House groups are an important part of the parish life at St Michael’s. Some of the existing groups were started many years ago, others much more recently. They allow for any level of belonging and participation and each are supportive and welcoming.
Why not think about joining a group or starting one yourself? The groups are versatile and open to any particular age, family circumstances or work schedule.
If you are interested in home groups please talk to Michael Palmer who would be delighted to help. You can contact him at email@example.com or text or phone 0423 774 735.
There are currently five groups operating in the parish. Here is a short run down on the groups based on feedback from members.
TUESDAY EVENING HOUSE GROUP
Where: Rose Bay at the home of Rosemary Everett
When: Second Tuesday of each month.
Who: Mixed group of adults
What: In years gone by we have used various study books for guidance in addition to tailored studies prepared by Ray Jarratt. More recently our approach has been to study the gospel reading for the following Sunday 10:00 am service and this has proved to work quite well. The group has been going for around twenty years, and is very happy to welcome new members.
Contact: Peter Croft. firstname.lastname@example.org
WEDNESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY GROUP
Where: St Pauls Chapel in St Michael’s church
When: Every Wednesday morning at 10.00 am.
Who: Mainly ladies. There are usually around twelve people present. Some have belonged to the group for a long time and other have come more recently. It usually lasts an hour and a half
What: This is a Bible study group led by the Revd Michael Palmer.
It is very participatory and other interesting material is brought into the discussion. The group prays together at the end of each meeting.
This is a very friendly and supportive group. Over the years they have stood together when friends and relatives have died and other crises of life have come. They like the relaxed style of the way Michael leads the Bible study and introduces other interesting material. During Lent, the group studied the book by Rowan Williams, Christ on Trial. The study and the discussion help participants to understand contemporary events in the wider community and in the world at large. The discussion is on practical matters of living a Christian life, and provides the opportunity to bring some of the more general material in church services to a more particular and personal level. New members would be very welcome.
Contact Michael Palmer email@example.com
WEDNESDAY EVENING STUDY GROUP
Where: Usually at Meg and Tim Matthews’ at Bondi Junction. When: Every second Wednesday.
Starts 7.30 pm finishes punctually at 8.30 pm
Who: Mixed group of adults. Numbers have varied over time ranging from five to eight.
What: We have used a variety of study methods. Sometimes the studies have been based on books or study guides, we have also followed the Lenten studies and have read our way through complete books of the Bible. Discussions can be lively, and not everyone agrees on all things. This is a great group for someone who is keen to explore the Christian life. New members would be very welcome.
Contact Meg Matthews firstname.lastname@example.org
THURSDAY EVENING HOUSE GROUP
Where: Usually at the home of Jennifer and Ross Glasson, Vaucluse. When: Every second Thursday.
Commences at 8.00 pm and finishes at 9.30 Who: Mixed group of adults
What: Time is spent catching up followed by a discussion based on a book, a Bible study (in recent years Mark, Romans and 1 Peter), or the Parish Lenten program. Sometimes we say Evening Prayer. We spent quite a few weeks reading Robert Wilkens, “The First Thousand Years”, on early Christianity. We have read books by Tom Wright on various aspects of Christian faith and practice and Philip Jenkins and Rodney Stark on early Christianity. With books we take it in turns to lead. Bible studies are sometimes led by Bruce Kaye. We think the group was started about forty years ago over which time membership has varied a lot although some of the original members are still part of the group! We have appreciated the fact that we have been able to support each other through various life stages and challenges. New members would be most welcome.
Contact Louise Kaye email@example.com or Jennifer Glasson firstname.lastname@example.org
FRIDAY MORNING GROUP
Where: At the home of Ning Jiang Towns Road, Vaucluse.
When: Every Friday morning 9.45 am to 11.15am.
We have been meeting since approximately 2005, though the members have changed over that time.
Who: This group started as a group for young mums and mums of school aged children. Some of these mums moved away and we were joined by a number of long standing members from St. Michael’s, and later by friends who are not members at St Michael’s. So we are of women from different backgrounds and circumstances.
What: We do mainly Bible study and personal prayer, though at the moment we are doing a Christian apologetics course based on a book, “The case for faith” by Lee Strobel. We appreciate digging deeper into the bible and are encouraged by prayer and support for issues in our lives. We appreciate the group for its support in life’s journey, the spiritual encouragement, and the growth in faith it provides. We try to engage in outreach through social projects like knitting blankets for members of St. Michael’s who have gone into a nursing home. We try to incorporate Lent and Advent as part of the Christian year and are happy for people to join for short periods. We would definitely welcome new members.
Contact Tanya Bosch 0419217974 or email@example.com or Petra Palmer firstname.lastname@example.org