A parish cell group has been running in the parish since Jan 2014 with ongoing support and spiritual leadership from Fr Austin and with guidance from the wider Parish Cell system of evangelisation. Currently we have 15 people involved in the parish Cell group and very strong bonds of friendship and support have developed among all of us as we pray, share and talk together. People who come to the meetings speak of enjoying the calmness and sense of belonging that comes from growing together in the love of God and of each other.
The following is the highly recommended format for each cell meeting,
while it also emphasises the importance of confidentiality
Prayer, song and scripture reflection.
Each cell meeting begins with people quietly becoming aware of the presence of God.
A few hymns or a spontaneous prayer greatly helps.
There follows a reading and reflection upon scripture.
a review of prayer and evangelistic experiences since previous meeting.
Those who wish briefly tell how they have seen the presence of God since they last met
and of how they may have shared faith with another.
a teaching on audio or videotape about some aspect of faith.
a discussion on the teaching, aimed at its understanding and application.
Intercessory and also healing prayer.
A brief time of fellowship ends the meeting
- to grow in intimacy with the Lord.
“I have quieted and stilled my soul like a weaned child on its mother’s lap; like a contented child is my soul. Hope in the Lord, O Israel now and forever.” (Psalm 131)
- to grow in love of one another.
“I give you a new commandment: love one another;
you must love one another just as I have loved you” (Jn 13:34)
- to share Jesus with others.
“In the same way your light must shine in people’s sight, so that,
seeing your good works, they may give praise to your Father in heaven”(Mt 5:14-16)
- to serve within the community.
“Each one of you has received a special grace, so, like good stewards responsible for all the varied graces of God, put it at the service of others”(1Pt 4:10)
- to give and receive support.
“Rejoice with others when they rejoice, and be sad with those in sorrow“(Rm 12:15)
- to raise up new leaders.
“Pass on to reliable people what you have heard from me through many witnesses, so that they in turn will be able to teach others”(2Tm 2:2)
- to deepen our Christian/Catholic identity.
“May you be established in love, that you may obtain all the riches of a full understanding and know the mystery of God, Christ himself. For in Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col 2:2-3)