Care, Prayer, & Relationships... Virtually!

In light of the current climate of social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, you may opt to meet with your CPR group virtually instead of in person.  Regardless of virtual or face-to-face groups, we still need to devote ourselves to meeting together.  Small groups provide

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Tips to Maximize Virtual Groups

Here are a few pointers and downloads for your reference to keep in mind if you choose to forego meeting together personally and opt for virtual groups:

  1. Choose the digital platform that works best for the unique members of your group.  For example, if couples with young kids now have their kids at home 24/7, using a platform like ZOOM or Facebook Live that is geared for uninterrupted and focused interaction may not be a good choice.  
  2. Use Social Media to your advantage.  You can use GroupMe or Facebook Groups to message each other or share prayer requests or even post questions and answers from a Bible study and continue the discussion throughout the thread.  Be aware, however, that most if not all social media platforms will require users to have their own individual accounts.  
  3. Don't forget about e-mail.  For those still not comfortable with Social Media options, emails can still be used to post prayer requests, questions and comments from a Bible study or lesson.
  4. Don't forget Member Care.  Since virtual groups don't have the tactile experiences of hugs or handshakes or even eating together, that doesn't mean you still can't see one another.  CPR group HOSTs can still connect with individual members of their groups via Facetime or Skype call in lieu of a personal visit.  In this way you can (literally) see how your people are doing and PRAY with them.  Don't discount the power of prayer and praying for your people.
  5. Meet one another's needs.  CPR groups are the front-line of meeting practical needs for one another.  With certain folks out of work, benevolent needs may arise.  There are creative ways to minister and meet such needs digitally, such as ordering groceries for a widow online and having them delivered to her; or collecting funds digitally through such platforms as Venmo or ApplyPay to help someone temporarily unemployed.
  6. CPR.digital_group_considerations.pdf
  7. CPR.digital_benevolent_care.pdf
  8. https://factsandtrends.net/2017/03/24/9-ways-your-church-can-use-facebook-live/