Everybody needs a safe place where they can walk through life with others, especially during the pandemic. Studies show that both introverts and extroverts equally get a “boost” when gathered with others.
At Emmanuel Church, our life groups provide such a place. These small groups of 3-15 people meet weekly or at least twice a month to grow in their spiritual life. Some groups focus upon studying the Bible, other groups provide support through shared life issues and still others serve in practical ways. Some Life Groups are for experienced followers of Jesus, while others welcome those just beginning to explore their faith.
The short answer is - You!
Yes, we invite you, despite all the busyness of life, to participate in a life group and begin sharing life with others. Regardless of where you are on the spiritual journey, a Life Group provides support through all the ups and downs you face. Participating in a Life Group allows you to form meaningful relationships with others as you worship, study God’s Word, share, and pray for each other. In Life Groups you are able to carry one another’s burdens. You are able to hear others and be heard.
Our Mission at Emmanuel Church: To love God and develop followers of Jesus at all stages of life.
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself. All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments." - MATTHEW 22:37-40
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." - MATTHEW 28:19-20
Regardless of where you are at on your own journey of faith, a Life Group allows you to express your love for God and others.
You can attend a Life Group or even host one. Here are some practical tips IF you would like to host a Life Group:
Provide an address and a clear description of where you live and how to get there. Give them a number to call if they get lost on the way over.
Expect visitors who’ve never been to your home. Greet them, shake their hand, show them where the kitchen and restroom are located. Make them feel at home in your home!
Snacks are just fine…no fine dining required! After all, the focus should be on Christ in your midst, not the food in your belly.
Find a box of tissues and set it on a side table or coffee table. This way you won’t have to search the house if needed.
Ask people to turn off phones to avoid interruptions (babysitters the exception).
Pray for the meeting and the members by name as you clean the meeting room.
Bring in extra chairs before the group arrives so everyone has a place to sit and arrange the chairs for all to see and be comfortable.
Provide sufficient space for walkers, wheelchairs, etc.
Remove pets from the room for the entire evening if they are going to be a distraction to you or your guests.
Don’t be shy about politely but firmly telling your guests that it is time for them to leave. They might have different sleep needs than you do.
Before you turn the lights out and head to your bed after the meeting, pray through the room and thank God for all he did during the meeting and ask him to fill your home with His love.
Heartily endorse and support the mission and beliefs of Emmanuel Church. Life Groups support the work of the church rather than undermine the ministry.
View yourself as less a teacher and more a facilitator of Christ-centred discussion.
Pray regularly for the group members. This is an essential role.
Learn about Life Groups and their role in the life of the church.
Ask good questions and encourage Christ-centred discussion.
Attend the occasional training sessions for Life Group leaders.
Help people to apply truths to their lives.
We will provide access to over 3,500 discipleship videos for kids, youth and adults through Rightnowmedia.org. If you are a leader of a small group and would like access to this amazing resource, please click on the Contact Us tab.
We have 4 types of Life Groups:
Perhaps a book of the Bible, perhaps a topic, perhaps a video teaching from www.rightnowmedia.org
Something for people who are exploring the Christian faith
These groups vary depending upon the needs and the leaders that can facilitate.
We currently offer GriefShare – a ministry to help those experiencing loss, and DivorceCare – those who are struggling on “the other side” of a broken marriage.
These are groups that exist to practically care for the needs of others. For examples of how one could be involved, click here.