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Why have Community Groups moved online?
Because of the evolving COVID-19 situation (see our full Covid-19 updates here), we have moved Community Groups to online meetings—for a time. As this is one of the primary discipleship arms of Westside’s ministry, we believe it is vital to stay connected and to continue to disciple one another in our Community Groups.
This will mean a couple of things:
- If you are already involved in a Community Group, your group’s rhythms will be changing to accommodate this new method of meeting online. Your Community Group leader will guide you through those new rhythms.
- If you are not yet involved in a Community Group (whether you attend Westside regularly or not), we encourage you to sign up to meet online with one of our Communities.
- Please give a few days for the leaders to respond to your request to join.
We’re excited to embark on a new way of meeting in community and for all God will do as we continue meeting!
What Are Community Groups?
Westside Church exists to make Jesus known—for the glory of God and the good of the city—through two equally important aspects of being the church. The first is the proclamation of the Word (Live-stream Service), and the second is the everyday living out of the Word in our lives.
A Community Group is a small group of people who live life together on mission together. Every Community Group meets online regularly throughout the week to learn, pray, unpack Sunday’s sermon, and do ordinary life together with gospel intentionality.
A disciple of Jesus is someone who worships God with every area of their life, has their identity in Jesus, is truly united in Gospel community, and is on mission. Discipling someone is as simple and glorious as leading them in and to the gospel all the time. Thus the Big Idea of Community Groups is that everyone at Westside is being discipled and is discipling others. A Community Group isn’t a “program”, but the intentional organizing of God’s people so discipleship can truly happen.
HOW TO THINK ABOUT YOUR Online Community Group
Imagine that your Community Group is a big family—parents, siblings, aunts, uncles. How would you connect with one another, especially in these season of online community? It’s our hope that every Community Group sees themselves as a family of sent missionaries committed to making disciples who worship Jesus in their everyday lives.
When you sign up for a Community Group, our hope is that you see that you are signing up to be a part of a family on mission that is going to be committed to you, and vice versa.
What about kids?
Our biggest desire is that everyone, regardless of age, is being discipled in a Community Group, including your kids. In other words, we desire that they grow up with a community of believers pouring into their lives. What this looks like practically is up to you.
A Community Group is the people—not the weekly online meetings of your group. Discipling your kids doesn’t necessarily mean your kids are a part of all of your group's official meeting times, but that they are a part of your Community Group in some form. How you involve them in those meetings is up to you. While in an online setting, you may need to get creative!
Q: Do I have to join a Community Group in my area?
No, you don’t have to join a Community Group in your area. The goal is that you are plugging into a community of discipleship. However, joining a group in your area is highly encouraged, because when we are able to meet in-person again, doing life together and discipling each other to be on mission where you live is much easier than having to drive across the city.
Q: What if I can’t make it to my neighbourhood’s meeting time? Can I join another one that works best?
If this is the case, then yes.
Q: If I am already in a Community Group, do I have to sign-up again?
No, you will already be in that Community Group and can just continue on. If you want to join a new group, simply let your old leaders know and they can remove you from your current group so that you can join a different one.
Q: What if I signed up for a CG and haven’t heard back from the Community Group Leader?
Give leaders a few days to get back to you—they will do their best to get back to you as soon as they can. Once they approve your request to join the group, you will be able to see more information of that group along with the scheduled events coming up. If you don't hear from them within 3-4 days, you can privately email the leader or email email@example.com and we will connect you.
Q: What if the group is full? How would I know?
Our desire is that everyone is plugged in to a Community Group. However, at times some groups can get too large for a productive discussion in an online setting. On Planning Center, you will not be able to join a group once it is full, so you will have to search for a new one. If you're still have difficulties, email us and we will help you find one.
Q: What should I expect a Community Group to look like?
Every community group will have an intentional desire to do life on mission together (discipleship), meaning that every Community Group will meet online weekly to study the Bible, pray, and live out the commands that we see in the Bible. Our hope is that this meeting will just be one of the many occasions your Community Group does life together.
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