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different sized gatherings

Different sized gatherings offer different dynamics.  In small gatherings you can build trust, and share intimately.  Medium gatherings enable a more diverse range of opinions, yet everyone can still be included and interact.  Larger gatherings can opffer more variety, are more diverse and more invitational.   For more details on different groups sizes, click on the sections below.

Whether or not he was in a crowd, Jesus retained the ability to spot the individual in need. He was able to focus purely on them, to listen deeply, and help them unlock the things that bound them, or that they needed to unmentally or physically.  In these encounters, he would pray, lay healing hands, or simply offer them worth and value that those around did not. 

In Kairos we value the opportunity to share intimately and deeply in this way.  To that end, we encourage everyone to find a Spiritual director, close friend, coach or mentor, who can offer this same guidance or focus. 

Although Jesus had 12 disciples, he also had an inner circle, with whom he could share more deeply, and who witnessed parts of Jesus’ life that the other disciples did not. 

Although we encourage personal prayer, there is great value in being able to pray regularly with a tiny group of two or three, with whom you can be very honest and open before God, and who will pray for us and with us and share in our lives more deeply.

Famously, of course, Jesus had 12 disciples.  Hundred’s of years later, those who have followed the Jesus’ way still appreciate the value of this still relatively small, but diverse way of meeting.    Twelve isnt magic, but around this number, it allows for people to break into smaller discussions, lots of opinions can be shared, but the meeting isnt too large that everyone cannot speak, or feels overwhelmed. 

Traditionally a disciple aimed to be like their Rabbi, in the case of the Twelve Disciples, like Jesus.  We still do the same, in small groups we read our bibles, pray, reflect on the world, and our lives and help one another discover how Jesus’s life and his words can speak to us and guide us.

Our Grass Roots groups, and our Leaders Huddles both seek to find this sweet spot in numbers, and if a group grows, it should look to divide to maintain this balance of sharing and intimacy.

When it came to spreading the word, social action, healing and helping people, Jesus had a larger group of followers, who he sent out to serve and minister to others in his name.  In the bible, famously he sent out 72, in pairs, to go into the villages, share the good news, and accept the hospitality of those they encountered.

Our Kairos groups, similarly seek to bless, serve, engage and transform our communities.  They may be relatively small, but equally the scale will be determined by the context, or goals of the group.  These groups will naturally be a mix of committed followers of Jesus, and partners who do not share our faith, but share a passion to make a difference in the world and help others. 

Wherever Jesus went, crowds gathered to see him, to hear his words and simply to be in his presence.  We all remember the story of feeding the 5000, and indeed 4000.  We remember him speaking from hills, or taking refuge on a boat off shore so everyone could be heard.

We too, want to share our faith, to bless our local communities, to share our joy and what we’ve discovered in following the Jesus way.  Our gatherings might be a little more tehnical, an online webinar, or zoom meeting.  A mix of physical and digital, or simply a fun day for our local community.  These are days for welcoming all, celebrating, worshipping and partying.

See Below for a Range of our present gathering events

Outdoor Gatherings

We love nature, spending time in creation and with one another.  When possible, we gather outdoors, whether thats purely social, for an act of worship, social action, or pilgramage.

Prayers

We encourage a personal rhythm of prayer, but also to gather in triplets, small groups or even in a large group to pray with others.  We offer zoom prayers each week that are open to everyone.

Walks

Prayer, mentoring, coaching, catching up socially doesnt always mean meeting in homes.  For many people, a walk is a great way to get together with others and do these things.

worship

Our worship takes many forms, and is certainly not limited to specific days of the week, or patterns.   We encourage creativity and experimentation in worship, seeking to find ways we can encounter God together in meaningful ways.

social action

A response to knowing we are loved, and valued by God, is often to recognise that so many others are not, and hilight for us, places or systemic oppression and injustice.  The Methodist church Joint Public Issue Team helps us with this, and we often feel move to act in some way.

Learning

We love opportunities to deepen our knowledge, and draw on the expertise and passions of others.  We are fortunate in being a part of the Methodist church, but also links with Pioneers across the world, to have access to great teachers, leaders, visionaries and those whose faith is lived on the front line of life.

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Morning Meditations (AMC)

Acomb Quiet Garden Log Cabin Rear of Acomb Methodist Church, Front Street, Acomb, York, York

Morning Meditation: A Chance to be still and breathe 30 minutes silence, for whatever you need: stillness, mindfulness, meditation, prayer. Mondays 8:30am-9:00am in Acomb Quiet Garden Log Cabin (at the… Read More »Morning Meditations (AMC)

Free
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Morning Meditations (AMC)

Acomb Quiet Garden Log Cabin Rear of Acomb Methodist Church, Front Street, Acomb, York, York

Morning Meditation: A Chance to be still and breathe 30 minutes silence, for whatever you need: stillness, mindfulness, meditation, prayer. Mondays 8:30am-9:00am in Acomb Quiet Garden Log Cabin (at the… Read More »Morning Meditations (AMC)

Free
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Morning Meditations (AMC)

Acomb Quiet Garden Log Cabin Rear of Acomb Methodist Church, Front Street, Acomb, York, York

Morning Meditation: A Chance to be still and breathe 30 minutes silence, for whatever you need: stillness, mindfulness, meditation, prayer. Mondays 8:30am-9:00am in Acomb Quiet Garden Log Cabin (at the rear of Acomb Methodist Church)

Free

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Morning prayer

Kairos Prayers Zoom Meet

Kairos encourages gathering for prayer in many forms, times and places. For those who work, or who rise early, our weekly morning prayer is a great opportunity to gather with a small number of others, online on Zoom at the start of the day. It is simple in form, with a short liturgy, a piece… Read More »Morning prayer

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Leadership Lunch & Pray Hour

A monthly Zoom opportunity (eat your lunch as we meet) 1:30-2:30pm on the first Thursday of the month, for those offering leadership to shape Kairos as it evolves, to come together, reflect and chew over opportunities and possibilities, and pray for the movement. Liane and Andy usually will guide our reflections, but do feel free… Read More »Leadership Lunch & Pray Hour

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Leadership Lunch & Pray Hour

A monthly Zoom opportunity (eat your lunch as we meet) 1:30-2:30pm on the first Thursday of the month, for those offering leadership to shape Kairos as it evolves, to come together, reflect and chew over opportunities and possibilities, and pray for the movement. Liane and Andy usually will guide our reflections, but do feel free… Read More »Leadership Lunch & Pray Hour

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Selby Street Mission Gatherings

Selby Street Mission Selby Street, Hull, Hull

The Selby Street Mission We invite and encourage any of our Kairos friends, to drop in and join Selby Street for their weekly worship between 10am and Midday weekly. It is a relaxed time, although often 'interrupted' (in a good way) and very much shaped by who is there, and what is going on for… Read More »Selby Street Mission Gatherings

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Northumbrian morning prayer

Acomb Methodist Church Front Street, Acomb, York, York

A small group, of between 4 and 12 presently meet each Sunday morning in-person, at Acomb Methodist Church at 9:15 am to pray through a simple liturgy of Northumbrian Morning Prayer. It is a simple structure, with very short bible verses and a reflection, and time for us to share openly in prayer for around… Read More »Northumbrian morning prayer

Free