Home Groups are one of the foundational ministries of Grace Church. Currently, over 200 people are actively involved in the church’s seven groups. Home Groups at Grace are communities of 25-35 adults (including their children) that are designed to provide a home base, and for many a starting point, into the shared life and ministry of Grace Church.
Each group has its own slightly distinctive focus (e.g., families with children, or folks living in a certain geographical area). Every Home Group, however, is built on the same three purposes:
Serving together on Sundays
Supporting each other and our community in times of need, and
Sharing our lives in fellowship and discovery.
Groups fulfill these purposes as they:
- Support collective worship and hospitality on Sunday. Traditional ministry roles like ushers, greeters, welcome table, lectern readers, oblation bearers, and even a coffee hour after Sunday service are all accomplished through our Home Groups on a weekly rotation basis.
- Provide pastoral care to members. Each group has a designated Pastoral Care Liaison who mobilizes the group in caring for members/families when the need arises.
- Share life or grow together in a variety of ways. Most groups are intergenerational by design. Many are geographically based, gathering folks who are near neighbors to foster relationship with each other or to foster local outreach/service. Some may engage in shared learning together.
Home Groups embrace the church’s core values — Inclusion, Discovery, Gratitude, Service — and are an important context for living out those values together in everyday life.