Life Group Leaders Weekly
WEEK ONE (JANUARY 24TH - JANUARY 30TH)
"TO CULTIVATE MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS CENTERED ON GOD'S WORD AND PRAYER"
LIFE GROUP UPDATE
Week 1 is in the books. How did it go? I hope it was a wonderful start!
We are delighted to see that people are still choosing to sign up to join a Life Group. It is our hope and prayer that there is ample room for all who want to join and that they feel welcome. If your group still has room for more, please feel free to reach out and invite people to join you! Who doesn't love being invited?!
Just a reminder that during the first couple weeks, be sure to focus on the relational element of Life Groups. Also, be sure to remind your group that all the questions stem from the bible text being delivered on a Sunday morning first and the sermon second. Allow our mission statement "To Cultivate Meaningful Relationships Centered on God's Word and Prayer" to inform what is of greatest value when we gather together. If we focus on this on the front end, it will pay dividends by the end of the semester.
Please know that I am here to help in any way I can. If you have questions, concerns, or even need help setting up your meeting space to accommodate a Zoom participant, please don't hesitate to reach out to me anytime. Consider me to be your personal Life Group assistant.
Let's get into the logistics for this week...
THINGS TO REMEMBER
Please encourage your group members to review and complete the discussion questions ahead of time. Although the main focus is not to do all the homework, we have found that when participants have had time to review the questions ahead of time the discussion tends to flow more freely allowing everyone to contribute more openly.
Just a reminder that if you haven't had a chance to contact your group yet, I would encourage you to do so as soon as possible. Also, please remember to take attendance. You should receive an email before your group meeting time with an attendance link. If you need help, please don't hesitate to call me.
Be CERTAIN to go over the Life Group Covenant during one of your first meetings. You will want to sign it on week 3, but going over it ahead of time helps to establish goals and expectations as a group. If you didn't get to it this past week, no worries, reviewing it in Week 2 is just fine.
Also, be sure to utilize the "Leader's Guide" Covenant. Those are for you to help flesh out that discussion. Remember that it is the last page of the "Leaders Guide" that the entire group will sign.
Serve opportunities still look a little different due to concerns for COVID-19. As needs arise we will reach out to your groups to offer areas in which the community is in need of service. If you'd like to get a few people together from your group to serve together, great! OR (this semester) if your group has personal ideas for how to serve and would like to serve together, we encourage you to do that too. *Please be mindful of serve opportunities that require participants to contribute financially as it may make some uncomfortable.
LEADER TOOLS - Our Leader Tools Page is updated weekly on our church website.
- Leader's Weekly
- Sermon Guide
- And more!
Check out our Leader Tools Page here: http://hanfordcrc.org/lifegroups/leader-tools
**For group participants that are not currently attending our regular Sunday morning services, or who were unable to attend, please invite them to find the homework guide online here: http://hanfordcrc.org/livestream/sermon-guides
GOALS FOR THIS WEEK
- Relationships! - Set aside ample social time for group members to mingle and to get to know one another.
- Covenants - Hand out and go over group covenants - these will be available for you on Sunday morning and your group will sign these during the 3rd week, but be sure to go over them as a group before the end of the first night.
- Homework - Time permitting, go over a few questions in the sermon guide. Highlight the vital importance of doing our homework for the sake of group discussion. Also, explain the optional self-study section.
- Prayer - Thank God for how he has brought your group together.
- Adding newcomers - Do everything you can to be accommodating as a group (ice breakers, no 'insider jokes/comments', etc.) Please be extra sensitive to 'insider' talk. Ensure they feel welcomed and part of the group.