The holidays can be a great opportunity for your groups to show Christ’s love to others. Give them some practical ways they can live the biblical purposes!
Fellowship – Give each person in your group a slip of paper containing the statement, “For me, the greatest moment in our group this past year was…” Ask everyone to write their own ending to that sentence and to bring that slip of paper to your group’s Christmas party. Give all the group members an opportunity at the party to share their thoughts and memories.
Discipleship – Put everyone’s name in a hat or bowl. As you draw names, pair people up with one another. Give the whole group a Scripture verse to memorize over the next week. Ask people to check in with their partners throughout the week for practice, encouragement, and accountability.
Ministry – During the Christmas season, adopt the children of a single parent. Take the kids shopping for a gift for Mom or Dad, treat them to lunch, and help them wrap the present they choose. You might also consider treating the parent to a movie pass or a restaurant gift certificate to use while you have the kids.
Evangelism – Organize group members to watch each other’s kids as well as the kids of those moms you know who don’t yet know Jesus as their Savior and Lord. This babysitting frees a group member to go shopping with her pre-Christian friend.
Worship – Is your group ready to take a risk and experience God’s forgiveness in a new way? If so, read James 5:16 (NLT) aloud to your group: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results. Ask group members a few questions about this verse: Why would God want us to confess our sins to one another? What are the possible benefits of doing so? When, if ever, have you confessed your sin to someone? What was the experience like? Does anyone feel prompted by the Lord to confess something to the group right now?
Steve Gladen is the Pastor of Small Group Community at Saddleback Church.
For more tips like these, read 250 Big Ideas for Purpose Driven Small Groups.