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Top 10 Ideas for Your Groups to Connect With Their Neighborhoods


It doesn’t take much imagination to find ways for small group members to connect with their neighbors. Sometimes all it takes is a crisp fall morning or a spooky October evening.

Here are my top 10 ideas:

  1. Movie night outside for kids and families. Easy to do with a video projector. Pick the right movie, circle up the lawn chairs and bring on the popcorn.
  2. Drop in for waffles and bacon on a Saturday morning. Again, everyone’s kids will love this idea. Three or four waffle irons make it easy. Add-ins like blueberries, chocolate chips and pecans make it fun (and tasty!).
  3. Invite neighbors over for a potluck theme dinner night (Italian, Mexican, etc.). Go all out with music and decorations. Make it fun and it will be easy to connect.
  4. Garage sale for a local cause. Gather up your merchandise. Pick out a great local cause or charity. Be ready to talk about why you’re doing it.
  5. Pull a fire pit or chiminea onto your front porch or driveway. Bring out the patio furniture. Be ready to offer a warm cup of cider and a s’more to neighbors passing by.
  6. Join in the fun to offer some safe Halloween fun. No tracts. Just the best candy and the friendliest people on the block.
  7. Chili cook off. No better time to host a chili cook off complete with judges, prizes and Tums.
  8. Block party cookout. Roll the grills into the cul de sac and bring out the lawn chairs. Do it right it might turn into an annual event!
  9. The Big Game on the big screen. Plan a party for the day of the biggest college game in your area. Think Super Bowl party with local flair. Make it fun for the whole family.
  10. Game night with pizazz. Whether your game of choice is bunco or pictionary, there’s a way to do that’s even more fun. Think tournament. Have goofy prizes for the winners. Mr. Microphone adds another level of enthusiasm.

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Mark Howell serves as Pastor of Communities at Canyon Ridge Christian Church in Las Vegas, NV. He founded SmallGroupResources.net, offering consulting and coaching services to help churches across North America launch, build and sustain healthy small group ministries. He spent four years on the consulting staff at Lifetogether and often contributes to ministry periodicals such as the Pastor's Ministry Toolbox and ChurchCentral.com.