What is a Fellowship Group?
Whereas our Sunday services are larger gatherings of God’s people, fellowship groups are smaller gatherings that happen during the week. They are communities of believers that are dedicated to the joy of studying God’s Word, being family, caring for one another, praying and worshiping together (Acts 2:42-47). We place great emphasis on them because we believe they are fundamental to church life here at St Peters.
Why Fellowship Groups?
We were created and saved for community. In Gen. 1:26, God says, “Let us make man in our image” and so God created not one individual, but two people, “male and female he created them” (Gen. 1:27). God, who is Trinity, is an eternal community of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In order to reflect God’s own community, we were made to be a community as well. Being community is one aspect of what it means to be “created… in His own image“.
In Ephesians 2:11-22, we also see that part of God’s salvation plan was to make “one new man” out of all the nations, one community of people united under Jesus (Eph. 1:10), who are called “God’s people, and members of God’s household… a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit” (Eph. 2:19-22): the church. We were saved to be part of God’s family, His new community, the church. Fellowship groups are one way in which we seek to live out this new family identity we have received through the saving work of Jesus.
When and where?
Our fellowship groups meet at various times and in different venues. Our Tuesday and Wednesday evening groups generally meet in people’s homes, while our Wednesday morning groups meet at the church building. We have groups that meet in Fish Hoek, Masiphumelele, Noordhoek, Capri, Glencairn and Kommetjie.
We encourage anyone who desires to join a fellowship group to first participate in our “Joining In” course, which is a three week course explaining who we are as a church (our core values). Sean Savides (assistant minister), leads the “Joining In” course. If you would like more information and would be interested to join, please contact Carel Pienaar (assistant minister) (021)7856682 or e-mail him: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Heb 10:25