The word Oikos in the NT Greek context stood for the ‘household’, which in society was the basic unit which was a constituent part of the city and therefore the Empire. The household consisted of the basic extended family unit, plus slaves and others connected (60% of those in the Empire were slaves!)
Oikos Groups are smaller in number than existing Life Groups so it is easier to care for one another and will meet twice a week. Meetings will be shorter (no more the 40 mins) and we want to encourage each other to spread out those in a more vulnerable situations in our community to enable more support and help.
The groups will be assembled by a host who is responsible for facilitating the group. The groups will do four simple things at each gathering:
- Check In – How is everyone doing?
- Read scripture and reflect
- Pray for each member
- Take Communion together
We advise that the best platform to use is www.zoom.us. Zoom is free to download as an app and use and works on all operating systems. Zoom is limited to a 40minute meeting which we feel will help keep the Oikos groups focused and create a clear boundary.
We are working hard forming the groups and recruiting and training the hosts. Our aim is to start to get the groups rolling out the week beginning 30th March. If you have not heard from a group host by Wednesday April 1st then get in touch.
For those less technically fluent will be encouraged to first seek assistance from the Oikos group as Zoom is well used platform in workplace and if that fails please email email@example.com and we will seek to help. We are unable to offer help if you choose to use an alternative platform.