5 great ways to create a stronger community through PLAY

If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Ecclesiastes 4:10       

Community connection is vital to the success of our social/emotional well-being, healthy families, and sense of belonging. Research confirms that we are better together.  Through community we support one another, we understand we are not alone in our battles, and we collaborate to create innovative solutions to improve life. We make each other better!

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.  1 Thessalonians 5:11

  1. Take it outside– Host an outdoor play day – set up play stations. Portable mini golf, Life-Size board games and a giant LEGO adventure. Play is a great way to be together and fostering connection with a whole lot of joy. Okay, you don’t have to use our service, you could create your own stations.  Consider these fun free play stations – football toss, track trot, and more.  Add a little music and invite food trucks for an event that connects the community through happiness!
  • Embrace Old-fashion mail hugs– Take a nighttime drive or a charming stroll through the neighborhood to discover homes with mesmerizing holiday displays that sparkle with festivity. Jot down the addresses of these deck-the-halls wonders and spread some joy!

After your winter wonderland tour, gather to write heartfelt ‘thank you’ letters to these homeowners and local businesses. Share your gratitude for their dazzling decorations and how they’ve filled your hearts with cheer. Encourage families to include a special message thanking them for making the neighborhood a more beautiful and festive place.

This heartwarming activity isn’t just about admiring lights; it’s about the magic of connection and community. Let’s show the kids how these small gestures create a big sense of togetherness and kindness. Through fun, laughter, and shared appreciation, let’s build strong bonds within our congregations while spreading joy and love throughout the neighborhood!