Have you become aware Craig Morgan’s song “That’s What I Love About Sundays”? Although you’re not a country music lover, you can most probably value some lines from the song:
Raymond’s in his Sunday best,
He’s usually up to his chest in oil an’ grease.
There’s the Martins walkin’ in,
With that mean little freckle-faced kid,
Who broke a window last week.
Sweet Miss Betty likes to sing off-key in the pew
That’s what I love about Sunday:
Sing along as the choir sways,
Every verse of Amazin’ Grace,
An’ then we shake the preacher’s hand.
Go home into your blue jeans, Have some chicken an’ some baked beans,.
Pick a backyard football team,
Not do much of anything–.
That’s what I love about Sunday.
Does one of this ring true for you? Getting together on Sundays with members of your congregation for a spiritual message and time to sing and praise (even, and maybe especially, if it means singing with your off-key elderly neighbor)? There’s one thing really great about coming together with friends and neighbors to share belief and conviction.
What about those times when you want to get together just for the sake of fun and friendship? This is what church socials are for, and if you’re managing one for people to come together and enjoy, here are some things you’ll wish to consider:
Food. Because, ummmmm, who doesn’t love assembling to take pleasure in a calorie or two? And, for whatever reason, we prefer to bring food into almost any occasion. Whether the ministry budget is paying to have the event catered or you’re throwing a good, old-fashioned potluck on a gorgeous fall afternoon, don’t forget about the food. Cuz, nearly, food is where it’s at.
The church is wonderful for Sunday, but sometimes it’s nice to be a little less formal when it’s time to play. Make sure you pick out a location that’s going to best meet the needs of your group.
Even though everyone will want to visit when you come together, it’s nice to have a program or some sort of game to keep folks entertained. Having some form of entertainment is a nice way to break up the evening.
Remember the kiddos. You’ll want to remember activities for the smaller folks if you’re inviting families. Face painting, cake walks, a good old-fashioned “fishing pond” for prizes, Bingo, sack races, Red Rover or a seasonal craft are all great ideas of things you might establish to keep the younger people occupied.
Transportation. Finally, if you’re holding this shindig at a place that’s a ways away, you’re planning to have to identify the transportation. And seriously, that’s where Niagara Falls American Side come in, because that’s what we do best! We know how to take care of it all without a single glitch if you need to transport everybody!
Thus, next time you’re meeting outside of the “hallelujahs” at church, we hope these ideas will help you deal with every aspect of your social activity. Celebrating together with Niagara Falls American Side will provide memories that you’ll keep in mind fondly for years to come.