By Carol Pipes
Churches often take a break from small group classes during the summer. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t important to nurture the relationships you’ve developed the rest of the year. Here are some fun ideas for getting the gang together during the dog days of summer.
Lights. Camera. Action.
Celebrate the end of the school year with an outdoor movie. Set up an outdoor cinema in your backyard. All you need is a large white sheet or shower curtain, your laptop, and a small projector. Tell everyone to bring a blanket or lawn chairs and pop some popcorn.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame
It’s the time of year when we pull out the peanuts and Cracker Jacks and cheer on our favorite teams. Catch a major- or minor-league game near you.
Happy Birthday, America
Break out the grill and celebrate our Independence Day. Invite group members to bring something to throw on the grill and a side dish or dessert to share. After dinner, find the perfect spot for your group to sit and watch the local fireworks show together.
Summer Mission Project
Set aside one week this month to volunteer together in a mission trip, local ministry, or outreach project. Designate a member’s house and host a Backyard Bible Club—working together takes the stress off one family. Ask your local Parks and Recreation department if your group can clean up a local park on Saturday. Host an evening VBS one week at a senior living facility.
Gatorade on the Greenway
As the weather heats up and people hit the local greenway and walking trails, it’s a great time to hand out bottles of Gatorade or water to help people stay hydrated. Spread small teams along the trail or greenway. This is a great opportunity for your small group to serve the community and meet your neighbors.
Back to School
Reach out to a local school and see if your group can help provide school supplies for kids in need. Then have a pack-a-backpack party at the church or a group member’s house.
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CAROL PIPES (@CarolPipes) is editor in chief of Facts & Trends.