Small Groups

Small Groups at LBC 

Have you heard about our small groups at Laingholm Baptist Church?  

 

They’re also known as life groups or home groups, and they’re a great way for our church family to connect during the week in a more intimate setting.  We like to think of it as “doing life together” and building strong relationships.  

 

Our hope is that everyone at LBC would feel at home in a small group. They come in all shapes and sizes, and they meet for different purposes and durations.

 

So whether you’re new to LBC or have been attending for a while, we’re confident that you’ll find a group that suits your needs.

We can’t wait to see you thrive in a small group!

 

 

Wondering how to get started?   Just reach out to

Peter or Catherine Alpe,

and they’ll be happy to provide more information

Terry & Caroline Osborne

Huia

Alternate Tuesdays 7.30pm

tc.osborne76@gmail.com

027 242 1874

Anél Smithies

Women’s Small Group

Monday 1:30 pm at LBC Pavilion

ahsmithies@icloud.com

022 535 6335

Lorraine Glanville

Laingholm

Saturday afternoons

lorrainejg@xtra.co.nz

027 779 6077

Chris & Siobhan Manase

Glen Eden

Monday 10am

manase.family@gmail.com

022 657 2238

Christine Jelleyman

Spiritual Disciplines via Zoom

Monthly on Thursday 7.30pm

pcjell@gmail.com

027 327 8306

**Coming back in 2024. If interested please contact Christine**

Peter & Catherine Alpe

Titirangi/Waiatarua

Alternate Tuesdays 7.30pm

ptandcm@gmail.com

027 217 9100

Resources for Small Groups


Here are some great links for new groups starting up & also might be useful for refresher for existing groups.

Going Deeper

These are deeper studies for o groups wanting to explore current themes
Another great series from 24/7 Prayer is How to be unsuccessful.  See these links on YouTube to get started. Watch the videos, note key phrases and explore with your group. 

 

Bridgetown Church in Portland, Oregon is built around the idea of following the way of Jesus together. Here’s their study series on The Gifts of the Holy Spirit for the work of the Kingdom.

1. Witness

2. Discernment

3. Lament

4. Check this page for the new topic Intercession

 

And, if your group is delving into spiritual formation, here’s their series on the Unforced Rhythms of Grace – an opportunity to experience the essential spiritual practices from the life of Jesus.

 

 

  • These two courses come highly recommended

Prayer Course, http://prayercourse.org/

Pete Greig and Jonny Hughes
Journey through the Lord’s Prayer with six short videos and a handy ‘cheat sheet’ for each session, all designed to fuel discussion and deepen the prayer life of your church. 

 

Life Shared Course, https://alphacanada.org/preview/lifesharedseries/

The Life Shared Small Group Series is a 3-part video series aimed at encouraging and equipping everyone in the church to share their faith, and invite people in their lives to discover a relationship with Jesus. It was designed for small group settings to prompt in-depth discussion and engagement. 

The series works well as a lead up to Alpha to encourage invitation but even if the church or group is not running Alpha, it can be used more broadly to inspire people to share their faith.

 

  • Here are some other resources. 

Long story short, https://longstoryshort.co/

Long Story Short is a video series designed to unfold the story of the Bible.
The Bible is a big book and, let’s be honest, it’s pretty hard to get your head around it all. Long Story Short simply strips the story back to its core and then presents the story in a way that is accessible to everyone. It’s all about discovering the heartbeat of the Bible, in as short as seven sessions, without all the tradition and protocol of Western religion.

 

The Purple Book, http://thepurplebook.org/

Rice Brookes/Steve Murrell, Rice Brookes is the cofounder of the Every Nation family of churches, with more than one thousand churches in more than 73 nations. 

 

The Bible Project, 

http://thebibleproject.com/

The Bible Project creates videos that show the Bible as a unified story that leads to Jesus. The Bible is literary genius and has divine wisdom for the modern world.