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It's time to party and to do outreach in Life Groups

Often times when we hear the word holidays in church life our first response is to put on the brakes and relax for a little bit.  I will be the first to admit that I enjoy a good time of relaxation as the next guy.  We shouldn't relax to the point though of forgetting that we still meet for church on Sundays or to miss out on opportunities to reach out to new people.

With that being said, let me give you a few things to think about during this holiday season that can keep the fire burning in your ongoing group ministry.

1. Be very intentional about fellowships.  We can treat fellowships during the holiday season to be for our own people and that is it.  We must remember though that this is a great time to invite new people to attend.  They want to see how they can relate with fellow believers or if they are lost if what we practice goes beyond the four walls of the church building.  By being intentional and challenging each person to bring someone new with them, this at least adds a new dimension to the purpose of why you are getting together.

2. Use this as a time to share the story of Christmas.  I enjoyed our Christmas parties before in the past of playing dirty Santa or white elephant, whatever you want to call it.  But it becomes special when you stop and read the Christmas story together.  Why?  Because this keeps us focused on why we are meeting.  It can also open the door to conversations with friends that may be invited that are lost.  They may have an idea of why Jesus is important to Christmas, but when you stop and read the Christmas story this opens their eyes to the true meaning behind Christmas.

3. Find a mission opportunity as a group.  We can very often get so focused on ourselves or our children, and rightly so, that we can miss those that are hoping to receive just the necessities of life.  Let Christmas season be a time when your group comes together and mobilizes to share with those in need.  It may be helping at a homeless shelter, collecting canned goods, or even better going on Christmas Day to serve at a local ministry or soup kitchen.  It may inconvenient but I promise it will be memorable for your entire family and your Life Group.

Christians should be the most joyous people on earth.  We have every right to celebrate, but let's use our celebrations to also reach out to the lost so they can share in the same joy.  I would love to hear ideas from you of ways that you groups have had fellowships and outreach combined.

God bless and Merry Christmas!

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