Prayer and Study Groups
|Welcome to our Prayer and Study Groups in Brigg.
As Christians we are called to be in a relationship with God, to be God focused throughout our lives. Being in a relationship means more than just Sunday mornings at church. We are called into a 24hrs a day, 7 days a week life with God, and prayer and study groups are one way of nurturing our growing relationship with Him beyond the Sunday service, and increasing our awareness of His constant presence in our lives.
“Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them” (John 14:23)
What are prayer and study groups? They are a small gathering of people interested in spiritual growth. They are a great way to meet people, learn more about prayer, scripture, living as a follower of Christ and have many other benefits. Here are just a few:
Small groups fosters friendships. The small group atmosphere is ready-made for building friendships. People talk more in small groups of people. People are quick to recognize needs, and help to meet them. The relationships formed within small groups form a strong fabric within a church.
Small groups provide a comfortable introduction for all to the Christian faith. Some people tend to fear relationship-forming, especially when it involves sharing our faith with someone. That is a natural and understandable fear. but whether a mature Christian or someone exploring the Christian faith, small groups enable us all to ask questions and find answers and ways to live out our faith, pray, share God’s work in our life, and learn more about the Bible.
Small groups provide an ideal way to care for the needs of people within the church. When one believer in a small group is struggling it is much easier for the members of the group to notice and provide help. The structure of a small group is essentially a community of believing friends and friends help one another, especially Christian friends.
Small groups participate in focused prayer for one another. we can never pray too much!!! Small groups can better participate in prayer for one another. It is an opportunity, if we want to, to tell others about particular challenges or concerns allowing others to take some time to listen and pray for us. We soon start to realize that we all face the same problems. Small groups make for great prayer meetings.
Small groups provide a comfortable atmosphere for openness. Some small groups meet in homes. There are many references in the New Testament about believers meeting in homes or being part of a household, “And every day in the temple and at home they did not cease to teach and proclaim Jesus as the Messiah” (Acts 42:5), also: Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:19; Philemon 1:2. Homes are usually comfortable places a place where people can open up, listen, learn, and grow.
Small groups allow for mutual encouragement. It’s easy to depend upon the clergy to give us our spiritual food, yet God gives spiritual gifts to all believers. These gifts are for the benefit of the whole church and we should minister to each other with our gifts. This can happen most naturally, effectively, and purposefully in small groups.
Small groups encourage better learning. Listening to a sermon is a great way to learn the Word, but it is easy to become detached or daydream during a sermon. We become passive listeners. Not so in a small group. When a few people are together, every individual is expected to be involved and to participate. This active involvement is a great way to learn better.
Small groups provide a source of encouragement and accountability. It’s easy to slip in and out of church unnoticed. We all need accountability in our lives, encouragement on our journey with God, or help in some way. Small groups provide a fantastic way to meet these needs.
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them” (Matthew 18:20)
There are various small prayer and study groups to choose from, so why not come along and try any one of them. it would be great to see you and share the journey.
For more information on any of the prayer groups feel free to call or email
Fr Owain: 01652 653989 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev Trudy Hobson: 01652 656573 email@example.com