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COMMUNITY

 

A Saint Paul’s Small Group is a gathering of people, coming together in an open and non-judgmental space to listen, share, and grow.  We have exciting curriculum, our GPS (Grow Pray Serve) which is based on the Sunday Sermon.  It is easy to understand and offers engaging questions about the sermon, Scripture, and life.

CLICK HERE FOR LISTING [ONLINE GROUPS]

Please check out one of our small groups that meet on Sundays or throughout the week.

We have groups for everyone!

Email for more information on our small groups online.


Saint Paul’s mission can be summed up in this phrase: “empower you to grow into all God created you to be.” Followers of Jesus are lifelong learners and the spiritual journey is not meant to be alone.

At Saint Paul’s, we believe that life is a team sport – best done together and as our church grows larger, we must also grow smaller. Small groups are “learning communities” that serve as a great way to grow in your relationship with God and make a difference in the community. We encourage everyone to be involved in group life because it’s there where you will meet new people while growing in your faith.

Faith grows in the presence of faithful friends and the best way to grow in your faith is to be around others on the same journey that can spur you on and keep you going. Small groups are here for you so take a moment to find the right space for you! If you have any questions, please contact us at grouplife.myspbc.org


MORE ON GROUP LIFE COMMUNITY

 

  • FOR CURRENT MEMBER OF ONLINE GROUP

    • Click HERE to sign Confidentiality Agreement
    • Click HERE for FREE Online Devotionals & Study Resources
    • Click HERE for Online Group Agenda (Sample)
    • Click HERE for Online Group Evaluation
    • Click HERE for Small Group Semester Calendar

 

  • FOR CURRENT LEADER OF ONLINE GROUP

    • Click HERE for FREE Online Devotionals & Study Resources
    • Click HERE for Online Group Agenda (Sample)
    • Click HERE for Online Group Evaluation
    • Click HERE for Small Group Semester Calendar
    • Click HERE for Online Meeting Debriefing
      • TIP: Keep in touch with your group through the GroupMe App, which does not require members to disclose their telephone numbers. As the moderator of the GroupMe App, you can add names to the list and the group can send messages.

 

  • READY TO LEAD AN ONLINE GROUP 

You may have a Live Interactive Training via Zoom, which is about 2 hours and 30 minutes, allowing for questions and answers within the training.  It is offered monthly. To request the Live Training, email  - or - 

You may view our Online Training, which is about 53 minutes.  To view it and our other trainings, you will need to register through Ministry Grid, which is a LifeWay product (in case you see that in an email).  Click ONLINE GROUP LEADER TRAINING link below - which takes you to the registration page, you can register, then begin the training.  After the training, a member of our Group Life Staff will contact you to answer any questions.

    • Click HERE to register for ONLINE GROUP LEADER TRAINING
    • Click HERE to sign Group Leader Covenant
    • Click HERE to sign Confidentiality Agreement
    • Click HERE to register your Online Group 
    • Click HERE for FREE Online Devotionals & Study Resources
    • Click HERE for Online Group Agenda (Sample)
    • Click HERE for Online Group Evaluation
    • Click HERE for Small Group Semester Calendar
    • Click HERE for Online Meeting Debriefing
      • TIP: Keep in touch with your group through the GroupMe App, which does not require members to disclose their telephone numbers. As the moderator of the GroupMe App, you can add names to the list and the group can send messages.

 

  • READY TO TAKE ONSITE GROUP TO ONLINE

    You can now take your group online, and you can use the online platform of your choice - Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts, Skype, etc.

    Our Ministry Staff found that ZOOM (online video conferencing app) provides the best experience.  However, there is one drawback – the FREE Zoom account only allows sessions to run for 40 Minutes.  (Some groups under 10 people have found that the 40 Minute restriction is lifted and have met for 90 Minutes to 2 hours. We think the key, for now, is that SMALL groups get to meet for longer periods.  However, our Ministry Staff also discovered that groups over 20 people are cut off at 40 Minutes.)   So, it is best to guide your group within the designated timeframe or if you think you session needs to run longer than 40 minutes, set up two separate meetings.  For example, take a 5 or 10 minute restroom/snack break, then start another meeting.  People may need to log back in using a different invitation link.

    HOW TO Set Up a Zoom Meeting for Right Now

    Saddleback Church (whose pastor Rick Warren of the Purpose Driven Life) created a short, helpful video (4 min 5 sec) on how to setup a Zoom meeting, and we’re not going to reinvent the wheel, so feel free to watch their video. GO WATCH.

    HOW TO Set Up & Schedule a Zoom Meeting for Later

    Saddleback Church and the Church Network also provided a great video (4 min 30 sec) on how to set-up and schedule a Zoom meeting. Feel free to check it out. GO WATCH.

    We have found both videos very helpful!

    • Click HERE for FREE Online Devotionals & Study Resources
    • Click HERE for Online Group Agenda (Sample)
    • Click HERE for Online Group Evaluation
    • Click HERE for Small Group Semester Calendar

Advertising Your Group

We want to help people find your group, however, we will not be publishing your meeting invite link for security reasons.  We want to help screen the scammers (who are already busy during this crisis), so when people indicates that they h/she wants to try your group, our Ministry Staff will send you an email with the person’s information and ask you to reach out to that person. You can then send the invite link directly to the requester.

 

7 Set-up Tips for Video Conferencing

  1. Use a headset with a microphone. The mic is closer to your mouth, allowing you to talk in conversational tones, rather than slightly yelling or talking loudly.   It also cuts out other noises. Please test out your mic before your group begins.
  2. Sit near a window or lamp, so that the light reflects on the side of your face. Sitting in front of blinds or with open blinds behind you can wash out the screen. 
  3. Close competing applications like Netflix and Facebook on your screen.
  4. Mute your phone and computer for other sounds, notifications, and alerts. 
  5. Limit background movement if possible. If possible, set your camera so that there is a solid background behind you. This limits distractions. 
  6. Test your camera so that there is a close shot of your face.
  7. Smile!

 

7 Tips to Help with Facilitation

  1. Welcome everyone. People will be late online, just as your in-person group, so build in some buffer time to catch up in the beginning. 
  2. Warm up the group by getting people to use the “Mute" and “Unmute" button. Ask an icebreaker question. Let everyone answer the question.
  3. Use the weekly GPS document to assist in guiding the Bible Study.
  4. Ask people to invite others to join the group at the next meeting.  Share the next meeting day and time.
  5. Share prayer requests and be ready to pause on someone going through a tough season. Don’t rush through this time together online. 
  6. Set up 2 separate meetings 5 or 10 minutes a part, if you think your session needs to run longer than 40 minutes. 
  7. Close with prayer

 We will have a Leader Training for Online Groups on video out soon for people who have NEVER had the in person Small Group Leader Training (since 2011) and want to start an online group.  If you’ve had the in-person training, you do not have to take the training for online groups.  

 


 

ABOUT OUR AREA CHECK-INS

Twice a month, our check-in hosts contact 5-12 members, who live in their area and have a Zoom video conference. The check-ins are based on the area and zip code of our members. They are designed to be brief, no more than 30-40 minutes. The purpose is to provide prayer, encouragement and support.   

 

This is based on Proverbs 27:10 “Do not forsake your friend or a friend of your family, and do not go to your relative’s house when disaster strikes you— better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away.”

 

On the Check-Ins, our hosts ask: 1) How are you? 2) How is your family? 3) How are your friends and 4) Would you like to share any prayer requests?  The check-in hosts pray over the requests and end the call.  That simple. Our goal is to ensure every member is cared for and connected.

 

TRY AN AREA CHECK-IN

If you’d like to join one of our Area Check-Ins, click here.

 

HOST AN AREA CHECK-IN

We have a brief 15-minute training video that explains the check-ins, why we created them, and how to host them. There are just 3 easy steps:  

1.  Watch the training video. 
(It is on Ministry Grid, so you’ll have to create a free Lifeway account before viewing. If you’re already registered, simply search for SPBC Area Check-In Training.) Click here

2.  Sign the Confidentiality Agreement by clicking here  

3.  Register to host an Area Check-In by clicking here.

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