Can you keep a secret?

LIFE groups and how powerful they are  –  the best kept secret around.  But I believe we should be shouting about how good they are.  Why?

Church Health –  time after time all the books & surveys on what makes a healthy, vibrant, caring church … will major on small groups.  Because small groups help us with …

Reflection  –  I became a follower of Jesus when I was 14 in Year 8 at school.  By year 9 I had joined a small group at church to read the bible and pray. To be honest, the attraction was 2 particularly attractive girls in the group and I attended an all boys school. But in that small group I didn’t just hear what being a Christian was I saw it and heard how Jesus was changing my peer group, not just the preacher at church.

Transparency  –  we can all put on our Sunday faces at church or just stand back not engaging with others.  But in a LIFE group we can’t hide either our feelings or our faith walk, our joys and our struggles.  In almost 40 years of marriage, Jane and I have missed only a year or two of not being in a small group together.  It’s helped our marriage and relationship … it’s hard to hold grudges & have the grumps when your in prayer time together and sharing round the word of God.

Care  –  small groups are the key to real loving pastoral care in any church including ours.  LIFE groups are THE chief pastoral factor at Gymea.  We are blessed with others but these are the key place.  We can’t know and care for everyone in our church, not even everyone in our congregation.  But we can pray for & care for our small group … and that then frees us up to care for new comers and others when we go to church on Sundays.  We have 27 LIFE groups! I know there’s one right for you.

Women Pastoring Women

For many years I have been keen for us to employ a Women’s Pastor. Parish

council has also been keen and investigated this. So far we have been unable to, so a number of our women and I met with Kara Hartley to investigate options. She

suggested we accredit and appoint Godly, capable women who will make themselves available to talk, pray and read the Bible with women members of our church. They are not counsellors nor “professionals”, but they are sisters in Christ who we believe are available, wise and Godly for this roll.

The first line of Pastoral care teams. WPW will add an extra level of care. I am

personally very very grateful to these women and all our members for the level of loving care that I see daily going on in this church. Those involved at this stage are Bev Derrett, Jean Robinson, Deanna King, Kerrie Clelland, Helen Ient, Jane Crew, Elizabeth Watson, Laura Burns, Brielle Buckley, Julia Harrison, Kristy Stalder and some others.

Your brother in Christ, Graham Crew