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Discipleship, Community & Social Distancing

We believe that discipleship happens best in circles and not rows. In this season it would seem that discipleship opportunities would be difficult to engage in as we practice social distancing and take precautions during this time. However, we are blessed to be able to communicate and engage with each other through technology. We encourage you to utilize this technology to stay connected to community! 

Video Conference Tools

These have free versions that you can use to meet with multiple people at once. 

Google Hangouts
- All users must have a Gmail account or use chrome as your web browser and have a web camera (or smartphone camera) 
- Invite people to the meeting either by scheduling a calendar event with a meeting link OR creating a Hangouts group and clicking the video camera icon. 
- See more here

Facebook Messenger
- All users must have Facebook messenger and a web camera (or smartphone camera)
- Invite people by creating a group FB message, then clicking the video camera icon at the top of the group message. 
- See more here

Skype
- Users must download Skype and create an account
- See more here

Video Conferencing Tips

Video calls have challenges that we don't experience in face-to-face meetings. Here are some ways to keep them positive!

Call Etiquette
- Find your mute button and mute yourself any time you are not speaking. This will reduce echo and distracting background noises. Also, most of these programs show a thumbnail image of every person on the call and automatically put the loudest person center screen.
- Enable your camera. :-) It may make you feel self-conscious at first to see yourself, but your group wants to see your smiling face and be able to read your non-verbal communication. 
- Put extra effort into active listening. It can be easy to disengage when you're watching a computer screen. 
Be gracious with yourself and others when you accidentally speak over one another. This will happen occasionally. Just laugh and move on. 
- Commit to connecting with each other, though this new way may feel awkward at first. Practice makes a difference. 

Signing In
- Check out the video conferencing tool before your meeting time to ensure that you can download the tool if needed or just create an online account. 
- Log in a couple of minutes before the meeting just in case you experience a longer load time. 
- Give permission for the conferencing program to access your camera and microphone.