Small Groups

Small Groups

Why Join a Small Group?

It’s a brilliant way to be part of the family at Cheltenham Minster and St Matthew’s, especially during this Coronavirus time.

Small groups help us to get to know and take care of each other.

And they give us an opportunity to encourage one another as followers of Jesus as we study God’s word in the Bible and pray together.

Safeguarding Policy

Please click here to access our Policy for Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Mar 2014 plus Good Practice Guidelines. Our nominated people are Margaret Failes and Emma Abbey.

At the moment most groups are meeting on Zoom, either on midweek evenings or in the daytime. A few groups are meeting (suitably socially distanced) in the St Matthew’s church building.

If you would like to join a small group, get in touch with the Small Group coordinators Rod Pellereau: pellereau@btinternet.com (07968683997) or Diane Bruckland: dibruckland@hotmail.com (01242 226371)

Thursday Bible Study with Crèche meets at St Matthew’s on Thursdays during term-time, 10.00am-11.30am. Informal group, meeting for Bible study, friendship, and encouragement. To find out more contact Nicola Coombs: nmcoombs@btinternet.com

Central Small Groups meet at St Matthew’s on Thursday evenings at 7:15pm for a meal, and 8pm-9.30pm for Bible Study and prayer. This is particularly aimed at our students and 20s & 30s, and we have various socials throughout the year. To find out more, contact Simon Phillips our Associate Minister with Responsibility for 18-30’s: simonp@stmstm.org.uk

Comments from members

“You get to the point I think, where you just genuinely care about each other. And to have a group of people who are dedicated to genuinely encouraging you in your faith, it is unlike anything in the world.”

“Because we are a small group, we can actually listen to each other and apply the things we are learning to our individual lives. So we are all talking about what the passage is actually telling us to think and do in reality.”

“To see people grow in their understanding of God’s love and to get rid of the cliches – all the sort of religious jargon that they have built up over the years – and instead find out what is real underneath it all.”