As Christians, there is real strength in simply coming together to share our lives and experiences before God and one another. Our midweek pastoral groups are as much about friendship as fellowship.
We follow in the footsteps of the early Christians recorded in the Book of Acts (The Bible) who met together regularly to share their lives with one another and meet the needs of those less fortunate around them.
We do the same. These are often times of deep reflection, healing – and laughter! We call these midweek meetings HOME Groups.
HOME stands for:
Hospitality – welcoming and accepting of all, regardless of where people are at in their relationship with God.
Outreach – meeting the needs of others, whether spiritual, emotional or physical.
Ministry – hearing from The Bible, and practically applying it our everyday lives.
Encouragement – sharing our life stuff together and praying for one another’s needs, while seeking more of God’s power for our own lives.
What you can expect
We meet in each other’s homes during term time once a week for two hours.
You’ll be greeted by a pot of coffee or tea and probably some tasty treats. We may begin with informal worship, using contemporary songs, before looking at something from the Bible.
We end our evening with an opportunity to share and pray for one another’s needs and to seek God afresh for our lives.
But there is no expectation for you to participate if you are new to the Christian faith. These aren’t Bible studies, so don’t feel embarrassed if you don’t know your Genesis from your Revelation. Just come as you are. We all have to start somewhere.
If you would like to join a HOME group, give us a ring on 01787 377 670 or drop us a line at the church office
When : Tuesday evening 7:30-9:30pm
“Stour Valley Vineyard church has been my home church for the past two and half years in which time I have greatly enjoyed being involved with many of the outward focused community activities in which SVV is committed to. We are a group of people of varying ages and of life experience’s which brings us all to the realisation that we are all on a journey in learning, encouragement and supporting each other in our personal walk with our Lord, but most of all we have fun in doing it. There is of course tea or coffee and nibbles! Why not come along and see for yourself, you will be a blessing to us as we hope to be to you.”
When : Thursday daytime 10:30am-12:30pm
“Joan and I joined SVV in September 2013 when they moved to Sudbury from deepest Surrey. We enjoyed good times of fellowship and worship in Steve & Wendy’s Home Group, but felt that there was a need for a daytime Group for those who couldn’t get out in the evening. If you’d like the opportunity to share some time together, worshipping, learning, praying and encouraging one another, come along on Thursday morning.”
Where: Long Melford
When : Thursday evening 7:30-9:30pm
“Beryl joined SVV in 2009 & Vicky in 2014 and have both recently taken on leading this group. Our HOME group is spelt F.A.M.I.L.Y and that is what we aim to be for each other. Our gatherings are informal, relaxed & supportive (always involve a few laughs). We aim to deepen our relationship with God & seek His will for us as we ride this rollercoaster called ‘life’. Our two key cornerstones are His Word (experienced in various ways) & prayer for one another. It’s a safe, fun & often crazy place to find rest in a hectic week.”
Where: Great Cornard
When : Thursday evening 8:00-10:00pm
“We like to start our evening catching up on news over tea, coffee and cake, we worship, study and discuss bible subjects and pray. We are all at different places, so come and join us as we journey together finding out more about our Great Big God!”
When : Wednesday evening 7:00-9:00pm
What has struck me about SVV is its outward caring nature. This is why I felt moved to contribute to others through a young adults HOME Group. It’ll be an avenue to nurture the faith of the young adults in the church as well as develop young leaders. We look forward to getting to know you.”