Caring Through Care Groups
Ever wonder what goes in a Care Group? Lim Song Huat shares with us what the Care Group Ministry is all about, and the changes that we may expect in the coming year, as the ministry continues to grow.
What is the Care Group Ministry about?
The Care Group (CG) Ministry consists of the CGs and a co-ordinating team. Currently, there are 25 adult CGs (excluding Young Adults and Youths) involving 300 people. At GBC, we believe that CGs are microcosms of the church. A CG is a safe and effective platform where our members gather regularly to study God’s word, and to build a sense of belonging, accountability and care for each other (Heb 10:24-25). Through personal and communal study of the bible, members discover God’s will for their lives and develop a deep and vibrant relationship with God. When facing challenges or experiencing sorrow, members receive from one other comfort, encouragement and exhortation to live a life of faith in God despite their circumstances.
The co-ordinating team comprises Oliver Chia, Lim Song Huat, Ngo Thian Chye, Lee Siang Teck and Winnie Lam. The team aims to provide broad directions and support for the CGs, including CG leaders’ training, sourcing of materials, and encouraging more people to join a CG.
What is happening in 2018?
We started the year with a CG Celebration Night on 13 Jan 2018. The event was well-attended by about 60 people from different CGs. There was an ice-breaker game, some discussion time, and a video presentation on ‘one another-ing’ in the church. There was great interaction amongst all who came, so everybody made new friends and had fun along the way. It was also very encouraging to see some new faces who were not yet part of any CG, but came to explore joining one.
Also, after concluding the study of the book of Acts last year, the CGs are embarking on the study of the book of 1 Timothy for the first few months of the year, in line with our pulpit series and theme of ‘Believe, Belong and Behave’.
What are the changes?
We are intensifying our efforts to encourage more people in GBC to join a CG, and establishing more ‘inter-generational’ CGs. Therefore, we have uploaded maps of the locations and timings of our CGs on our church website. You can find in the links below maps of the locations of our CGs meeting on Friday and Saturday:
To join a CG, you can contact Ngo Thian Chye at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will also contact all our first-time visitors and help connect them to a CG. In addition, Pastor Eugene will invite some young couples to form an ‘incubator CG’ with him for a six-month period, before disbanding this group and sending out its members to launch new CGs.
Another relatively new initiative is to get the CGs to serve alongside other ministries within the church. For instance, CGs have been rostered to provide food for the hospitality table on Sundays – it has been a joy to see CG members working together to serve the larger GBC community. Other areas include outreach projects such as Gracehaven and mission trips.
How may we pray for the CG Ministry?
Firstly, please pray that all CGs will continue to focus on the study of God’s word, and foster a strong sense of Christian community, resulting in spiritual growth for all members. Secondly, pray for more leaders to be raised to lead new CGs, and more people to be willing to join a CG.