Would you be interested in joining a home group? This is a great way of getting to know people better, making new friends, growing in fellowship together and supporting each other in prayer and practical ways, as well as gaining a better understanding of the Bible in a relaxed and informal way. Perhaps you have been a member of a home group before (sometimes they have other names such as a Cell Group).
A home group offers a small group of people the opportunity to gather in someone’s home. A meeting would typically begin with drinks (tea, coffee etc.) and a chat, followed by the opportunity to explore and discuss a Bible passage using provided materials. Usually the meeting would end with a time of sharing and prayer.
Oasis – meets every Monday, 8pm. A ladies group which studies the Bible, prays and enjoys each other company. For more information contact Ellie Elder on 07736 666650 or email@example.com.
The Wayfarers meet fortnightly on a Monday lunchtime. Currently we have 8 members, all women, although it is not a women-only group as such.
We have a chat (we’re very good at that!), coffee and biscuits, study a bit of the Bible and pray together. We are open to new people joining but would need to find bigger premises to meet in!!
Please contact Alison on 07454 932056 or Thelma on 07867 119970 for more details.
Emmaus – meets twice a month on Tuesday mornings at Pilgrim Cottage, 44 Vicarage Hill, Alton GU34 1HT (home of Robin & Sally Kemp). This groups follows the themes of the Evening Worship services. For more information contact Robin & Sally Kemp on 01420 769802.
Coffee & Conversation – meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Join for Communion at 10am and/or the Bible study at 10.45am. At All Saints Church. For more information contact Ann Mason on 01420 89328
Pilgrim Group meets on a Thursday evening at 7.30 at Flat 2 The Lamports GU34 2QU and is led by Liz Griffiths.
The fellowship group discusses topical themes and the Bible, supports one another and prays together.
For more information contact Liz Griffiths on 07976 958042 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Clover Leaf Sinners A newly formed group for residents of Clover Leaf Court. A quote from their lead member ‘we are gaining confidence in each others presence so as to be able to express ourselves about our faith and learn from each other by doing so. The atmosphere is good: laughter is included!’ Contact David Willis for more information 01420 544790 or email email@example.com
The Explorers. A group of men exploring their faith together. They meet every two weeks on a Tuesday evening between 7.30pm to 9.30pm and enjoy fellowship and refreshments (tea, coffee and home made cakes!) The leader of this group is Dave Tull and if you would like to join or have further information please contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org. They are currently looking at the book of John.
Will Hall Home Group By Martyn Edwards. ‘We meet once a month on the 2nd Thursday. We agree between us what to study: at present we are doing a course called “Journalling the Psalms”. We do about 6 months per course and then will start a new subject. We might study books of the Bible or take on a theme – such as ‘Mercy’ which was our first subject matter. We are a Group of 10 which grew out of church work during lockdown (The Futures Group). When that ended, we all felt a sense of loss. Not for the ‘work’ involved, but we had all valued and were missing the mutual discussion, growth and connection together as Christians. So we decided to continue our journey together as a home group.’
Refresh meets fortnightly on Monday morning at Anthea Bailey’s home. We like to spend some time studying parts of the bible together normally concentrating on one particular section at a time (for example one of the Gospels) which often results in discussion/conversation on a range of topics. We also have a time of prayer and fellowship. If you would like to join please contact Anthea on email@example.com
The Faithbuilders. We are looking forward to sharing time together, learning and praying, every other Thursday over the coming year. Anyone wishing to join us please let me know, Carol Outlaw, firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to meet you!
Bible T meet once a month on the third Thursday from 2.30pm – 4 pm at Aon’s home just off the Butts. We shall be focusing on learning together from the Bible. If you are interested please contact Anne Innes 077908195518 or Gwyneth Johnson (leader) 01420 513 771 or email email@example.com
Prayer and Social Groups
Contemplation & Conversation – Silent, contemplative and Meditative Prayer with an opportunity to share things if desired. Held on the last Monday of the month at Holy Rood Church at 7.30pm. Please contact Peter Brown for more information 01420 549943 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Alton Walking Church for Men – An opportunity to walk and talk and enjoy God’s creation. Arond 8 walks are organised each year, each lasting around 90 minutes and starting and ending at a local pub. Each walk includes a time to pause and reflect. Most walks are for men only but a couple of times a year the whole family are invited to join and enjoy the walk and refreshments after. To book, or for more information please contact Robin Kemp on 07957 653403 or email@example.com. Alton Walking Church for men
Ladies Meet and Eat – A social group for ladies from the churches in town. They meet on a monthly basis on the first Monday of each month. The evening gives the group the chance to chat with people they don’t get to see very often and to meet new friends and to try out new activities too. In the summer they go on short walks before sharing a meal. In the winter the group enjoys a range of different speakers and craft opportunities. For more information, please email Lyn Baines at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ladies Meet and Eat
Men’s Breakfast – Men from the churches of Alton join together for a hearty Full English Breakfast on the last Saturday morning of each month at the White Hart Pub in Holynourne. The morning includes some lively banter and a different speaker each month. If you have not attended the breakfast for a while or have never attended, you are welcome to join them. Please email Tim Codling email@example.com or telephone: 01420 80388 for more information.
Zoom Online Prayer meeting – Every Saturday morning at 10am. Everybody is welcome. Just follow this link to join. Meeting ID: 886 7857 5981 Passcode: 014559