CONNECTING PEOPLE TO ONE ANOTHER.
Relationships should be life-giving.
We were made to live life with other people. We are born into families and raised in social groups. Relationships are vital to a healthy life. Unfortunately, for the most part, the older we get the more difficult it becomes to find and cultivate new friendships.
That's where Circles come in.
Circles seek to create a place where healthy friendships can begin. The people we come to know in our Circle can become the ones we hang out with, the ones we call on for help and the ones we celebrate life with.
On a Sunday morning you may pass by, say "hi" or even sit with any number of people, never having the opportunity to get to know them in such a public space. A Sunday service focuses on the entire congregation engaged in corporate worship. But, in a Circle, the focus is entirely on the people you're with. Space is reduced and barriers are removed so people can move from acquainted strangers to friends.
For some Circle groups, relationships will grow around a discussion of Sunday's sermon; for others, that may include a book, Bible, or video study; still other groups may decide to do a service project together or focus on a common hobby to deepen relationships.
Whatever the medium, the purpose is the same: to connect people to each other through godly discussion and interaction over mutual interest.