02/17 Valentine’s Day Large Group
By Justine Kim
In honor of Valentine’s Day, we decided to hold a special large group by combining guy and girl’s small groups together. The aim of this large group was to allow the brothers and sisters to interact and really get to know each other. My small group was paired with Betty and Harris’ small group. At first, it was really awkward, as the guys talked on one side of the room while the girls stayed on the other. It was like a middle school dance, where no one wants to make the first move. However, the boys broke the ice by serenading the girls with a mash-up of “I’m Yours” and “Just the Way You Are” (If you want to see videos, there are a lot up on facebook). It was a wonderful encouragement and sweet gesture that really touched the sisters’ hearts.
After we started off our large group with praise, Betty and Harris shared what the Bible teaches us about good husbands and good wives. After meditating on these passages, we wrote lists of what kind of characteristics we wanted in our future spouses. We then split up into groups and shared our lists with each other. We then discussed other topics, such as boundaries, marriage, and friendship. It was interesting to listen to the different responses, especially from the brothers. To lighten up the mood, we finished the night with relay Pictionary. Some were quite easy, but there were many that were surprisingly very challenging (how do you draw Ollie’s?). It was a close game, with a lot of screaming (usually directed towards the refs) and laughing. Because we ended the game with a tie, we had a sudden-death Taboo match. Harris acted out a word, and the team that guessed the word correctly would win. One team correctly matched “Café East,” and won a Pinkberry trip with the leaders.
We ended the large group with prayer and let the brothers and sisters mingle. While the leaders cleaned up, the brothers jammed, and the sisters talked. All in all, our special Valentine’s Day large group was a great success, as it gave us an opportunity to come together, have fellowship, and learn how to encourage each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.