How to Plan the Perfect Church Picnic
A picnic offers the perfect setting for a congregation to get together, enjoy the great outdoors, and feel safer about gathering during this uncertain time. However, just like traditional church activities, hosting a picnic takes a great deal of planning in order to pull it off successfully. If you want to host a picnic to show appreciation for your church’s members and switch things up, here are a few tips on how to plan the perfect church picnic.
Make sure you have all the necessary church items ahead of time.
In all the excitement of getting your picnic together, it can be easy to lose track of some of the necessary items you use in church. Instead, put these items at the top of your list. For example, if you know that you’re going to have your church members taking communion, stocking up on prepackaged supplies like communion wafers and ready-to-go juice cups ensures that you have everything you need to make the most of your church picnic. For the rest, you may ask your attendees to bring their own bibles or other study materials that may be necessary during the picnic. Then, have all these materials in a box and ready to go on the day of the picnic.
Figure out what you’re going to cook and how you’re going to cook it.
Some people choose to cook their food beforehand and bring it with them to the picnic. However, this can be difficult as finding a place to keep this food cool or warm and transport it can be a logistical nightmare. Instead, you may want to plan out some easy picnic recipes to cook at the picnic site, keep non-perishables on hand that you can take there (condiments, buns, etc.) as well as utensils and trays or plates, and ask church members to bring their own favorite dish to share with others. This eliminates the need to store all the food and allows your church members to participate in a fun way.
You will also need to consider how you’re going to prepare the food. Generally, having a picnic means grilling, which means that you’ll need charcoal and something to light it with, your favorite barbecue such as a Big Green Egg ceramic kamado cooker, and accessories so that you have plenty of space to prepare your food and set up serving stations, like a durable Big Green Egg Table. Whether you have a Large Big Green Egg or an Xlarge Big Green Egg, getting your grill and grill table together to cook your favorite meals accounts for the bulk of your picnic planning.
Find the perfect location to host your picnic.
Finally, you need to find the best picnic spot for your congregation. If you’re having a relatively small gathering, a local park will likely be an excellent spot for you to host your picnic. If you have a much larger group of people, see if there are any local national parks or similar nature spots where you can get everything set up and enjoy time together with your congregation. No matter where you choose to set up your grill and food, chances are that there are plenty of great spots near you where others picnic as well.
Throwing church events like picnics is a great way to get everyone together and form tighter bonds. However, they can also be major events that take careful thought and consideration for flawless execution. If you’re thinking of hosting a picnic with your church group, use the tips above to make sure that you have everything you need in place for the perfect outside event.