Nothing will bond the members of a small group like group outings for outreach and fun. These events can offer casual time spent together truly getting to know each other. Doing outreach in a group is always fun and leaves everyone feeling very good about the time spent.
Since summer is a great time for these types of activities, we wanted to share a few ideas with you.
The small nonprofits in your area can benefit from many hands. First, poll your group to see what service areas interest them. If no one has any to offer, suggest serving at a local food shelf, visiting with seniors, a Habitat for Humanity build, or doing a clean-up event for a nonprofit. Check with area nonprofits to see what their needs might be and their rules and procedures around group service. Small group members who know of seniors in need of yard work or house cleaning can serve as point persons to arrange those projects.
There is nothing better than combining both an outreach and a fun event. Serve at your local food shelf and then go out for a meal. Join in a local clean-up effort and then head to a brewery for some cold drinks. Do yard work for a neighbor in need and finish the day with a potluck at a member’s house. With the busy schedules of your group members, finding one date to do both events may be easier than finding two dates to do the events separately.
We recommend planning an outing or outreach between each small group study you do. At least consider doing them quarterly, or around significant holidays. Don’t miss an opportunity to do a special gathering around important anniversaries for the group.
There are so many benefits to this type of time spent together. It can feel less formal than the group study time, allowing people to relax and share about themselves and their lives. It can give group members insight into what types of causes members care about and perhaps learn why. Travel time to and from events can be shared, giving even more time to get to know members better. All these benefits build trust among group members. You will find that group members share more, both inside and outside of the study, coming together, growing in faith.
Hi. I’m Allison Olson and have been blessed enough to be friends with Janice and Bill since 2016. I’ve been in a small group ever since Bill ran an Alpha course at our local church which turned into a small group that lasted a little while. My husband and I joined with Bill and Janice when they began their couples’ small group.
Janice, knowing how much I love to write, invited me to be a blog contributor on this site. I formerly wrote blog posts for the Never So Broken Ministry for women. I’m a transplanted Southerner (Tennessee and Florida), who has happily lived in Minnesota for 21 years with my husband and two grown children.
Small groups have been my second family and I hope we can help you with yours!