Listen to his sermon here.
An article by Prebendary Richard Bewes on the importance of home groups in the life of the Church is well worth re-reading.
The list of Nurture Groups as at September 2016 is as follows
- Ladies Bible Study, 9.30am at the Vicarage. Contact Camilla Cook 940 2202
- 7, Braybrooke Gardens Group, Fortnightly, 8.00pm. Contact Alan Baird 940 1182
- Sundays revisited, 7.30-9.15pm, Contact Linda Caradine 940 4231
- Teens Group. 7.00-9.00pm. Contact Katie Blades 940 3119
- Butterflies for pre-schoolers and their carers. 1st and 3rd Wednesday mornings of the month during school term time. Songs, stories, crafts and refreshment. Contact Camilla Cook 940 2202.
- Wargrave Court Group, 7.30-9.00pm. Contact Verna Houghton 940 2833
- Pints of View for Men, 7.45-10.00pm (food & a pint). Contact Guy Laschinger 940 6308
- Ephesians 1:17 Group. 8.00-9.30pm. Contact Steve Turville 901 6720
- Hannen Room Group 7.45-9.00pm. Coffee, cake and Bible exploration. Contact Steve Cooper 0788 915 3086
- Ladies Breakfast. 1st Saturday of the month. 9.00-10.45am. Contact Linda Caradine 940 4231
Wargrave Court Group
Meets Wednesdays at the home of Verna Houghton, or elsewhere by agreement. Led by group members. Contact Jane Shaw 0118 940 2380
The Group will take a fresh look at the sermon from the preceding Sunday at St. Mary's. The sermon can be heard again by visiting the Recorded Sermons page and clicking on the date of the required sermon.
Anyone and everyone is welcome - at any time, whenever you would like to come. We meet at Wargrave Court from 7.30 to 9.15 pm (or so), starting with a cup of coffee/tea, chat and singing. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly as we unlock the Bible together in an easy, practical and uplifting manner, more often than not with a good sense of humour! Housegroup is a time when we can share our joys and grief, and pray for each other, as wanted.
Our programme has previously included:
- Bible Characters, e.g. Joseph, Hosea
- Topics, e.g. miracles, parables, and angels
- Bible Books, e.g. a gospel, one of Paul's letters, or Ecclesiastes.
- Films, such as "Faith like Potatoes" (very good), and "Martin Luther"
We also have suppers and BBQs
Comments from the Group include "very friendly", "welcoming from day one", "kind", "supportive", "the Group has made me think of things I have never thought of before", and "I look forward to coming".
So ... why don't you give us a try - you would be very welcome.
Thursday Night Groups
The Ephesians 1.17 Group meets 7.30 for 8-9.30 pm every Thursday and is hosted by Jane Shaw and Chris Perry, under the leadership of Steve Turville.
‘I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better.’
Contact Steve Turville - 0118 901 672
Women's Bible Study
Meets at the Vicarage, 9.30 -11.30 am during term time, led by [hidden].
Over coffee we read and study the Bible together and then have a time of prayer. We try to understand what God is saying in his Word and how that might apply to us today. A constant refrain seems to be "This is so relevant!" In our discussion we are challenged and enriched, but also helped and encouraged by other women in the group as we share how God is at work in our own lives. We finish with sharing answers to prayer and praying for one another. We are a group of varying ages and always welcome newcomers. Some of us are new Christians, and some have been Christians for many years, but wherever you are coming from you would be welcome. You might like to "dip your toe in" over a couple of sessions to see what we're about.
For pre-schoolers and their carers. First and third Wednesdays of the month during school term time in the Church. Lots of toys, refreshments, songs, stories and crafts. More details here.
Braybrooke Gardens Group
Meets alternate Tuesdays at 7, Braybrooke Gardens the home of Rosie Creedon. Led by Alan Baird we tend to spend a number of weeks studying a book, either Bible commentaries or books on a range of topics related to living out the Christian faith. Our no-holds-barred discussion is enhanced by coffee, cake and gossip and we should be delighted to welcome new members. . Contact Alan Baird 0118 940 1182.
This Group started out as "The Vicarage House Group" (where we met) and was formed in the 1990s by Martin Partridge in response to requests for a forum to study the history of the Church and its teaching. Under his guidance we started by reading "The Making of the Church" by Frances M. Young. Over the years, under the tutelage of, successively, Jane Knowles, Peter Akehurst, and Bob Whiteley, we have explored such authors as Karen Armstrong, John Austin Baker, Richard Harries, Gerard Hughes, John Pritchard, Jonathan Sacks, Keith Ward, Jeffrey John and Tom Wright, and even an anthology called "Heresies and how to avoid them".