Historically Methodists discovered that meeting in small groups helped people to become better followers of Jesus. Intentional conversation together helps form ‘whole life, lifelong and world transforming discipleship.’
Small groups come in many shapes and sizes.
- There are ‘encounters’ for exploring questions of life and relationship and these might be organised in cafes and pubs.(Look at Table Talk and Lyfe materials).
- Small groups (traditionally called classes) for nurturing people into the practises of faith which meet in church and homes.(Look at Disciple / Mission Shaped Intro resources).
- Tiny intimate groups (traditionally called bands) for holding each other accountable for growing and practising the faith which meet wherever two or three can meet together. (Look at the INSPIRE network material)
We believe that, with support, anyone can form and lead a small group in an engaging and fruitful way, and we are convinced that what comes out of your discussions will be life changing.
MeetPrayLove groups come in all sizes and shapes from established bible study groups connected with formal churches to pairs or threesomes who meet in a coffee shop to talk through issues of faith. All are welcome.
See the MeetPrayLove website for more information and resources.
Small groups study resources produced by the Methodist Church in Scotland
Living Thessalonians (2.3Mb pdf)
Living Upside Down Part 1 (2Mb pdf)
Living Upside Down Part 2 (2Mb pdf)
Living Upside Down Part 3 (2Mb pdf)
Living Upside Down Part 5