DISCIPLESHIP GROUPS 2024-25

Our Lord called on his followers to be a united community of disciples who visibly ‘love one another’ while carrying out His work. Imagine what would happen if we came together in Discipleship Groups, where we can love each other, discern together our God-given gifts, learn how to apply them, and learn additional skills that can be used both for the Church and beyond? In so doing we would both strengthen our wider community and support one another on our journeys to holiness.

Two discipleship groups will run from September 2024 to July 2025.

The Afternoon Disciples will meet in All Hallows’ Hall on Fridays at 1 pm, finishing by 3 pm. Start date: 06 September 2024.

The Evening Disciples will meet in St Mary Magdalene on Mondays at 7 pm, finishing by 9 pm. Start date: 02 September 2024.

If you are a shift-worker and only available on some weeks, you can still take part, please don’t rule yourself out. (See the section below, on commitment.)

For students in Treforest who don’t have personal transport, a lift will be available (for up to 4 students) at 6.15 on Monday evenings.

You do not need to pre-register; you can just turn up at either group. But if you want a lift from Treforest to the Evening group, do check with Pastor Gareth that he still has space in the car.

WHAT WILL THE GROUPS INVOLVE?

The groups will allow us to grow in relationship with God and one another. We will explore different forms of prayer; we will also take time to get to know one another better.

We will take time to look at the followers of Jesus in Scripture. How did they come to know that they were children of God and brothers and sisters to Jesus? Were they secure in the knowledge that God loved them and forgave their sins? This will help us know our identity as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Above all, we will look at the work God calls us to do: our mission. We will look at key scenes in the Gospels where Jesus entrusts tasks to his followers. We will develop a level of comfort with speaking about God’s presence in our lives, the basic teachings of Jesus, and in praying for one another in small groups.

We will not be following a pre-written course. In part, the content will depend on the questions and experiences which members bring to the groups. But at times we will make use of training materials from DVDs and other sources. One week’s session could be quite different from another. To know if this is for you, you will need to come and see!

HOW BIG IS THE COMMITMENT?

The commitment is to come each week, as far as possible, from September to July. There will be breaks at Christmas and Easter. Each group will decide whether or not to break for school half terms as we go along.

The first three weeks will be a ‘taster’ period, when you can come and see, and drop out if it’s not for you. From the fourth week onwards, if you decide not to continue, Pastor Gareth asks for the courtesy of being informed that you are choosing to stop.

If you work a shift pattern which means you can only come on some weeks, it is still possible to come to the groups with a 50% attendance. But for the groups to benefit you, and for you to benefit the groups, you do need to be able to come fairly often.

As we go along, disciples will be invited to help with various one-off or recurring events. You are absolutely free to say NO to these invitations. We recognise that some people have more availability than others. Some group members will never be able to help with any other events, and that’s fine, but we don’t want to deny the opportunity to those who can – this will be where we practice some of the skills we learn. Other group members might be developing skills this year which can only be applied next year.[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]