Organizing a Houston Church Social

Organizing a Houston Church Social

First Class has had the opportunity to drive for congregations organizing a Houston church social! Church socials are a great way for friends to gather and build relationships. Have you heard Craig Morgan’s song “That’s What I Love About Sundays”? Even if you’re not a country music lover, you can probably appreciate 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
Behind me—

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 any of this ring true for you? Getting together on Sundays with members of your congregation for a spiritual message and time to sing and worship (even, and maybe especially, if it means singing with your off-key elderly neighbor)? There’s something really great about coming together with neighbors and friends to share belief and convictions.

But what about those times when you want to get together just for the sake of fun and friendship? This is what Houston church socials are for, and if you’re organizing one for people to come together and enjoy, here are some things you’ll want to consider:

Food. Because who doesn’t love coming together to enjoy a calorie or two? And, for whatever reason, we like to bring food into almost any occasion. So, 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, pretty much, food is where it’s at.

Location. The church is fantastic for Sunday, but sometimes it’s nice to be a little less formal when it’s time to play. Make sure you select a location that’s going to best meet the needs of your group. If it’s adults only, you might consider square dancing ’til midnight in someone’s barn. But, if it’s a family affair, a park might be a better bet for the kids, cuz it will give them a playground to play on.

Entertainment. 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. Do you have members of your congregation that are musically inclined? Or do you have some budget to hire a comedian or performer? Having some form of entertainment is a nice way to break up the evening.

Remember the kiddos. If you’re inviting families, you’ll want to remember activities for the smaller folks. 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 set up to keep the younger people occupied.

Transportation. Last but not least, if you’re holding this shindig at a place that’s a ways away, you’re going to have to figure out the transportation. And honestly, that’s where we come in, because that’s what we do best! If you need to transport everybody, we know how to take care of it all without a single glitch!

So, next time you’re getting together outside of the “hallelujahs” at church, we hope these suggestions will help you take care of every aspect of your Houston church social activity. Having fun together will provide memories that you’ll remember fondly for years to come. Learn about our congregation services here: