NCC 19

Connect Groups

Connect Groups are gatherings of people meeting together to cultivate friendship and to support and encourage one another in our inward, outward and upward journeys as disciples of Jesus.

Some groups have a particular focus of growing and developing in a particular area, others have a shared purpose. Some groups meet for a specified number of weeks; others meet weekly longer-term. Our groups are all different, as they reflect the fact that we are a church family of different people at different stages ... but whoever you are and wherever you’re at we’d love you to join a group and find a place of belonging with us. Come and be a part of it!

Monday Night Group

- For women
- Every other week on Monday
- 7.45-9.30pm
- Bitterne Park
- Leaders: Keren Wickins, Fiona Haigh, and Laura Waterton

We explore how to be more like Jesus, and encourage each other in this.

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Business Group

- Weekly on Tuesday
- 7.45pm
- Shirley and Hythe
- Leaders: Anna and David Wright, and Tom and Shelly Frame

We support each other as business owners to grow both our businesses and our faith. We want to encourage and support others thinking of starting a business.

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Connect Mums

- Weekly on alternate Mondays and Fridays
- Daytime
- Various locations, usually close to Bitterne Park
- Leaders: Jen Cox and Kirstie Chart

We're a community for new (or not so new) mums, providing an opportunity to gather together and support each other at a time when life in general - and church life - may have changed significantly. We meet to catch up and aim to build our faith together - whether it's through doing a bible study or reading a book, or just sharing life. 

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Scutt Group

- Every other week on a Tuesday
- 7.30-9pm
- Portswood
- Leaders: Geoff and Olivia Scutt

We meet for mutual support, prayer and to discuss relevant biblical issues.


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MacArthur, Comer and Whyley Group

- Weekly on Thursday
- 7.30pm
- Bitterne Park or Highfield
- Leaders: Charlotte and Ben MacArthur, Rachel and Mat Comer, and Chris Whyley

We meet to encourage, support, study, discuss and pray together, as we live out our Christian faith. We often eat together and always include a boys' social, a girls' social, and a mixed social each term.

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Millers Pond Group

- Every other week on Thursday
- 7.30pm
- Woolston and Sholing
- Leaders: Di Bower and Mandy Harding

We aim to grow in our relationship with God and be an encouragement to each other and those around us. We share experiences and knowledge, read and study the Bible, pray, worship, and seek to deepen intimacy with God. We like to practically help one another, and often have social events.

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Payne Group

- Weekly on Tuesday
- 8pm
- Bitterne
- Leaders: David and Cate Payne, and Mike and Jane Evans

We meet to learn, worship, pray, break bread, and look outwards (not all on the same week!). We have been focusing on God being in our work, and pray for and encourage each other in our work and personal lives. We enjoy a meal together once a term.


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Older Youth Connect Group

- For youth in school years 9+ (up to age 18 years)
- Weekly on Thursday
- Bitterne Park
- Leaders: Ben Hinks and Catherine Sheen

We meet to catch up, play games, eat, look at the Bible and apply it to our lives, pray for each other and encounter God!

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Coming Soon: God's Big Picture

- Weekly on Thursday (from 31st October to 12th December 2019 inclusive)
- 7.45-9.15pm
- Bannister Park
- Leader: Bryony Sharpen

Over seven sessions we will use resources by Vaughan Roberts, looking at 'God's Big Picture'. The God's Big Picture Bible overview course traces the story of the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation to see how it all fits together, telling of God's wonderful plan to save the world through Jesus Christ.

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Coming Soon: Walking With God Group

- Every other week (day and time TBC)
- Location TBC
- Leader: John Deagle


We will use a variety of activities to explore living in God's presence, recognising that much of Jesus' discipleship was on the road/on the move. Activities will include walking and prayer walking, amongst other things, and we'll link with the Biblical accounts of Enoch, and also Jesus appearing to disciples on the road to Emmaus.

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Coming Soon: God Secrets Group

- Day and time TBC
- Bitterne Park
- Leaders: Amy Ward
- Starting in the New Year 2020


We will be working through the God Secrets course, written by Shawn Bolz. This course focuses on gaining a deeper understanding of Words of Knowledge and their application in life today.

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Coming Soon: Young Adults Connect Group

- Particularly for young adults
- Every other week on Wednesday
- Time TBC
- Location TBC
- Leaders: John and Frances Duff


We are a group that provides a place of welcome and encouragement for young adults, whether single, married or with families. We'll spend time following up on our Sundays services, praying together, socialising and having fun.

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