Small Groups or Cell Groups as they are known are a great way to meet people, get to know them and to deepen and understand your faith.
Hopefully this brief section will help to explain what the “Cell Groups” are all about but the best way is to “Come and See” by visiting one of the existing groups
Meetings are currently held every two weeks and there is one in the Bolsover area and one in Shirebrook.
Here’s a picture of some people attending the Shirebrook Cell group who are enjoying the “fellowship”, which is an important part at the end of the meeting.
What is a Cell Group?
A cell group is not a program, or even a ministry…it is more a ‘way of parish life’. They are small groups that evangelize the parish from within, bringing the light of Christ to its members. Members of the parish (about five to ten) get together in the home of the cell leader to give praise and thanksgiving to the Lord; to listen to a recorded teaching from the Parish Priest; to share scripture, reflect, and discuss the teaching, to talk about how they’ve shared their faith, and to offer intercessory prayer for their families, the community, the nation, and the world. The meetings run for about 90 minutes.
Why haven’t I heard about Cell Groups?
Most importantly, Cell Groups are really not new, Jesus had the first cell group with his friends, the Apostles. It is the early Church way.
In the early Church, Christians gathered to share the Word of God. They recounted the stories of Jesus, his life, and the personal effect he had on them. Those who believed had such joy that they wanted to share this joy with others that may not have met Jesus or known him.
I’m so busy and my schedule with kids never allows me time for myself.
This is probably the best 90 minutes you can spend sharing faith and life with people that will become friends that last a life-time.
We intend to have all ladies’ cells (the husbands will stay at home and babysit that night), and we intend have all mens’ cells, when the ladies will stay home and give their husbands an opportunity to pray and have fellowship. Once we have sufficient need, if an evening cell is not convenient…we will have cells that meet during the day.
Are you concerned about your teenager with so many negative influences in the culture?
Help them discover all the positive aspects about life, their Catholic faith, their future. Talk to them about joining a teen cell.
As a young adult you want to find your place in the world and be a force for good. Do you want to meet other young adults heading in the same direction?
The young adult cell group may be the powerful support and genuine friendships you’ve been looking for.