Small-group Bible studies usually meet weekly and are organized by life stage or Bible topic. Some Bible study groups focus on studying a certain book of the Bible, while others are designed for married couples or college students. Small groups typically meet at a church or a group member’s home and may include a variety of activities each week.
Play a Game
To ease small group Bible study members into the day’s lesson, select a brief and simple game to lighten the mood. Choose a game that all of your group’s members can participate in and offer a small prize for the best and worst players of the day. Games should be lighthearted and simple to play in case some members are new or uncomfortable in social situations. Offer game time as a chance to get to know one another and become more comfortable talking and spending time together as a group.
Volunteer at Your Church
Many people are reluctant to volunteer alone at a church, but may be comfortable volunteering with a group of people they know and are comfortable with. Commit to volunteering once or twice a month at your church by greeting newcomers, vacuuming carpets, washing bathrooms, cleaning windows or by helping in the church nursery. Other volunteer opportunities may be one-time, such as helping with a youth group project or assisting with set-up for a production. After your small group volunteers, spend time together praying and sharing memorable experiences from the day to encourage one another.
Complete Community Service Projects
To spice up your small group time, volunteer to complete a variety of community-service projects. Volunteer opportunities abound, regardless of your community’s size. Contact local nursing homes to see if you can come spend an afternoon reading to the residents or playing board games with them. Help a local preschool finish building a new playground, or spend a few hours picking up trash at your favorite park or repainting benches. Bring a few tracts or church fliers with you to each project to give out if someone displays an interest in learning more about your small group or church.
Read a Book Together
Select a Christian novel or Bible study book to read as a group. Have Bible study attendees read a few chapters each week, then prepare a set of discussion questions for your weekly small group meeting. The books you choose to read should be geared toward the age group of your small-group members and be beneficial for this stage of their lives. Each week, ask members to share their favorite portions of the reading and what they learned from the book.