“I highly recommend meeting online. It's comfortable, and everyone is so thrilled to see each other!”
Tina Delaney, LRSS Facilitator
Holy Family Parish, Davidsonville, MD
Plan Your Online Bible Study in 4 Simple Steps!
Step 1: How will you gather?
The first step is to select an online meeting platform such as Zoom and become familiar with how it works.
Find helpful info and links here. ►
You have several options when it comes to how you will meet online. While you can use services such as Skype,
Facebook, or Google Meet, most of our groups have selected Zoom as the most simple and effective for online
Zoom has very helpful “how to” information on their website, including basics such as:
• How to schedule a Zoom meeting
• How to join a Zoom meeting
• How to share your screen (for viewing online video lectures together)
• How to use breakout rooms (for small group discussions if you have a large group)
Zoom allows free meetings of up to 100 people for 40 minutes. If you would like to meet longer than that, your parish or group will need to purchase a Pro Plan.
Note: For members who are unable to join online, every Zoom meeting includes a phone number that allows individuals to join meetings by calling in.
Step 2: What will you study?Choose a study based on your group's needs and interests.
See our recommendations here. ►
Alive in the Word
Click here to view our recommendations for Fall or Advent Bible study!
Step 3: How will you distribute materials?There are several ways to order and distribute books.
Here are a few ideas. ►
Order online or call 1-800-858-5434.
Step 4: How will you prepare?You've made all of your decisions! Now it's time to get ready for your first gathering.
Here are some tips from our current online facilitators. ►
• Have a plan for keeping background noise to a minimum. Depending on the size of your group, you may need to ask members to mute their microphones when they are not speaking to cut down on background noise such as dogs barking and phones ringing.
• Decide how you will pray together. Praying online is more challenging than praying in person. Think about what will work best for your group and give clear instructions at your first session (or by email beforehand). You may need to experiment a little bit to see what works for your group. Stay flexible for your first few sessions as you adjust to this new experience.
• Prepare several co-facilitators for small groups if needed. If you have a large group and will be using breakout rooms for small group discussions, ask several people in your group to help facilitate these small groups. You can assign these facilitators to particular breakout rooms.