Building community is essential to what we do. We believe that everyone needs a place to belong, to be loved, supported, challenged and encouraged as we learn to be more like Jesus. We also believe that we are called to be missionaries together, and we work this into our natural rhythm of life and our relationships with those around us (friends, course-mates, family, and colleagues).
Discipleship (following Jesus) and Mission (reaching out to those around us) are at the heart of whatever we do. It’s very important to us that Mission isn’t just a ‘hat’ we wear at certain times of the week, but a part of who we are all the time without creating extra things for us to do in our week. As a family, we look for the opportunities in our week where we already connect with people, and take Jesus to them through relationship – this isn’t something we have to do, but we get to introduce Jesus to those he’s placed around us.
Households are small family groups that naturally form around something people have in common or do together, with both Christians and Non-Christians. Maybe you all go to the local pub together on a weekly basis, or meet for a meal before going to the cinema, or you might play in a sport team together. Whatever that looks like, there are natural opportunities to develop relationships and get to know each other, and even speak about our faith.
Households are a great way of being who God has called us to be, in a way that naturally points those we spend time with towards Christ.
Celebrations are when we gather all together as one big extended family and simply celebrate. What does that look like? It’s eating, laughing, having fun, and sharing stories from Households and our everyday lives. It’s worshiping, praying, hearing a word and enjoying being in God’s presence together.
Celebrations happen formally once a month, but that doesn’t mean we don’t celebrate when we’re not all together in the same place. As is standard with family, there are often lots of different things happening that aren’t formally organised, and we encourage you to do things as a family together, with or without the team. When we organise something that isn’t part of the standard rhythm, you’ll be able to find it on the event page.