Riverdale House Groups are a great way for Christians to spend time with each other on a daily basis, so we can help develop that relationship, not just with the big cheese (God), but also with the Mini Chedders (other people). We currently run six house groups, from Monday, through to Saturday. On weekdays the groups begin at 7:30pm (after Emmerdale) and on Saturday they normally kick-off at around 3pm for a couple of hours.
Our house groups (otherwise known as “small groups” and “cell groups” when they don’t take place in a house) began back in 2009, with the original group named “Angel” which worked for obvious reasons. The second, “Phoenix” was launched the following year, and despite initial reservations (they’re mythical creatures as opposed to Heavenly beings) we decided it was a good name for a bunch of people wanting to “rise from the ashes of their dirty, sinful life”.
Suspicions were roused in late 2012 when the third group was named “Rouge”, but Jonathan Skimpy, the man responsible for naming the groups, convinced Pastor Peter that “Rouge” was the “fancy French word for red” and that represents the “lifeblood” of the church, and the red wine that’s consumed at Communion.
In 2013 Jonathan was taken to one side and dicisplined by Riverdale HQ when the fourth group was named “Wolverine”, as by this point it was blindingly obvious that Mr Skimpy was just naming the groups after X-Men characters. Although he stated that Wolverine’s three claws represented the Trinity, so the group was allowed to continue under the same moniker. A compromise was then reached, meaning that the final two groups could be named after Mutants if the names also appeared in the Bible. So “Storm” and “Beast” were born in late 2015.
Pastor Peter has since become affectionally known as both “Charles”, and “Professor X”. Although one member of the congregation took the joke too far when he cried “Let’s break his legs and stick him in a wheelchair!” during one of Peter’s sermons.