Here are some of the most common questions about Connection Groups.
1. What are Connection Groups?
Connection Groups are online small groups for women living cross-culturally. Unlike talking to friends back home where you have to explain so much of your life, when you sign up for a CG, you are joining a small group of women who get your life, allowing you to go deeper more quickly than you might in other contexts.
2. What is the difference between the types of Connection Groups?
In general, we have five types of groups: Video Chat, Facebook Live Chat, Facebook Only, Email and Texting.
Video Chat is one of our preferred methods because it allows you to actually talk with other people! Many of you are isolated and not able to have these kinds of conversations. Video chat groups meet once weekly at a set time.
Facebook Only groups are popular because we know some of your internet is not reliable enough for video chat or you travel or prefer the flexibility. Facebook groups discuss through posts and comments in the private group throughout the week.
Facebook Live Chat is basically a hybrid of the video chat group and the Facebook Only group. You have a set hour each week where all of you will go to your private Facebook group. Your facilitator will upload questions and you can respond, comment, tag, like and ask each other questions. It gives the live aspect of the video chat groups and as a result, tends to foster a deeper connection. It also doesn’t require as strong or reliable of an internet connection.
Email only groups will be available for those of you not on Facebook.
We will also have Texting groups, which will use a texting app such as WhatsApp or Messenger to share throughout the week. The facilitator will prompt discussion and members can text back and forth.
3. How long do the groups run?
The groups will run for 10 weeks. They will start the week of September 6th and run through the week of November 8th.
4. What does it cost?
This is a fun answer. Absolutely Free!
5. Who leads these groups?
These groups are led by women just like you. Some are currently living overseas. Some have returned “home” and continue to have the desire to connect with and support women in this cross-cultural life. All of these women have seen the value of connection and been willing to step up and lead.
6. What are my commitment expectations?
Each group is limited in size, which is why if you sign up for a group, we need you. We know that you may be in a place where you have nothing to offer, but you desperately need connection. That is more than okay! That is why we have Connection Groups. But it isn’t a place to sign up to just watch others be a group.
Video Chat and Facebook Live Chat are a commitment of the hour(ish) meeting time a week. The Facebook Only, Email and Texting groups allow you to connect and comment several times a week. Some of the topics are deep. Some are more light-hearted and fun.
We do want to make sure we have as much space for women to sign up as possible, so please only register for one group!
7. Is there a topic or theme for the discussions?
Each week is based on the theme of the week for Velvet Ashes, along with general topics that apply to all of us. It can be helpful to read the blog or the book club book, but by no means are these requirements.
8. When is registration and how do I sign up?
Registration for all Video Chat, Facebook Live Chat, and the Email and Texting groups will open on Tuesday, September 1st at 6:00 pm EST.
We will continue to open the Facebook Only groups in waves.
Wave One will be on Tuesday, September 1st, 6 p.m. EST
Wave Two will be on Wednesday, September 2nd, 6 a.m. EST
Wave Three will be on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2 p.m. EST
9. Can I be notified as more details about Connection Groups become available?
You sure can! Click here to check out our Connection Group page, and click on the link to sign up to be notified. We’ll send you an email reminder when groups are updated so you can check out which group you might want to be a part of, and a notification reminder when registration is happening.