Homeless Thanksgiving

This is Day 5 of my 7 ideas your group, class, or family can use to celebrate Christmas. See 1-4 here.

For most of us, the holidays are about traditions: taking a drive to see the lights, decorating the house together, going to local events, and, of course, going to church services. Why not invite those from your group or others who are lonely to join you in some of your traditions?

One Thanksgiving, I got to know a young man named Mark who lived at a homeless shelter. I invited Mark to some our family and church events during the holidays, and he enjoyed spending time with us. Mark had many needs, some of which we could not provide for, but we could reach out to him and offer him friendship, hospitality, and the love of Jesus. My family and I also benefitted from inviting Mark into our family traditions. His presence with us made those traditions even more meaningful for us. It’s easy to sing, “Go Tell It on the Mountain”; it’s another thing to go tell a homeless person that Jesus Christ is born.

Start new traditions with your small group. Each year several groups at Northeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, help provide Thanksgiving meals for families who would otherwise not have a nice meal. They not only buy it, but they deliver it and pray for the families. Many of the groups at Northeast also work with Operation Christmas Child each year. One group basically “owns” this event, organizing it months in advance, helping collect shoe boxes and running the distribution center on our church property. Your small group tradition can be little or big; what matters is to do something together for the least of these.

FREE Chapters of New Book!

Download the Introduction and Chapter 1 of Worlds Greatest Small Group.

Don't worry we don't spam

Michael Mack has led Small Group Leadership full-time since 2012, but has been involved in small group ministry for more than 25 years. He lives in Pewee Valley, Kentucky (just outside Louisville), with his wife Heidi. Their family small group, which includes their four young adult children, has much potential (and much anticipation) for future growth and multiplication. Michael enjoys mountain and road biking with a group of great friends who participate together in various charity rides. See the "About Michael Mack" page under About Us for more about him.

Load More Related Articles
Load More By Michael Mack
  • The Group Is God’s, Not Yours

    I often take a break from my work here at my home office to walk back in my woods. I call …
  • Life in all its fullness

    Life to the full, the abundant life, more and better life than you’ve ever dreamed of, eve…
  • Teamwork Drills

    I have loved coaching kid’s sports teams, especially basketball. One of the most rewarding…
Load More In Small Group Leaders

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Check Also

Leadership TIPS of the Week: October 9-13, 2017

Where do these daily leadership tips come from? They are definitely not of my own imaginat…