Relationship building is the start of any women’s ministry.
- We are made to be in relationship, connection with others is part of being human.
- We can receive encouragement and support from one another, to have an opportunity to love and be loved.
- We can encourage each other grow in relationship with God, sharing our own stories and hearing others’.
- We can teach each other useful skills.
- We can have a safe place to invite other people from outside the church to join us.
Relationship building activities will be ones that are repeated regularly.
This is because we must spend time regularly with someone else to build up trust and a shared history.
Some ideas for group activities:
- Small groups just for women, with regular small group material or with special topics (see below) and speakers
- Facebook messenger or other social media groups
- Interest groups: Art, crafts, music, gardening, book clubs
- Exercise (Walking, pilates, sports teams)
- Bible study (day time, weekends or evenings)
- BBQs, picnics
- Prayer walks
- Community help: Graffiti removal, working bees
- Cafe visits (of course!)
Church ministries that are often undertaken by women could be done intentionally as a women’s ministry group activity… These include meals for the sick or stressed, mainly music, toy library, food parcels, church hospitality.
Ideas and Topics for groups
These can be done with one speaker or more, visiting speakers or interviewing a regular attendee. Allow a good amount of time afterwards for people to discuss and compare their own experiences, and elaborate on what resonated with each person.
- Faith stories
- Struggles in handling life transitions: working, motherhood, menopause, empty nest, retirement
- Discerning when to change jobs and other decision making
- Helpful disciplines
- Sex, sexuality, gender
- Perceiving and dealing with grief / anger
- Building hope and resilience
- Forgiveness, accountability and justice
- Balancing looking after ourselves and caring for others
- Power issues in society; gaining, empowering and sharing power, losing and giving up power
- Singleness, marriage, divorce, widowhood
- Supporting and being supported: Mental health issues and physical disabilities