Small groups are an incredibly valuable part of our growing as disciples. It’s not always easy to ask questions in church and the groups are opportunities to learn, to share, to pray together and to offer support as well as making sense of our faith in today’s world.
We call our house groups “Emmaus Groups” because they started off a few years ago using the material produced by the Church of England called Emmaus: the way of Faith.
In the Bible the story of the road to Emmaus (Luke 24.13-35) shows how two disciples meet the risen Christ and gradually walk with him, listening and learning until they have a ‘penny dropping’ moment when they recognise Jesus in the breaking of the bread and their lives are changed as they rush off to tell others.
This story echoes our experience in small groups at St Johns – we seek to walk together with the risen Christ, to learn, to listen, to change and grow; and we also want to share our experiences with others just as the two in the story became apostles – sent to share. Sunday by Sunday we join together to meet Jesus in the breaking of the bread and the sharing of the cup – so the Emmaus story is a model we embrace in our discipleship, both as a congregation and as smaller groups.”
Please contact Fr David or Fr Neil via the contacts page if you would like to take part.