For the last 11 months I have been working with the Small Groups at St Silas - basically helping people to find groups when they want to join one, helping to organise training days for the leaders, offering support to leaders, and various bits of administration that are a necessary requirement for a church with 16 groups. But, due in part to the fact that for the first half of my job I was travelling around different groups most weeks and also as I was part of a group along the same lines as a Small Group at ICC, I wasn't a member of a group myself.
I do, however, believe passionately in the importance of the groups and the role that they have to play in the life of the church and so now that ICC is done I am joining a group. The first meeting that I attended was last night - and it was great! I was so excited when I left and am really looking forward to it becoming a regular thing for me each fortnight. As well as the many other great things about being a part of such a group it will be great to go somewhere where I have no responsibility (in terms of leadership etc) other than that which each member has to one another. I can certainly see that it will become a real source of strength as I move into my new role.