Following Jesus

If ‘Making Disciples’ is about making Jesus known, then ‘Growing Disciples’ is all about helping one another live as followers of Jesus. We have a number of ways in which you can find support, be encouraged, discover more, get involved, ask questions—all aimed at helping each of us grow in our faith and become ever more passionate about developing our relationship with God.

It’s an exciting journey as we try to follow Jesus’ example and take steps to get to know Him better. It’s about how we live our lives (serving others, helping to make disciples, standing up for justice, making God central to everything we do) and about intentionally seeking ways to grow in our faith.

We’re all different, we’re gifted differently and our personalities and characters are different, plus we’re all at different stages in our relationships with Jesus, so the way we each engage will also look very different. Wherever you’re at—we have something to offer. Do get in touch to find out more—we would love to see a real hunger developing among all of us to grow spiritually, to feed and nourish our faith, and to enable God to move more powerfully in each of our lives.

Jo Morris (iamthisjoanna@gmail.com)
 

Home Groups

There are several small groups that meet informally in people's homes for Bible-based discussion, prayer, and fellowship. They're fun, sociable, and a place to develop strong friendships. They meet on different days of the week with various regularity for assorted age groups—and all warmly welcome new people who would like to try their group. At the moment, we also have people in place ready and excited about leading two new groups, particularly aimed at anyone in the early stages of exploring their Christian faith, who may or may not have attended an Alpha course, but who would like the opportunity to ask questions and find out more. If you are looking to join a small group (or start a mew one!) then we'd love to hear from you—please contact either David Baker (djmbaker374@btinternet.com, 0117 968 3227) or Jo Morris (iamthisjoanna@gmail.com) for more details.


Prayer

Prayer Cells and Prayer Links

We would like to encourage everyone to be part of a prayer cell of three or four people who meet regularly to pray and support one another spiritually. Another way in which we do this is through St Mary’s Links, an informal cross-generational pairing of individuals or couples or families who commit to support one another through prayer and friendship. These are exciting, fledgling new initiatives at St Mary’s, so contact Jo Morris (iamthisjoanna@gmail.com) if you would like more information, or are interested in joining a cell or making a link.

Growing in prayer

We host weekly sessions to pray, including Sundays at church at 8:30AM, bi-monthly preceeding the PCC meeting at 6:45PM in the James Chapel, and prayer for youth work each Tuesday morning. At times we have coordinated prayer walks along the roads near the church to pray for residents. For one week each year, congregation members volunteer set amounts of time to come in to church and pray, mainly for our mission partners, in what all together becomes a week of continual prayer. If you would like to be involved in this, contact Angela Cattell (0117 968 3069) or Mike Stewart (0117 968 2776).


Building Community

Thursdays@Church - GAMMA

GAMMA, a group for the more senior members of St Mary’s, meets at 10:30am on Thursdays for refreshments and starts Bible study and discussion at 11:00am. We plan to finish at 11:50am to give those who wish to, to have the opportunity to go to the Parish Lunch in the Church Rooms. For more information call Jenny Robottom (0117 968 1054).

Thursday Lunch

Every Thursday St Mary's hosts a lunch at 12.15pm for all who want to meet together and enjoy food and fellowship. Thursday Lunch is run by a dedicated team of volunteers. 

Bible Meditation Group

The Bible Meditation Group meets twice monthly 2:20pm on Tuesdays in members' homes for a reflective time stimulated by readings, music, and art, followed by a sociable half hour. If you're longing to make space to be quiet and listen to God, do come along. Contact 0117 968 2170 for further details.