Welcome to the Virtual Narthex Grow Groups Leader’s Page
While our circumstances have changed, the mission Jesus has mandated for us hasn’t; to offer every person a life-changing encounter with Jesus, grow disciples and send them on mission. Thank you for going on mission-mode with us!
We will post all you will need for your grow group. Come Holy Spirit to each of you! Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns firstname.lastname@example.org
Leader’s Meeting Recording & Slides
Recorded meeting link, click here
Powerpoint slide, click here
Sunday Agenda is posted below as well
After the 9am Mass, Father will invite everyone to join him in the Virtual Narthex Grow Groups via Zoom.
ALPHA HOST & HELPER MINDSET | hospitality mindset borne out of love | not answering the question | silence is okay
Gathering Prayer & Introductions of those in group (use the name game as this gives you a bit of an insight to the person the Holy Spirit has sent your way).
What struck you in the readings for the Mass
Was there something in Father’s Homily that resonated with you?
Father will send 2 questions with the homily which we will send to you before Sunday. Here are Father’s questions
1) What do you see that is ugly in our culture today and how do you see beauty playing a role in evangelization?
2) How are ways the Holy Spirit helps us live beautifully?
Is there anything we can pray for you this coming week?
If you have participants with children, please the questions for the children below. (Thank you Lisa Baier!)
Several Things to Keep in Mind
In the beginning
Your energy as the host is essential! Greet each participant.
Set a few meeting guidelines you want each participant to pay heed of
\_Communicate that everyone will be muted in the beginning, to make the most effective use of time.
\_Encourage them to unmute to speak and/or use the chat/raise hand feature
SIMPLE gathering prayer and introductions of those in group (icebreakers because it breaks the awkwardness)
Remind everyone to please mute themselves when not speaking
Set the welcoming tone; people can stay as long as they wish.
In the end
Obtain your participants’ email address or send to email@example.com please make sure to emphasize that they need to include your name (Group Leader’s name)
End on time lovingly! “This is an awesome conversation and we’d love to keep it going, but we have to be respectful of people’s schedules. So as promised we will always aim to end in 40-45 minutes.”
Gauge your group and your own time. For the 2nd meeting onwards, if your group want to continue the discussion, please go ahead but no longer than an hour.
Thank everyone for their time and hope to see them the following week
End with simple prayer
Leaders & if you have a co-lead, they can do this part
Take notes on group participation
Use the chat feature to encourage those who shared (that’s a cool point, thanks for sharing)
Write down any prayer requests
Think of yourselves as “air traffic controller” for discussion/keep the ball rolling
Pile up 15 toys, books, blankets, and chairs in the center of the room. Have everyone study it, seeing where everything is and trying to remember it. Pick one person to be the guesser, have them close their eyes. Then pick someone else to pull something from the mound and put it quietly as possible behind them. When you say “Ready!” the guesser will open her eyes. They will look around the pile and try to guess what is missing- they get one guess. Play as many times as you like, but use a different guesser each round.
Today we celebrate Jesus’ Ascension into Heaven. Ascension means that Jesus went (ascended) to Heaven. Jesus lives in heaven now, but He is always with us each and every day. Just because you can’t always see where He is or feel Him move – that doesn’t mean He isn’t among us. He is with us now and told us to go out and bring other people to know Him. That is our biggest mission- to help others know how much Jesus loves them!
What do you think it would have felt like to be one of the disciples as you stood and watched Him disappear out of your sight?
What does it take for us to follow Jesus, to be real disciples?
Jesus gave the disciples clear instructions on what to do after He ascended into Heaven (go make disciples) and they are our instructions too. How can you share about Jesus with someone this week?