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Circles FAQs

Why 10 Months Groups?
By setting a fixed 10 month time-frame, our hope is that we can foster greater momentum and focus both individually and as a group. By providing a start and end point, groups are more visible, accessible and we hope more exciting. Clear launch dates allow us to promote and encourage sign-up, also help everyone who wants to connect find a group to join. You can meet and get to know more people by experiencing different groups over time. The time-limited approach also provides the prospect of launching new groups with identified apprenticed leaders – by encouraging growth from within, we hope to promote more 10 Month Groups over time.

Individual circumstances have a habit of changing with factors both in and outside of our control. Whether it’s to do with our work, relationships or family, these circumstances and events can change what we want out of a group, also, what we feel comfortable contributing. A 10 month life-cycle allows you to find a group that matches your current circumstances, needs, wants and preferences. If your circumstances change or you just want to experience an alternative group, the 10 Month Group model has exibility built in.

What is going to happen to existing small groups?
Existing groups will run until July 2016, they will then come to an end. New groups will be launched from July to September with sign-up happening on line. Simply find the group you want to be with and sign-up.

How do I join a group?
There will be a clear launch date in July. You can then go to our website, view the available group options including details on leaders, dates, locations, times and style. Once clear on the options, you can sign-up online.
Each group will have a maximum number that it can take. Once filled, that group will become closed (i.e. unavailable to sign-up.)

What if I want to stay with my friends?
What sits at the heart of 10 month Groups is the hope that people find and form relationships. Relationships that encourage, support, community and growth. We aren’t in the business of splitting people up. We simply want to create more opportunities for as many people to connect in, sign-up, and get to know as many people in their location as they’d like.

Of course you can stay with your friends. Simply find a group and sign-up together. It’s best if you do it all at the same time to guarantee you all get spaces in the group of your choice.

What if the group I want to sign up to is full?
Each group will have a maximum number that can sign-up (defined by the group leaders, with a maximum of 12.) If the group is full, take a look at the other groups available and see if another is a good match. If you’re struggling, take a look at one of our other three Circle environments and see if there is a good fit for you there. Maybe a Short Term Group, Running Mates or Serving Team will meet you and your friend’s needs.

What if I miss the July to September sign up for groups?
Short Term Groups are designed for just such an eventuality. Starting every September, January and April, open for anyone to attend at any stage through the group, this is the place for new arrivals or those who didn’t sign up to connect and get to know people.

With another group sign-up designed for January and April, anyone who missed the July to September sign-up can simply join a Short Term Group and then ‘transfer’ into a group of their choice (where spaces are available) in the January and April transfer window.

Are groups location specific?
Yes. In July we will be launching a ‘Circles’ section on the website where there will be details of each group (the where’s, when’s, who’s and what’s) under the header of their locations.

The location of the groups will be determined by which location the leaders attend.

Of course, people can attend any group they’d like, but if building life transforming relationships is at the heart of groups, then it will be best, and have a longer term impact for you, your sense of community, and sense of belonging if you are in a group with people from your location.

How do I join a running mates group?
You don’t. You find one. Chemistry between the 3 or 4 individuals is key to the success of Running Mates. What we ask is that you to look around the people you know, the friends you have within church and invite 3 others to join you to meet together.

Email runningmates@forgechurch.com [1] to get resources to help you make the most of meeting together and to get a clear idea as to the core elements of your time together.

If you don’t yet feel you know the right people for Running Mates, why not join one of our other Circle environments to connect in and build relationships.

If you’ve got any further questions, not covered by the list above, please feel free to get in touch by emailing info@forgechurch.com [2] or calling 01449 710 437, or speaking to your location leader