Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
Planning Center has created a service called “Groups” that makes managing & contacting members of your group easy! If it is easier for your group members you can also use Facebook, or start a group text chat!
People have a ‘good’ experience before they have a ‘God’ experience. From the moment they arrive, guests should feel welcome and ‘at home.’ You might get to host someone who hasn’t been to church yet, so by extension, this is their first experience with Journey. Scented oils/candles, a clean house & good food are some easy ways to make people feel welcome!ence. Our only hope is to trust Jesus as God’s provision for our disobedience. When you make that decision, you step into the eternal and abundant life Jesus promises for all believers.
Each week, coordinate as a group how you will divide the responsibility of next week’s meal. This may be a potluck dinner, dessert, or just snacks – you decide! We do not want you to bear the burden of cost and preparation every week.
With the weeks leading up to the start of Home Groups, we are going to have stations set up on Sunday at each Campus so that you can talk to guests and teammates about joining your group. The amount of people in your group will depend on the amount of time and effort you put in to inviting people personally to your group. This will help alleviate the amount of people that sign-up but don’t show up due to fears such as going to an uncomfortable, new environment. Use every situation to invite people to your group! Who are the people you see on Sunday? What about neighbors, family members, or co-workers? Have you invited them to your group? Look at every interaction as an opportunity!
If you have kids, we highly encourage you to get childcare for your group because it will broaden the amount of people who are able to attend. We want to do our best to make sure we have ample room across all our groups for families with kids, and it makes it easy to host childcare at your home for all families involved.
If you have a regular babysitter that you use often, you are welcome to enlist their help for childcare services. If you are in need of a childcare provider, you can use Care.com to help you find a babysitter in your area. It’s the same organization the church works closely with & uses for events that we hold.
If your group has children, discuss how much the babysitter is paid and split the cost amongst parents (regardless of how many kids they have – give the family with 5 kids a break for once!). We recommend having parents in your home group pay for the babysitter one week ahead of time. They can pay with cash or through the Zelle or Venmo app. Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions!
If your group has 7 children in it, and 2 of them are your own, three of them are from one family, and two of them are from another, here would be the breakdown:
You would hire one babysitter at $15/hr for about 2 hours, so that would cost the group $30. Divide the total cost of childcare ($30) by 3 families, and each of you would be responsible for $10 each night of home groups.