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    Church Fellowship Ideas

    I am in need of some all church fellowship ideas (an event that would attract a large portion of the congregation together for fun). Please let me know what you recommend. Thanks.

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    Re: Church Fellowship Ideas

    Our church has an Anniversary/Birthday dinner once a month after Sunday evening service. A"potluck" dinner with a theme usually pertaining to the season or nearest holiday. Like burgers & dogs in July or Turkey in November. Almost everyone attends.
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    Also we have game night one Friday a month. Bringing your favorite game to play. We almost always end up with everyone playing dominoes though.
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    Re: Church Fellowship Ideas

    In recent years, our most popular fellowship event, is the summer all church all family cookout at the country farm of one of our members. (Any backyard will do but I think it best away from the church property unless the church has an in ground Olympic size swimming pool and volleyball court.) Now some call it a PIG roast but some children were horrified by the pig on the rotating roaster with an apple in its mouth. So we tamed it down to just a cookout with hamburgers and hot dogs. Every one brings a salad of sorts, vegetable, fruit, potato and pasta, etc., desserts, drinks. We play volleyball, softball, sit around talking, fun time. Invite friends and family who do not usually attend church. Awesome outreach connection.
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    Re: Church Fellowship Ideas

    We, Idahoans, like potatoe bars by baking up a bunch of Idaho taters or spuds with many different toppings. Some churches like a karaoke type "open mic" as an impromptu talent show. Pie auctions, and Box socials can be good fund raisers.
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    Ball Room Dancing
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    Anything with food
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    Re: Church Fellowship Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Franklin View Post
    ... and Box socials can be good fund raisers.
    I should probably know this but... what's a box social?
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    We have a breakfast in our church after the Easter sunrise service. The men are in charge of it and cook pancakes, sausage, gravy etc...Always a good turnout.
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    The youth also just had a fundraiser for NYC. They put on a soup and such lunch with about 8 different types of soups, crackers, dessert and salad. All for 5 bucks children 2. Although this wasn't an all church activity, quite a few participated in it.

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    We're planning a box social as a fundraiser for our youth group.

    Each teen prepares a dinner for two, and packs it in a box. They decorate the box as attractively as possible. The menu is written down for the auctioneer.

    The Auctioneer reads the menu as the box is displayed and the bidding begins. The winning bidder gets to eat the meal with the teen who prepared it.
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    Never heard of "box socials" before. Interesting!

    Our "Old-fashioned 4th of July" social is popular. We have three-legged races and the like, the kids have a GIANT slip-n-slide down the hill, and there's a Teens vs. Adults softball game that's pretty competitive. I once suggested adding card games in the basement for the senior adults and my pastor about fell over. Heh. Didn't realize that was taboo, especially for that generation.

    One summer the college-aged kids hosted a BBQ after church every week. That was immensely fun! Nearly everyone came down after church. We have a nice big patio and lawn and it's fun to watch the kids run around and chat with friends in the shade.

    We have a game night/table tennis competition/chili cook-off on New Year's.
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    Years ago our small church had a game night. basically it was silly teen games but we older people played them. One was to cut holes in a sheet and have the guys stick their noses through them. The wives had to guess which nose belonged to their husband. Barely anyone got it right. Another game was to stand back to back against someone and then both turn around at the same time and one of you had to make the other laugh by making faces or noises. That was 15+ years ago and I still haven't laughed as hard at a church fellowship.

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    Re: Church Fellowship Ideas

    The greatest time of fellowship and relationship-building for our church community is our annual retreat, during which we "shut down" in Hingham and go together to the woods of New Hampshire. We purposefully chose a three-day weekend (Presidents' Day) to maximize the time, recognizing the variety of work schedules. It's a low-key weekend with a whole bunch of games, food, prayer, and worship on Sunday morning. In different years, we've had karaoke, open mic night, and a hymn sing. Pretty much everyone loves it, and it has become an important weekend where, by virtue of being "locked in" together for more than an hour or two at a time, people are forced to get to know one another better. Without fail, each year the weekend has served as an infusion for people who are otherwise on the fringes of our community.

    Things that have helped:
    - We've committed to helping each other get there - by those who can paying more than their share for others to be able to go.
    - Giving rides to those for whom it is more difficult to get around.
    - Giving the weekend a lot of flexibility
    - Minimizing programming
    - Having food prepared for us, so we all can rest
    - The affordable, yet clean and warm retreat center, allowing for even those who don't like "camping" to be comfortable

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    Re: Church Fellowship Ideas

    We have had 'Dinner for Eight'. Couple and singles sign up for the dinner, then you take turns hosting the it. There is one sign up sheet and we try to get together people who don't know each other very well.
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    Re: Church Fellowship Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Farra View Post
    We have had 'Dinner for Eight'. Couple and singles sign up for the dinner, then you take turns hosting the it. There is one sign up sheet and we try to get together people who don't know each other very well.
    One church I was in called this "Supper 8". For a while there I wasn't sure why they called a prime fellowship opportunity "Separate".

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    Re: Church Fellowship Ideas

    we have had several coffee houses over the years in the middle of the summer. we try to bring in a college ministry team or a local worship team for a brief music time, group games, a special theme, etc. we purchased a couple of smoothie makers and serve those throughout. We usually did this for the teens and the adults did most of the work (which really wasn't much). Panera will donate leftovers (which usually overwhelmed us)

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