How To Form A Local Support Group

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Postby Juloyes » Thu Dec 03, 2009 11:33 pm

I wonder if I can resurrect this thread??

I'm wanting to start a homeschool group that meets in a local church but isn't religious necessarily. We'll have a mix of Christians and LDS folks who I truly believe can peacefully coexist and respect one another.

On the one hand, I'm passionately Christian and will share my faith anywhere with anyone and try to be tactful and respectful and not pushy about it, so in some ways I feel like even if my group isn't Christian, by my lifestyle and my love for other people, my faith will be made evident. But then I almost feel like I'm not being faithful by not making Jesus central to the group...I want to include my LDS friends for sure and not make them feel awkward about being there, but I also don't want to compromise on the Truth.

Is this making ANY sense??? We're in a very small, remote Western town so stuff like this matters....

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Postby 4given » Fri Dec 04, 2009 6:00 am

It makes perfect sense... and if you were in my area I'd be very interested in joining. I have searched high and low for an inclusive group, though I am Christian. IMO, you would not be betraying Jesus by forming a homeschooling group that centers around homeschooling.

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Postby SUZI9876 » Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:09 pm

OK I know this is a very old thread, but I am interested in starting a homeschool group...just so I can have one to join. I live in a VERY small town (we don't have a single stoplight!) in a rural area. I do know of three other families near here that homeschools, however. I'm just not the leader type, though. I'm painfully shy.

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Postby Theodore » Mon Aug 27, 2012 4:25 pm

Well, then you should probably ask the other three families if they'd be interesting in forming a group, and if any of them would like to be the figurehead while you organize things behind the scenes. Then you need a web site, probably a Yahoo Group for starters and then maybe something more substantial down the road when you have a few dozen members. You need to get your group listed on the regional listings for the state group, then try getting on the national listings (we have one) when you have 10+ members. See if you can get any local stores, like teacher's supply stores, to give your members a discount, and organize outings every now and then for your kids.

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Postby elliemaejune » Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:49 pm

Or do it the super-simple way: Meet together for a park day and see what happens from there. It's how most of the big, established groups in California started back in the early 80s. :-)
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Postby Theodore » Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:47 am

Have to find the people first, though, unless you already know enough homeschoolers to organize events.


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