Getting Started.

Consider the following questions:

  1. Who do you know that might be interested in gathering in person?  A great place to start would be those in your Life Group or neighborhood.
  2. Would your house be an appropriate meeting location?
  3. Who would facilitate the gathering? (The host may or may not also lead).
  4. How would you set up your meeting area to safely accommodate guests?
  5. What day and time of the week would be best to connect? 

Health and Safety.

In a group gathering we are encouraging you to follow CDC Guidelines and Georgia Department of Health recommendations. We encourage the host to thoroughly clean the meeting area and any available restrooms. This gathering should limit "touches" as much as possible. For example, avoid hugs, shaking hands, or other greetings involving touch. Also, the host could prop doors open to avoid touching door handles.

Hosting/Leading a Group

The dynamics of meeting in a home can be different than the meeting on the church campus. You will want to promote participation and simply worship together. As much as possible, provide seating that adheres to social distancing procedures.

Items to consider as you host:

  1. Pre-determine if you gathering at the worship time or replay the worship service.
  2. Have technology set up ahead of time and test prior to gathering.
  3. Consider your approach to engaging children during the gathering.
  4. Singing out loud may seem awkward. Embrace it!
  5. Have  your Bibles and maybe provide Bibles for others.
  6. Take a photo of your group as you gather to worship and share on social media using #fusioninhomeworship

Recommended Gathering Flow:

  1. Gather and Welcome
  2. Brief Opening Prayer
  3. Share Life Updates
  4. View Service
  5. Pray as a group at the end of the Service
  6. Discuss Next Steps for connecting again 

Another Option to Consider

An alternative to meeting in a home would be meeting at a home. Groups could choose to meet in a yard, back porch, driveway, cul-de-sac, etc. This could provide more space and ease safety concerns. When meeting outside be sure to check the weather forecast and consider how technology could be used outside. Meeting outside could be a group outreach opportunity to your neighbors.

There are just a few of the items you want to consider as you host or lead a smaller gathering in a home.  Until we are able to all be together again on campus, think of how you can creatively and safely begin the process of gathering together in person.