Welcome to Well-Read Mom!
Greetings and thank you for hosting a Well-Read Mom group!
Here are resources to get you started.
How do I publicize my group?
Here is the registration flyer you can share. Print and send it in the mail or distribute it electronically. Another idea would be to use the information for an announcement in your church bulletin, or in a flyer to be posted and distributed.
Here is a sample of a bulletin announcement. You can also use social media like Facebook to help you connect with women.
What do we do at the first meeting?
When do we listen to the audios?
Listening to the audios together when you gather as a group is vitally important to the Well-Read Mom experience. The audios explain why the book was chosen, the theme, and help jog people’s memories. We find those who intend to listen on their own before or after the meeting, seldom do, and are less connected to the mission of Well-Read Mom. Listen at the Monthly Audios tab.
You’ll want to make sure you have internet access at your meeting spot to listen to the audios and watch an occasional video together. If you won’t have internet access, please let us know several days in advance and we can get them to you in another format. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What books do we read?
Even if you are joining after September, we recommend you start with the current month’s selection and finish the year with us. You can read some of the other books during the summer if you want. (Previous year’s audios and materials are available to members at a discounted rate on our Audio Archive page.)
For example, during the Oct. meeting, the Sept. selection is discussed and so on. The audios are posted by 9 am. the first day of the month. (The audios are posted on the “Monthly Audios” page of the website.)
The books, including any recommended edition or specific translations, are found on our Books page.
How Long Are the Meetings?
Generally, a little over an hour. We recommend you run a timely meeting, and then visit afterward if you like. This gives women the freedom to just attend the meeting, and the meeting is normally a great springboard for continuing conversation.
Here is the recommended format for the monthly meeting
7:00-7:10 Women gather in a home, parish, or coffee shop, get a cup of tea and settle in.
7:10-7:15 Leader plays the first recording, a candid, encouraging reflection that helps focus the group and launch the discussion.
7:15-8:00 Group discussion. We recommend an initial go-around where each woman offers a thought or reflection from the book (women are free to pass). We have found this initial round generates discussion. Additional questions can be found in the Reading Companion, which you receive when you register.
8:00-8:15 Play the second recording introducing the following month's book.
We recommend keeping the evening simple; a pot of tea or coffee. Another member could sign up to bring cookies. You can rotate the meeting place if you like.
Thanks again for your “yes” to leading a group. We are amazed at how women are responding to this initiative.
Please let us know what other resources would be helpful to you as leaders. Just send us a note to email@example.com.