Small groups have one, simple purpose: to bring people together. We believe God created us to live in relationship with others and only then can we live the full life He intends for us. Sharing life through community is part of our design, but meaningful relationships aren’t always easy to find. That’s why small groups exist—to make these life-changing relationships relevant and accessible to you.


Many churches have Small Groups. They go by many names, some call them House Groups, others Fellowship Groups, and more besides. Arena Church is different – it is not a church that has Small Groups but is instead a church that is MADE OF Small Groups. The original Christian church was the same, in that there were many small groups of believers that made up the church as a whole.


Everyone in Arena Church is either in a Small Group or on their way towards being in a Small Group. Normally between 5 and 10 people make up a group, and they spend time just “doing life” together. There are groups who meet in houses, groups who meet for meals, groups who go for walks, groups for almost everything. The key is getting together, getting to know each other, and supporting each other through the journey of life.


Each Small Group leader will know their group members well and can help with any problems the members face – and should it be too much for them to handle, they can take it to the church pastors. With a system like that in place, everyone is encouraged and is able to get the best from their leaders when they need it the most.
In this way, everyone is known, everyone is cared for, and everyone is appreciated.

If you’d like to join a group, please read on…

We are wanting to throw open an opportunity for people to connect via online groups. So if you are NOT in a group and would like to be then please can you e mail the following people in the relative locations


Ilkeston Campus – Eleanor email
Mansfield Campus – Helen email
Belper Campus – Jeanette email
Nottingham Campus – Annie email


We are also looking to launch some foundational teaching groups. These will help people to get started on their faith journey. We have a 4 week course and it’s called “Digging Deep to Build Tall“. It’s also a great course for refreshing and kick starting your journey again. Again if this is of interest then please email and we will send out details of when they will be running.