During this season of limited in-person gatherings, we want to connect relationally and make progress spiritually. Here are some ideas to help you connect relationally, even in a time of social distancing. Got ideas to add? Email them to email@example.com.
MAKE CONTACT WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS
Reach out by email, text, or phone call. If you don’t have their contact information, leave a note on their door sharing your contact information. Let them know you’re available to help if they need anything. Here’s a sample note:
I live a few doors down from you at 5555 Main St. I just wanted to reach out and let you know that I’m available if you need anything. My family and I are healthy and will be sure to wash our hands and wipe down anything you need us to bring you. Don’t hesitate to text or call if you need anything or would just like to connect with someone. My phone number is (555) 555-5555. Thanks, Keith Smith
Find out what your elderly neighbors need.
Call, text, or visit in person (keeping a safe distance) and ask if they need anything (e.g., groceries, a prescription refill, or a good book to read). Sometimes what they need most is conversation.
Shop for single parents.
Current guidelines make it difficult for single parents to get what they need to take care of their families. The next time you head out to the store, reach out and see if there is anything you can pick up for them.
Include neighbors sheltering alone.
Invite them to an online social. The connection will remind them that they are not alone.
Leave a helpful surprise
Next time you order groceries, order a few extra items and drop them on a neighbor’s doorstep. Send a text, or leave a note to let them know you’re thinking about them.
Start a neighborhood-wide challenge.
Whether it’s minutes of exercise, puzzles completed, books read, sidewalk art, or whatever, a shared challenge can create lots of connection and fun. To elevate the competition, break into teams by streets/floors and celebrate winners with a ribbon or homemade sign.
HOST A VIRTUAL GAME NIGHT
Games are a great way to grow connections with others, so invite people outside your usual circle to join you playing online. Select a game title below to get details on how it is played:
- Musical Bingo: A musical bingo game
- Kahoot!: An online trivia game
- Scavenger Hunt: A race to gather specific items from around your house
- Scattergories: A creative-thinking, category-based game online