Small Groups

Small Groups
This term's focus for Small Groups - The Letter to the Ephesians

Small groups lie at the heart of how we as a church seek to follow Jesus Christ and share his hope. Joining a small group is a brilliant way to be part of the family at Cheltenham Minster and St Matthew’s. They provide a place for us to get to know and take care of each other, whilst also providing a place where we can get to know God better through his word in the Bible.
Most groups meet midweek in the evenings in people’s homes, while some meet in the daytime, often in St Matthew’s church building.

If you would like to join a small group, get in touch with Clare Dyson our Pastoral Minister on 01242 519520 or

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.

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:

Once a year, this group goes away for a weekend together!

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.”

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.