From its earliest days, the church has met together, gathering in both larger settings as well as in smaller groups (Acts 2: 42-47). Church growth writers sometimes speak of a three-tier structure which we call 'congregation', 'connect group' and 'home group'. All three are important and complement each other.
What is a Home Group?
A Home Group is a group of 6-12 people who normally meet every week in term time, usually in someone’s home, for fellowship, bible study, prayer and worship. Each Home Group has leaders who are church members and who take responsibility for the group. Each Home Group is overseen pastorally by Connect Leaders.
A Home Group provides a place:
to grow in our relationship with God,
to grow in loving and accountable friendships,
to grow in knowledge and practice of our gifts,
to grow in prayer and mission,
to grow in size and plant new Home Groups!
What is a Connect Group?
Think of them as family groups within an extended family network. Here at St Mark’s a group of Home Groups forms a Connect Group to work out our church vision together of Deeper with God, Closer with one another and Further out into our community.