CONSIDERING MOVING BACK TO FACE TO FACE MEETING?
It is understood that many groups will be keen to return to face-to-face meetings and that each group will face its own individual challenges in doing so. In response to this, a new COVID Committee has been created within our Intergroup. The service members have worked hard to create a document containing some guidelines, checklists and suggestions for groups who may be considering going back to face to face meeting which you may find useful.
The document, which can be found HERE, contains a list of questions to consider when planning a return to face-to-face meetings. This list is not exhaustive and serves as a starting point for discussions. Since every group is autonomous (Tradition 4), each group will need to make their own decisions about returning to meetings through their group conscience (Tradition 2).
Groups should of course also ensure that they adhere to the most up-to-date government guidance with respect to meeting others. This may change based on your location, subject to local lockdowns.
OA SEEIG Sunday Workshop Committee Update and Call to Service
As you’ll know, Our Intergroup have been organising regular Sunday afternoon workshops since March, which have been well attended by many fellows both within and outside of South and East England, including lots of newcomers and returners to OA.
We recently did a survey to find out what people’s’ experiences were of the workshops, and we got a lot of positive feedback that the they were really appreciated, and people would like them to continue. However, the committee members who have been organising the workshops have now stepped down from their roles due to other commitments.
This means that at present, the workshops are on hold. However, if a new committee can be formed, then these workshops could continue, as the Sunday afternoon slot is available in the IG meeting room, and all the scripts/templates etc that have been created for the workshops are available to be used.
If you would be willing to help set up a new workshops committee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Being on the committee involves tasks such as deciding workshop topics, creating publicity, working with a team of volunteers to fill the service positions and helping out on the day where available. You can also ask individual meetings within our Intergroup area to host workshops on your behalf.
Please share this message at your meetings and with other fellows who might be interested in helping out.
The outgoing committee would like to say thank you so much for the opportunity to do service, and thanks to all the volunteers who have made the workshops possible, and to everyone who has attended and been part of a wonderful six months of recovery!
Yours in fellowship,
Please send your interest and or questions to: email@example.com
Would you like to attend or set up a meeting online but aren’t sure how? Visit the Virtual Region website for more information. On the site you will find lots of useful information on virtual OA meetings, links to podcasts, and access to some useful documents including Tips for using Zoom for 12 Step meetings as well as this more detailed document on how to set up a virtual meeting.
TO THE NEWCOMER: What is OA?
Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. We welcome everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. There are no dues or fees for members; we are self-supporting through our own contributions, neither soliciting nor accepting outside donations. OA is not affiliated with any public or private organization, political movement, ideology or religious doctrine; we take no position on outside issues.
The OA South and East England Intergroup represents members and meetings in London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Middlesex, Norfolk & Suffolk, and also parts of Bedfordshire, Hampshire & Surrey.
For more information about Overeaters Anonymous, you can call our telephone helpline on 07583 533090.
You can also contact us by email. For general enquiries please email: firstname.lastname@example.org