COMMUNITY – In order to develop biblical relationships, our groups provide opportunities for their members to interact and serve one another in love. We work out the principle found in Titus 2 of older men and women investing in their younger peers, and vice versa, so each homegroup spans a broad range of ages. We build our community on homegroup nights as we meet for coffee before and after the main topic of the night and arrange social events during the year to let folks really get to know one another. Glenabbey on a Sunday morning can be a difficult place to make new relationships with large numbers of people about and with so many activities on site. So, within our homegroups, we seek to develop smaller communities where people have the time and space to really get to know and care for one another. This is how much of the pastoral care is delivered in Glenabbey.
OUTREACH – This is the ideal context for us, as Christians, to encourage and support one another in our life and witness in our homes, workplaces and communities. We want to foster, in every member of the church, an unashamed commitment to sharing the gospel both through the quality of our lives and through personal conversation. Individual homegroups also organise events to which our members can invite interested family or friends.
DISCIPLESHIP – On our journey to become more like Christ, homegroups provide an excellent context for every Christian, no matter what their level of spiritual maturity, to influence others through knowing the word of God and the work of the Holy Spirit. In homegroup and in our single sex “cell groups” we are lifelong learners together. Cell groups meet separately, providing opportunities for deeper levels of interaction, Bible study, support and accountability within smaller gatherings. Both homegroups and cell groups have formal and informal gatherings in order to fulfil the purpose for Glenabbey homegroups.