Trinity Central launches new LifeGroup in Olympic Village
At the start of the next LifeGroup term, Trinity Central will have a new LifeGroup starting up in Olympic Village, led by Mark and Sarah Peskett.
We had a chat with Mark and Sarah, to find out more about them and their plans for LifeGroup.
Q. You’re both originally from the UK – what brought you to Vancouver?
Mark: I was at church with Rhys in London, UK, so I knew about Trinity Central starting up and came over early 2012 to be part of it.
Sarah: I came over in May 2012; I planned it to be a 6 month adventure – three years later I’m still here!
Q. What for you are the things you value most about LifeGroups?
Sarah: Food! Jokes!
Mark: Mmmm… food…
Sarah: Seriously, getting to know and love a group of people so well that it seems hard to remember when you didn’t know them. Once you have those friendships, being together seems so natural, and I think that’s when people start to feel comfortable to try stepping out into new things, and sharing and praying over the things that aren’t how they should be.
Mark: The fellowship, fun and laughter; genuine, deep and honest conversation about living as Christians in our particular circumstances.
Q. Can you share a story of something God has done in a past LifeGroup that has impacted you?
Mark: In a previous LifeGroup we prayed for a friend to be healed of his injuries from an auto-accident and he was immediately healed as we prayed. Where he was previously unable to breath or laugh without pain he could then laugh freely without discomfort. That was very encouraging!
Q. Mark, you’ve lead a LifeGroup at Trinity Central before, but it’ll be your first time Sarah. So what do you think will be the distinctives of your group?
Mark: Well, I’m in it, so that’s pretty great.
Sarah: Yikes! To be honest, I don’t know yet! I’m actually really looking forward to having our group up and running and discovering what our distinctive flavour is.
Mark: Really, we’re praying for great friendships to be made, for people to grow in being daily-disciples of Jesus as well as encountering God in particular and significant ways.
Q. What makes for a successful evening?
Mark: Good food, good conversation and whole lot of laughter.
Sarah: When you finish and feel like you connected, with a person, a point of the message, and with God in a new way.
Q. Final question – do you have a favourite Bible verse?
Mark: Romans 8:28-30, few doctrines are as marvellous as the providence of God.
We know that all things work together[a] for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose. For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers. And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified.
Sarah: Genesis 12:2 such a great the reminder that God gives us things so we can use them to bless others!
I will make you into a great nation,
I will bless you,
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing
Also Micah 6:8 – I love the reminder that, really, what God wants from us is fairly simple.
Mankind, He has told you what is good
and what it is the Lord requires of you:
to act justly,
to love faithfulness,
and to walk humbly with your God.