Methodist House Groups in Lytham, Ansdell and Fairhaven
Meetings take place in a member’s home as below - check with Pat Wilson for venues.
Wednesday Evening - 6.30 - 8.00pm - fortnightly
Thursday evening - 7.30pm - weekly
Each group selects its own study and these vary quite considerably: we are always amazed to realise that, however well we think we know certain passages, there is always something to surprise, challenge and delight us. Discussion with other members often reveals just how differently we interpret God’s word, as we do our best, as individuals to grow closer to God and walk in the way He desires of us.
Newcomers are always welcome. A friendly and relaxed atmosphere exists, where everyone is made to feel comfortable and valued and there is absolutely no pressure on anyone to be Bible-knowledgeable, able to ask or answer questions, pray aloud - or any of those challenging things - unless they wish to do so.
So what is the purpose of these Groups? Why do they exist? Is regular church attendance not enough? If we recall that more than 250 years ago, John Wesley created his ‘class’ system - ‘small groups’ who met to share their religious experiences, to grow in knowledge and love of God and to help each other to live better lives - we realised that this is precisely why our House Groups meet today, extra to our church attendance.
John Wesley’s classes were initially regarded with suspicion and considerable opposition, but his persistence resulted in the peaceful fulfilment of his desire for people to gather together around the word of God, as we are doing today in our House Groups.
So, all are invited. Should there be doubts in anyone’s mind about the ‘how?’, ‘where?’, ‘when?’ and ‘why?’ of the system, then, please speak to someone who already attends a group, or, for further information, please contact me in person : Pat Wilson