Setting up and running local networks
if you are thinking of setting up a local group click here for the discussion notes on others who are trying to do the same in their areas
Notes from our conversation, focused on questions from participants
- How do we start when you are one individual, or just a few people in a large area?
- Don’t feel you need to set up something big. 2-3 people is a good start
- Ask the Sabeel-Kairos office for the names and contact details of others in your area (data protection permitting)
- Looking together at the Kairos Time for Action booklet, “A Moment of truth” may be a good start, to consider if there are steps to take
- Every context is different – don’t try to copy what’s happening somewhere else, do what’s right where you are
- Link with others in your area / region for support where you can.
- Be pleased with, and celebrate small steps – when the steps join together, we are all moving forwards
- How do we gain access into churches? How realistic is it to find a 5-10 mins slot in churches?
- Start with churches and individuals who may be sympathetic – don’t try first to tackle the most challenging Zionist churches and groups.
- Find sympathetic individual in a church, and gain access through them rather than going through leaders and structures.
- Use existing events within the church diary eg midweek meeting looking for a speaker, prayer for Bethlehem during advent, rather than starting with the main Sunday service
- How do we handle Zionist churches? How do we handle the anti-Semitic rows?
- Zionist interruption in meetings – attempt to contain / limit it. Eg in large group, break into smaller groups for conversation and ask for one comment from each group.
- We didn’t have an answer on how to handle Zionist groups who come planning to disrupt, and strategically position themselves around the room – any ideas anyone?!
- What do we do in our groups to be active?
- Share food and social time
Respond to the skills and interests of members of the group