Family

Living as family is so important to us. 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).

Family for us is built in 3 key areas. Household, Community and Celebration. We have tried to replicate the model of family Jesus had around him. He had his 3 disciples (household), his 12 (community) and his 72 (celebration). 

Discipleship (following Jesus) and Mission (reaching out to those around us) are at the heart of whatever we do. 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.


How?

Households

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.

Communities 

Communities are when a few households gather together once a month to spend time together being invested in by our student families. A mid-sized group between Household and Celebration, Community looks like spending time at the student family's homes where we will eat together, worship and hear God's word, pray for one another and have plenty of fun.

Communities happen once a month and are led by our student Families. 

Celebrations

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.