Small group study theme: From striving to thriving
Welcome to the third small group in our series. For this session we’re focussing on food! Yes, that’s right food! Something we potentially all take for granted, and yet for an increasing number of families in our country it is a struggle to have enough.
Did you know that 1 in 3 parents say they regularly miss meals so their children can eat?* Explore this small group study and find God’s transformative hope at work in the lives of families like Andy’s!
Let's get started!
*Kellogg's, 'Isolation and Hunger: The reality of the school holidays for struggling families' (2015)
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
If you’re going out for a three course meal, and money is no object - what do you choose?
Have you ever had a time in your life where you haven’t been able to buy the food you wanted or need to buy? Talk about that; what was the scenario? How did you feel? What was that experience like?
Now imagine and discuss what it must be like for some UK families who’s weekly budget is so tight they have to choose between heating the house, or feeding the children! How does that make you feel?
But all is not lost, as the UK church we are called to be a ‘light in the darkness’. Let’s watch Andy’s story of hope:
What struck you most about this story?
What might things have looked like for Andy and his family if they hadn't received support from their local church?
What more could you and your church do to reach out to children like Andy?
Thank you for taking part in this Bible Study!
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