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Two weeks to the term-end and our small groups have taken on a new breath of life. Not allowing the stay-at-home situation to stand as a barrier, many groups have found a way to meet from the comfort of their private living spaces with different video-conferencing tools. It's church beyond walls as groups have gone virtual — and its viral!

- Pelumi Aworinde -
Small Groups (and Growth Track) Champion
In a group already? Stay connected

It's been quite an eventful term with a lot changing very quickly from day-to-day. It's our prayer, as we all work out this difficult time across the globe, that everyone in our community will continue to find support through small groups.

Therefore, we'd like to encourage all of you to keep staying connected and to not isolate yourselves. If you're a small group leader, please continue leading your current group online through the break. If you're in a group and not yet meeting online, please get in touch with your group leader to find out how to make it work for you.

Not in a group yet?

If you’re not in a group yet then don't worry - we’re looking to open up a whole bunch of new groups soon. Please keep checking our website so that you can find a group that’s just right for you.

WHAT ELSE CAN I DO RIGHT NOW?

If you’re part of a serving team, why don’t you gather online for a good weekly catch-up? Don't forget to email Pelumi.Aworinde@kerith.church so we can add your group on our website for other people to join too!

We'd also like to encourage you to grow your new ideas for small groups and share them with us! We are working to update our website for potential sign-ups and point people your way if you are happy to lead a group. Let us know about your small group idea HERE.

Which online tool should I be using? Kerith recommends...

To connect virtually, we've trialled lots of video conferencing tools and we highly recommend using Zoom (the free version). It's super easy to use! And it's great because – you can all see each other in tiles at the same time. The only snag with the free version is that after 40 minutes, you have to end the meeting and start a new one. Groups who have tried it though found the break useful for topping up their cuppa!

Check out a short video, how to install Zoom on:

The Prayer Course with The Hopkins and Chesters
"We had an amazing Spirit-filled session 5 of The Prayer Course via Zoom, Wednesday night. God's people are rising up!"

AND NOW... Here are some Zoom tips from your community companions
Great session. People used a variety of devices. A few challenges with unmuting across the group. We put the screen-sharing feature to good use as I had prepared some scripture references beforehand. Also, to share other websites and YouTube videos. Installing the app on desktop ahead of time definitely helps.
- Jacqui Webber-Gant -

With the 40 min time limit, 2nd meeting scheduled and link sent in advance (though old link can be reused). There was a plan to reconnect after a 5 min break — useful for toilet breaks and refilling drinks as well as solving technical hitches.

- Rachel & Pelumi Aworinde -

I spent some time ahead exploring Zoom. We had a successful three-cornered chat with some members for testing in advance. Then spent time finding out how to display a DVD (Share Screen + also Share Computer Sound). Eventually, 4 of us met up on the night, chatted, prayed together, sang along with a YouTube worship song, watched the DVD session, and tolerated having to restart every forty minutes on the free version of Zoom. In summary, only one participant had used the app before, so it was surprisingly successful. Two said they appreciated the extra breaks, and we all enjoyed the session. I'm planning to spend time with one or two of the technologically challenged to see if I can get them started.

- Anne Hope Whitlock -

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