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'It was around a year ago that a plan was hatched to start a ladies' discipleship group in Brough. There were several women in my varying circles that I wanted to bring together.' Writes Rachel Milburn in her new God for All blog post.
'Some are family members, some from my work in Network Youth Church, some in the community and my next door neighbour! They range in age from 23-81. They are at different stages in their faith and biblical knowledge, some have been to church since a young age, some used to go and no longer attend and others are struggling to find a place where they fit.
I received some information at Deanery Synod about a Seedbed grant provided by The Northern Mission Centre who wanted to support new initiatives that connect with the community in Mission.
I applied for the grant, the paperwork was accessible and relatively straight forward and £250 was sent to our PCC. Once I had funding in place, I booked a room above the Youth Centre in Brough and sent out invites. I was delighted when 10 people responded.
We started by following a resource written by Charlotte Gambil called Outrageous Women. The idea was to watch a DVD series whilst following the leaders handbook and having a time of discussion and prayer. However, having the seedbed grant meant that I could cook a delicious meal for them. I set the table for them and we would have a couple of icebreakers. The first session went well, we stuck to the resource but as they grew in confidence, got to know one another and started to trust each other, they started to share.
They became vulnerable with each other, they brought their woes, their insecurities, their fears and troubles, questions flowed one after the other and they found support amongst each other. I became the facilitator, the Holy spirit was running the show!
Each month we had a time of sharing ‘what has God been doing in your life’ and ‘where have we seen prayers answered’. It was a warm, friendly environment, the group never wanted to go home and conversations would still be going on after the session had finished.'
The Discipleship Project starts this Weds in Barrow and in Dalston. It will take place once a month over six months, and promises to help you explore your calling, no matter how long you have been a Christian. For more information and to book: godforall.org.uk/the-discipleship-project/... See MoreSee Less