Bible Study Groups (House Groups) are alive and flourishing in the Parish. Some have been meeting for 40 years or more, and others have recently formed. But the wonderful characteristic they have in common is they meet a real need of providing close fellowship, friendship and a support structure to study the Bible and wrestle with various issues. A reminder of the Saint Francis Mission Statement – “to be role models of Kingdom values, immersed in mission, ministry and social justice” coupled with our Vision of “being a transformed and culturally diverse community of faith, bound together through caring, fellowship and worship, reaching out to influence our environment for Christ”. There is no better example of how the Mission and Vision of St Francis is brought into reality than the House Groups. Bible Study groups are where spiritual growth happens, and as they did in the early Church as recorded in Acts 2:42 “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer …and they broke bread in their homes and ate together with sincere hearts." Two challenges: - To encourage EACH member of the Parish to join a House Group – there is one meeting in your area this week! - Each House Group should be encouraging and inviting members of the Parish to join their group. Contact the Parish office or the Rector for more information!