What are Home Groups?
“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, Jesus explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.”
He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”
Then he opened their minds, so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
– Luke 24:27, 44-49
This text turns upside down the common thoughts we can often think normal about our Christian lives. (it is not us centred but very much Jesus centred)
This text says-in all we do, look at the big picture of community life and ministry in Shoreline.
- We often ask: Where does God fit into the story of my life? Rather we should be asking ‘How does my small, short, life fit into the story of Gods mission?
- We often try to apply the Bible to our lives, instead we must make the Bible the reality, and ask “how do we apply our lives to the bible?”
- We often ask what kind of things in my life can be a part of Gods mission- instead we should ask “what kind of person does God need to make me to fit into Gods mission?”
083 334 5104
Chapmansview North, off Victoria
Denise is the mother of 4 sons, including Craig, our pastor. She has been an active member of church life both in Bryanston (where another son, Ian, was the pastor) and in Shoreline for decades. She leads a ladies group that meets for bible-study, fellowship, and prayer on Wednesday mornings from 10am in one of the ladies’ homes.
082 891 2067
Forest Hill Rd, Longkloof
Ant is a father of three adult children and leads a well-connected group of mostly mature believers. They generally systematically work through the sermon preached on Sundays amidst lots of laughter and banter. They meet on Wednesdays at 7.30pm in Longkloof, sharing tea and coffee prior to their discussions. The group is relational and supportive and always finds time to pray for specific group needs.
073 600 3107
Cote d’Azur, Beach Estate
Filip’s group consists primarily of young adults (guys and gals finishing high school, university students and young professionals). They meet in Cote d’Azur at 7pm on Wednesdays. The goal of the Home Group is for it to be a place of warm fellowship and encouragement, where they can share their lives with one another, enjoy each other’s company, banter and most importantly spend time with God through prayer and the reading His word.
Misha & Suzana Secnik
083 259 1804 (M)
083 259 1889 (S)
Their home group meets on Wednesdays at 6.30pm in the Coffee Lounge at Shoreline and comprises of church members from different ethnic, cultural, racial and national backgrounds. They try to involve everyone in the meeting by segmenting the evening in a number of ways – they begin with prayer, followed by ‘Praise and worship songs’ for about 10-20 minutes allowing opportunity for the members to sing in different mother tongues. There is a time for reflection of Sunday’s teaching and a time of prayer.
Tony & Naidine Barlow
082 850 1246 (T)
082 758 5740 (N)
“The Cottage”, Empire Avenue
Tony & Naidine have been members of Shoreline Church for the past six years. They meet every Thursday at 3pm. This afternoon group caters for individuals who don’t particularly wish to venture out at night.
Naidine has been running home groups for over 30 years. They set aside time for prayers and support for their fellow group members and work through the previous Sunday’s teaching. Tea, coffee and cake or savouries are provided at each meeting.
Alick & Emily Phiri
Alick & Emily are a Malawian couple who reside in IY, where their large group meets on Thursday evenings at 5.30pm. Alick’s leadership style of his group, which comprises of many different nationalities and cultures is strongly pastoral. Their meetings include worship, prayer, teaching and caring.