Prayer, Community and fellowship

Small Groups and Triplets

Pastoral and prayer places

At the heart of our church life together lies relationship, first with Jesus and then between one another.  Recognising that we cannot enjoy relationship of any depth with more than a relatively few people (call it “intimacy”), we encourage all St Stephen’s folk to belong to one or more smaller units. 

The closest relationships develop between people with similar interests in a prayer “Triplet”.  It may embrace from 2 to 5 members.  Each Triplet decides how it wants to function.  As a guide, it might aim to meet once a month for an hour or so (whether in a home or at Church or in the Chapel), to listen to one another, to share joys and concerns and to pray for each other.

St Stephen’s places a high value on thriving Small Groups (of between 8 and 12 members), meeting weekly or fortnightly for fellowship, worship, Bible study and prayer.  New Small Groups are formed out of groups doing either Alpha or Freedom in Christ (FiC), within which relationships have already been formed.  Or you can join an existing group.

If you would like to join a Triplet or a Small Group – or to explore what it might mean – do get in touch with Madeline (madelinelight@gmail.com), Tim  Coe (tim.coe1944@gmail.com), Ian Fifield (fifieldian@gmail.com) or Adam Jackson (youth@ststephensnorwich.org).


MEN’S BREAKFAST

On the first Saturday of each month, a group of men meet at St. Stephen’s to share a couple of hours together in Christian worship and fellowship, and the taking of a (usually cooked) breakfast. The session starts at 8.00am and finishes at 10.00am. New members are welcome. The host of the group, Tim Coe, may be contacted at tim.coe1944@gmail.com .


CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER

Mike Webb is looking to start a group of people who would be interested in taking up the discipline of Contemplative Prayer, also known as Christian Meditation. This is an ancient practice that is a kind of “silent gazing on God.” You can see something of what is involved in this PDF document (shown in a new browser tab.)

If anyone is interested would they please contact Mike on 01603 305583, or by email at mike@mjwebb.org.uk.

Revelation 3:20

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

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