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Growing together as Christians


We see our church as so much more than just turning up on Sunday - its about being part of a family - its about growing and learning together.

During the week we meet in each others houses in small groups (6-15 people) to share food, pray, discuss the bible and develop great friendships. We call these Growth Groups and its the best way you can truly become part of the family. If you would like to know more please speak to a member of the staff team.

Prayer is a vitally important part of our lives as Christians - we desperately need God to work in us and through us to others. That’s why we place a great emphasis on prayer. So at St Andrew’s we pray in Growth Groups, but once a month we stop our evening Growth Groups so that we may come together for our First Priority Prayer Meeting and pray for our church life. This is the ‘engine room’ of our church, and we are very conscious that without God working in answer to our prayers all our other meetings and programmes are in vain.

Our First Priority Prayer Meetings take place on the first Thursday of the month in the church hall at 7.30pm and every Wednesday at 7am, so there should be a time that works for you. You may not be used to praying out loud but that doesn't matter - feel free to just listen or pray quietly as other lead and to be encouraged by hearing others answers to prayer.

We run Christianity Explored courses regularly to help new Christians and those looking to find out more about Jesus Christ. The course is an informal way to look at Jesus, his words and his life and to ask the questions you have about faith or belief in a non-scary environment. You won’t be expected to have any previous knowledge of God, the Bible or anything and you won’t be asked to pray or sing. Many people, both church members and visitors have found this course very clear and very helpful.

As a church we also play an active part of the North West Partnership of churches and host a number of their ministry training courses. The North West Ministry Training Course is led by Justin Mote who taught on the Cornhill Training Course in London for a number of years and is a well-known Bible teacher.

There are four strands to the daytime course: Biblical Theology, Exposition, Practical Ministry and Hands on Training.

For those who aren’t able to commit to a day a week to study, there are evening courses. There are three strands to the evening course: Biblical Theology, Exposition and Hands on Training.