One of the main purposes of Church is to connect with God and with one another. We want to do whatever we can to help you get plugged in, make it easy to meet new people and get involved.
Connect Groups are at the very core of the Vineyard Church. If we want to grow in our understanding and connection with Jesus and with others, then Connect Groups are an essential part of that process. They're an amazing tool to help us make real and lasting relationships, create community and grow our focus upwards and outwards.
After all, you can get all the Bible teaching you want, but if you don't have a place to discuss, explore and practice it, then it just becomes information. Connect Groups are designed for you to:
Perhaps you aren't sure which group would suit you?
Perhaps you're new to church and want to go at a slower pace?
Or maybe you have young kids and can't get out of the house in the evenings?
In which case, would you be willing to host a Connect Group?
If you're a young student (18-23 ish) then get connected with our student group. We meetup for various socials, a regular Connect Group and always a monthly Sunday lunch. Drop Paige or Richard your contact details and we'll be touch with more info.
The Alpha Course provides a unique opportunity for you to discuss and explore Christianity and life's big questions in an informal, fun and friendly environment. Whether you're an atheist or have never considered any kind of spiritual existence, Alpha is a place where you can find out more about Jesus and ask questions in an open and non judgmental place.
Alpha runs over 10 Monday evenings, each beginning with a cooked dinner where you can meet and get to know others who've joined the course. After that, there's a short easy-to-listen-to talk addressing a particular question relating to faith, religion, spirituality and life. It's not meant to be treated as a lecture but more as an opportunity for you to explore what you really think. After the talk we break into smaller discussion groups over coffee & cake. It's the perfect time for you to share your thoughts about what's been discussed that evening.
You can expect a warm welcome each evening. Whether you're by yourself or coming with friends, we'll do our best to make you feel right at home. Lots of people want to try out the first evening before they commit to the whole course - which you are very welcome to do. The entire course, including dinner, is completely free.
The next Alpha course will run from 25th September 2017 for 10 weeks (every Monday). We start at 7.30pm and aim to finish by about 10pm. Included in the course is a Saturday session which looks at the Holy Spirit - who he is, what he does and how to engage with him.