If one falls down,
his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls
and has no one to help him up!"
This week, joining in with Spiritual Sunday, I thought I would tell you about my Housegroup. We are a group of mums who meet each Tuesday morning. We are a baptist based group and start with prayer and share where we catch up on news over a cup of tea and then pray for each other's worries big or small.
Several of us have children with special needs, one lady has Aspergers, somebody else has suffered depression, another has beaten breast cancer. I know not everybody would feel comfortable praying aloud,that's ok and some people in our group pray silently - God hears all our prayers, loud or silent and the best thing is that we are not praying alone and have the spiritual support of each other as well as friendship.
We are working our way through the book A Year's Journey with God (it is a daybook but can be used randomly too). Each week one lady chooses a page that has inspired her, finds Bible verse that is relevant and we all have a chat about it, maybe contribute some verses or thoughts of our own.
Recently we have included singing - yes, singing! someone might bring along a CD (or we might manage without any accompaniment!) - two songs, usually ones we have learned in Church - chosen by whoever's turn it is and they explain why that song is special.
When I joined my group 10 years ago I was new to the Church, had just been baptised but was new in my faith, had young children and didn't have many friends - this group has helped me grow in my faith and to know God in everyday life inside and outside of church.
If you don't belong to a Housegroup you are really missing out - you could start your own up. At our group we have come to know each other well and , if one of us is ill the others make sure she has everything she needs. We are all firm friends and have seen each other through many difficult times and happy times too.
'Never take a friend for granted
hold every person close to your heart
because you might wake up one day and realize
that you've lost a diamond
while you were too busy collecting stones'
There is a link on the RHS sidebar if you would like to join Spiritual Sunday or see other contributions.