We know small groups are vital. They provide a simple way for our churches and members to develop relationships and deepen their faith. Now more than ever, small groups are essential to your church’s mission. Many single or older members of your church have limited interaction with others because they work remotely or live alone or in an isolated setting. So how can small groups help engage these members and benefit the community?
Here are some new ways to get your small group participants to engage with one another and benefit your community outreach programs. Some ways they help are by:
- Making and donating masks to local organizations
- Running errands for the elderly church members
- Doing yard work or, in the colder months, shovel sidewalks in the neighborhood
- Baking and delivering cookies for first responders
- Creating holiday cards for nursing homes
- Collecting personal hygiene items (from hotels, dentists, etc.) for the needy
- Managing a food, diaper, coat, or blanket drive at your church
- Setting up pen pal programs for those who are isolated
- Holding a family Zoom caroling night!
- Creating a prayer team for prayer requests
Small group members can even develop pods to rely on each other to be responsible and regularly test to further their social interactions and engagements. Baking cookies and doing yard work is more fun with some helpers. Are there other activities your small groups are doing during the epidemic? Let us know!
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16