellowship Groups @ Trinity ….. coming soon
Acts 2:42 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
Acts 5:42 “And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus”
The vision for fellowship groups in our Church family is to build upon the primary purpose of glorifying God and as a Church family growing and strengthening each other through Bible study and fellowship. Timothy 2 vs 22 – 24 states “So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness”. Therefore, the Bible gives us a vision of pursuit of righteousness, faith, love and peace with our fellow Christians. The function of fellowship groups is to provide a forum to allow our Church family to undertake this pursuit together. So, are fellowship groups about fellowship, Bible study or evangelism? A simple answer is, yes all three! However, the focus can vary during each session and from session to session. The fellowship groups would meet on a regular basis in somebody’s house, study the Bible and provide a time of fellowship. Ideally there would be a mix of ages, genders and maturity of faith within each group. This would provide a healthy level of discussion, viewpoint and teaching. Potentially, once a month, or on an agreed periodic basis, the fellowship groups meet for a meal together. This would provide an opportunity for evangelism and to extend an invite to others who might be interested Bible study.
There is a growing desire from new members / families and young adults especially to grow in their faith as disciples of Christ in community and fellowship with fellow believers in a small group setting. We also recognise that for some members the existing midweek format is what they are used to and comfortable with so fellowship groups would not run in competition to this but to complement the existing midweek in an alternative format. We pray fellowship groups will be a tool for growth and a deepening of fellowship as family.
We need to identify hosts (who will open their homes) and facilitators (who will lead the bible study and discussions) and then identify times that work for each group to meet (initially monthly). The next step is a “Church Family Picnic” (bring your own lunch) after the morning service on Sunday 3rd June where those interested in becoming part of a fellowship group or simply to find out more can come along to share in food and fellowship together with a view to starting some groups w/c 11th + 25th June before the summer break