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Question about small group [message #820548] Sun, 24 September 2017 15:42 Go to next message
Rosemary-MI  is currently offline Rosemary-MI
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My boys are in their 20's and are having a hard time meeting other Christians in their 20's. They are surrounded at work by non-Christian people and our church, as well as others around here, have lost most of the youth (20 somethings).

They want to start a group of like minded Christians for friendships. No bible study, no mission projects, just friends.

I think most of these young adults have been bible studied to death and just want a friends group just to talk about life and struggles and hope & dreams. How do they organize this? They are at a loss. They don't have friends and would like to make some. So do you have any ideas?

Thanks Rosemary


PS. Our pastor suggested a bible study right after they told him they don't want that. Feeling unheard at this point.


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Re: Question about small group [message #820549 is a reply to message #820548 ] Sun, 24 September 2017 15:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jen E.  is currently offline Jen E.
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It's called hospitality. Smile Our ds3 did something like this during law school. He just opened his home (apt.) to anyone for dinner every Friday night. It was a great way for everyone to get to know one another. My niece attends a "family dinner" that is just a bunch of people who get together for a meal once a week. Or they could schedule it for football games or another theme. Nice to include a meal -- either regular pizza night (Dominos always has good deals), or a potluck, or something else. Or maybe they could schedule a regular time each week at a public place, like Starbucks or Panera Bread. Ds2 meets a group at a bookstore and leads a "book club" there -- secular books, with Christian fellowship. I love that your sons want to get together with others. Smile
Re: Question about small group [message #820551 is a reply to message #820548 ] Sun, 24 September 2017 16:05 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lisa R.  is currently offline Lisa R.
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I agree with Jen...not exactly sure how they would find the folks to invite if they truly don't know anyone, but maybe even an ad in the paper for a bowling night or book club or hiking club...if you find an activity to which you can invite folks, things may start happening. (I'm thinking I wouldn't want to invite complete strangers to my house to begin, so I'm thinking of activities to do in public)


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Re: Question about small group [message #820552 is a reply to message #820548 ] Sun, 24 September 2017 16:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Melissa in NC  is currently offline Melissa in NC
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At our church, we have smallgroups that center around doing life together - watching MMA, kayaking together, adult kickball, target shooting, and bible studies. Is there a church in your area with small groups that they could join? That way they don't have to drive the whole thing, but could jump into one that appeals to their interests.


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Re: Question about small group [message #820553 is a reply to message #820548 ] Sun, 24 September 2017 18:10 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Leigh  is currently offline Leigh
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There might be some opportunity in service. What kinds of community service are going on in your area?

What other churches are in the area? Maybe a visit or two might be in order to see what's out there already.


Leigh
Tennessee

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Re: Question about small group [message #820556 is a reply to message #820548 ] Mon, 25 September 2017 12:10 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jen E.  is currently offline Jen E.
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Rosemary, have you checked other churches in your area for small groups for that age group? In most churches, you don't have to attend the church to go to the small group. Maybe friendships could develop out of them. In one of the small gruops ds3 participated in, the men got together once a week for breakfast and to (more or less) discuss a book they all read.
Re: Question about small group [message #820656 is a reply to message #820548 ] Fri, 13 October 2017 00:30 Go to previous message
elliemaejune  is currently offline elliemaejune
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Rosemary-MI wrote on Sun, 24 September 2017 14:42

My boys are in their 20's and are having a hard time meeting other Christians in their 20's. They are surrounded at work by non-Christian people and our church, as well as others around here, have lost most of the youth (20 somethings).

They want to start a group of like minded Christians for friendships. No bible study, no mission projects, just friends.

I think most of these young adults have been bible studied to death and just want a friends group just to talk about life and struggles and hope & dreams. How do they organize this? They are at a loss. They don't have friends and would like to make some. So do you have any ideas?

Thanks Rosemary


PS. Our pastor suggested a bible study right after they told him they don't want that. Feeling unheard at this point.



Someone offers to have his/her friends over for a potluck dinner, and all of them show up and eat and stuff. Really. It doesn't need to be a big, organized thing.


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