Can we meet in person?

There’s nothing like meeting in person with your group, and more people are starting to get comfortable meeting again, especially outdoors in nicer weather. Check with your state rules and regulations on the size of gatherings and use your judgement in regards to your groups’ health needs. You’re welcome to safely meet in person, and we still have Zoom.

How can I host a group and encourage social distancing?

Take some simple precautions and encourage your group members to do the same. :

  • Host the group outdoors—on the patio or around a fire with some drinks would be perfect. Just BYOB.
  • Stay 6 feet apart from each other.
  • Don’t share food, plates, utensils, containers, etc.
  • Wash your hands frequently before, during, and after the gathering.
  • Wear a mask or face covering, even if you are outside. It will help keep your face warm!

What do I do if someone in my group is in one of the categories that is at risk for contracting COVID-19?

Talk to them about their comfort level about meeting. The most loving thing the group can do is respect their wishes.

What are public health experts saying about meeting in person?

With vaccinations, a lot of people are feeling more comfortable gathering safely. You may meet in groups of 10 or less (remember to check with your state). We encourage you to meet outdoors, with face coverings, sanitize your hands frequently, and maintain a 6ft distance.

Where can I find more information on regulations for my state?

You can find that information on your state’s official website or for general information. CDC.gov is a great resource.

Should I take any precautions after my group has ended?

Yes, wiping down high-touch surfaces with disinfectant wipes or spray after the group has ended is a great idea to ensure you prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.

I’m leading and am unsure what content to use, what would you recommend?

For the groups season beginning April 12, 2021, we will be doing the group component of FreedUp. Download the app - available soon!

The Weekend Follow-up is created and updated weekly for your group to unpack what you hear in the weekend message. You might just need to chat with friends, but if you’re looking for more, check that out.

How do I keep my group from getting boring?

We’re not about all work and no play. Plan a week to just play a game or grab a drink (safely). Having fun together is one of the best parts of being in a group. We’re big fans. Here are a few games you can play over video chat.

Is this going to be one of those groups where we talk for 3 hours? I don’t have time for a group that long.

Set a start AND end time for the group. If you’re not able to be on the call the whole time you can communicate that with the leader or pick a group that works for you. And use group texts for additional communication throughout the week.

I don’t have a babysitter, how will I find the time to join a group?

There are lots of groups offered after bedtime. If that isn’t an option, there are worse things in life than a little extra screen time for the kiddos.

What if my kids (or pets) get restless and interrupt the video call?

Totally good. Roll with it. We know meeting over video isn’t the same as in person. And most people will love getting to see what your life looks like every day.

What should I do if I want to lead a group but I’m not tech savvy or good at leading conversation?

Reach out by emailing groups@crossroads.net. We are more than happy to help get you over the hump or even help you to partner up with someone who can host the call or lead the conversation. Co-hosting with a friend is a perfect way to lead and helps you not have to do it all.