Leading Small Groups

Dear Colleagues

Small groups are part of the DNA of Methodism.  Think of the emphasis that John Wesley put on Class Meetings.  Think too of the more modern variant of House Groups.  They offer real opportunities for sharing fellowship and growing in faith.

As a staff team we have been working to find the means to increase and enhance the  work of small groups within the life of our Circuit.  This is not on a whim but arises from the deep conviction that small intimate groups, where matters of our faith and its practice can be explored within the safety and confidentiality of a close circle of fellow disciples, is an important part of church life.

The Learning Network – and particularly those members of the Network assigned to work with our Southampton District, have developed a programme which we believe will help us to increase the number of those willing to undertake the leadership of such groups and be a blessing in the life of our local congregations.  We believe that we need new leaders.  We believe that we must provide the means to enrich the work of those who are already committed to the leadership of existing groups.

Set out below are the details of the six session course that we, with the help of members of the Learning Network team are offering this Spring.

Six Tuesday evenings, online.

You can sign up by following this link:

The dates: 1/3/22, 8/3/22, 15/3/22, 29/3/22, 5/4/22, 12/4/22 from 7-8.30pm. (Avoiding the 22nd March which is the Circuit Meeting.)

The topic for each evening:

  • 1 – Explain the rationale for small groups, both biblically and within Methodism
  • 2 – How adults learn
  • 3 – How groups work
  • 4 – The role of the facilitator
  • 5 – Leading a small group (planning activity for week 6)
  • 6 – The small group activity

The linmk below sets out an Introduction to ‘ Walking With God’s People’  which will form the basis of the work we shall undertake together.

Introduction WWG Training

We are writing to not just invite you – although the courtesy of an Invitation is important, but to commend the course to you and your prayers and to urge you to make a positive response and a commitment to join us on this course.

With best wishes

Bryan, Anna and Steve – the Staff Team