5 Spring Dating Ideas for Your Bible Group
In John 15:15, Jesus says:I no longer call you servants, for a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I called you friends. When you choose to repent of sin and give your life to Jesus, you are adopted into God’s family. You have become God’s friend and can come to know Him through the Holy Spirit.
God also wants you to enjoy wonderful friendships with other people. As it says in Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, one person sharpens another. Your Bible study is a great opportunity to get to know other Christians, have fun together, and develop lifelong friendships. Here are five spring meeting ideas for your Bible group.
1. Eat together
Why not plan a meal together? You can take it outside on a picnic or visit a favorite restaurant. In the spring, many herbs and other garden plants bloom. Enjoy a seasonal dish with chives, carrots or spring onions. You can also go out for dessert with sugar flowers.
If your group likes to cook, invite everyone to bake cookies or carrot cake. Try a new recipe or opt for an old favorite. Many recipes can be easily adapted for members with food allergies. Bible groups that enjoy hunting could cook meat together or try smoking it. You could even go fishing together and eat what you catch.
2. Be creative
There is something about spring that encourages creativity. The world seems fresh and new and life seems exciting even if nothing has changed in your routine. Gather your Bible group for a painting party or try out a new art skill together. You can take a pottery class, try watercolors, or build birdhouses.
Creativity is not limited to art. You can also get together to sing and jam. If members are interested in videography, you can create a shareable video or practice photography together. You can also take your Bible group on a hackathon and code something together.
3. Go out
This time of year is perfect for outdoor activities. As long as you can avoid heavy rain, the weather is not extreme and there are all sorts of interesting plants and animals to see. Take your Bible study camp or go for an afternoon hike. You can drive to a local park or drive a few hours to the nearest national park.
If you only have a few hours, take a nature walk or a mountain hike to watch the sunset. Early risers can walk in the dark to enjoy a spring sunrise. You can also combine the wonder of the great outdoors with good food and plan a spring picnic. Just pack all the picnic essentials in the right cooler. Be sure to choose the right capacity for your trip, as coolers typically vary in size from 20 pints at 140.
4. Help others
You can also ask your Bible study group to help you with service projects this spring. See if your church needs help with landscaping or if older members would appreciate free yard work. Your group could sacrifice a few evenings to help with children’s ministry during the week or during Sunday service.
Another option is to volunteer together in a local ministry. Participate to help non-profit organizations in your community such as soup kitchens, community gardens and programs that support teenage mothers. Another option is to spend a day picking up litter around your church or at a local park. Start small and challenge your group to take on more volunteer opportunities over time.
5. Be active
Many people are starting to think about exercising in the spring. In addition to improving your appearance, exercise also does wonders for your mental and physical health. It can help regulate mood, increase self-confidence and reduce the effects of stress. Take your Bible study in the gymnasium and get in shape together.
You can also take workouts outside of this time of year. Take a spring run, take a long hike, or plan a backpacking trip. If your group likes to ride bikes, start doing group rides once a week. You can also sign up for an intense mud race or go mountain biking. The options for having fun while getting fit are endless.
Grow in Christ this spring
This spring, make building relationships with other Christians a priority. You have been adopted into God’s family and called his friends. Developing deep friendships with other believers will help you draw closer to God and bear more fruit for his kingdom. Together, you can accomplish more than you can alone.
Use this list of five ideas to rally your Bible study group and spend time together this spring. Eat good food together, be creative, and spend lots of time outdoors. You can also do service projects together and support each other on your fitness journey. Spending time with other believers will strengthen your faith and bring you great joy.