Life Groups

All hard copy resources available at Riverside House, some in pdf form on this site.

There is also a booklet available for all groups, giving some guidelines as to the possible shape and content of a group gathering.

Questions for Groups

Each Sunday, Questions are either in our weekly bulletin “Outlook” to discuss and reflect on Sunday talks, or made available in booklet form: Living Life Well-Booklet (9MB).

Other discipleship resource questions:

sharpen one another

moving F.O.R.W.A.R.D.S.

Books

Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness book by Jerry Cook. How can the church be a healing force in a non – Christian World?

Baptism Guide - Believe & Be Baptised by Victor Jack

Study Guides

Living Life Well (Autumn 2018 Series) Booklet of Study/Discussion Questions for the Autumn 2018 Sunday Teaching Series at Riverside.

Disciple a Freedom in Christ discipleship course for those in their 20's & 30's. DVD & Guide.

Soul Keeping Study Guide by John Ortberg: 6-week course, Study guide and DVD

Fruitfulness on the Frontline (Mark Greene) – 8 sessions for disciples who want to make a difference where they are. (workplace). DVD, Guide & Book.

The Grace Course – 6 sessions from the Freeedom in Christ team. DVD & Guide.

An Ordinary Day with Jesus – (John Ortberg & Ruth Haley Barton) – experiencing the reality of God in your everyday life. (spirituality) DVD & Guide.

Bible Overview Course (God's Big Picture) - Vaughan Roberts traces the story of the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation to see how it all fits together, telling of God's wonderful plan to save the world through Jesus Christ. Each of the 9 units consists of a 10 minute video followed by an hour long Bible study which you could do in a group at church or by yourself at home. The course is free to download and is based on Vaughan's book of the same name (IVP).

Dangerous Faith – (Open Doors) – 6-8 sessions – A journey through the book of Acts. DVD & Guide.

Inside Out – Change your Life. Transform your Church. Love your Community. 4-5 sessions. (local mission, outward focus). DVD & Guide.

John Uncovered (UCCF) Study Guide for seekers and new Christians

Activities

For the New Year – ONE WORD that will change your life activity.

The BISCUIT TRAIL (Agape): A set of cards that help a group to explore and discuss how to help colleagues & friends on their journey of faith towards Jesus. (Available from Riverside House).

LECTIO DIVINA: engaging with Scripture

Lectio Divina is a dynamic way of reading the Scriptures that has been around since AD 300. It follows a four-step approach of:

  1. Reading
  2. Meditation
  3. Prayer
  4. Contemplation

Lectio Divina invites you to savour and mull over God's words quietly, slowly and intently. It gives you the space to respond to what you feel God is saying and helps you build a vital bridge between your encounters with God and everyday life with its joys, humdrum and challenges.

It is a practise not treating Scripture as a text to be studied but as the Living Word that speaks.

Reading the Bible – Bible Study Ideas

These are various ways of ‘feeding off the word’, with and without preparation beforehand by the group, but very preferably by discussion leader, to various depths, depending on individual’s time and inclination and group agreement. Whether it is ‘Bible study’, or guided Bible meditation depends on those factors.

 1.       Question and answer Bible study booklets based on books of the Bible or topics.

  • Friendship with God series (first couple of books used with post Alpha groups)
  • Re Navigator series ‘Learning to Live’ navigators.co.uk

2.       Go straight to the Bible and experience the joy of God speaking to you directly through it and through others’ insights.

  • PEACE-  Consider a passage along the lines of anything that Puzzles you, Encourages you, anything that is Admirable, anything that Challenges you, and what Effect will it have on your life.
  • SPECK – do the same – is there a Sin to avoid, a Promise to claim, an Example to follow, a Command to obey or any new Knowledge you have gained
  • SWEDISH BIBLE STUDY METHOD
  • INDUCTIVE BIBLE STUDY baiscs
  • Read a passage on your own in the group then someone reads out loud, someone else summarizes. Anyone can add something. Ask which verse/verses attract your attention and why. What does this passage reveal about God the Father, Jesus or the Holy Spirit? What questions does this passage raise for you? Any other specific questions the leader thinks would stimulate discussion, increase understanding of the passage and how it might apply. Encourage practical application – what specifically will you take from this which has challenged or encouraged you and how will it show in your life. To whom will you be accountable?

3.       Study a whole book with Overview (background facts, general impressions, purpose, emotional tone, key or often repeated words, main subjects dealt with, contrasts discussed etc, suggest title for the book to aid memory.

Ice breakers

https://insight.typepad.co.uk/40_icebreakers_for_small_groups.pdf

  • Simple ice-breakers to get people talking and opening up to each other and pray over those things, praise. thanksgiving, prayer support etc. as appropriate. e.g. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this week/the most challenging/the most encouraging? How do you feel now it’s nearly Christmas – what are you looking forward to/not looking forward to. How do you view the season of Lent?
  • Ask, what has God been teaching you this week – from the Bible/other reading/good or bad experiences/answered prayer etc. Encourages each other and reminds us all to keep learning and growing and close to God

There’s much more going on within the church than we can mention here, so we would encourage you to look around the rest of the site, and to keep visiting it regularly to stay up to date and informed, or even better – come and see for yourself what Riverside Church is like.

Other places to find resources

www.smallgroups.com Helpful free articles for Leaders (Other material at cost)

www.biblesociety.org.uk/lyfe Free Group Bible study materials based on read, reflect, respond.

http://www.disciplekit.org/  all sorts of different resources from CPAS

https://www.godatwork.org.uk/  A great variety of video clips including a series of twelve around God in the workplace.

https://www.prayercourse.org/ Six short videos and a leader’s ‘cheat sheet’!, on the Lord’s prayer.