In 2007, a friend and I founded the Sisters in Christ Community Girls’ Night Out. We invited several women, some Christians, and some who were not yet Christians, to a night out at a local restaurant. The end result was 28 women crowded at a long table having fun! Since then, we’ve had other Girls’ Night Outs, including a time at a local church where I spoke about the importance of serving others; we played games, ate, sang worship songs, and enjoyed awesome fellowship.
Would you like to start a Sisters in Christ group in your city? It’s easy.
●First, it doesn’t even have to be a Girls’ Night Out, although those are typically some of the most memorable events! We have also held Sisters in Christ breakfast events after dropping our children off at school. At these once-a-month events, we celebrate (by singing and presenting a signed card) those having birthdays in that month. We spend time in prayer, have fellowship, and those in attendance are welcome to order a meal. (There’s just something about hasbrowns at our local family restaurant that remind me of camping!)
●Don’t just invite your Christian friends. Invite those acquaintances and friends that don’t yet know the Lord. Pray that the Lord will move their hearts during the event. Pray that the Lord would use you to give your unsaved friends a glimpse into the life of a Christian.
●Keep it informal and casual. ‘Nuff said.
●Plan the essentials. An opening prayer, a greeting time (name tags are a great suggestion), worship, and laughing are all essentials.
●Keep it fun. Some of the funnest events we’ve held have been those where our time was unplanned and completely spontaneous. You don’t have to play games or have a speaker, but those are nice added touches.
●Remember your focus. Wow, what an awesome thought that God gave us girlfriends! Where would we be without those women who have come alongside us in difficulties, prayed for us in times of struggle, and have laughed with us during silly times in our lives? Your focus is creating a God-honoring time out with the friends with whom He has blessed you.
●Start small. Don’t try to invite the whole town to your first event.
●Be inventive. Hold your Sisters in Christ Community Girls’ Night Out at your church, at a local restaurant (preferably with a back room so you won’t disturb other patrons with your constant chatter and giggles!), at a park, or at your home. If you choose a place other than a restaurant, plan to have everyone bring a munchie to share.
●Come one, come all. Don’t just stick with your girlfriends who attend your church. Cross denominational lines. At our first Girls Night Out, we had women attend from approximately eight Bible-based churches in our city.
●Enlist your husband. When we’ve held the events at night, I’ve arranged for my daughters to have a Daddy/Daughter Night with my husband. I borrowed a movie from the library, popped some popcorn, purchased some ice cream bars, and made it a night for them to remember too! If you don’t have a husband or if your husband isn’t able to help, enlist the assistance of a trusted neighbor, family member, or a babysitter.
●Advertise in your church bulletin. Ask close friends if they can also put a blurb in their church bulletins. You can also invite your friends by telephone calls, email invitations, and traditional snail-mail invitations. If you are planning your event at a restaurant, be sure to have your girlfriends RSVP so you have an accurate (or somewhat accurate!) headcount.
●Plan to witness to those around you. If you are holding your Sisters in Christ event in a restaurant or other public place, this is an excellent opportunity to let the world around you see Christ in your group. It is also a great witness to those attendees who are not yet Christians.
Life is hectic. Time goes fast. Why not invite your girlfriends to a Sisters in Christ Community Girls’ Night Out? We all need a little bit of time away from the busyness of our lives. Use that time to allow God to refresh you and your Sisters!