connection GROUPS

A place for "Me too!"

Spring 2019 Connection Group are closed but check back for more information about Fall 2019 groups coming soon!

Check out our 10 FAQs about Connection Groups to learn more.

Below you will find a taste of the groups we had available for the spring session.

Click on “Learn More” to get to know the group facilitator and check out the group type.

Click on “Join this Group” to register once that group is open!

Skype Groups

For Skype groups, the times listed are in Eastern Standard Time, so convert to your local time using a time zone converter before you choose your group.

Skype 1

Women dealing with depression and anxiety on the field
Leader: Ruth Felt
Type: Skype
Status: Full
Openings: 0

Weekly Meeting:
Tuesday 7:00 AM EST

Sorry Group is Full

Skype 2

for anyone on the field
Leader: Christine Blaikie
Type: Skype
Status: Full
Openings: 0

Weekly Meeting:
Friday 2:00 PM EST

Sorry Group is Full

Facebook Live Chat Groups

Facebook Live Chat groups, the times listed are in Eastern Standard Time, so convert to your local time using a time zone converter before you choose your group.

Facebook Live Chat 1

For anyone on the field
Leader: Amber Taube
Type: Facebook Live Chat
Status: Full
Openings: 0

Weekly Meeting:
Thursday 10:00 AM EST

Sorry Group is Full

Facebook Live Chat 2

Homeschooling moms
Leader: Spring Davis
Type: Facebook Live Chat
Status: Full
Openings: 0

Weekly Meeting:
Tuesday 9:00 AM EST

Sorry Group is Full

Facebook Live Chat 3

For those in transition
Leader: Jaimee Silva
Type: Facebook Live Chat
Status: Full
Openings: 0

Weekly Meeting:
No specific time

Sorry Group is Full

Facebook Live Chat 4

For those who have returned to their passport country
Leader: M’Lynn Taylor
Type: Facebook Live Chat
Status: Full
Openings: 0

Weekly Meeting:
Thursday 9:00 PM EST

Sorry Group is Full

Facebook Live Chat 5

Serving abroad with children with special needs
Leader: Christina Miyano
Type: Facebook Live Chat
Status: Full
Openings: 0

Weekly Meeting:
Wednesday 3:00 AM EST

Sorry Group is Full

Facebook Live Chat 6

For anyone on the field
Leader: Hannah Ayena
Type: Facebook Live Chat
Status: Full
Openings: 0

Weekly Meeting:
Wednesday 3:00 PM EST

Sorry Group is Full

Facebook Live Chat 7

For anyone on the field
Leader: Katelyn Comer
Type: Facebook Live Chat
Status: Full
Openings: 0

Weekly Meeting:
Friday 10:00 AM EST

Sorry Group is Full

Facebook Live Chat 8

For anyone on the field
Leader: Bayta Schwarz
Type: Facebook Live Chat
Status: Full
Openings: 0

Weekly Meeting:
Thursday 4:00 AM EST

Sorry Group is Full

Facebook Groups

Facebook Groups will be opened in three waves taking time zones around the world into consideration.

Facebook 1

For anyone on the field
Leader: Sally Pim
Type: Facebook
Status: Full
Openings: 0

Weekly Meeting:
No specific time

Sorry Group is Full

Facebook 2

For anyone on the field
Leader: Brook Seekins
Type: Facebook
Status: Full
Openings: 0

Weekly Meeting:
No specific time

Sorry Group is Full

Facebook 3

For anyone on the field
Leader: Hollie Rathbun
Type: Facebook
Status: Full
Openings: 0

Weekly Meeting:
No specific time

Sorry Group is Full

Facebook 4

For pregnant and young moms
Leader: Jocelyn VanDerPloeg
Type: Facebook
Status: Full
Openings: 0

Weekly Meeting:
No specific time

Sorry Group is Full

Facebook 5

For women married to nationals
Leader: Kate Milosevic
Type: Facebook
Status: Full
Openings: 0

Weekly Meeting:
No specific time

Sorry Group is Full

Facebook 6

For anyone on the field
Leader: Rachel Kahindi
Type: Facebook
Status: Full
Openings: 0

Weekly Meeting:
No specific time

Sorry Group is Full

Facebook 7

For singles
Leader: Jessica Maslen
Type: Facebook
Status: Full
Openings: 0

Weekly Meeting:
No specific time

Sorry Group is Full

Facebook 8

For anyone on the field
Leader: Jenilee Goodwin
Type: Facebook
Status: Full
Openings: 0

Weekly Meeting:
No specific time

Sorry Group is Full

Facebook 9

For anyone on the field
Leader: Carolyn Stoker
Type: Facebook
Status: Full
Openings: 0

Weekly Meeting:
No specific time

Sorry Group is Full

Facebook 10

for those who have returned to their passport country
Leader: Amy Cunningham
Type: Facebook
Status: Full
Openings: 0

Weekly Meeting:
No specific time

Sorry Group is Full

Facebook 11

for anyone on the field
Leader: Melissa Lundquist
Type: Facebook
Status: Full
Openings: 0

Weekly Meeting:
No specific time

Sorry Group is Full

Email Groups

Writing Only

For anyone on the field
Leader: Becky Lieberman
Type: Email
Status: Full
Openings: 0

Weekly Meeting:
No specific time

Sorry Group is Full

Keep Me Up-to-date on Connection Group Happenings

Be the first to know when Spring & Fall Connection Group Registration opens.

Interested in Leading A Group?

FAQs

  • A small group of women serving in different places across the world.
  • An opportunity to share and encourage one another.
  • An experience led by a group facilitator.
  • After updating each other on your week, your facilitator will lead a discussion based on the weekly theme and posts.
  • Velvet Ashes offers a spring session and a fall session of Connection Groups.
  • Registration is announced at Velvet Ashes and takes place on a first-come-first-serve basis.

There are three options for Connection Groups:

  • Skype Groups—Groups meet for a weekly video conference call at a designated time each week. Groups also have a private Facebook Group for further connection building. Discussions are led by the group facilitator.
  • Facebook Groups—Groups share throughout the week in a private Facebook group. No designated time. Questions and prompts are facilitated by the group facilitator throughout the week.
  • Email Groups—Groups happens via email. At the beginning of the week, the facilitator emails out the discussion questions (same questions the other groups use).  Group members then reply all throughout the week.  This group is reserved for those who cannot meet in a Skype group and don’t have Facebook.

Plus, we’ve got a group especially for people who are new to the field, will be transitioning this year, and going through transition and re-entry. So, if that’s you, be sure to look for those groups. You don’t want to walk through that alone!

Experience has shown that women experience the best connection in our Skype groups, so we encourage you to find a group with a time that works for you!

But we also know that having a designated time or unreliable internet is a barrier for many women.  That’s why we also offer Facebook Groups. Experience also taught us that this is a better option than email groups, because you can have a face to remember, and it’s easier to converse.

We know that some countries have limited or blocked access to Facebook, and that some people are not Facebook users.  That is why we have created an Email Group.  This option is for those people.

Note that some groups are specifically for those preparing for home assignment, returning permanently, or those currently re-adjusting to their home countries.

All of our facilitators have been selected and referenced as trustworthy women who have a heart to encourage others. Don’t feel like you have to have a facilitator that is in your same stage of life. Part of the beauty of Velvet Ashes is that we are a beautiful mix of all stages of life, and we have so much to offer each other.

That being said, if you really want to connect with another homeschooling mom, or another single woman, feel free to jump in her group if it works for you.