Home Groups & Prayer Meetings

During term-time, we meet together mid-week in smaller groups to support each other, learn from God’s Word and to pray in a way which is more informal and intimate. One week we meet in Home Groups and the next for Prayer Meetings.

Prayer Meetings - fortnightly on Wednesday evening from 8-9pm in the main St John's church building, repeated on Thursday mornings from 10-11am in the Newland Christian Centre.

Home Groups - on alternate weeks we meet in homes around the parish on Wednesday evenings or Thursday mornings to study the Bible and pray. Home Groups also create networks for providing practical support and sharing with each other in the joys of our faith as well as the hard times.

If you have not yet joined one of our Home Groups, have a word with one of the stewards or contact us.


Autumn Term Home Groups - Reading the Bible with Luther and Calvin

As we approach the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 'Ninety-nine Theses' to the Wittenberg church door, it is fitting that we should look at the writings of Luther and John Calvin. These two great Christian thinkers have been responsible for shaping our evangelical theology for the last 500 years.

So this term's Home Group studies will introduce some of their writings to people who have perhaps never read any of them. The excerpts that we will be looking at are short and in modern English, but we will need to read them before our Home Group meetings (there won't be time to read them in the meetings). In addition, each study is linked to a relevant Bible passage which we will study alongside Luther or Calvin’s thoughts.

These studies have been edited by Richard Hawes from two Bible study booklets: 'Martin Luther: Righteous Faith' by Drew Blankman (2002) and 'John Calvin: Sovereign Hope' by Carolyn Nystrom (2002), both of which were published by IVP in their Christian Classics Bible Studies series but which are now out of print.


Programme for Home Groups and Prayer Meetings - Autumn 2017

6/7 September

Prayer Meeting

12/13/14 September

Home Group - Luther: God's righteousness freely given

20/21 September

Prayer Meeting

26/27/28 September

Home Group - Calvin: What does it mean to be chosen by God?

4/5 October

Prayer Meeting

10/11/12 October

Home Group - Luther: Christians and good works

18/19 October

Prayer Meeting

24/25/26 October

Home Group - Calvin: If God's going to do what God's going to do, why pray?

1/2 November

Prayer Meeting (HALF TERM)

7/8/9 November

Home Group - Luther: The struggle with sin

15/16 November

Prayer Meeting

21/22/23 November

Home Group - Calvin: What does God want from me?

29/30 November

Prayer Meeting

5/6/7 December Home Group - Calvin: How do I face death?
13/14 December

Prayer Meeting



Riverside is a welcoming and friendly church that is great for all ages. The Home Groups are a great way to support each other through the many ups and downs of life.