When does homegroup happen:
Homegroups take place 2 hours before our corporate youth meetings in different areas within the city. Each homegroup relies on transport from willing parents and homegroup leaders from the homes in which they meet to the corporate youth meetings at one of the church sites.
Who attends homegroups:
Homegroups are not compulsory but are extensively encouraged. We do this through the homegroups themselves and through a homegroup booth which most of the sites run at their corporate youth meetings.
Every homegroup dynamic is completely different, and the typical structure of your homegroup will be dependent on the size of your homegroup. Where some homegroups may be able to have a much more relaxed structure which includes discipleship over multiple cups of coffee, others will rely on well prepared and planned activity minute-by-minute. The structure indicated below is simply a guideline which is subjected to change from homegroup to homegroup.
What a typical Fusion homegroup consists of:
- Fellowship and coffee
- A welcoming team greets new-comers and gives visitors the first impression of the homegroup and the entire youth meeting.
- An ice-breaker aids in the home group letting their guard down and makes discursive participation easier.
- Most homegroup meetings will include some sort of a platform off which they can share such as a DVD or a short clip.
- Breaking into smaller groups is an important part of our meetings, because sharing of thoughts and ideas can be intimidating within larger groups.
- Some homegroups put time aside just for worship. If you plan to do this, find someone who can play guitar and make sure that there are words printed out, so that new-comers can sing a long.
- Application of the message on which someone may have shared is also imperative and usually becomes the conclusion of most homegroup meetings.
- Praying together creates unity and is an important part of any homegroup meeting
Homegroup meeting content:
We currently have one over-seer of homegroups. She is also responsible for the supplying of homegroup content material weekly via email. We try to keep our preaching series and homegroup content in line so that the series and homegroup meetings are more memorable and meaningful. Questions about the preach are not generally raised at a corporate youth meeting, thus, homegroups provide a comfortable setting in which these questions can be addressed and questions don’t go unanswered.
Aspects of a homegroup meeting to consider:
In terms of transport, planning and preparation can save you stress in trying to transport your homegroup from venue to venue. Drawing up a roster will probably be the easiest way to combat this. If parents are unwilling to help out, asking willing homegroup leaders and members within your area for lifts, could find you the transport you need.
Hey! Homegroup leader! This is for you:
What atmosphere are you creating when people walk into your homegroup? Is there music to make them feel comfortable and at ease and do the people walking through the door enjoy the music which you have chosen?
Forcing your homegroup members to speak because of slack preparation can create immense awkwardness within your homegroup. If anything, be over-prepared so that even if your homegroup aren’t keen on sharing their thoughts and opinions, there are no awkward silences.
- Use their culture
Use the culture in which most of your homegroup members find themselves to source your analogies. Use movie stars, songs and any other pop culture which they would understand and recognize.
It might be a good idea to watch how you speak around new-comers at your homegroup. Using lots of Christian terminology might result in new-comers getting confused, feeling left out and/or completely missing Jesus. Although this terminology might be important, try find a more simple way to perhaps explain the concept a little clearer.
- Recycling Ice-breakers
Try ensure that a decision on an ice-breaker is not made last-minute. There are many ice-breakers that will turn up under a search for ice-breakers typed into most search-engines search bar. These might give you some really fresh and successful ideas.
- Get the admin out the way
An administratively gifted or orientated member of your homegroup can be really helpful in clearing the small administrative tasks from your diary. Get this individual to organize the transport, food and ice-breaker for Friday nights.
- Who should share?
As a leader of a homegroup you don’t have to share every homegroup meeting. Give potential leaders within your homegroup a chance to share, too. This will give your homegroup a freshness as sometimes a younger member can be a lot more relevant to your homegroup.
- Find your flavor
Give your homegroup an identity by identifying what your homegroup enjoys doing that separates it from all those other homegroups. This can encourage commitment in your homegroup members as they feel as though they are a meaningful part of a community.
- Make it happen
Empower your homegroup to be the hands and feet of Jesus by taking them to under priviledged communities where they can make a difference by praying for/feeding people etc.
- You’re invited!
Create team spirit by inviting your homegroup to an event just before a Sunday meeting so that they are encouraged to come to Sunday meetings if they already don’t do so.
Fusion Homegroup Leadership structure:
We currently have 20 youth leaders leading 20 homegroups around our city. We have one overseer of these homegroups who travels between homegroups, as one may often find that homegroup leaders might be either too harsh or too lenient when reflecting on their leadership. The overseer is also a ‘go-to’ person who other leaders can bounce ideas off or get advice from.