I've witnessed firsthand the transformative power of church picnics. The best ones are not merely about food and fun; they are about creating deeper connections and building stronger bonds.
This is the step-by-step guide to the best church picnic you've been looking for! So, let's roll up our sleeves, pack our picnic baskets, and embark on a journey to create memorable moments of togetherness.
Here are 4 things you need to do ahead of time to prepare an amazing church picnic:
Objectives? For a picnic? What other objectives could we have other than "eat and be merry?"
We can't take this event for granted. Sure, it'll be full of food and fun. But as a church, everything we do has to be aligned with our mission and vision for our community.
So ask yourself and your leaders what exactly you want to accomplish with this picnic. Only then can you move forward with your plans.
Having fun, attractive flyers or cards to hand out makes it easier for your members to invite friends, neighbors, and coworkers.
Choose a location that 1) has lots of space for all the food and games, 2) is safe, 3) is easily accessible by everyone, 4) and can accommodate a change in weather.
A successful church picnic can't be pulled off by a one man army. You need a team to make it happen.
Form teams to handle different tasks. You will need at least one person to handle each of the following:
We still haven't asked the most important question: What do you bring to a church picnic?
Consider offering a form that members can fill out ahead of time that asks them about dietary restrictions so that your church can cover those bases.
There are pros and cons to either option.
Throwing a potluck allows everyone to contribute, making this as much of a church-wide effort as possible. But coordinating dishes, preparation and cleanup, and food safety are stressors someone will have to manage.
Catering the event allows members to relax and removes the stress of preparation. However, it can be expensive to pay a restaurant to make enough food to feed dozens of people.
Which your church chooses depends on your resources and your goals.
People come to church picnics for the food, but they stay for the party games!
Whether you're tossing bean bags in cornhole, throwing water balloons, or playing relay games, get everyone moving and laughing to really make your church picnic memorable.
While the decor isn't what really matters at a church picnic (that title belongs to the food and fellowship), it's the little details that can make a big impact!
Picnic decor is also a fun way to give your church's more creatively-minded folks an opportunity to give their time and talents.
Even a small touch like balloons and simple table decorations can go a long way to make the event feel more fun and intentional.
The safety of everyone in our care is the highest priority. Here are a few things to consider as you plan your picnic:
The specifics of your location and plans may create other safety considerations that are unique to your event. Consult with your team and your members to make sure you have everything covered.
Everything your church does has to tie into your mission. That means that we can't take big events like a church picnic for granted.
Begin and end the event with prayer, plan time for sharing testimonies, and make sure church leaders chat with any guests. Make sure any newcomers feel like a part of the family and invite them to your church next Sunday.
Ending the festivities in an intentional way can make the difference between your church picnic being a waste of time or a true success.
Gather feedback from attendees. You can create a form for them to fill out or just take notes as you ask them for their comments.
Also, be sure to share pictures and videos on social media. Tag as many people as you can in each photo. This is a great way to show off the smiling faces people will see if they visit your church!
The best church picnics are not just about delicious food and entertaining games. They're about creating a space where bonds are strengthened, everyone has fun, and safety is a priority. By considering first aid, weather, accessibility, chaperones, and food safety, we lay the foundation for a vibrant church community.
Church picnics are a beautiful opportunity to form the community you've been dreaming about for your church. Use this guide to plan the best church picnic your members have ever seen!
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