What on Earth am I here for?

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What on Earth is this?

'What on Earth am I here for?'  Is about taking 42 days over 6 weeks to discover your purpose in life.  We all learn in different ways so Starting Sunday 24th September 2017 as individuals, 2 churches and 4 congregations you will be discovering your purpose in 3 ways:


  1. As individuals you explore your purpose by reading a section every day from the book by Rick Warren 'The Purpose Driven Life'.  There are 42 bite sized sections which are very short and easy to read (there are also optional daily reflections on the PurposeDriven.com website if you would like to take things further).
  2. As small groups you explore your purpose through 6 life group sessions where you meet up with others to watch a DVD and then go through the study guide together for further discussion.
  3. Finally as church you gather on Sundays where you will continue to discover your purpose:


You can get involved in any of these 3 ways but to get the most from this time it is best to throw yourself into all 3.  Please do sign up below and we'll keep you up to date and help you find a Life Group!



Why on Earth join a life-group?

If you live for 75 years you will have roughly 27,375 days on Earth.  Doesn't it make sense to spend just 42 of those days figuring out what the other 27,333 are all about?

Secondly 70% of the course material is covered in the weekly Life-Group sessions so to get the most out of this series... it is simply the best use of your time.

Thirdly God created us to do life together, to help each other, love each other, pray with and for each other and work together. 


    9Two people are better than one,
      because they get more done by working together.
  10If one falls down,
     the other can help him up.
     But it is bad for the person who is alone and falls,
     because no one is there to help.  (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, NCV)

And in Jesus' own words:

19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”  (Matthew 18:19-20, NIV)

How on Earth does this happen?

We already have 10 life group hosts who have agreed to host a life group through this course and more are expected.  Please do make yourself known to them, they are all really friendly.

St Edmund's St James Grace Marathi Youth and Young Adult Day Time
David Royal Tony Hardy Kaleem Ejaz Amit Chawan Sanket Jadhav Coffee Morning
Bob Palmer   Ilyas Masih   Christopher Ilyas  
    Kauser George   Haroon Daniel  

If you would like to create your own life group that's fine too; just let us know so we can support you and add you to the list!  It is really easy to start your own life group, all you have to do is invite 1 other person to have a coffee, watch a dvd and then discuss it together, then that person invites 1 other person and so on. ("For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matt 18:20 NIV).

Our hope and prayer is that you will continue to meet as a life group after the sessions finish but that is up to you.


There are 2 ways your life group can meet:

  1. At a time that suits you and your group at someone's house, or
  2. Each Wednesday evening at St Edmund's church where we will gather together with other small groups.

We are also hoping to offer a 3rd option during the day-time at the St Edmund's Coffee Morning.

Even if you can't make it to a life group please do join in by reading a short section every day from 'The Purpose Driven Life'?  We will let you know when to start, please sign up using the link above and we will keep you informed.  The sections are really short normally around 4-8 pages which are easy to read, there is also an audiobook if you find reading difficult and an Urdu and other language versions if English isn't your preferred language. 

What on Earth do I need?


The first thing is to join a life group, or start one yourself.

Each life group host will be provided with or loaned a copy of the DVD if their group isn't meeting at the Wednesday evening gather event at St Edmund's church.

Each life group member will need a course pack which includes a study guide and a copy of The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren as well as some other goodies!

The study guides cost £5.00 and the book costs £6.50  (£11.50 total or course pack for the same price with some extra goodies in it!)

(there is also a large print version of the Book for £10. And an audiobook which you might be able to get for free if you sign up with aubible)*

The only Urdu language version we could find comes from the USA so delivery may take a while.

We don't want anyone to be put off by the price so please do let us know if you need a free course pack!  Alternatively maybe you feel you could afford to buy one for yourself and for someone else?

While you can buy them yourself using the links above, we will be doing a bulk purchase of course packs which include extra goodies for the same price.  Just let your small group host know or mention you would like to buy a course pack when you sign up using the link above.

Join the team.

Maybe you would like to join one of the teams that is making this happen?

TEAM Description Leader
Prayer Team Covering the whole church in prayer, asking God to speak and listening to Him. Julie Parker
Life Group Hosts Team Hosting your own Life-Group and inviting people to come with you on 42 days of discovering your purpose.  Meet either in your own home or at the Wednesday gather event at St Ed's. Co-ordination Team
Hospitality/Welcome Team Welcome people as they come in on sundays and make sure they have everything they need, know what to expect and where to go.  Be on the rota to prepare and serve refreshments after church on sunday and at the wednesday gathered Life-Group meeting at St Edmund's. Church Wardens
Musical Worship Team Do you have musical gifts you would like to use to help others to come into God's presence?  Why not join the Musical Worship Team. Co-ordination Team
Tech and Communications Team If you love technology and are good with I.T. skills we would love you to join our team! Primarilly being on the rota working on sundays and/or at the weekly Life-Group gather event at St Ed's but other oppertunities to serve as well dependant on skills. Jill Webb


Please contact Jill at the office if you are interested in joining the team which will make this happen!


Please Pray

Both Neil, the other team leaders, the life group hosts and I, are really excited to see what God is going to do in your life and the life of our churches over the coming weeks. Please do sign up using the link at the top of the page and also by talking to our life group hosts.  Finally please join with us in prayer that through this time Jesus would lead and help us as individuals, life groups, congregations and churches to:


  1. grow warmer through fellowship.
  2. grow deeper through discipleship.
  3. grow stronger through worship.
  4. grow broader through ministry.
  5. grow larger through evangelism.   (C.f. Acts 2)

God Bless,

Tony Hardy


*Our churches are in no way affilliated with Audible.co.uk or any of the websites/shops listed on this page.  We are not responsible for any purchases or membership you sign up for.  This is posted only to be helpful.  The free book offer from Audible.co.uk requires a new trial membership account to be created.  Please remember to cancel your membership before the trial ends or you may be charged.


Wednesday 27th September, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
St Edmund's Church, Whalley Range, Manchester, M16 8EZ
Week 1: You matter to God!
Sunday 1st October, 10:30am
St Ed's & St James (a.m.) Grace 4pm/Marathi 5pm.
Week 2 @ St James: You are called to be loved!
Wednesday 4th October, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
St Edmund's Church, Whalley Range, Manchester, M16 8EZ
Worship Event with small group study.
Sunday 8th October, 10:30am
St Ed's & St James (a.m.) Grace 4pm/Marathi 5pm.
Week 2 @ St Ed's: You are called to be loved!
Wednesday 11th October, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
St Edmund's Church, Whalley Range, Manchester, M16 8EZ
Week 2: You were planned for God's pleasure.
Sunday 15th October, 10:30am
St Ed's & St James (a.m.) Grace 4pm/Marathi 5pm.
Week 3: You are called to belong!
Wednesday 18th October, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
St Edmund's Church, Whalley Range, Manchester, M16 8EZ
Week 3: You were formed for God's family.
Sunday 22nd October, 10:30am
St Ed's & St James (a.m.) Grace 4pm/Marathi 5pm.
Week 4: You are called to Beome!
Wednesday 25th October, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
St Edmund's Church, Whalley Range, Manchester, M16 8EZ
Week 4: You were created to become like Christ.
Sunday 29th October, 10:30am
St Ed's & St James (a.m.) Grace 4pm/Marathi 5pm.
Week 5: You are called to bless!
At a glance
Who is it for?
How much does it cost?
Free but purchase of 2 books is needed (£11.50 total but free copies are available)
For more information:
Contact: Jill @ the office 0161 226 0088