After only twelve months of belonging to HTH it's hard to imagine not being part of my church family. I walked into the church by myself, feeling terrified and wondering if the website was the best way to choose a church. The most striking thing was the care one or two people took to talk, listen and get to know me: vital for someone arriving on their own.
Soon, others invited me to join a homegroup. I was very warmly welcomed, I value the fellowship hugely and I love being part of the group. There have been informal dinners, BBQ, etc which has been brilliant, so encouraging.
I love the fact I now belong to a praying church, a church which I believe can do great things in the future. I was looking for a church that had something a little special. What I found was more than that, it was a church with a 'heart'. Truly God has guided me to be part of an exciting church family and I am and will continue to be eternally grateful for that.
Our homegroups are the main way that we offer pastoral care throughout the church and as such are a central part of church life. They are co-ordinated by two leaders who support the homegroup leaders.
The groups vary in size from a handful of people to a large roomful. Some have met together for decades and many have very strong bonds of love and mutual support. Some are more fluid and change regularly. One group concentrates on World Mission and our mission partners and another is concerned with Justice and Fairtrade issues.
Homegroups meet on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, while Evergreens (a homegroup for older people) meets on Monday afternoons. There is also a Mum's Biblestudy on Thursday mornings. Most homegroups meet only during term time.
Homegroups generally worship, pray and study the Bible together, and regularly eat together. The studies usually link to the sermon series. Members have fun and get to know one another well. Homegroups hold at least one social event each term.