Our vision

Our vision is for everyone at New Life to be part of a Home Group where they can make friends, be cared for, care for others and grow in their walk with God. Home Groups have played an important role at New Life for the past 35 years. We currently have around 30 groups in the Borough of Croydon and surrounding area. It’s been great to see God working in our Home Groups and to see more and more people from New Life getting involved in one. Even if you are unable to get to a Home Group often, we would still encourage you to link in with one. So… if you are not yet part of a Home Group, read on to find out more and join one as soon as you can.

Why should I get involved in a Home Group?

1) Home Groups enable the love of Christ to flow more easily among us The Bible shows that, as Christians, we are all members of one family intended to love, comfort, support and encourage one another. Home Groups enable this and belonging to one is a great way to build friendships with other Christians – especially in a larger church like New Life where coming only on Sundays makes it hard to build meaningful relationships.

2) Home Groups enable sharing of pastoral ministry Part of the role of Home Group leaders is to care for, encourage and support those in the group. Home Groups are integral to pastoral care at New Life and vital to the life of our church family.

3) Home Groups enable new leadership to develop in the body of Christ Home Groups are a great place to develop the gifts God has given each of us as we learn to serve and care for one another. We believe Home Groups are also the ideal training place for future leaders.

4) Home Groups serve the growth of the church In a church like New Life, it’s easy to feel lost in the crowd, so being part of a Home Group strengthen our sense of belonging. The teaching, prayer, sharing and care provided in Home Groups help us grow in our own walk with God.

The value of Home Groups

•  Relationships and friendships

Our Home Groups focus on building relationships and friendships where we encourage and care for each other. Our vision is for everyone at New Life to be part of a Home Group where they can make friends, be cared for, care for others and grow in their walk with God. Home Groups have played an important role at New Life for the past 35 years. We currently have around 30 groups in the Borough of Croydon and surrounding area. It’s been great to see God working in our Home Groups and to see more and more people from New Life getting involved in one. Even if you are unable to get to a Home Group often, we would still encourage you to link in with one. So… if you are not yet part of a Home Group, read on to find out more and join one as soon as you can.

• Relaxed and informal

A Home Group is not a mini Sunday service! It is intended to be interactive and participatory so everyone can contribute. The relaxed, informal and friendly setting provides opportunities for sharing, prayer, worship and Bible study.

• Flexibility

Home Groups are scheduled to enable everyone at New Life to join one. Some meet weekly, usually on mid-week evenings. Fortnightly groups cater for those unable to get to weekly meetings. Several meet at other times of the week – with special groups for mums, young adults and teens. You can join a group close to where you live or elsewhere in Croydon. Our priority is that you find a group where you can be loved and cared for!

• Children

We appreciate that child care can be an issue for some people, so there are a few ‘child friendly’ Home Groups that welcome children up to age 16. Other groups are more suited to those aged 16 and above.

• Clusters

Each Home Group belongs to a cluster of three to four groups. A New Life elder or co-ordinator looks after each cluster. Occasionally, the groups in a cluster meet together.

How do I join a Home Group?

Please click here to find details of all our home groups. Once you have found a group that interests you, contact the leaders.  If there is space for more people to join, they will give details of when and where the next meeting is.