Fourth Sunday in the month at 4 pm
Methodism has traditionally been structured around the small group (originally called 'classes') where small groups within the Church meet together to think about the Bible, to get to know each other, to support each other, to grow in faith and to socialise.
These are often now known as Cell Groups.
As a response to an Alpha Course which was run in early 2011, a group from our Church has decided to begin its own Cell Group known at '4th Sunday' meeting in one of the rooms at Frodsham Methodist Church. The Group meets for an hour or so sharing in tea, coffee or juice as well as cake and conversation.
Whilst each monthly meeting will have a different content, theme and structure, the basic tenets of the group are to:
A short time over tea and cake for welcome, chat and familiarisation. This is an opportunity to catch up on news and to get to know each other.
An opportunity to worship and be with God together as a group through prayer, song, meditation and discussion using music, pictures, words and sometimes, importantly, silence.
A short discussion about a passage from the Bible. Time to think about what God is saying through scripture and what we think God is saying to us.
What do we actually do in response to the Bible reading? What is God telling us to do in our world?
"Early Methodist gatherings were called 'societies'. John Wesley encouraged different kinds of small group to develop, so that both leaders and members of the societies could receive support and challenge in their faith.
These groups, called 'classes' and 'bands' met regularly, and the idea was to be accountable to each other about how each person was living the Christian life. So people had to be very open and willing to be changed by the experience.
In the twentieth century it became less common for classes to meet in this way, but recently many Methodists have been trying to reclaim this tradition.
The supportive small group has been found to be one of the most powerful ways for people to feel that they belong and to learn and grow."