SUMMER BREAK DOSEN’T MEAN STOP FOR THE SUMMER
by: Megan Saurman
As LifeGroup Leaders we have zeal and passion to pour into the families or individuals within our LifeGroups. Eager to help with any task, answer every text message, spend quality time teaching God’s word and praying over our attendees earnestly. We are totally invested, sold out even, in this calling on our lives. Each session of LifeGroups we strive to keep up that intentionality, those relationships, the level of connection within our LifeGroup. Our LifeGroups calendar at FBCJax purposely takes a break in the Summer so LifeGroup Leaders can spiritually refuel and get re-energized. We encourage you to do so.
Let me also ask you a question though, how do you stay connected to your LifeGroup throughout Summer even when you aren’t consecutively meeting? How do you share your lives while you travel on Summer vacation, do house projects, bring new additions into the family? To so many new people who are transitioning into our town, and starting your LifeGroup you are the only source of fellowship they may have. So how can you take a break yet make them plugged in and still cared for while still taking a little you time?
Allow Summer to give you a break and much-needed rest but also allow it to bring your LifeGroup closer by changing the dynamic of how you communicate and the location of where you hang out together. Need some practical ideas? Here are some great ways to connect and stay close to your LifeGroup over the Summer:
- Create a Facebook group page. If you haven’t already, create a closed group page for your LifeGroup. This is a great way to share prayer requests, share praise reports, schedule get-togethers and share pictures of what’s happening in your Summer.
- Meet for an outdoor activity. Summer gives us a great opportunity to spend time outdoors and out of the normal setting with our LifeGroup. The beach, pool, local splash pad, concerts on the lawn, and youth sports activities all make for great places to gather your LifeGroup together for fellowship time while still taking advantage of the warm weather.
- Host an event once during Summer. This can be a BBQ, a birthday party, even a game night. It gives everyone a chance to see each other, catch up, and also see each other in a laid back atmosphere.
- Have a swap weekend. If you have a family LifeGroup see if the men can watch the kids one day while the ladies go out and vice versa. This gives you one on one time to become closer and to share a specific outing with your LifeGroup.