What else is going on?
Being part of Jesus’ church is so much more than attending a Sunday meeting.
It’s about friendship and relationship with other Christians. It’s about being part of a Spirit-filled community who together grow in their relationship with God. It’s about being on mission together share God’s great story with our friends and neighbours.
Church is not just about Sunday. It’s about every day of the week.
Everyone who is part of HOPE is part of a smaller gathering called a Community Group that meet together at different times and at different ways during the week.
The focus of these groups is not any particular spiritual activity — like Bible study or prayer. Instead the focus of these groups is about building friendships with each other and with those who don’t yet know Jesus — and then out of those friendships looking at the Bible, or praying for each other, or running an Alpha course.
So what can you expect being part of a Community Group?
You can expect to eat together often! In every culture around the world families and friends eat together as an affirmation of their relationship. The same is true in God’s household. Jesus gave us a meal to share together that affirms our relationship with God and with one another. Some churches call this Communion—or the Lord’s Supper. At HOPE we make this meal time the centre of our community life.
Apart from the meal, you can expect to get stuck in and serve others. Being part of a Community Group is about giving of yourself to other people. So get to know others in your group. Love them, learn from them, pray for them, and figure out how you can serve them with the gifts and resources God has given you.
If you are not yet part of a Community Group and would like to be, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.