WHAT ARE HOPE GROUPS
Hope Groups are small groups offering friendship and care to each other; an opportunity to give and receive support.
Many people are struggling in their own ways, whether it be feeling down for a few hours, completely isolated on their own, or simply trying to work out how to be at a time when everything feels out of control.
Hope Groups are voluntary small groups where you can connect as families or individuals with a few others just with the aim of supporting each other and encouraging each other.
It is entirely voluntary and sits alongside existing pastoral care and the different church groups.
HOW DO YOU JOIN?
Send Rev Claire an email or phone her and let her know you are interested. You can either form your own group or Claire can link you to others.
The only commitment is to connect once a week for 20-30 minutes to listen to each other and offer care and friendship.
If you are able to access technology, you can use zoom for free for up to 40 minutes, or you can facetime or form a whatsapp group and video from there.
If you do not have access to technology, we will partner you with one person and you can speak on the phone.
WHO WILL I BE LINKED TO?
It’s up to you.
You can form a small group of your own with 3-4 people or 2 families, or you can ask Rev Claire to link you up with others.
Just imagine the wisdom of those who have lived through natural disasters, other epidemics, chronic illness, bereavement. We all have so much to offer each other at this time, young and old alike. Older people can be linked to younger people, a family with someone living on their own.
Individuals within families might like to link separately too, for example dads or mums in different groups.
It’s up to you – just talk to Rev Claire.
WHAT DO WE TALK ABOUT?
Whatever you need to – how you are doing, what you’ve been up to, what you hope to do, what will ‘normal’ look like at the end of this.
If you receive the mailouts, we have been sending you prayer resources since March along with a prayer mat. You can use these prayers and images.
If you are on the internet, you will find all the same prayer resources on our website – just look under the Hope Groups tab under sharing space.
You could begin by sharing what’s been happening for you, then share something for which you are grateful, and finish with a prayer. It sounds simple, but simple often works!
There’s also lots of Messy Church@Home resources on our website, there are ideas for activities, or simply contact Rev Claire for more.
HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT TO WHAT WE’RE DOING NOW?
These are small groups with the aim of support and friendship, both during this time and potentially afterwards. They are a commitment to meet together each week, to pray together, to care for each other. Some people don’t have any other church group, others find the groups too large to share their struggles. Hope Groups don’t make other groups redundant, they sit alongside.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER COVID?
That’s up to you. The Hope Groups could continue as we all need support and encouragement in our lives, pandemic or not. When restrictions ease, you could meet in the park or go for a walk. It’s entirely up to you, but why not journey with someone else at this time and take this opportunity to both give and receive support and encouragement. There is so much wisdom to be shared here, and this is an opportunity to hear it.
Rev Claire Dawe
0410 827 597