Summertime means experiencing life change together a different way. Instead of meeting weekly to study and apply God’s Word, groups gather monthly for socials. Make this summer a fun time and your group will make plenty of memories this year.
- Hit the State Fair together. There’s no better way to say “We love Iowa!” And butter.
- Meet at the pool, the lake or a park a couple times this summer and invite friends to join you and get to know the group.
- Spend the morning downtown at the Farmers’ Market in Des Moines. Be sure to grab a breakfast burrito while you’re there!
- Schedule several BBQs during the summer. Try having front yard BBQs and invite curious neighbors to come join the party.
- Ladies in the group, have a “girls night out” for dinner, coffee, shopping, or whatever the girls like to do.
- Guys, do the same with a “guys night out” for shooting, bowling, a movie, paintball, or whatever the guys like to do.
- Go to a movie together and then have dessert or dinner afterward and discuss the biblical themes in the film.
- Do a serving project together. Summer is a great time to help out at Saylorville, fix up a group member’s house or apartment, do some yard work for one of our senior saints, host Rise Up one Sunday morning, or serve in Vacation Bible School as a group.
- Grab your group and head for the outdoors. How about an overnight retreat together? Head up to The Ledges, plan an overnight or two-day outing, meet up around a campfire at night and eat, sing, and have a devotional. What a great way to share life!
Lots of kids in your group? Here are some bonus ideas:
- Pick a playground and meet there for lunch one day each week. Try to get to know other families that might be visiting the playground too.
- Buy a summer pool pass or a family pass to Adventureland. Throw the kids in the minivan and make a day of it!
- Looking for a place to watch the fireworks? Grab and blanket and some snacks and spread out on the grass at Hawkeye Park in Ankeny.
- Love the outdoors? Meet up with your group to bike the High Trestle Trail, kayak at Big Creek, or hike through Jester Park.
- What’s summer without ice cream? Get the kids a cone at Dairy Zone on the east side of Des Moines, grab a milkshake or slush at Sonic, stop by Tropical Snow in Ankeny, or check out one of those frozen yogurt places where you pay by the ounce.
Don’t stop creating opportunities for your group to experience life change together this summer!