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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 (see the timetable below - the pattern varies occasionally).

Prayer Meetings - fortnightly on Wednesday evening from 8-9pm in the main St. Johns building, 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 church members' homes on Wednesday or Thursday 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 .

Summer Term Programme

2 Kings: The Life of Elisha: the Forerunner of Jesus

Our seven Bible studies this term look at the life and person of Elisha in 2 Kings. The story of Elisha follows that of Elijah, his forerunner. A lot of attention is given to Elijah and Elisha in 1 and 2 Kings – 15 out of 47 chapters – 80 years in a 400-year period. So these two characters must be significant to God’s revelation and purposes and have much to teach us today.

The writer appears to have drawn parallels between Elijah and Moses and between Elisha and Joshua. However, the Gospel writers, and Matthew in particular, make frequent references to Elijah and Elisha, drawing important parallels between Elijah and John the Baptist on the one hand and Jesus and Elisha on the other. The New Testament Christian can use these parallels to help interpret what otherwise might appear to be a series of bizarre and foreign stories.

We should also bear in mind that, although the stories of Elijah and Elisha are set in the 9th century BC northern kingdom of Israel, they were most probably ‘published’ for the exiles of Judah languishing in the Babylonian captivity (560-539 BC). These people probably felt very small indeed, abandoned by God, living among and under threat from powerful enemies, both human and divine. The exiles were not at rest in their Promised Land.

So, as metaphorical pilgrims in a foreign land today, let us look to the God of the one greater than Elisha.

 

Programme for Home Groups and Prayer Meetings

24 April

7.30pm

APCM at St John Newland

1/2 May HG Study 1: One Greater than Elijah - 2 Kgs 1: 15-2: 25

8/9 May

Prayer Meeting

15/16 May

HG Study 2: We Three Kings - 2 Kgs 3: 1-27

22/23 May

HG Study 3: A Tale of Two Women - 2 Kgs 4: 1-37

29/30 May

(half term)

Prayer Meeting

5/6 June

HG Study 4: A Tale of Two Meals - 2 Kgs 4: 38-44

12/13 June

Prayer Meeting

19/20 June   

HG Study 5: A Bath of Humility and a Shower of Pride -

2 Kgs 5: 1-27

26/27 June   

Prayer Meeting

3/4 July     

HG Study 6: The God of All Things Great and Small -

2 Kgs 6: 1-23

10/11 July Prayer Meeting
17/18 July HG Study 7: Grace and the Grave - 2 Kgs 13: 1-25