LYFE is a comprehensive new small group resource we’re offering free to churches. LYFE will help individuals and small groups discover a deeper life with God. Based around six key spiritual formation themes including prayer, social justice and the Bible, the sessions are easy to lead and highly relational. LYFE is suitable for Christians at any point on their faith journey.
LYFE is designed to be flexible – groups can choose a six week taster track, a three month track or the full 36 week track. Each session includes a different video interview and invites reflection on a passage from the Bible, plus the opportunity to experience a spiritual practice.
Completed an Alpha Course or Christianity Explored course and wondering what to do next? LYFE is perfect for all small groups, from home groups and Bible study groups to those that meet in pubs or cafés.
Use the tabs below to find out more about each stream.
You can also check out three sample sessions – just click on the links in the tabbed sections.
In a busy, distracting and hurried world, we hunger for a deep life of prayer and greater intimacy with God. The Still LYFE stream constantly brings us back to what is most important – love. Love for God and love from God. This is the foundation of our faith.
This stream stresses the value of prayer, silence, solitude, observation, listening and slowing down to help us to recognise God’s presence in our daily lives.
Being a Christian is not simply about adopting a new private, internal system of beliefs. Our life with God is meant to impact the whole of our lives. This includes our identity, our relationships, the way we spend our money and time, the language we use and the choices and decisions we make. The Real LYFE stream explores the way our faith transforms every part of life, from the inside out.
In this session we are invited to find ways to exercise integrity and authenticity.
The Spirit LYFE zone focuses on the power of God’s Spirit moving in and through us. We want to live a life immersed in, empowered by, and under the direction of God. Just as a car requires fuel to run, and our bodies require food for survival, so our souls rely upon the Spirit of God.
Through the Spirit we are able to do more than we could under our own steam. Through the Spirit we are spurred on to pray, to meditate and study the Word. We are enabled to live an authentic life, to develop compassionate hearts, to share our faith and to live with God every day. It is the Spirit that enables us to grow in love, joy and peace.
We live in a competitive, consumerist world, where what we have seems to matter more than who we are, where social networking replaces face-to-face relationships and where few of us even meet our neighbours – let alone know them. The Just LYFE stream explores themes of justice, compassion and peace in all arenas of life, from personal to social to global.
As with the other streams, the actions we take are not the end goal. True compassion is motivated by a genuine heart, is empowered by the love of God and embraces the possibility of positive change.
One of the remarkable aspects of this stream is its double effect: in the process of coming alongside others, we too are helped. As we learn to develop a heart of compassion and to see the world as God sees it – we too are truly blessed.
The Word LYFE stream focuses on three areas – being immersed in the word of God, sharing faith and getting to know Jesus better. God’s great message to humanity is that all can be redeemed and restored to its intended design. This is the message embodied in Jesus himself, rooted in the word of God, and ultimately expressed through the lives of those who follow Christ. It is a living tale of grace spoken in and through word and action.
This session focuses on discovering ways to share and be the good news of Jesus Christ.
The Whole LYFE stream is about making the invisible presence of God visible in everyday life. God manifests himself in his creation, even in the midst of mundane activities, whenever and whenever we invite him. Jesus became human and entered our world. In family, work and society we learn to live our life as Jesus would live our life in our place. There is no divide between worship and work; all activity is of equal value to God.
This stream stresses the value of family, the home, work and the contribution we can bring to society as a whole. You’ll find discussions and challenges to bring life and faith together and to help you see God in everything you do.
Easy as one, two or three?
Alongside our easy navigation that helps group leaders track completed sessions and find new ones, we’ll be offering three suggested routes based on different time frames to suit your group.
In six weeks you can focus on each of the ‘Introduction Sessions’ to each of the six LYFE themes. This gives you an overview and provides an ideal way to explore LYFE for the first time. Once you have completed your first six weeks, feel free to explore one of the themes (Still lyfe, for instance) in more depth.
This is an ideal option if you would like to explore LYFE over a single term. Here we offer a structured 12 session selection that takes you through the ‘Introduction Session’, plus one other – from each of the six LYFE themes. To continue with LYFE after the 12 sessions, use the One Year Option and pick up the other sessions in whichever order you like.
In this option, we present you with all 36 LYFE sessions to work through in your own preferred way. You could pick up the six ‘Introduction Sessions’ and then work through one theme in more depth afterwards. Or you could pick up one theme at a time (e.g. Still LYFE). Alternatively you can randomly pick sessions as they appeal to your group.
Sign up for LYFE
To access the LYFE materials, you’ll need to register with us. This is free and simple to do.