Socials

 

Small Care or Large Social Group Leaders:  It is recommended that Socials be conducted for “spiritual growth”.  Socials display and offer “on the job training” and an equipping experience in the Gift of Hospitality.  Delegate responsibilities by asking Group Members to bring something, make a financial contribution or assume a task.  Remain sensitive to all situations as some budgets may be tighter than others, some may feel uncomfortable opening up their homes, some may be watching what they eat, some may have time or energy limitations, some may have child-care needs and some may have family relationships that take priority.   Remain sensitive to those who continue to reach out, heal, grow, learn and participate at a pace that is comfortable to them.  Offer a time for Prayer and Bible Study with each Group Social.  Group Members should meet initially to decide upon Goals and Prayers, to review First Questionnaires and to decide upon a regular schedule (such as monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly).  Group Members should meet bi-annually to review how things are proceeding and to decide upon changes that may need to be made.  

  (1) Prior to Socials:
   It is recommended that a Time of Prayer and Bible Study be offered with each Group Social.
  Announce 10-8 weeks in advance that you plan to conduct a Group Social.  Start collecting names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of those interested in attending.
  Mail (or email) 8-6 weeks in advance an Out-Reach Letter (announcing the date, time and place of the Group Social).
  Make In-Reach Phone Calls 6-4 weeks in advance to confirm attendance and to announce the date, time and place (along with directions) of the Group Social.
  Mail (or email) Post Card 4-2 weeks in advance to remind them of the date, time and place (along with directions) of the Group Social.  Give the exact start and end time for all Group Socials since child-care arrangements may need to be made.  
   
   (2) During Socials:
  Large Group Socials may best be held at the Church as “Pot Luck Socials” or “Catered Socials”. 
  Small Care Group Socials may best be held as “Appetizer Clubs”, “Dessert Clubs”, “Brunch Clubs”, “Dinner Clubs” or “Gourmet Cooking Clubs”.
   Appetizer Clubs, Dessert Clubs and Brunch Clubs may prefer to meet at local restaurants for a meal and then maybe travel to a Small Care Group Member’s home for a time of coffee, tea, appetizers, dessert, Prayer and Bible Study.  While some Small Care Groups may prefer to have their main meal at home (with their children) and then travel to a Small Care Group Member’s home for a time of coffee, tea, appetizers, dessert, Prayer and Bible Study.
   Dinner Clubs may prefer to meet at a Small Care Group Member’s home or at the Church for “Pot Luck Socials”.  “Pot Luck Socials” tend to bring the Chef out and serve as a powerful Mentoring example for young adults that may be present.  This option is recommended for Group Members that want to gather together more for camaraderie, rather than cooking lessons.  The Host of the Month (or the Group as a Whole) plans the menu activities, contacts everyone and delegates responsibilities.  The Host of the Month may choose to open up their home, set-up the tables, prepare the main course and delegate responsibilities to the other group members.
  Gourmet Cooking Clubs may prefer to meet at a Small Care Group Member’s home or at the Church for “Gourmet Cooking Lessons”.  “Gourmet Cooking Lessons” focus on gourmet cooking and nutrition, from a Biblical Perspective.  The Host of the Month (or the Group as a Whole) plans the menu activities, contacts everyone and delegates responsibilities.  The Host of the Month may choose to open up their home, set-up the tables, prepare the main course and delegate responsibilities to the other group members.  The Host of the Month may choose to bring in Speakers, plan Tours of Local Food Markets or plan Tours of Local Restaurant Kitchens.
  Here is an example of how responsibilities can be delegated, offering a full course meal:

a. Set-Up Home or Church and Assist with Clean-Up

b. Set-Up Eating Tables (Decorations, Dinner Plates, Utensils & Napkins)

c. Set-Up Serving Tables (Serving Plates, Utensils & Napkins)

d. Set-Up Drink Tables (Glasses, Cups, Pitchers, Ice, Lemon, Water, Tea, Coffee & Creamer)

e. Appetizer

f. Protein

g. Vegetable One

h. Vegetable Two

i. Bread

j. Dessert
 

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