The holidays are approaching quickly, which means there are precious few days left to finish the year well with some of the people you love: your Small Group. Here are three practical ways that you can celebrate the holidays with your Small Group.
1. Host a Gathering
No doubt the closer you get to the holidays the more sporadic your Small Group meetings will become. This is okay. It’s natural for families to have various obligations during the holiday season.
To help lessen the burden of commitment for your group, consider hosting a holiday party in place of your regular scheduled meeting. This will encourage deepening relationships and allow a chance to relax and enjoy good food. At the end of November, consider hosting a “Friendsgiving” and ask each member to contribute to the meal by bringing a dish. Or host a Christmas party with different themes like a “white elephant” gift exchange (exchanging inexpensive, funny gifts) or initiating a “Secret Santa” gift season (drawing names to anonymously give a gift to another group member).
2. Involve the Kids
An easy way to alleviate added stress from overbooked holiday schedules is to participate as a family. If your Small Group has kids, invite the families for an evening of making Christmas cookies or watching Christmas movies.
You can also create a hot cocoa bar, make gingerbread houses, or have s’mores indoors (hint: you can use the oven if you don’t want to use an outdoor fire in the cold weather). Whatever activity you choose, the kids will enjoy getting creative while the parents enjoy peppermint mochas.
3. Volunteer Together
Aside from all the shopping and eating, the holiday season is a great opportunity for your Small Group to give back to the community. There are several ways you can do this. Here are just a few ideas:
- Volunteer at your church: You can help serve at College Park’s annual Christmas concert. Whether you’re interested greeting guests, baking cookies, or assisting with child care, there are plenty of ways for you and your Small Group to get involved. I encourage you to have this conversation with your Small Group to see how you can be a part of the impact this season!
- Volunteer in your community: You can rally your fellow group members to serving at one of our Urban Outreach partners like Wheeler Mission. You also could team up with group members to give money, clothing, or other items to those who could benefit.
Better to Give
Whatever you decide to do as a Small Group, remember that the holiday season is better when it’s about giving (see Acts 20:35). If you are truly unable to give of your time by participating in an activity, then I encourage you to intentionally pray for those in your group during the holidays. Whether it’s your time or your resources, I encourage you think about what you can give to serve those in your Small Group this holiday season.