Connect Groups

We’d love for you to become part of our community, and our connect groups are a great way to build friendships with other people, and to learn and grow together as we share life.

You can find out more about what connect groups are, how they work, how to find one that suits you, and how to join one, below:

What are connect groups?

Connect groups are small communities (about the size of an extended family), and they provide a place of belonging within the wider context of the church.

Relationships are central to connect groups; the groups are a place where we can each be known and loved, and where we can get to know and love others. Within a group, it is everyone’s responsibility to love and care for one another.

Each connect group has a distinct vision and purpose (in line with the broader vision of New Community Church); for example, this may be a vision for a specific area, a particular people group, or a certain activity.

How do they work?

  • How big are connect groups? They are a small community, usually made up of about 8-16 people.
  • Who leads each group? A relational core of 4-6 people (or 2-3 couples) who relate well together in friendship. They share equal responsibility for creating an environment in which community can thrive, and they are accountable to the Pastoral Team.
  • How often do groups meet? They meet at least twice a month, and run for a finite period of time (12, 18 or 24 months), to be decided by the group’s leaders.
  • When do they meet? Groups run at different times (both during the day and in the evenings) and on different days of the week (including at weekends), so you should be able to find one that works for you.
  • Where do they meet? We have connect groups meeting in many different parts of Southampton, and in a variety of venues, including homes and coffee shops.

Why should I join a connect group?

There are many benefits to being part of a connect group. Three of the main benefits are:

  • They are a place where we can get to know other people and share life with others. This means celebrating each other’s successes, standing together in times of pain, inspiring each other, and encouraging one another to be all that God has called us to be.
  • They are a place where we can encounter God together as we share life, encouraging each other, worshiping together, praying for one another, and learning and growing in our faith.
  • They are a place where we can go out from refreshed, encouraged and inspired, and carrying the presence of God into the rest of our lives and relationships.

How do I join a connect group?

Each of our services has several different connect groups. You can find out more about their various connect groups and how to join one, by clicking on these links:

Find out more about connect groups linked to the 10am service (Central).

Find out more about connect groups linked to the 10.30am service (Sholing).