The warm summer months are the perfect time to get your church congregation together for some fun, fellowship-building activities. With longer days and beautiful weather, it’s easy to get outdoors and bond over games, food, and good times spent together. Here are some summer fellowship ideas to try with your church family:

Outdoor Games Night

Organize an outdoor games night at a park or someone’s backyard. You can play classic lawn games like cornhole, ladder toss, KanJam, croquet, horseshoes and more. Have some cold beverages and snacks on hand for when people need a break from the competition. Make it a potluck dinner or cook hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill.

Beach Day or Lake Outing

Head to a local beach or lake for a day of beach games like frisbee or volleyball, and picnicking. Pack up coolers and don’t forget the sunscreen! You could also look for a beach or lake area that has hiking trails, canoe/kayak rentals, or other outdoor activities.

Church Camping Trip

Plan an overnight camping trip to a state park or campground. This could be for tent camping or renting cabins. You can schedule group hikes, campfires with s’mores, outdoor worship services among nature, and other fun camping activities that bring everyone together.

Backyard Neighborhood Block Party

Team up with neighbors who are members of your church to host a neighborhood block party. Close off the street and set up tables, lawn games, bounce houses for the kids, music, and outdoor cooking. It’s a great way to fellowship with one another while also building connections in the larger community.

Serve the Community Together

Look for community service opportunities you can participate in as a group, like doing yard work for the elderly, working at a food bank or soup kitchen, picking up litter around town, or other hands-on projects. Serving others side-by-side is a powerful way to bond as a church family.

With so many options for fun in the sun, your congregation is sure to grow closer through these memorable summer fellowship events.