Finding fresh and engaging church small group activities during the holiday season can be a daunting task. The challenge lies in creating experiences that are meaningful and fun, all while capturing the festive spirit.
Fortunately, we’ve created a handy checklist for you to use while planning, and have included a few ideas to get you started.
Keep This Checklist Handy for All Activities
At times, the challenge lies not in coming up with ideas, but rather in making sure they’re good ideas. Use this checklist to ensure that your activities are meaningful, memorable, and appropriate for a church small group setting.
- Will it encourage fellowship and community building within the group?
- Does it cater to all age groups and abilities within the group?
- Is it relevant to the holiday season or time of year?
- Is the experience interactive and engaging?
- Will it require too much time outdoors in the cold? (Unless, of course, you live in a warm climate!)
- Is it within your budget?
By keeping these points in mind, you can be sure that your church small group activities will be well-received and impactful.
5 Ideas to Get You Started
Here are some fun and festive ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
1. Escape Room Challenge
Escape rooms have become increasingly popular in recent years and can be a fun and challenging activity for your small group. You can find escape rooms with holiday themes or create your own using clues related to the season. This activity encourages teamwork, problem-solving, and communication within the group.
2. Cookie Decorating Party
This is a classic holiday activity that can easily be transformed into a meaningful spiritual experience. Have each member of the group bring their favorite cookie recipe and ingredients, then spend time decorating them together while discussing the symbolism of the holidays. End with a group prayer and give out prizes for the most creative cookie.
3. Bowling Competition
For more active church small group activities, plan a bowling competition. You can create teams and have each member contribute food items to donate to a local charity as the entrance fee. This not only promotes friendly competition but also encourages giving back during the holiday season.
4. Holiday Movie Night
Pick a holiday-themed movie with a powerful message, such as “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “The Nativity Story.” Have a discussion afterward on how the film relates to your faith, reflecting on the past year.
5. Arcade Games Tournament
For a more casual and laid-back activity, plan an arcade games tournament for your small group. This can easily be planned at a local family fun center to streamline food, decorations, and planning. End the night with hot cocoa and a discussion on how we can find joy and playfulness in our faith.
Remember, the key to successful church small group activities during the holiday season is to keep them relevant, engaging, and impactful for your group. With these ideas and our handy checklist, you’re sure to have a festive and meaningful holiday season with your small group.
Have an Exciting Night Out at Stars and Strikes
Visit Stars and Strikes to have an exciting night out with your small group. Stars and Strikes offers a variety of activities including bowling, arcade games, laser tag, escape rooms, and more! Plus, we offer special deals and packages for groups, making it the perfect place for church small group activities.
Visit your nearest location and have a fun-filled holiday night!