How to survive week one of small group

Hey! So, either you’ve signed up for a small group and are slightly dreading it OR you’re thinking about signing up for the first time.

How do I know? Because I’ve felt the same way! It really can be a daunting experience knocking on someone's front door and spending the next few hours sitting with strangers.

So, if that’s you, here are a few tips for surviving your first week of the big adventure that is small group. 

SHOW UP
It sounds simple but showing up on the first week is really important if you can make it, especially if it’s a new group for you. It will help you feel part of the group and if you’re nervous about attending it makes it so much easier to get to know the people there sooner rather than later! 

KNOW WHY YOU SIGNED UP
Why did you sign up for a small group? Maybe you’re hoping to meet some new friends and be part of a community of those your age or stage, or maybe it’s learning a new skill. Whatever your reason, knowing your why will help you get you through the first week with flying colours!

FEAR NOT
What’s the worst that can happen? Probably you encounter an icebreaker which, if you’re an introvert perhaps is a small reason to panic. But fear not, your possible awkward answer or maneuver will likely be forgotten in approximately 0.7462 seconds and you’ll have a whole new group of people to share life with in the future. 

BE YOURSELF
You are totally free to be exactly who you are when you are in your small group. One of the best things about small groups is that they are gatherings of people of all sorts of different personalities and qualities. If everyone was the same it would be boring. You do you

DON’T HIDE  
You are unique. There will never be anyone like you ever again, so make sure you contribute to your small group during the term, even from the first week. Your leaders want to hear what you have to say as do the rest of your group. Get involved and be intentional about chatting to people you haven’t met before. It will be so worth it as you'll soon discover!

It’s really that simple. If you have already signed up, then take a breath and get excited for what will be an amazing 10 weeks. If you haven’t signed up, go for it. You’ve got this!

Charlotte