WELCOME TO GROUPS
Here at Bayside, we believe in groups. We believe in community. We believe in transformation through relationships. We believe every person on every campus should be connected to a group of people who encourage and support each other in their spiritual journey and in the day-to-day challenges of life.
SMALL GROUPS ONLINE
Small Groups are now more important than ever! By keeping connected to others, we receive care, support, and community that we all need - especially right now. The Groups team is doing our best to make sure you have the best next steps and resources to successfully circle up with your family and friends online during this season.
Let's get started!
HOW DO I TAKE MY GROUP ONLINE?
Step 1: Stay Connected Through Text
Keep a regular text stream with the people in your group. Keep the chat going daily! Some text options are text message group, iMessage, FB Messenger, What's App, GroupMe, or Instagram Messages.
Step 2: Choose A Meeting Platform
Identify a video chat space that works for your group and pick a regular day and time to meet there. Some meeting platforms are Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, Slack, Teams and Google Hangouts.
- How do the meeting platforms work?
Each meeting platform is a little different, but they all allow you to video conference with your group. They provide a live connection between multiple people who are in different locations. We've put together a document of our preferred platforms and how each platform works. Take a look at the attached doc below.
Step 3: Decide on the Curriculum
- Sermon Series Small Group Study
Each week you will receive an email with tips, updates, and materials. Included in the email will be a 5-minute video to share with your group along with 5-10 discussion questions. The material will follow along with the weekend message. You are welcome to use these resources in a manner that fits your group best.
- Right Now Media
As a group host/leader, you also have access to Right Now Media – an online library that gives you instant access to thousands of Bible study videos! Create your own login HERE!
Step 4: Tech Tips For A Smooth Online Group
- Lighting: If the light is behind you, the camera will struggle to display your face. Think about the best lighting location in your home at the specific time your group is meeting and test the spot out.
- Location: Select the quietest place in your house (avoid turning your dishwasher or washer/dryer on right before group time)
- Sound: Figure out how to use mute & unmute. The creator of the meeting can mute/unmute any participant, which is a helpful thing to know upfront.
- Download Meeting Platform: Recommend group members to download meeting software prior to the meeting and give it a test run. Most platforms have a mobile app or desktop software, which is easy to install but does take time depending on internet speeds.
Register My Group
We would love to know that you are meeting and using our curriculum! We would also like to provide you with resources and additional small group content and training. In registering your group we can connect you directly with your campus pastor so you can receive exclusive care.
Thanks for registering your group and helping us keep a pulse on the health of our ministry!
REGISTER YOUR GROUP
What our world is currently experiencing isn’t news to God. He has walked us through the greatest of trials since the dawn of time, and He has reminded faithful. God knew this was coming and He will walk by our sides with confidence. But, how can we walk with that confidence, too?
Join us in this study as we dive into Biblical truth to battle our fear and doubts!
HOW BAYSIDE DOES GROUPS
Invite – Invite - Invite
We have found that the best way to be in a group, is by invitation! In our experience, the most successful groups are those formed with people you already know. Who is in your life right now that might be interested in joining with you once a week? Brainstorm a list of friends you have from work, your neighborhood, your kids’ school or sports program, family, the gym, etc… If you already have one or two people who would like to join you, have them also brainstorm the same list of people in their life. You’d be amazed at who God sends your way!
But I’m not a good leader or teacher...
Remember, you are the host. You don’t have to be the expert! Allow the video and discussion questions to do the teaching – you just provide a place and review it and facilitate conversation!
Curriculum and Material
After you register your group, every week you will receive an email with host tips, updates, and materials. Included in the email will be a 5-minute video to share with your group along with a few discussion questions. The material will follow along with the weekend message. You're welcome to use these resources in a manner that fits your group best.