We are reaching the point in the semester where many groups are starting to thinking about planning a fellowship night. Rick Howerton who is the Small Groups & Discipleship Specialist at Lifeway Church Resources wrote a great post on 10 ways you can plan a fellowship night for your group.
Fellowship is so much more than events. I sometimes describe biblical fellowship as “a common lifestyle shared by people with common values, making similar sacrifices, and experiencing common communal experiences.”
People who live a life of biblical fellowship are authentic and vulnerable with one another, meet one another’s needs, and do life together — truly. Bible study groups who enjoy biblical fellowship can honestly say that they have shared laughter and tears.
This kind of fellowship seldom happens if the only time a group gets together is for group meetings. Gatherings away from the group time are essential if the group is going to experience transformational fellowship.
Following are a list of options that may be helpful to you and your group as you brainstorm ideas of things you can do together this winter.
- Gather around a bonfire snacks and conversation.
- Go on a snow skiing adventure.
- Host a game night to unleash everyone’s competitive side.
- Have a viewing party for the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four.
- Enlist group members to open their homes for a progressive dinner.
- Go sledding in a local park.
- Attend a concert together.
- Venture out for a night of karaoke. (This may not be for all groups.)
- Enjoy a movie night at someone’s home or go to the theater together.
- Get together to watch an awards shows on television.
We would love to hear your and experiences. What are some things your group has done that aren’t listed?