All Saints Home Groups: Growing in discipleship
We want to see All Saints Amersfoort is growing into being a fellowship in deeper ways.
Currently: We have just completed our first Alpha Course as a congregation. Between now and the summer vacation, through online tools, we will meet in our groups and study the Letter of Philippians. To do this we will follow a course called ‘Discipleship Explored’.
To know more about it – follow the link or go to the Get Connected Section on our Home Page (just scroll down the home page).
Our Home Group journey and ethos.
A key part of that is through our bi-weekly All Saints Home Groups that were launched in 2017.
What is an ASA Home Group? Basically, it is the backbone of our “Up, In, and Out”, which are the core values we place at the heart of All Saints and seek to work out in our individual and corporate life.
- The Home Group is where we – in addition to our corporate worship on a Sunday – seek the face of God together, and deepen our relationship with Christ through the Spirit. We seek openness to the Spirit, and continue to fan into flame the power and gifts we’re receiving. (UP)
- The Home Group is also where we deepen our relationship with each other. This is where we share our lives, build each other up, and encourage each other to live as witnesses to Jesus Christ and his Kingdom. It’s all about growing in discipleship. Essentially, this is also where the first line of pastoral care takes place: we care for each other, and pray for each other. (IN)
- The Home Group is also a place where we happily invite newcomers and seekers, to simply join in and get a taste of the goodness of the living God in our midst. (OUT). In the future, we will also seek to understand how God may be calling the home group to serve in mission within Amersfoort..
The Home Groups aren’t so much Bible study groups, but fellowship groups where we share our lives, engage with scripture, help each other to grow in discipleship, and pray with one another in the expectancy that the Spirit of God wants to work through us as we minister to others. This is where we, as a charismatic and missional Anglican church, seek to grow in the life of the Spirit.
What we have covered so far…
From September until December 2017, we focused on praying with others with an openness to the Spirit, using a New Wine Netherlands Coursebook, (with an English translation of the text for those not fluent in Dutch). How can we follow the leading of the Spirit as we pray with others? How does God speak to us through words, impressions, visions, and how do we discern? It was very encouraging for all of us to see God speaking into our lives through each other!
From January 2018 on, we have focused on our identity in Christ, and God’s fatherhood. Who are we in Christ? Why did God create us, and how can we grow into the person He intends us to be? Since summer 2018 and into 2019, we followed a course called ‘The Prodigal God’ by Tim Keller, which explores in depth, the Parable of the Lost Son (Luke 15).
The rest of 2019, we focused on some materials about Christian Community, and about Prayer and Listening.
2020 began with the entire church being encouraged to attend our first Alpha Course. So our home groups were suspended for a season as we did Alpha.
Leading up to the summer, we will be studying the book of Philippians, through a course called ‘Discipleship Explored’. See the link at the top of this page to know more…
Interested in joining a group? We invite you!
The current Home Group leaders are Grant and Jolanda Crowe (Tuesday group), Beatrijs Beitler and Ninke van der Werk (Wednesdays), and Andrew and Marianne Tucker (Thursday group). Each group contains 8-12 members. When a group grows larger it will multiply.
Our vision for All Saints Anglican Church is to see these Home Groups multiplying further, so eventually (and ideally) all church members and regular visitors are part of an All Saints Home Group.
Interested in joining an All Saints Home Group or what to know more? Please, contact us through the contact form on this website or speak to one of the above people at a Sunday worship service.