UPDATE: The latest info on our response to the Coronavirus


Groups During the Covid-19 Crisis

It is so important for us as a church to stay connected during this time. WE ARE ASKING YOU TO TRANSITION YOUR GROUP TO ONLINE MEETING! We are convinced that we can become even more fully Christ­like communities if we lean in during this pandemic.

What it means to go toward virtual communities:

  • Get Connected - Meet weekly: Make it a priority for the group to meet weekly on one of the platforms below. If you need help please reach out to us, or there might be someone in your group to help you setting up communication.
  • Be intentional about reaching out to those you know are struggling: This is such a difficult time for everyone! Reach out especially to those that you know are struggling so that they know the support systems, and offer encouragement.
  • Get Mobilized – Meet Needs (Together when it allows): While encouraging social distancing, if there are ways that your group can meet needs together inside or outside your group take the opportunity.
  • Get Others Focused - Inspire Intentionally: Share your stories with us. Post on FB, send us pictures, tell us stories, share your experience, allow us to celebrate with you. Send emails to info@involvechurch.com so that we can broadcast to others to be inspired. You will be tempted to feel like you are gloating, but our assumption is that you are wanting to have your story inspire others to see the needs around them and respond.

VIRTUAL PLATFORM OPTIONS

  1. Google Hangouts:
    Advantages: It is free, most people have a google account. Hangouts has the option of screen sharing especially when doing a study, yet participants don’t have to have a google account. Easy to set up a group, could have both video and text conversations ongoing. It has a limit of 10 users for video. Link: https://gsuite.google.com/signup/basic/welcome
  2. Facebook: (Check out Involve's Online Facebook Community Builder Guide)
    Advantages: It is free, and though some think it is on its way out, many people are on Facebook. Facebook has the option of screen sharing and all the same bells and whistles as Google hangouts. Additionally, some groups can choose to share stories on social media on the same platform. The easiest way is to go to your home page and click the button ‘Create.’
    Link: www.facebook.com and log in with your credentials. You can also check out this guide on setting up a Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/help/167970719931213
  3. Zoom: Very versatile, allows for screen sharing and especially calendar integration for repeating meetings. You can download the app on computer and phone or choose to use the browser only. I especially like that within one conversation you can break into separate rooms (for example when women and men want to talk/pray separately etc.) Limit: The basic version allows only 40 minutes. Pro Paid version is $15/month/100 participants allowed. You only need one subscription per group. Link: https://zoom.us
  4. Skype: Has good integration with Microsoft products (Outlook Calendar etc). Link: https://www.skype.com/en/

Lastly, this will require a learning curve. It will be awkward at times but lean in and keep learning and problem solving. You can do this. We can disciple people through digital connection. Please do not hesitate to reach out on tensions you are managing and problems you are trying to solve. We are in this together!!!


Life Together.

If you are ready to step into deeper relationship with other people and take the next step in growing in your relationship with Christ, a group might be the right place for you. At a Life Group, you can expect to meet in someone's home on a week night with 8-12 other adults. Discussion centers around the biblical passage of the sermon and how we can apply it to our everyday lives. Most life groups start with dinner, followed by some fellowship, prayer, and the study.


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