Can we meet in person?

There’s nothing like meeting in person with your group, and, just start doing so responsibly. Check with your state rules and regulations on the size of gatherings and use your judgement in regards to your groups’ health needs. 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 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.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • If you’ll be closer than 6 feet to a group member, wear a mask or face covering.

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

We highly recommend you continue to use video chat for your group at this time.

What are public health experts saying about meeting in person?

Public health experts recommend that we use video chat for as long as we can. However they are saying you may meet in groups of 10 or less (remember to check with your state) so long as you 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 don’t have a babysitter, how will I find the time to join a group?

There are lots of groups offered after bedtime. Or (we don’t recommend it all the time) but using a movie to entertain your kids can keep them busy so you can talk with your group.

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

Totally good. 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?

Partner up 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.

What if my house is a mess and I don’t have the time to clean it up?

That’s called real life. Get creative with the virtual backgrounds to spend your small group time on an exotic beach or your favorite vacation spot. Check out this easy tutorial for Zoom!

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

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 do something fun. 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.