Understanding Groups in Realm

Groups are important to the fabric of Worthington Christian Church. Life Groups, specifically, are groups that we encourage all WCC members and regular attenders to participate in. They’re not only great for Bible study and fellowship, but it’s where many of us form lifelong bonds with our fellow believers. Being involved in a Life Group makes a large church family feel more intimate and personal.

Life Groups aren’t the only groups that can be found in Realm. We have several ministry-specific and service-focused groups, too. If there’s a group that piques your interest, please contact the Group Leader to make an inquiry or email the office at realm@worthingtoncc.org.

To See Your Groups

  1. Click ‘Groups’ from the main menu. The groups you are a member of will drop-down; click on the group that you wish to view.
  2. To see who is in your groups, click the Participants tab.

To Find a Group

Using the menu on the far left, click ‘Groups’ and then click ‘Find Groups’ (if you are already a member of a group, ‘Find Groups’ will be located at the bottom of your groups listing). At this point you will be asked what type of group you are looking for, such as class, community, service, etc.

If you find a group that you are interested in joining, click on the name of that group and then click on the button, “Join Group.” A request will be sent to the group leader(s) who will get back to you as soon as they can.

PRO TIP: Your News feed and Message feed will have all the current posts, files, images and messages posted to your group. Be sure to log into Realm daily to check for updates. Better yet, make sure you have your notifications turned ‘ON’ so that you will get an email or push notification on your smart phone whenever a new post or message is made!

Creating a Group Community

There’s more to groups than just taking attendance. You can also post messages, photos and files to your group wall.

What do we mean when we say you can post to your group wall? We mean exactly what it sounds like we mean! You can post prayer requests, your thoughts or questions from a recent class discussion or study, a photo from a recent group get-together, a PDF or Word document for an upcoming study, make plans for a get-together for lunch or dinner, etc. — just like you can do on Facebook.

PRO TIP: Making a post to your group will send out a notification (by email or text or both) to everyone in your group that a post has been made. The only exception being if members of your group have opted out of receiving notifications.

All group posts are private. Only members of your group will see your posts, photos, messages and files.

Posting a Message, Image or File to Your Group

From your newsfeed, you will see three icons. They are ‘Create a Post,’ ‘Create a Photo Post,’ and ‘Create an Event.’ Depending on the permissions you have in your group (member vs. leader), you may be able to create a post and/or an event.

To create a post:
  1. Click the icon that looks like a pencil.
  2. If you belong to multiple groups, select the check box next to the group you want to post in and click ‘Next.’
  3. Title your post, then compose the body of your message. If you wish to add a file (JPG, PDF, DOC, etc.) to your post, click “Attach files.”
  4. Once you are finished writing your post, click the blue ‘Post’ button. Your message will be posted to your group and appear on the newsfeed of everyone in your group. If members of your group have their notifications set to receive emails when a new post is added to the group, they will get a message sent to their inbox.

PRO TIP: If you click on the title of a post, it will take you to the full message and show all of the replies. You’re also able to reply to a post.

To send a message to your group:

If messages are enabled for your group, leaders can send a message to everyone in a group, or just specific people, from the Participants tab. Sending a message will notify group members based on their preferred notification setting. It will also create a new conversation on the Messaging tab where the discussion can continue.

Notification Settings

Each Realm user has control over their notification settings and it is up to the individual to choose to receive a notification. Leaders can view notification settings for each member in a group. This helps you know how members receive notifications for messages and posts. Leaders, you may want to ask your group members to turn their notifications ‘ON’ if you plan to post or send messages to your group.

To edit your notification settings:
  1. Click your name (located at the top right corner), and select “Email Settings.”
  2. Change your settings as needed.

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