Frequently Asked Questions

Here you'll find answers to our most asked questions. If you don't find the answer you're looking for you can contact us at support@wheregathered.com.

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ABOUT THE LIFE GROUPS

What is a discipleship Life Group?

Life Groups are small groups of about 2-10 kids of the same gender and age range, who meet on a regular basis for discipleship through Bible study, prayer, fellowship, and fun activities. They meet with the effort of encouraging each other on their walk with Jesus, while building meaningful friendships. 

We call them Life Groups because we believe that even kids need to live the Christian life within a community of believers, meeting weekly, plus occasional fun outings that help kids learn to "do life" together.

Learn more HERE

Isn't Children's Church/Sunday School/ Youth Group enough?

Children's Church, Sunday School, and Youth Group are wonderful tools in reaching kids for Jesus! Life Groups are NOT a replacement…they’re just another tool!

Life Groups provide a great way to disciple kids into a deeper relationship with Jesus.

Since they’re small, they allow for more discussion and less intimidation for some kids.

When you group Life Groups by gender & age, kids feel more comfortable talking about sensitive topics that pertain specifically to their needs.

 How do I start a Life Group?

Check out our blog HERE that goes into extensive detail, describing the ins and outs of starting your own Life Group for kids. 

What are the costs associated with starting a kid’s discipleship Life Group?/How can I budget for a Life Group?

A Life Group is a great way to keep your kids involved and active in an affordable way. In a time of high inflation, having kids participate in a Life Group can be much more affordable than some of the other expensive lessons, sports, and programs.

Some of the costs associated with running a group are:

 -$15 a month for the Life Group Kit Delivery

-Craft/activity supplies at each meeting 

-Snack at each meeting

-Occasional Outings

-Optional items for the kids (ie. Group T-shirts, end-of-year awards, Birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, prizes for behavior, Bibles, etc.)

Ways to Budget for group costs:

-Collect an annual amount from each group member. 

-Collect a monthly amount from each group member.

-Raise money through fundraisers.

-Rotate who provides snack at each meeting.

-Rotate who provides the group activity materials each meeting.

-Seek a donation from your church or Christian organization.

 How/Where should groups meet?

Groups can meet in many different formats:

Small Groups: Just like adult small groups meet within the church, our kits can be used to form a small Life Group for kids within the church. 

Homeschool Co-op: You can use our kits to offer a  co-op class that is geared towards Bible study and fun. 

After-School Program: Some schools have after-school groups that meet up regularly. Check with the administration to see if they will allow you to form a group and use our kits for Bible study and fun. 

Youth Ministry Breakout Groups: After the main Youth Group session, you can group the kids by gender and age to use our kits for a breakout small group session. 

When your group is formed under your church or Christian organization, you can discuss the best meeting location with them. 

How many children should be in each group?

Small Life Groups can be less intimidating for kids and can promote deeper connection with meaningful discussion. To keep the groups small, we recommend your Life Groups be somewhere between 2-10 kids for every 2 adult leaders.  

How frequently should we meet?

In order to build strong friendships and truly learn to do life together, we recommend the Life Groups meet weekly in most cases. Meeting weekly keeps the excitement up and helps the kids remember what was shared from the previous week.

Why should the Life Groups be grouped by gender/age?

Our mission is to help create safe spaces for girls and guys to speak about issues and experiences that relate specifically to them. The groups should be girl groups or guy groups— not a combination of both.

We know that often times girls feel more comfortable being transparent and speaking about sensitive issues with other girls, and the same is true for guys. 

In addition to gender, the way topics are discussed varies depending on the age of the children.

Do we need matching T-shirts?

Not at all! Some groups will like to wear the t-shirts to each meeting (think scouts uniform) and some will like to wear them only on group Outings. T-Shirts are totally optional, but some groups will love the cohesiveness and unity that they bring.

They also make great gifts or prizes!

ABOUT THE DELIVERY SERVICE

What comes in the delivery?

The Life Group Kit Delivery Service is a monthly subscription.

The Delivery Service Includes:

* One Monthly Credit for any Life Group Kit of your choice, delivered via email

* Access to Exclusive Merchandise 

*BONUS access to our entire Video Gallery. (Hint: It takes the guess work out of coming up with fun activities to do with your group every meeting! Learn more below.)

All Members can PAUSE or CANCEL at any time penalty-free!

What is the Bonus Video Gallery? What are "Group Activities"?

After the Bible study portion at each meeting, we recommend doing a fun Group Activity. Group Activities provide something fun that the kids can look forward to each week, plus they're a great way for the kids to build bonds with each other.

Group Activities can be anything from cooking or crafting, to learning skills or playing games.

Our ad-free Video Gallery is full of arts & crafts, recipes, science projects, and other ideas so you don't have to go scouring the internet looking for something kid-friendly or age-appropriate.

The Video Gallery is so easy to use some leaders will want to:

A.) Watch the videos in advance then use the printable step-by-step instructions to guide the group.

OR

B.) Simply play the video for the kids, hand them the instructions, and let them figure it out, only stepping in when necessary!

If your group will enjoy arts & crafts, recipes, science projects, or other fun hands-on activities after the Bible study, our Video Gallery has got you covered!

What if I need to PAUSE or CANCEL the Delivery Service?

Members can pause or cancel at any time penalty-free!

How long does the credit last? Does it ever expire?

Each time you are billed, you will receive a new credit in the form of a code.

You MUST use the credit within your billing cycle because it will expire after one month (the day before the next billing cycle). The credits do not roll over to the next month.

Can I make a return or get a refund if I don’t like it?

Due to the digital nature of our products, we do not accept returns nor do we offer refunds. Read our full Refund policy HERE.

If you are not happy with your subscription to the Life Group Kit Delivery Service, you can PAUSE or CANCEL it at any time, penalty-free.

ABOUT OUR KITS

What are discipleship Life Group Kits?

Our Life Group Kits are digital download resources that include everything you need to lead your own life group for kids.

Our kits are designed specifically for discipling kids in the ways of the Lord, and building godly community amongst small groups of kids.

The lessons are not "preach/listen" or "lecture/spectator" style. They instead, emphasize discussion and allow kids to take an active role in participating through sharing their ideas, opinions, experiences, and testimonies while still being guided towards the truths found in God's Word.

Learn more HERE

What is included in each Life Group Kit?

We believe in a holistic approach to discipling children on their walk with Christ. They need more than just a once-a-week lesson. That's why each kit includes multiple tools to help kids build a deeper relationship with God.

Included in each kit:

1. 4 Weekly Discussion-based, topical Bible studies for kids that encourage Bible reading, praying for each other, and sharing testimonies.

2. Ice-Breaker games to kick off each lesson and warm kids up to better participate.

3. 4 Weekly Lesson Journals that help kids grasp the truths learned in each lesson on a deeper level.

4. Scripture Memory Cards for the group to memorize together, as well as individual cards that allow each child to practice hiding God's Word in their hearts at home.

5. A month's worth of Devotionals (or Prayer Journals for 1st-2nd grade) that lead kids in their daily time with God at home.

6. A Group Values poster that reinforces how things are done in your group. These statements set the tone for a safe, welcoming, and positive environment at every meeting.

7. A Parent Newsletter that explains what kids are learning and offers conversation starters to help continue the discussion at home.

8. A "Salvation Flier" that equips you with the message of salvation to lead a child to Christ when they are ready.

Everything is scripted, easy to use, and in digital format that you can download and print.

How are the Life Group Kits different from other kids Bible Studies?

There are many awesome Bible studies for kids and tweens out there! But there are a few things that set our Life Group Kits apart from others.

1. They are small group focused & discussion-based.

Most of the lessons out there are written for Children’s Church or Youth Group which means they are a lot more broad and don’t tend to focus on discussion (since there’s not enough time for all the kids to share their thoughts). They’re perfect for large groups but might leave you struggling to come up with questions to extend the conversation in a small group setting.

Our kits are written with discipleship and small groups in mind. Our discussion-based curriculum is designed to help kids feel comfortable opening up during meetings while giving them the tools to continue their studying at home.

2. They take a holistic, well-rounded approach to discipleship.

Learning is not one-size-fits-all. Some kids will immediately take in the lesson being taught in the meeting. Other kids will learn better by participating in group discussions. It won't click with others until they get home and have some personal quiet time to think and apply what they're learning to their own lives.

Our Life Group Kits touch on different ways that kids can connect and learn. Each kit has discussion-based lessons and journals for the meeting. They also have resources for at-home reinforcement like our memory verse cards, devotionals/prayer journals, and newsletters with parent & child connection ideas.

3. They are economical.

Purchasing all the resources our Life Group Kits provide for each child separately can add up to quite a bit. But since our products are digital, you get unlimited printing within your group, cutting back on costs. 

What ages are the Life Group Kits for?

The Life Group Kits are divided by gender and designed for 3 levels:

  • 1st-2nd Grade (Guys OR Girls)
  • 3rd-5th Grade (Guys OR Girls)
  • 6th-8th Grade (Guys OR Girls)

*Based on American grade levels

What Life Group Kit should we start with?

The Life Group Kits are not sequential so you can start with whichever kit you’d like! If you’re having trouble choosing, we recommend starting with the “Learning Truth” kits to begin with the fundamentals and foundation of our Christian faith. 

You can also let the kids vote each month on what kit they want, or discern & pray about what issues your group may be dealing with and choose corresponding kits.

How are the meetings structured? How long should meetings last?

Using our Life Group Kits, meetings typically run about 1.5-2 hours. But this should be adjusted depending on the group activities that you choose.

Click HERE to see our recommended meeting timeline.

Can I share the resources within the kits and/or video gallery?

We would love for you to share about our kits with people you know! However, the resources within the kits and the bonus Video Gallery are to be used for the member’s personal group only. You may print as many copies of the resources that you need to use within your group. 

You may not distribute the resources to other leaders or groups outside of your own. If you know someone who might be interested in starting their own group, please send them the link to our website where they can have a look at what our Life Group Kits have to offer! 

ABOUT WHERE GATHERED

How/why was Where Gathered started?

Where Gathered was birthed out of a personal need. Please visit our “About Us" page HERE to learn more about our story. 

What is your Statement of Faith?

We are non-denominational Christians and followers of Jesus Christ. Please visit our “What We Believe” page HERE to learn more. 

What is Where Gathered’s involvement with my group? How are liabilities, insurance, and security handled?

Where Gathered's sole purpose is to provide resources that can be used to help disciple children in their walk with Christ, within a small group setting. We have no involvement in how you form or run your group. You and your church or Christian organization are responsible for providing insurance protection, proper safety protocols, and proper vetting of the leaders and families of your group. Check out our Terms of Service HERE for more info.

ABOUT THE TECH

How do I access the products after I've purchased the Delivery Service?

After purchasing the Delivery Service, you will need to create an account on our website through the login button. It is not done automatically. 

On a computer, the login button is shaped like a little person in the upper right hand corner of the website. On a mobile device, it is in the 3 line drop down menu at the bottom.

Once you activate your account, you will be able to login to manage your membership and unlock the products. 

How do I manage my membership (pause, cancel, update billing, etc.)?

In order to manage your Delivery Service membership (ie. pause, cancel, update billing, etc.) you will need to log into your account here on the website.

After purchasing the Delivery Service, you will need to create an account on our website through the login button. It is not done automatically. 

On a computer, the login button is shaped like a little person in the upper right hand corner of the website. On a mobile device, it is in the 3 line drop down menu at the bottom.

Once you activate your account, you will be able to login to manage your membership and unlock the products. 

It says “No account with that email” when I try to login.

If you see this message, it means you have not created an account yet.

After purchasing the Delivery Service, you will need to create an account on our website through the login button. It is not done automatically. 

On a computer, the login button is shaped like a little person in the upper right hand corner of the website. On a mobile device, it is in the 3 line drop down menu at the bottom.

Once you activate your account, you will be able to login to manage your membership and unlock the products. 

How do I change my password?

You will need to go to the login screen and press "Forgot Password". You must be logged out first.

How/when will I receive the files for my kit?

When you purchase your kit, you will instantly receive a link to download your files on the checkout page.

Additionally, we will send an email with the files that you can download at a time that is convenient for you.

Can I download the files on my phone or mobile device?

Many mobile devices may have a hard time opening our files due to size. It's best to download the files onto an actual computer.

How can I properly print the files?

Adobe is one of the best programs to open our PDF files in order to get the best printing results.

ABOUT YOUR ORDER

How quickly will I receive my order after I place it?

When you purchase a digital product, you should receive an email with the product within the hour of placing the order.

When you purchase a physical product, for example a t-shirt, we typically take 1-3 business days for handling & processing your order. The typical delivery time frame is within 3-10 days.

Check out our Shipping Policy HERE

What locations do you ship to?

All of our digital download products are available for download worldwide! 

All of our physical merchandise is available to ship only in the USA. 

Check out our Shipping Policy HERE.

How to check the status of my order for a physical product?

Tracking information is provided with every order of a physical product, and will be sent as soon as we are able to ship your order.

Please allow 1-3 business days from the time the item is shipped for movement to show on your tracking number. 

What is your refund/return policy?

Refund/ Return Policy for Membership and Digital Download Products

Due to the digital download nature of our products, we do not offer refunds, returns, or exchanges. If you are not happy with your subscription to the Delivery Service, you can PAUSE or CANCEL it at any time, penalty-free.

Refund/ Return Policy Non-Digital Download Merchandise

We do not offer refunds, returns, or exchanges on any of our non-digital download products unless the item is faulty. This means that returns and exchanges are not supported if you ordered the wrong size, color, or simply changed your mind.

You can read our full Refund/Return Policy HERE.