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Posted by on May 16, 2014 in Small Group Resources |

Intentional: Cookout with Neighbors

Intentional: Cookout with Neighbors

How can I be intentional about building deeper relationships with friends this summer?  The flowers are all in bloom, the allergy season has passed, the temperature rises and grilling out seems to be the natural thing to do.  This summer why not be intentional about building relationships with friends and neighbors.  I’m not talking about trying to build more relationships with new people.  Focus on the social circles your already run in…teams, neighbors, friends, co-workers, etc.  Take one night a week or a couple of nights a month this summer and invite some friends over and use that deck, patio, pool, swing that you worked so hard to get. Here’s three thoughts on being intentional: 1. Invites: who should you invite?  I would start with a group of people who are my friends but may not know each other.  Invite four or five couples and ask each one to bring their favorite dessert and drink.  You can provide the main course to grill along chips or veggies. 2. Gas,...

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Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Small Group Resources |

3 Steps to a Neighborhood Block Party

3 Steps to a Neighborhood Block Party

Each Summer Lifepoint Church encourages families to intentionally invest in their neighborhoods.  Sometimes this is walking the streets, lending a hand, borrowing tools, or cooking out together.  At least once a summer we help them throw Block Parties for fun and relationship building.  Here are three steps we encourage people to take to have a great experience. 1. Develop a team, don’t do this alone!  Several reasons this is #1: it sounds overwhelming to take on such a party by yourself so we eliminate that right up front.  Talk with a couple of other families (from your church or not) and develop a team to manage the party.   Why? Because -You will need families in charge of various items below. -You will encourager more people to attend by including more people in the planning.  -You will still have energy to get out of bed the day after the party. 2. inflatables, donuts eating contest, music, etc:  this is where the creative minds on the team really get excited.  For...

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