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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

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Weekly on Wednesday's    
7:15pm - 9:00pm

13th September '23 - 29th November '23

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
8 Week Course
Leader:  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.  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.



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

Leader: Dave Copeland

Fancy getting behind the oche for some healthy competition, a good few laughs and to get to know some other blokes along the way? Get yourself signed up. And you don't have to be Phil Taylor standard to play! (Men's group).

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Creation and Evolution

26th May '23 - 6th July '23
7:30pm - 9:00pm

Leader: Steve Whitall

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.

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External Evidence For the Bible

Runs Periodically
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.  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.


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.


Ladies Book Club

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

At book club we meet once a month to discuss the book we are reading and share our thoughts together. It's a great opportunity to learn and meet new people, and maybe even have a bit of cake too! 

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Leading Others Into Life

Wednesday 26th April
7:30pm - 9:00pm

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. 

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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.


Out Of The Boat - Pt 1

3rd May '23 - Ongoing
Start time: 07:30pm
Leaders:  John Sweeney and Lee Allen 

This is a STRONG mens ministry Life Group for men looking to stretch themselves and move out of their comfort zones. We want encourage you to actively participate; 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'. There's no pressure to lead. We'd love for you to join us!


Out Of The Boat - Pt 2

7th July '23 - 10th August '23
Thursday's at 7:15pm

Leaders:  Richard Barnes and Steve Whitall

A group of guys meeting together in a garden over a six week period to share Scripture, stories and events that have helped shape and impact their lives, and a place to encourage one another and develop and deepen friendships. An open forum and time of fellowship where men can contribute if they wish or simply sit and listen to others.


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!

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20th April '23  - 11th May '23 (Thursdays)
7:30pm - 9:00pm
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.


Prodigal Prayer

Every Wednesday
Leader: Lucher Birchall

An opportunity to meet together, encourage one another and pray for those who have walked away from following Jesus.

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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. 

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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!

Life Groups

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One of the requirements of leading a Life Group is that you need to be a Partner at Lakeside Church. If you’re unsure about what Partnership is or would like more information, then please contact us.

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