Why We Emphasize Home Groups
WHAT IS CHURCH?
Too often people think church means attending a weekly program. But Jesus said church was more – much more.
Jesus said church means relationships. It means being part of a group of people who care about each other. Who weep when each other weeps and rejoice when each other rejoices. Who sincerely listen to each other and earnestly pray for each other. Who strengthen each other with encouragement and meaningful Scriptures. And who join together to reach out to a hurting world.
Church is not a meeting you attend, it’s a group of people you know and love.
This is both a great joy and a great responsibility — because Jesus taught that passionate Christ-centered community is essential if we are going to keep persevering in the faith (Luke 22:31-32). Other believers need your love and encouragement if they are going to continue in the faith – and you need their love and encouragement.
So how can we experience this level of relationship and community? One way is through Home Groups.
WHAT ARE HOME GROUPS?
Home Groups are inter-generational groups of 6 to 20 people who meet together regularly to share joys and struggles, study the Bible, pray for each other, and talk about how we can help more people come to know Christ.
We meet for about an hour and a half and people participate at whatever level they feel comfortable with. If you just want to sit and observe – that’s fine.
GRACE CHURCH HOME GROUPS
Each group welcomes visitors who just want to visit. Right now we have five Home Groups.
Reem Island Home Group meets Monday evenings from 6 to 7:30 PM (email for location).
The Mohammed Bin Zayed Home Group meets Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 PM at Nigel and Kristen’s villa (email for location).
The Officers’ Club/Grand Mosque Home Group meets Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 PM at Justin and Misty’s villa (email for location).
The Khalifa City Home Group meets Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 PM at Aaron and Tash's Villa (email for location).
The Al Reef Home Group meets Monday evenings from 7 to 8:30 PM at Leonard and Christel's villa. (email for location).
The Youth Home Group meets Thursday evenings from 6 to 7:30 at the Stuhan's Villa (email for location).
Feel free to visit any of these groups, then pick one to join.