How can we meet?

We cannot meet together physically, so what are groups doing?

Here are a few different ways small groups are connecting with a couple of advantages and disadvantages for each.

Video calls

This means you can see and hear each other at the same time.

Examples: Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WhatsApp call

Advantages

  • You can catch up, share prayer requests and discuss a study together.
  • You can see each other and see some body language.
  • You can have a group discussion easily.

Disadvantages

  • Some people do not have access to the internet so cannot use them.
  • It can be very tiring if it is new or people are using it a lot. So consider the length of your sessions.
Some helpful tips on helping small groups thrive in lockdown are available here.

Phone Calls

Either one person calling everyone, each person calling the next person or everyone calling everyone else.

Advantages

  • You do not need the internet to use it.
  • 1 to 1 conversations will be very important to lots of people.
  • There is no set time that everyone has to be free.

Disadvantages

  • It is time consuming to get round everyone.
  • You cannot have a conversation in a bigger group, so it is difficult to do a study together or talk together.

Emails

Sending emails either to individual or using them for group conversations.

Advantages

  • You can share updates on how you are, prayer requests and thoughts on a study.
  • There is no set time so people can reply when they see it
  • It can be an ongoing conversation as people reply to each other and add their thoughts.

Disadvantages

  • You do not see or hear anyone, so you may miss something that you would have heard in their voice or seen in their face.
  • Thoughts and responses to each other may become hard to follow.

Texts or messages

Either as a group or between individuals.

Advantages

  • It can become part of daily life rather than at set times.
  • Good for sharing responses, how people are, prayer requests etc.
  • People can share videos and photos easily of themselves or things they have seen.

Disadvantages

  • It is not designed for sharing longer messages so they can be more difficult to write or read.
  • You do not see or hear anyone, so you may miss something that you would have heard in their voice or seen in their face.
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