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Circles are better than rows.

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Life is better together.

Here at Lakeside we believe that life wasn’t designed to be journeyed alone. We think life is better together!  We wholeheartedly believe that circles are better than rows and our Life Groups provide the perfect circles to connect with others, grow in your faith, and thrive in the purpose that God has created you for. 


So whether you’re new to Christianity or you've followed Jesus for a long time, whether you’re new to Lakeside or have called Lakeside 'home' for many years, we want to help you connect with others and grow in your faith journey.


Listed below are the different Life Groups we currently have running, but we do keep adding to this so keep coming back to see if any new groups.

If you would like to lead a Life Group, please fill in the ‘Lead a Life Group’ form below and we will be in touch with you.

Life Groups

Join a life group.

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Advanced Training for the Prophetic

Wed 18th Oct (3rd Wed of each month)
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Leaders:  Colin & Tina Grant

Following on from our introductory course - Basic Training For The Prophetic Ministry - this is a 12 session deeper dive into the prophetic and what it looks like in the life of a believer. PLEASE NOTE: Attending the Basic Training course is a pre-requisite for registering on this one.

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Wed 11th Sept - Wed 20th Nov 24
7:15pm - 9:00pm
Leaders: Richard and Deborah Jagger

Alpha is an 11-week course that creates space to explore life, faith, and meaning. It is a safe place to ask the BIG questions that you may have, connect with others, and explore the Christian faith.  

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Basic Training for the Prophetic

Runs Periodically
7 Week course

Leaders:  Colin & Tina Grant

Based on the book by Kris Vallotton - Basic Training For The Prophetic Ministry - this is an 8 week exploration of what the prophetic gift looks like in the life of a follower of Jesus today. This course will provide a theological understanding of the prophetic ministry, alongside opportunities to practice and develop the gift in a safe context. 

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Beyond The Empty Chair

Fortnightly on Tuesdays
11:00am - 12:30pm

Leader: Ruth Solly
Venue: Be Free Coffee House

A place for widows and widowers to connect, share and encourage one another. When you lose your loved one, everything that follows on - the sadness, the sorrow, the silence can be overwhelming. But there is hope. This group is for widows and widowers to simply connect, share stories, encourage one another and offer hope to those who are experiencing life 'beyond the empty chair.'



Weekly on Wednesdays    
7:30pm - 9:00pm

Leader: Dave Copeland
Venue: The Mount Pleasant

Fancy getting behind the oche for some healthy competition, a good few laughs and to get to know some other blokes along the way? And you don't have to be Phil Taylor standard to play!

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Celebrate Recovery

Fri 24th May (Ongoing weekly)
7:30pm - 9:00pm

Leaders:  Georgie Vernon & Ralph Upton

Celebrate Recovery is a 12 Step recovery programme designed to help people address a variety of hurts, hang-ups and habits. Celebrate Recovery is a safe place to find community and freedom from issues that control our lives.  Find out more about Celebrate Recovery here. This Group is ongoing so you can join at any time, just click the button to sign up.

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Creation and Evolution

Runs Periodically
7:30pm - 9:00pm

Leader: Steve Whittall

Were the opening chapters of Genesis ever meant to be taken literally? Is it only modern scientists who have a true understanding of what really happened? This detailed seven week course on Creation and Evolution will employ both theological and scientific analysis to tackle important questions about our beginnings. This is an opportunity not just for you to find out for yourself but to learn how to share these issues with others. Join us for this 7 week course.  This Life Group runs periodically; if you'd like to attend the next course, please click 'I'm interested', and we will keep you informed when it's next running.

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Culture Shock

Runs Periodically
7:30pm - 9:00pm

Leader: Steve Whittall

When you find yourself living in a society which ignores, rejects or even actively opposes the standards and values you live by, how do you meet the challenge? This Life Group will address this issue, examining the values of our secular culture and exploring how we can successfully share our faith with those around us. This course provides training in personal evangelism.  This Life Group runs periodically; if you'd like to attend the next course, please click 'I'm interested', and we will keep you informed when it's next running.

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External Evidence For the Bible

Thurs 6th June - Thur 11th July
6 Week Course
Leader:  Steve Whittall

Are you aware of the wealth of external evidence for the Biblical accounts, both in other ancient writings and through archaeological discoveries? This Life Group is designed not only to strengthen your trust in the veracity of the Scriptures, but to offer you resources and greater confidence in sharing your faith.  

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Growing as a Christian

Sun 2nd June - Sun 23rd June
Leader: Steve Whittall

Do growth and maturity in your Christian life come about automatically? Are there secrets you can learn which will enable you to grow faster and stronger? How can you keep on improving? This short Life Group will uncover the key principles of spiritual development. Short straightforward teaching slots will be followed by opportunities for questions, open discussion, and prayer. An ideal Life Group for new Christians, but useful for anyone who just wants to keep growing. Attendance in person and on Zoom are both possible. (Zoom details will be provided upon sign up).


Have Ewe Any Wool?

First Thursday of each Month
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Leader: Hazel Prescott

If you are an expert or somebody who wants to learn to knit, this is the ideal group for you. As well as having a great social time getting to know each other, you will help raise funds for the missionary work in Cambodia. We meet in Lakeside's Coffee House and would love you to join us, no sign up required.

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Imagine Heaven

Runs Periodically
6 Week Course
Leader:  Ralph Upton

Imagine Heaven explores in a little more detail what awaits us when we pass on from this life to the next.  With all the things that have happened over the past few years: the Global pandemic and last year with The Queens passing, we've all been reminded of how fragile life is.  This course is designed to inspire and encourage conversation and discussion around the video series, so come ready to delve deep and explore what's next! This Life Group runs periodically; if you'd like to attend the next course, please click 'I'm interested', and we will keep you informed when it's next running.


Ladies Book Club

Last Thursday of each Month
1:15pm - 2:15pm
Leader: Karen Roberts

The ladies book club meet once a month to discuss the current book they are reading through and share their thoughts and insights. It's a great opportunity to learn and meet new people, and maybe even have a bit of cake too! 

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Lakeside Ladies Bible Study

Wednesday 13th March - Wednesday 17th April
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Leaders: Vicky Copeland & Jane Kirk

This six week bible study group is for the Ladies of Lakeside to connect and grow in your faith as we explore the Bible together. Spaces are limited to 10 people so please make sure you click the button to sign up and receive more details. 

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Leading Others Into Life

Wednesday 19th June
7:30pm - 9:00
Leader: Richard Vernon

Based on our book by the same name, we'll be looking at some foundational practices of being a follower of Jesus today. It'll be a fun, inspiring and challenging six weeks that will draw you closer to Jesus and equip you to reach others with the Good News. This life group runs periodically; if you'd like to attend the next course, please click 'I'm interested', and we will keep you informed when it's next running.


Out Of The Boat 

Runs Periodically
8 Week Course
Leaders:  John Sweeney

This life group is for men looking to stretch themselves and move out of their comfort zones. We want encourage you to participate by sharing a devotion, testimony, discussion and/or time of prayer each week. OOTB will be a safe place to learn, grow and be encouraged. Don't worry, you can still join even if you'd rather just cheer others on who do 'get out of the boat'. This life group runs periodically; if you'd like to attend the next course, please click 'I'm interested', and we will keep you informed when it's next running.


Persecuted Church Prayer

Second Thursday of each Month
1:15pm - 2:15pm
Leader: Janet Brothwell

An opportunity to meet together and pray for the persecuted church around the world. All are welcome to join us as we stand in proxy for our brothers and sisters! No sign up required.

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Runs Periodically
6 Week Course
Leader: Steve Whittall

Is it possible to be positive whilst in prison? Paul certainly was, writing his wonderful letter to the church at Philippi whilst under house arrest in Rome during the early 60s AD. We will read and discuss this powerful epistle together, sharing what we believe God is saying to us today. Both new and experienced Christians can enjoy this course, it's ideal for someone who has never tried a Life Group before.  This Life Group runs periodically; if you'd like to attend the next course, please click 'I'm interested', and we will keep you informed when it's next running.

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Photography Club

Leader: Colin Grant

Are you a photography fanatic or simply curious about the camera? Well, if the answer is yes this club is just for you! Come and share your skills with others and pick up some new ones along the way! We'd love to see you! GROUP STARTING SOON!


Prodigal Prayer

Every Wednesday
12:00pm - 1:00pm 
Leader: Lucher Birchall

This is a weekly prayer meeting for people who are passionate about interceding for those who have walked away from following Jesus.  The group meets at Lakeside Church to pray and share any encouraging testimonies they may have. No sign up required.

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Raising Faith (online group)

Runs Periodically
6 Week Course

Leader:  Simon & Jo Rigby

As parents, we all want our children to grow up to be healthy and happy. But do we ever stop to think about how we can help them grow up to love God? Raising Faith is a flexible, six-part resource that explores how Christian families can create strong and healthy foundations in their children. This Life Group runs periodically; if you'd like to attend the next course, please click 'I'm interested', and we will keep you informed when it's next running.



Every Wednesday
11:00am - 12:30pm
Leader:  Georgie Vernon

Renew is simply a quiet shared and safe place where it's O.K. not to be O.K. If you would like to meet new people, learn new things and look after your health and well-being, then please come and join us. No sign up required, join us at Lakeside Church, Studio 3.

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Retired and Free

Every Tuesday
1:00pm - 2:30pm

Leader:  Richard Vernon

RAF is an opportunity for you to mingle with others at the same life stage as you while enjoying some refreshments, games and various guest speakers from around the community who share about their passions, work, charity etc. We'd love you to join us, the more the merrier! (No sign up required).

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The Book Of Hebrews

Runs Periodically
7 Week Course

Leader: Steve Whittall

Combine a serious study of the Old & New Covenant and soteriology (the doctrine of salvation) with a personal and devotional response to one of the most eloquently written books in the Bible. There will be lots of time for your contributions alongside Steve's chapter by chapter exegesis.  Click the sign up button to come along!  This Life Group runs periodically; if you'd like to attend the next course, please click 'I'm interested', and we will keep you informed when it's next running.

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The Flood

Runs Periodically
5 Week Course

Leader: Steve Whittall

This is a 6 week course which examines the scriptural account of the Flood together with an investigation into extra-Biblical documentary, geological and fossil evidence for this ancient catastrophe. Ideal for those who have enjoyed "External Evidence for the Bible" and "Creation and Evolution", but open to anyone who wants to better understand the Book of Genesis.

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The Holy Walkamolies

Southport Marine Lake
Sat 25th May (Once a month-11:00am)

Leader: Howard & Tina Powsey

Make that first step into getting that little bit fitter, to look after our bodies and have fun doing it. We plan to meet at Lakeside once a month and walk around the Marine Lake (at our own leisure) in groups of people of similar fitness to ourselves. We would love you to bring friends, dogs, babies in prams, wheelchairs, basically anybody who is mobile can come along. Come on, let’s get fitter and let's get to know each other better.

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The Persecuted Church

Southport Marine Lake
Thurs 11th April - Thurs 30th May

Leader: Steve Whittall

As Christians, we belong to a huge family, numbering hundreds of millions worldwide. In many areas our brothers and sisters experience hostility and victimisation. This Life Group focuses on the opposition against Christians and the spread of the Gospel. We will examine the reasons behind persecution, learn what the Bible teaches us about it, and focus on several periods in history when persecution has been particularly strong. There will be opportunity for discussion, sharing of stories, and prayer for the persecuted Church. If you have a heart for those who face hardship for the name of Christ, this Life Group is for you.


The Wombles

Fortnightly on Wednesdays
10:30am - 12:00pm

Leader: Heidi Halsall

Southport is such a loved and well used town for leisurely strolls, picnics, dog walks, water sports and more.  However with such great use comes lots of litter.  We'd love you to join 'The Wombles' life group and help us clean up our town while getting to know others in the group. We meet at Lakeside Church fortnightly on a Wednesday.

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Thursday Morning Prayer

Lakeside Church: Studio 3
:30 - 12:00pm
Leader: Janet Brothwell

Thursday morning prayer is for those who want to take time out and seek God in prayer.  The groups usually starts with a time of praise followed by open prayer. We'd love you to join us.

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