CHURCH ONLINE & SMALL GROUP HOME GUIDE
Welcome to our Church Online Home Guide. Our Home Guide is to provide you with tips, best practices, and a discussion guide to make the most of your online experience. You can lead and pastor your home by creating healthy habits when you take part.
These ideas may vary depending on your home dynamic. This is meant to be a helpful guide so you can get the most out of your time at home. Prepare, Participate, Process.
BEFORE SERVICE: PREPARE
Plan the best time to watch service. We offer experiences throughout the day.
- 9:00 AM, 10:15 AM
- Decide with those in your home the time you will watch (Ex. If you have young children in the home, nap time might work best).
Have a child between the ages of 2 – 11? There’s something for them, too!
- Watch anytime.
- Plan out the time that works best for your children to view their TC Kids experience. TC KIDS ONLINE
Send the invite!
- Share the time you are watching church online with friends.
- If you are comfortable with having a few people in your home, you can invite them to join with you in person. But please follow the guidelines of your city and state.
Create a distraction-free environment.
- Organize and de-clutter your space.
- Do any important tasks in advance.
- Set your phone aside or silence notifications.
- Have your Bible, notebook, and pen ready.
DURING SERVICE: PARTICIPATE
Go from spectator to participator
- Stand up during worship
- Sing out loud
- Give an offering
- Open your Bible to the Scripture
- Take notes on the sermon
- Feel free to connect on the online chat
AFTER SERVICE: PROCESS
If someone with you decides to follow Jesus, pray with them. Tell them about the next steps by connecting them to “I have decided”
- Use the discussion guide below to review sermon notes with family and friends
- If you live alone, Zoom a friend and discuss
- Share your experience
HOME/SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION GUIDE
Watching Church Online with a Group?
Below is a guide to exploring the sermon further with a group:
- Pick a different leader each week, it’s a great way to participate.
- After watching the sermon, review the discussion with your friends and family.
Watching Church Online Solo?
Here’s how you can explore the sermon further on an individual level:
- Review the discussion guide and journal your thoughts based on the sermon.
- Optional: If possible, identify a friend(s) that you can watch the sermon with virtually, then meet via Zoom to go over the discussion.
THE REST OF THE PICTURE
Pastor Brad Livingston
Ask your family and/or roommate(s) to share their favorite moments from service. What phrase or moment did they relate to the most? Review your notes!
READ THE SCRIPTURE ALOUD
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
those who are called according to his purpose.
Scripture Reading Questions
(CHOOSE ONE OR ALL)
- What did you notice about this passage?
- What does this teach you about God?
- How is your character?
- How are you challenged to live differently according to 1 Peter 5:7?
- Do you actually see prayer as your first response, or your last resort?
- Pastor Brad said, “What you worry about most is where you trust God least”. What is that area of life for you?
- Out of the five things prayer does for a believer, which one are you most needing to become a reality?
- Is your time with God part of the busyness of your life or is it a break from your life? What should you do to change it?
Take a moment to pray as you close out your reflection time. Focus our prayers today on God himself becoming our everything and allowing our prayer life to increase our closeness to him.