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 St John's, repeated on Thursday mornings from 10-11am in the Newland Christian Centre. A short Bible reading and time of worship is followed by updates about different topics. We then pray about these topics in groups of about four to six - people can pray out loud or silently.

Home Groups - in alternate weeks we meet in homes on Wednesday evenings 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 .

Spring Term Home Groups - Living in the shadow of judgement

Introduction to 2 Peter and Jude

The author of 2 Peter was the disciple of Jesus known as Simon Peter or the rock. This one-time fisherman of Galilee denied Jesus but was restored, and rose to lead the disciples on the day of Pentecost. Jude, on the other hand, was a half-brother of Jesus who at one time, along with the rest of Jesus’ brothers, wanted nothing to do with him, By this time, however, Jude had risen to such prominence in the Church that he could now send a letter in his own name.

The second letter of Peter and the letter of Jude are two of the latest letters that we have in the New Testament. In the case of 2 Peter, it is probable that this was the Apostle Peter’s last will and testament, written shortly before he was arrested and executed in Rome around 64AD (some scholars think it was in fact sent posthumously). The letter of Jude is considered the earlier of the two letters and it is believed that Peter reworked parts of Jude’s letter to make it more accessible to a wider Gentile audience, which explains some of the similarities between the two letters.

All of the New Testament letters are written to address specific problems arising among the churches to which they are addressed. However, both these letters were sent as ‘circular’ letters, intended to be read out in all the congregations of the Church of the day. They were relevant to all the churches (rather than specific communities).

The Apostles wrote a number of letters to address persecution from the world outside the Church and the danger of backsliding to avoid such discomfort. In other letters, they expose and address false teaching from outside the church. In 2 Peter and Jude it appears that false teaching has arisen from within the Church which has led to such moral laxity that the Church appears indistinguishable from the world in which it lives. These false teachers are part of the Church establishment, and they’re on the payroll. They appear to have been heavily influenced by some of the worldly philosophy of the times (Epicureanism). These leaders perhaps feel led by a need to ‘keep with the times’ and give the people what they want – as a result, the very existence of the church is at stake, as false church leaders pander to their congregations’ sinful desires.

Richard Hawes

Watch the introductions to 2 Peter and Jude on the Bible Project

Introduction to 2 Peter

Introduction to Jude

Download the homegroup booklet for use on your phone table or laptop, so you can prepare anywhere. Download Booklet


Programme for Home Groups and Prayer Meetings - Spring 2018

9/10/11 Jan

Home Group 1 - How can we be sure of our calling?
(2 Peter 1:1-11)

17/18 Jan

Prayer Meeting - The persecuted church

23/24/25 Jan

Home Group 2 - How can we be sure it’s all true?
(2 Peter 1:12-21)

31 Jan/ 1 Feb

Prayer Meeting - Caroline Abblitt and YGP churches

6/7/8 Feb

Home Group 3 - How can we be sure there’ll be
a judgement? (2 Peter 2:1-9)

14/15 Feb

Prayer Meeting - MAF (the Pett family) and
The Newland Christian Trust

20/21/22 Feb

Home Group 4 - How can we be sure of error?
(2 Peter 2:10-22)

28/29 Feb

Prayer Meeting - Derek and Jane French and
student work

6/7/8 Mar

Home Group 5 - How can we be sure Christ will return
and there will be a judgement? (2 Peter 3:1-18)

14/15 Mar

Prayer Meeting - Label of Love and St Faith’s & Riverside

20/21/22 Mar

Home Group 6 - How can we be sure we’re in danger?
(Jude 1-10)

27/28/29 Mar

Home Group 7 - How can we be sure we need to share the Gospel? (Jude 11-25)



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.