EMMAUS Growth Groups
Contact: Clive Bell - Tel: 01438 365564
Led by trained lay leaders, Growth Groups take place once or twice
a year for periods of 4 to 5 weeks on various days of the week and
at varying times. They are hosted in various people's homes and last
for one and a half hours. Those that have been part of a Growth Group
before sometimes try to continue with the same group, but it is unusual
for the group to contain all the same members. This makes it easier
for people to join for the first time or to move around.
All the groups usually run with between six and ten members including
a pair of leaders. The lay leaders have been trained to run groups,
but are not experts in the subject matter and will be learning with
you, not teaching you. The courses are a shared learning experience,
not a series of lectures.
If you have never joined a house group then these groups are an
ideal opportunity. If you are unsure talk to someone who has attended
before to see how they enjoyed them.
How to join a group
Before a new session of meetings is about to start a leaflet is
produced and made available from church. The leaflet includes everything
you need to know to join a group. Handouts are provided and a small
donation to cover the costs is suggested. Sessions are often split
into two parts and it is also possible to join for the second group
of sessions, in this case the weekly bulletin will contain details.
What do the groups study?
The Growth Groups were established using the EMMAUS series of courses
and have also used a bible study course.
In June 2000, the groups looked at
Living Images which asked
the questions: What does it mean to be fully human, fully alive?
and What does the Bible and Christian tradition teach us about being
In Ocober 2000 the groups are looked at 2 Peter in a bible study
All you need to know.
In 2001 we have studied Ephesians. In 2002 we looked at the Beatitudes.
Access to a bible is essential, but in-depth knowledge of its content