connection GROUPS

A place for "Me too!"

Registration for the Spring 2021 session of Connection Groups will open on Tuesday, March 16th, 2021!

Are you interested in receiving an update about the next session of Connection Groups? Sign up below!

Check out our FAQs about Connection Groups to learn more.

Skype Groups

For video 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.

Video Chat Group 1

For anyone serving cross-culturally
Leader: Megan Ingvoldstad
Type: Video Chat
Status: Coming Soon
Openings: 5

Weekly Meeting:
Monday 9:00 PM EST

Registration Coming Soon:
Tuesday, March 16th, 6:00 PM EST

Video Chat Group 2

For anyone serving cross-culturally
Leader: Ruth Lemmon
Type: Video Chat
Status: Coming Soon
Openings: 5

Weekly Meeting:
Tuesday 8:00 PM EST

Registration Coming Soon:
Tuesday, March 16th, 6:00 PM EST

Video Chat Group 3

For those in re-entry
Leader: Kristen Tropf
Type: Video Chat
Status: Coming Soon
Openings: 5

Weekly Meeting:
Tuesday 6:00 PM EST

Registration Coming Soon:
Tuesday, March 16th, 6:00 PM EST

Video Chat Group 4

For those dealing with depression/anxiety
Leader: Ayla Thomas
Type: Video Chat
Status: Coming Soon
Openings: 5

Weekly Meeting:
Thursday 7:30 PM EST

Registration Coming Soon:
Tuesday, March 16th, 6:00 PM EST

Video Chat Group 5

For anyone serving cross-culturally
Leader: Meagan Landis
Type: Video Chat
Status: Coming Soon
Openings: 5

Weekly Meeting:
Monday 10:00 AM EST

Registration Coming Soon:
Wednesday, March 17th, 6:00 AM EST

Video Chat Group 6

For anyone serving cross-culturally (using Zoom)
Leader: Stephanie Clarke
Type: Video Chat
Status: Coming Soon
Openings: 5

Weekly Meeting:
Saturday 7:30 AM EST

Registration Coming Soon:
Wednesday, March 17th, 6:00 AM EST

Video Chat Group 7

For single women
Leader: Amanda H.
Type: Video Chat
Status: Coming Soon
Openings: 5

Weekly Meeting:
Wednesday 7:00 AM EST

Registration Coming Soon:
Wednesday, March 17th, 6:00 AM EST

Video Chat Group 8

For those serving in Europe
Leader: Esther van Niekerk
Type: Video Chat
Status: Coming Soon
Openings: 5

Weekly Meeting:
Thursday 2:00 PM EST

Registration Coming Soon:
Wednesday, March 17th, 6:00 AM EST

Video Chat Group 9

For anyone serving cross-culturally
Leader: Carolyn Stoker
Type: Video Chat
Status: Coming Soon
Openings: 5

Weekly Meeting:
Wednesday 3:00 PM EST

Registration Coming Soon:
Wednesday, March 17th, 1:00 PM EST

Video Chat Group 10

For those serving in Latin America
Leader: Morgan Arlene
Type: Video Chat
Status: Coming Soon
Openings: 5

Weekly Meeting:
Wednesday 10:00 AM EST

Registration Coming Soon:
Wednesday, March 17th, 1:00 PM EST

Video Chat Group 11

For those in re-entry
Leader: Caroline Mei (Rodgers)
Type: Video Chat
Status: Coming Soon
Openings: 5

Weekly Meeting:
Saturday 2:00 PM EST

Registration Coming Soon:
Wednesday, March 17th, 1:00 PM EST

Facebook Live Chat Groups

For 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 Group 1

For anyone serving cross-culturally
Leader: Alice Reed
Type: Facebook Live Chat
Status: Coming Soon
Openings: 5

Weekly Meeting:
Monday 1:00 PM EST

Registration Coming Soon:
Tuesday, March 16th, 6:00 PM EST

Facebook Live Chat Group 2

For anyone serving cross-culturally
Leader: Rachel Kahindi
Type: Facebook Live Chat
Status: Coming Soon
Openings: 5

Weekly Meeting:
Thursday 8:00 AM EST

Registration Coming Soon:
Tuesday, March 16th, 6:00 PM EST

Facebook Live Chat Group 3

For ethnic minority women serving cross-culturally
Leader: Esther A. Hall
Type: Facebook Live Chat
Status: Coming Soon
Openings: 5

Weekly Meeting:
Tuesday 9:00 AM EST

Registration Coming Soon:
Tuesday, March 16th, 6:00 PM EST

Facebook Groups

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

Facebook Group 1

For anyone serving cross-culturally
Leader: Brittany Tanner
Type: Facebook
Status: Coming Soon
Openings: 6

Weekly Meeting:
No specific time

Registration Coming Soon:
Tuesday, March 16th, 6:00 PM EST

Facebook Group 2

For anyone serving cross-culturally
Leader: Joy Smalley
Type: Facebook
Status: Coming Soon
Openings: 6

Weekly Meeting:
No specific time

Registration Coming Soon:
Tuesday, March 16th, 6:00 PM EST

Facebook Group 3

For moms with young children
Leader: Jen Lill
Type: Facebook
Status: Coming Soon
Openings: 6

Weekly Meeting:
No specific time

Registration Coming Soon:
Tuesday, March 16th, 6:00 PM EST

Facebook Group 4

For those in a cross-cultural marriage
Leader: Ruth Potinu
Type: Facebook
Status: Coming Soon
Openings: 6

Weekly Meeting:
No specific time

Registration Coming Soon:
Tuesday, March 16th, 6:00 PM EST

Facebook Group 5

For anyone serving cross-culturally
Leader: Rachel Anderson
Type: Facebook
Status: Coming Soon
Openings: 6

Weekly Meeting:
No specific time

Registration Coming Soon:
Wednesday, March 17th, 6:00 AM EST

Facebook Group 6

For anyone serving cross-culturally
Leader: Emily Miller
Type: Facebook
Status: Coming Soon
Openings: 6

Weekly Meeting:
No specific time

Registration Coming Soon:
Wednesday, March 17th, 6:00 AM EST

Facebook Group 7

For those serving in Asia
Leader: Cosette Greeno
Type: Facebook
Status: Coming Soon
Openings: 6

Weekly Meeting:
No specific time

Registration Coming Soon:
Wednesday, March 17th, 6:00 AM EST

Facebook Group 8

For those serving in Africa
Leader: Jessica Maslen
Type: Facebook
Status: Coming Soon
Openings: 6

Weekly Meeting:
No specific time

Registration Coming Soon:
Wednesday, March 17th, 6:00 AM EST

Facebook Group 9

For anyone serving cross-culturally
Leader: Megann P.
Type: Facebook
Status: Coming Soon
Openings: 6

Weekly Meeting:
No specific time

Registration Coming Soon:
Wednesday, March 17th, 1:00 PM EST

Facebook Group 10

For those launching to the field
Leader: Alyssa
Type: Facebook
Status: Coming Soon
Openings: 6

Weekly Meeting:
No specific time

Registration Coming Soon:
Wednesday, March 17th, 1:00 PM EST

Facebook Group 11

For single women
Leader: Kris Roth
Type: Facebook
Status: Coming Soon
Openings: 6

Weekly Meeting:
No specific time

Registration Coming Soon:
Wednesday, March 17th, 1:00 PM EST

Email Groups

Email Group 1

For anyone serving cross-culturally
Leader: Amy Cunningham
Type: Email
Status: Coming Soon
Openings: 5

Weekly Meeting:
No specific time

Registration Coming Soon:
Tuesday, March 16th, 6:00 PM EST

Texting Groups

Texting Group 1

For anyone serving cross-culturally
Leader: Sarah Hilkemann
Type: Texting
Status: Coming Soon
Openings: 5

Weekly Meeting:
No specific time

Registration Coming Soon:
Tuesday, March 16th, 6:00 PM EST

Texting Group 2

For anyone serving cross-culturally (using Marco Polo)
Leader: Denise Beck
Type: Texting
Status: Coming Soon
Openings: 5

Weekly Meeting:
No specific time

Registration Coming Soon:
Wednesday, March 17th, 6:00 AM EST

Texting Group 3

For anyone serving cross-culturally (using WhatsApp)
Leader: Jana Lackey
Type: Texting
Status: Coming Soon
Openings: 5

Weekly Meeting:
No specific time

Registration Coming Soon:
Wednesday, March 17th, 1:00 PM EST

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 different options for Connection Groups:

  • Video Chat Groups—Groups meet for a weekly video conference call at a designated time each week. Groups also have a private Facebook or messaging app group for further connection building. Discussions are led by the group facilitator.
  • Facebook Live Chat Groups—Groups meet for a weekly Facebook Live Chat at a specified time each week by interacting with questions and prompts in a private Facebook group. Discussions are led by the group facilitator and are based on weekly themes and posts.
  • 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 happen 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.
  • Texting Group—Group will meet via a messaging app (like Line or WhatsApp) throughout the week (no designated time). Questions and prompts will be facilitated by the group facilitator throughout the week, based on weekly themes.

Plus, we’ve got groups especially for singles, moms on the field, those who have returned to their passport country, as well as groups for anyone on the field. We also have regional groups so you can connect with those serving near you. You don’t have to walk this overseas journey alone!

We know that not everyone has Facebook or internet strong enough for a video call. That’s why there are all different kinds of groups and platforms available! Carefully think through your schedule and time commitment as you choose your group so that you can fully participate each week.

We do ask that you choose only one group so that as many women as possible can experience community through Connection Groups.

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 mom, another single woman, or someone also in re-entry, feel free to jump in her group if it works for you.