Are you busy trying to recreate what we had or creating something new? The answer should be both, let’s not lose the good things we have but be free to explore new things too.
A note for leaders
- You are important and need love and care.
- Do pray for your group, but also encourage them to pray for each other and for you too.
- You do not need to organise twenty new things for your group, be realistic.
- Encourage each other to check in and support each other.
- If you aren’t sure how to do something, ask if anyone in your group does.
- Ask them for ideas and ask them to be involved.
- Sharing your ideas and how they have worked may help another small group leader.
- You do not need to try every idea that you are given.
- Share and ask other small group leaders (in your church and elsewhere) what they are doing.
- Your vicar and lay leaders are a great resource.
- Anna Naish works for the diocese around small groups and is always happy to chat (click here to contact)
- Meet in different ways, pray creatively, try a different kind of study, ask deeper questions.
- But just because it works for another group doesn’t mean you have to do it too.
Logistics and Planning
It could be earlier if people no longer commute and would prefer earlier ends.
It could start later if you are doing part of the study yourselves, if it stops people rushing other things to be ready.
It could be the same if that is still the best time.
Videos or reading the Bible passage can be done before so people come prepared for discussion. It may even give people time to process ready.
Prayer, study, social chatting all interconnect with each other but there is no perfect order, it can be changed round.
Be clear on timings for each part so that you don’t run out of time.
If people are using them all day for work they may appreciate a shorter but more focussed session.
If people are getting very little interaction they may appreciate longer sessions or more than one a week.
Singing or saying words together may be difficult with voices at different times. Muting everyone apart from the lead so you can all join together without distractions of mixed sound coming through can help.
You can set up a feature called ‘breakout rooms’ on Zoom so that you can move into smaller groups for smaller discussions or prayer.