What is a Life Group?
Life Groups are small groups of roughly 8 to 12 people who spend time together during the week. These groups are an essential place for building strong relationships with others at Life Church. Group members gather together to chat, eat, pray and share life together. Also, Life Groups will often take a deeper look at the message from Sunday and consider how we can apply it to make a difference in our own lives, and to those around us.
There are Life Groups in many different areas, from Shirley to West End and Lordshill to Bitterne. We hope you will find a group who meet near to you and your own community.
Why join a Life Group?
If you would like to build strong relationships and grow your faith in God, then joining a Life Group is the thing to do. Life Group is where many of our church’s core values are outworked, and a place for genuine, loving relationships to become more established. At Life Church we believe we are called to be a family. In part, this means spending time with others, so we can love and care for one another in authentic ways, as we get to know each other better.
One challenge we face as a growing church is the difficulty of being a close-knit family, especially if we only get together as one big group on a Sunday. As one church leader put it “When everyone is sitting in rows… you can’t do any ‘one anothers’.”. The bible gives us 59 different exhortations to ‘one another’ each other and these smaller Life Groups are often the best setting to love (John 13v34), encourage (Hebrews 3v13), talk and pray for (James 5v16) one another.
What happens at a Life Group?
Typically, when a Life Group gets together there will be the chance to chat and catch up over coffee and cake, or even a meal together. There will also be worship, prayer and time spent studying the Bible in order to apply each week’s message into our own lives. All Life Groups are made up of different people, so each group will have its own unique feel and flavour!
That said, Life Groups go far beyond a once-a-week get-together. As friendships develop, members of Life Groups may share many aspects of each other’s lives; maybe grabbing a coffee together, inviting each other to family meals, helping out in practical ways or meeting to pray – just generally ‘doing life together’.
How can I join a Life Group?
Each of the Life Church Sites has a Site Team, who will be able to help you find a Life Group that’s great for you. Life Groups tend to be made up with people who attend the same Sunday Site, presently either West End, Lordshill or Central. Finding the right Life Group is really important and you may wish to try some before choosing one to settle in.
We’re here to help, so why not get in touch in one of the following ways… Use the ‘Get Connected’ tear-off slip on the weekly bulletin one Sunday to register your interest. Ask a member of the Site Team or Welcome Team, and they will point you in the right direction.
Alternatively, simply contact us using the form below, and we will be in touch to help you find a group.