The best way to connect at Calvary Wallingford is through our Home Groups. Regular involvement in a weekly Home Group and in the Sunday gathering is Calvary Wallingford's path for a Christian's growth.
10-15 people meeting up face-to-face
for intentional growth throughout the school year
Calvary Wallingford home groups are carefully planned to meet the specific needs of our church. The rhythm of the school year brings appropriate breaks, as we understand that certain seasons demand more.
Sunday and Home Group together are “church”
Therefore we set aside time to spend with one another during the week. That doesn't mean it comes easy. Because we are in Christ we work at fellowship.
When Jesus said "by this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:35), he knew that his death and resurrection would eliminate animosity and open up fellowship in an unprecedented way. Because of this new relationship all boundaries that separate people are now removed in Christ (Ephesians 2:13-16). We join together to participate in Christ's mission, and one of the highest forms of fellowship is providing for one another's needs.
Reasons we gather:
Home Group expands fellowship: Fellowship is the cornerstone of Christianity (1 Cor. 12:12). Sin brought separation from God, and separation from God led to separation from each other. But, restoration with God brings restoration with each other. Finding fellowship within a home group builds on this new relationship with God and proves to be vital to maturity.
Home Group helps us better understand God’s word: The Bible is authoritative because God possesses all authority and he uses the Bible as the witness and the vehicle of his authority (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Adhering to God’s authority and studying within a home group exponentially increases a person’s understanding of God. We have found that learning others perspectives of Scripture expand our view of God, help put our views into words, and openly deal with questions.
Home Group provides an actual network of support: A home group will open opportunities for many different types of support. For example, regular prayer unites the group and regularly reminds of God’s provision. We long for God, and our prayers connect our reality to the living God. To support one another in prayer, along with other types of support, is a great privilege.
Home Group carries out God’s mission in specific neighborhoods: The church is on mission because God is on mission. A home group supplies opportunities to share and show this mission – God’s love for the world. A local home group feels the pulse of needs within the community and is able to nimbly and appropriately respond.