As a member of a small group for around a year, I have really enjoyed watching the relationships within our group grow and develop as we have met each week. Although I have known some of the members for many years, I have found that a totally different dynamic has evolved over time. We have created a very honest and comfortable environment where we can openly discuss and challenge one another. And so it is for this reason that when I found out about Paraclesis: Journeying Together, CWR’s new six-week series that offers the Church a fresh perspective on pastoral care, I knew it was going to be a great opportunity to once again challenge and grow as a small group, alongside others in our church.
The word ‘Paraclesis’ is one you may or may not have heard of in your lifetime. I personally had absolutely no idea what it meant until recently. It turns out that this word is actually built around the Greek word Paraklesis and means ‘one who comes alongside’, and it is this exact definition that has been used to unfold Paraclesis: Journeying Together. Pastor and co-founder of CWR, Trevor J. Partridge, has worked with CWR to develop this fresh initiative as a response to the felt need for more care and support in the Church today. It has been shaped and grown over the last 15 years and maintains the following Scripture at its core:
‘He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.’ (2 Corinthians 1:4, The Message)
It explains on the website (www.paraclesis.org.uk) that there are weekly videos and small group study guides for each week, as well as a Small Group Leader’s Guide, which provides more practical ideas on how to help everyone journey together, in the way that God journeys alongside us. I am excited to see how Paraclesis: Journeying Together is really going to transform both our small group and our church’s culture of care, so that we can enable each other to use our personal experiences to turn into gifts of support and care for others around us.
To find out more about Paraclesis: Journeying Together, click here.
About Charlotte Moore
Charlotte is a recent graduate, who is now working as a Digital Marketing Assistant at CWR. She hopes to continue to build her career in digital marketing and web content management and when she isn’t at CWR, she is playing drums in her local church or planning her next holiday to an exciting new destination.