SMALL GROUP LEADERS

Virtual Online Small Groups

In this time of social distancing and isolation, we need community more than ever!

This section of the Small Group Leader page is to assist you in setting up an online virtual group.

We’re here to help! Contact us:

Christy – 832-791-6381 or christy.herrington@sbridge.org

Brian – 281-684-8633 or brian.dunn@sbridge.org

Click HERE to hear from Brian about the importance of continuing to find ways to connect and meet together!

  • Set up an account at www.zoom.us
  • Click HERE to watch short tutorial
  • Do a test run.  We are happy to help you schedule a test run of your zoom meeting.  Contact Christy or Brian to schedule a time.
  • After your test meeting, send out your Zoom link to all of your group members. You can email it and/or text it to everyone. TIP: when scheduling your meeting, please note that zoom defaults to ‘Pacific time’ so you need to change the time to Central.
  • When it’s time for your meeting, login a few minutes early and be ready for people to join.  Allow the first 15 minutes or so to get everyone up and running (some people will need to make sure their audio and video are all turned on, etc).

 

CLICK HERE FOR HELPFUL TIPS & FAQS

Hear from Joe McKinney who describes in detail how he conducted his first virtual small group through Zoom with about 15 people on Wednesday, March 18th.  Joe shares several helpful and practical tips that should help you.

Getting Ready To Meet

Joe’s First Meeting

Ongoing Meetings

Your First Online Zoom Meeting

The following is a suggested format for your first meeting. Tip: Even though Zoom will tell you when setting up a meeting that there is a 40 minute time limit, as of right now, that is waived.

7:00 PM – People can click on their link and join in (you can use a phone, tablet, or computer).

7:15 PM – Ask each person to share how they’re doing or to give an update on their life.  You can also ask them to share their highs and lows.

After each person speaks, you can have someone pray for the different things they shared (great way to connect and support each other).

7:45 PM – How are you seeing God at work through COVID-19?

8:10 PM – Have a person close in a short prayer.

Ongoing Meetings

Before the meeting, have your members watch a session from your Right Now Media study and come prepared to share something they learned. 

7:00 PM – People can click on their link and join in (you can use a phone, tablet, or computer).

7:15 PM – Go around and have people ‘check-in’ and ‘share an update on their life’.

7:45 PM – Go around and have each person share a take-away from the study.

8:15 PM – Wrap up and pray for each other.

Other Meeting Options

If you have technical issues with doing a Zoom group, here are some other options you can check out:

Google Hangouts – this is an app like ‘Face Time’ that allows you to do video conferencing.

Group Me – This is an easy to use group texting app that works great for communicating with your small group members.

Phone Calls – Don’t underestimate the power of an old-fashioned phone call and check in with the different members of your small group.

Leader Highlights

Click HERE to find out how to view the study videos for A Skeptics Guide to Faith Conversations

Online Group Finder – Click HERE to see what leaders need to do

Click HERE to read and sign the Small Group Leader Covenant 

Click HERE for an overview of F1

Registration is now open for our Small Group Leadership Class led by Bob & Norma Koenig. All leaders are highly encouraged to attend.

This 6-week class will help you become a more effective shepherd leader and give you the tools to help guide your group members in their spiritual growth and towards a real, healthy, growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

AM Classes – 03/22, 03/29, 04/05, 04/19, 04/26 & 05/03
2-Day Workshop – 06/07 & 06/14

AM Classes cancelled. 2-Day Workshop still available at this time.

Space is limited to 10 people per class. Registration is required.

Click Here to Register

Small Group Huddles – Sunday, May 17th
1st service – Room 210
2nd service – Room 208

This is a perfect opportunity to give feedback on studies you have done or are interested in doing, issues pertaining to your group or comments on the Small Groups program as a whole.

Fall Small Group leader Meeting – August 23rd

Fall 2020 Semester – September 13th to December 6th

People find Small Groups through our online group finder.

Leaders of groups accepting new members (open groups) need watch their email and respond to new member (prospect) questions and/or requests by sending them an invitation to join your group.

Leaders need to follow up by phone with anyone who has been sent an invitation, but has not accepted and joined the group. Make sure the invitation is not in their junk email folder. Prospects must accept the invitation to be in your group and show up on your roster.

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Spring 2020 Info

Spring Semester: January 26th – May 9th

Our church-wide campaign begins January 26th and groups will meet for 6 consective weeks ending right before school gets out for spring break.

Following the campaign, groups can revert to their typical every-other-week meeting schedule to round out the semester. This will give groups 4 additional meetings to study a topic of their choice. Click HERE to view a list of 4-session Right Now Media studies.

How to view the study videos:

RightNow Media – phone, tablet or computer.

YouTube – Firestick, Roku or other TV platform.

Firestick, Roku, AppleTV and many smart TVs all have the YouTube app available to download. 

Once you are in the YouTube app you will need to search for the StoneBridge Church channel. Once you are in the StoneBridge Church channel, go all the way to bottom and you will see a playlist for Skeptics Guide to Faith Conversations. All the videos are contained in this playlist.

CHURCH CHILDCARE IS CANCELLED

Church childcare is available to groups through an application process. The application is available in the Forms section below.

Sunday Groups
Campaign Dates – 01/26, 02/02*, 02/09, 02/16, 02/23, 03/01
Mini-Mester Dates – 03/22, 04/05, 04/19, 05/03

* Sunday Groups will meet 3pm – 4:30pm on 02/02

Wednesday Groups
Semester Dates – 02/05, 02/19, 03/04, 03/25,
04/08, 04/22, 05/06

Parents who brings children to a small group meeting (whether a babysitter is hired or not) need to electronically sign the Childcare Waiver and Release of Liability at located in the childcare section of gostonebridge.com/smallgroups.

Click HERE for a list of Best Practices.

ALL ON CAMPUS MEETINGS ARE CANCELLED

Wednesday Groups
Stanley – Room 207
Bramlett – Room 208

Sunday Groups
Cromer – GAP
Leadership Class – Room 207
French – Room 208
Harlow – Room 209

All small group leaders receive an attendance email after each meeting. You can easily note if your group met and who was at each meeting directly from this email.

Please note anything you written in the attendance “comments” section only shows up on reports.

EASTER PALOOZA CANCELLED

On the Saturday afternoon of Easter Weekend, we will be hosting a community event called Easter Palooza.  More information on this event and how your small group can participate can be found below.

 

Leader Toolbox

Icebreaker questions are simply great questions you can ask to help people get to know each other better. These questions are fun and non-threatening.

CLICK HERE for a list of questions to choose from.

If you are not receiving attendance emails, need any changes made to your roster or meeting schedule, need help choosing a new study or just have a general question, please call or email Christy Herrington or Brian Dunn. 

We’re here to help!

Outreach

Christmas and Easter are great opportunities for small groups to engage with our neighbors!

Both of these opportunities are wonderful and fun ways for our groups to share Christ’s love with those around us!

CHRISTMAS OUTREACH

 

During Christmas we strongly encourage small groups to host a neighborhood block party designed to create some Christmas cheer in your local neighborhood and provide a casual way to get to know their neighbors.

The church has chairs, equipment, and other supplies in order to assist any group in providing a great party!

Click HERE for more info or to host a 2021 Christmas Block Party.

EASTER OUTREACH – CANCELLED

 

StoneBridge will be hosting a community event called EASTER PALOOZA on April 11th from 1pm – 5pm.

Just like our previous Easter events, we are looking for our small groups to help by working in the various stations. Having small groups out there ensures we do a good job of hosting all the visitors who are checking out our church and checking out Christianity, maybe for the first time.

Click HERE for a description of the stations, what needs to be done and to sign up.

Group Studies

RightNow Media gives small group leaders hundreds of online studies to choose from.

Right Now Media Link

Create An Account

How to download the RightNow Media App or Connect a Device

 

Check out our in house DVD Bible Study Resource Library whenever your group is looking for a new study.  We have a variety of studies ranging from 3-14 sessions in length.

CLICK HERE for a list of available studies.

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Mission and Service Opportunities

Welcome to the online version of our Missions Guide where you will find information on local and international mission partners.

We encourage all Small Groups to become familiar with the various local mission partners and find out how you and your group can get involved.

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