We all like the idea of having over-the-top women’s ministry events. Spa night with massages, facials, and pedicures provided. A Christmas brunch with Dickens carolers, roasted goose, and the men of the church all serving the meal. A spring tea where everyone gets a newly hatched duckling to take home. (Okay, maybe you haven’t tried that one yet…)

The thing is, we sometimes get so carried away with the menu and the decorations that we: 1) cause a boatload of stress for ourselves, our families, and our teams, and 2) forget the whole reason we have events—to help women connect with each other and grow in relationships.

With that in mind, we are giving you permission to take it easy and try these low-key, easy (even last-minute) events that will achieve your goal without giving you a headache. And these all work no matter how many or few women show up.

  1. Movie Night. Provide popcorn, and encourage women to wear their pajamas (or comfy sweats) and bring along a pillow. Be sure you’ve previewed the movie so there are no surprises.
  2. Coffee and Conversation. Yes, just that simple. Have good coffee and a variety of flavored creamers (and maybe some tea for those who prefer it). Let women chat as much as they want. You can adapt this to a “Bring Your Own Mug” party where everyone brings her favorite mug or teacup and you provide the beverages.
  3. Pizza Party. Host in your home or near the church kitchen. You provide the dough and sauce. Everyone else brings toppings. Let everyone make their own personal pizza. Bake, eat, visit. Bring Your Own Craft. Many women enjoy a hobby that’s easy to bring along, such as knitting, needlepoint, or sorting through stacks of recipes they’ve collected. Invite women to bring their hobby or craft along and join in
  4. Bring Your Own Craft. Many women enjoy a hobby that’s easy to bring along, such as knitting, needlepoint, or sorting through stacks of recipes they’ve collected. Invite women to bring their hobby or craft along and join in conversation with others while they accomplish a task. This also works for addressing Christmas cards, writing notes to missionaries, mending nursery toys, and so on.
  5. Board Game Gathering. Invite women to bring a favorite board game and a snack to share.
  6. Talk and Walk. Meet at a designated location at a designated time. Stroll. Talk. Enjoy a little fresh air and exercise while you grow in friendship.