Clusters are small groups of people who meet every week to study. We usually meet
every week, but on the fourth week of meeting we tend to make it a more social occasion
when the group can have a meal together, go out to the cinema, theatre or perhaps
do something positive in the community. Every eight weeks there will be a social
occasion to which all the cluster groups are invited.
The general format for the study evening is Welcome, Worship, Word and Witness. Welcome
is about getting to know one another; however, it can include chat about the past
week, a question to get people talking or it might include prayer. It may include
a meal together or a cup of tea. Worship is about focusing upon God, celebrating
what he has done and what he is doing – it may be five minutes’ listening to a hymn/song
or a short meditation. Word is about connecting the Bible to everyday life and helping
one another to put it into practice. It will focus upon Bible study – either through
a written bible study series or a series on DVD. Witness is thinking about Jesus’
commands to love our neighbours, looking at practical ways of helping people.