In this post and the previous two, I've shared the explanation/sample for three of the potential groups; in the next post I'll share a list of the actual groups that have formed.
Feel free to discuss and modify the approach, but here’s one suggested approach which you can try out as a group tonight. Before you are done, try to agree about what you will bring (in terms of games/supplies) next week and where you’ll go.
1. TONIGHT: if you have enough people, have two people play some or all of a game of chess. Then do the same with Scrabble (with different people). Try to do all this in 20-30 min., even if you can’t finish the games.
2. Discuss the dynamics:
- What did it feel like to watch the games?
- Was it interesting? Dull?
- How would it be any different if you were in a more public place like Caribou or Starbucks?
- What differences are there between these two games (chess and Scrabble)?
- Are there other games that might be more effective at inviting interaction?
- Is it fun for you?
- Does it invite observation?
- Does it invite outside participation?
- Does it invite conversation? With players? With other church “watchers”?
5. Are there creative variations on a basic game you might explore? For example hosting a “tournament” after a few weeks? A “how to play this game” demonstration? Any other ideas?
6. Finally, see if you can decide where you want to meet next week and following; commit to timeliness in starting and finishing (esp. for choir members and parents who need to be back AT 8pm).