Welcome to the Community of St Cuthbert
I am delighted to welcome you to the adventure of being part of the Community of St Cuthbert. Our community is about living out our Christian faith together, as we grow in knowing and trusting our Lord Jesus Christ. This is a journey for all of us – young and old, beginners or experienced in the Christian life.
One of the Bible’s words for those of us who follow Christ is ‘disciple’ – which basically means ‘follower’, or ‘learner’. In the Community of St Cuthbert, we want to be disciples together, recognising that we need each other’s help, support and encouragement. This is why we are developing Spiritual Support Groups.
We also grow spiritually when we hold each other accountable. To do that involves having a Spiritual Support Group where we first of all encourage each other. That enables us to share with each other what we want to be held accountable for. Then we can lovingly and faithfully follow up with each other in later meetings how we are doing.
To focus our discipleship, the Community of St Cuthbert was launched in 2020 with five Rhythms of Grace. You can read more about them below and in the series of study guides which we have created for our community. I hope you will find Spiritual Support Groups an exciting and rewarding part of the life of our church. Please do get in touch if you have questions, as we develop our Community and its resources through 2021. If you are not in a group and would like to join one or find out more then get in touch!
You can contact Richard at email@example.com
Rhythms of Grace
Resolve to pray each day.
Spend time with God in prayer, listening to God as well as speaking to Him. Pray for at least ten minutes each morning or evening.
What Happens when a Group meets?
When a Spiritual Growth Group meets, each member, in turn, is given space to speak honestly about some aspect of their current Christian journey. Usually, they will focus on one or more of the Rhythms of Grace. After a member has spoken in this way, there will be a short time for silent reflection, followed by a time when the other members can comment on what has been said.
The keynote here is support and encouragement. Alongside this, there will be an element of accountability in a way that shows one another we are actively interested in supporting each in their discipleship. It is usual at the end of each meeting for each member to choose some specific task to work at in the days leading up to the next meeting.
How Often do Groups Meet?
That depends on the group. For some it will be weekly, for others fortnightly, the important thing is that people commit to turn up to support one another and make every effort to attend. All the practical questions about how, when and where a group meets will need to be decided by the group, whose leaders will be in regular communication with the Prior of the Community. In this way, we hope each group will feel part of the larger community and not isolated or left on its own.