From October we’re moving to a hybrid way of gathering at Come Closer with both small groups and altogether gatherings. This means for October and November we will be filtering into small unique groups. This format will provide you a greater choice and flexibility of either meeting on-line (using Zoom) or in-person, with daytime or evening options.
Running alongside our small group format will be a termly ‘together’ in-person gathering, with our first one taking place in December* (more details to follow). We’re excited to see how this next season of Come Closer will unfold.
So what happens in the small groups :
First, for those meeting in person, simply purchase yourself a drink or for those joining a Zoom meeting, bring a drink with you! Then, simply relax for some uninterrupted time of laughter, encouragement and togetherness. On the first Friday of each month we’ll release a short video to introduce you to our focus of the month. This is to help us start thinking on something specific before meeting in groups (See the Video page for our focus of the month). Note: Groups that meet in-person will take place in public spaces, and are limited to Milton Keynes at the moment.
(*Subject to Government guidelines)
A taster of previous Come Closer Together meetings and speakers:
Speaker Cathy Madavan shared from her recent book ‘digging for diamonds’ in what was a powerful morning. We leaned in and God did what only He can do.
Speaker Kelly Minter – Kelly lead us in worship and then encouraged and challenged us in reaching out to the poor, lost and least, which always leads us to the end of ourselves, but then ultimately to Jesus. She reminded us of where we have come from (the grace, power and wonder of salvation); and it is a common entry in God’s story!
Speaker – Rebekah Taylor – Rebekah spoke about the power fear can have over our lives. Read Rebekah’s blog here!
Speaker Birgitte Grace – This was a powerful message where Birgitte broke down the complex subject of the soul into bite sized chunks with brilliant visuals. Thank you Birgitte! We will never forget the bald hedgehog!
Speaker Emma Beaney shared some thoughts with us… “Be encouraged. God is so good, and wants you to come so much closer to Him. To rest in Him, to lean into Him. Let me encourage you to ‘pause’ and take steps over these coming weeks to give him the much needed ‘space’ in your life. I pray you will know His presence, His peace, His life and His altogether loveliness. He is faithful and His love endures forever. Love Emma “
Speaker: Cally Magalhães – We were incredibly privileged and excited to have had Cally Magalhães speak at Come Closer. Cally is an absolute inspiration who runs the Eagle Project – working on the streets and in the prisons of São Paulo – Brazil. The Eagle Project does amazing work, helping each individual rebuild a hope filled future.
‘MY STORY’ Evenings – These are evening where everyday women share something from their life stories. If you have been to a ‘My Story’ evening before at Come Closer, you’ll know this is not to be missed.