Community is a key value to the Christian life.
We weren’t made to be alone, we were made to share and be in relationship.
Connect groups, at Shore Vineyard, are a place to love God and to love others – both the friends we know, and the strangers we are yet to meet. Together we can experience God, do life together and love the lost in this world.
Our Connect Groups are in three formats, House Groups that meet regularly for fellowship, growth and support, Action Groups such as Alpha, Happy Conversation and Mainly Music meeting for a specific purpose and the Informal Groups which help us to maintain community in a time-challenged and often chaotic world.
Shore Vineyard Connect groups are wonderful places to meet new friends and go deeper with each other and with God. A range of ways to connect and engage with each other and with God in addition to our fabulous services on Sunday at 10AM and 6PM.
Normally meet in a person’s house and are welcoming and including. These are groups where long term friendships can be developed and where we can be ourselves. Groups tend to follow the school term and will start again in May. Some are every week others meet on the first and third weeks of the month. Contact the leader for details.
Young adults wrestling with scripture, hanging out, being there for each other.
Hosts: André Hamon 021 736 812 and Jackson McNaughton 027 531 8530
Tuesdays 7pm, 6 Pullum St, Birkenhead.
Ashcroft Home Group:
Enjoying the presence of God, along with lively discussion and great company.
Hosts: Nerida and Rob Ashcroft 021 230 9208
Tuesdays 7:30pm, 45 Rangatira Road, Beach Haven
Piece by Piece:
Patch your way through different experiences of faith and life. A visual way to build a narrative, a memory quilt. A new way to explore feelings and tough topics.
Host: Jenny Goodwin 027 609 9154
Thursdays 7:30pm, 15 Miraka Place, Birkenhea
First and third week of the month.
Culverwell House Group:
Young adult, fellowship, study, sharing time getting closer to each other and to God.
Hosts: Calvin and Georgia Culverwell 021 225 8461
Wednesdays 7:30pm, 10 Shelduck Way, Hobsonville Point.
The Good Life:
Good convos. Good thoughts. Good times! Good, eh?
Hosts: Jeremy and Lavara O’Hanlon 020 100 1000
Tuesdays 7:30pm, 68 Eban Ave, Hillcrest.
Read House Group:
Laughter, study, praying, worship, support and all the other parts of life in our small community following Jesus.
Hosts: Rob and Marianne Read 027 551 0622
Thursdays 7:30pm, 7 Palawan Place, Torbay
There are groups that meet regularly for a specific purpose, often including community outreach and bringing people into relationship with SVC.
Mainly Music is for families with young children, a place where connections and friendships grow. Guests and their children find the sessions fun, safe and engaging. 30 plus visitors to our church and our chance to come along as a team member or a guest.
Hosts: Gabrielle Donnell 022 042 0227 and Penny Dougherty 094135495
Friday morning 9:30 to 11:30
Where people of varying levels of English fluency meet and chat about questions taken from short and fun videos. Laughter, and fellowship as we all learn about our new friends. Contact Wade if you want to come along as a guest or on the team.
Hosts: Wade and Rhianna Marsch 021 022 07101
Second and fourth Wednesday 7:30 in the Church Building.
We are planning to run another Alpha course starting late May. For many of us Alpha is how we came to our faith in Jesus and it was where some of our lifelong friends were found.
Host: Steve Wilson 027 288 8946
Dates and time to be confirmed.
We have informal groups usually signposted on the Shore Vineyards Facebook page, watch the slides in the foyer or the weekly notices for announcements. These can range from the legend that is Men’s Curry Night, advertised by word of mouth, to the Facebook pages like Shore Vineyard Families and Shore Vineyard Young Adults where events are organized round our chaotic schedules. More to come.
If any of these groups interest you please contact the host, or if you have thought of a great area we could be covering come and talk to Sandy in the office or on Sunday. 027 895 2296 firstname.lastname@example.org