WHAT RESOURCES WOULD YOU RECOMMEND FOR GROUPS TO USE DURING THIS TIME?
- We have different groups who use different resources as they care for each other, grow as disciples, and make disciples together.
- Community Groups are recommended to use the weekly Groups Guide based upon the Sunday sermon and the daily reading plan.
- This guide is available for download every week here then click on the sermon title or also available on our app (this guide is updated each Sunday).
- D-groups are recommended to stick to their reading plan that they are already working through.
- We encourage all members of the Church at Martinsburg to also following the Bible reading plan through Nehemiah, and to discuss with one another how God’s Word applies to our everyday lives.
WHAT CAN COMMUNITY GROUPS AND D-GROUPS DO?
- We encourage group leaders to stay connected to your group and encourage them to stay connected to one another.
- Plan to meet via a video online for group time. For more info, see Tools section below.
- Stay connected with your entire group and use a clear avenue of communication with each other. Some suggestions to communicate are: Whatsapp, Signal, regular text messaging, or group email.
- If your group plans to meet online via video chat, give instructions on how to participate.
WHAT TOOLS CAN GROUPS USE FOR GATHERING ONLINE?
Many tools exist for gathering people together online, and we encourage groups to choose whichever application works best for them. The following is a list of free video conferencing products that we have tested and recommend.
- For instructions to use Zoom, please visit the following link.
- Zoom does require a free account to use.
- Note that Zoom only offers free video conferencing up to 40 minutes for any given meeting.
- Zoom also requires you to download and install the Zoom client which can be found here.
- For comprehensive Help Articles and Videos please visit here.
- For detailed instructions, visit the following link.
- Does not require any download or client.
- Works through a web browser.
- Requires a Google account.
- Will work on a web browser or through Android/iOS clients. For detailed instructions please visit the following link.
You can video chat with just one person, or with a group of people. Keep in mind, placing calls through the Messenger app for iPhone, iPad or Android may use your existing data plan. Please contact your mobile operator if you have questions about data charges for calling.
Android, iPhone and iPad (video chat with one person):
- From Chats, open a conversation for the person with whom you want to video chat.
- Tap the video symbol.
Android, iPhone and iPad (video chat with a group):
- From Chats, open a group conversation for the people with whom you want to video chat.
- Tap the video symbol.
MARCO POLO – STAY IN TOUCH
Utilize the App, Marco Polo. This could be a great way for community groups with little kids to stay connected without asking parents to block off a larger period of time to get on a video conference call. Marco Polo is an app that allows you to send video messages like text messages. A community group member can leave a personal message and allow the recipient to respond when they are available. The video message is just a simple way to see someone’s face, just a small way to be a little more personal than a text message during this time of social distancing.