Andrew Camp on 10 Food Ideas for Your Next Small Group Gathering

Here’s a fun little fact for Small Group Point People: companion literally means “one you share bread with.” The word comes from the Latin com meaning “with” and panis, “bread.” Hopefully small groups are made up of companions on the journey—people we share bread with as we journey closer to Jesus.

Most small groups aren’t a small group unless there is food shared. Be honest, which of us have not tried to entice our members by the food we serve?

While we all love to have a good snack or two, sometimes we are left scratching our heads, fresh out of ideas. Brownies? “I think we did those the previous three gatherings.”

I recently asked other Small Group Point People for their favorite snacks, and here are some ideas.

  1. Popcorn bar: Pop up some popcorn and have a plethora of toppings/flavorings for people to choose from. As an icebreaker, you could ask, “What topping best exemplifies how you are doing/feeling today?” My only word of caution: if popping in the microwave, be careful not to burn the popcorn so your house does not smell like burnt popcorn.
  2. Cheese and crackers: Who does not love some really good cheese? Be adventurous and try some new cheeses. Or you could ask people to bring their favorite cheese. For me, nothing beats a good wheel of Epoisses—earthy, slightly pungent, but so savory.
  3. Smores: Who doesn’t love standing around a fire, roasting marshmallows? As the host, you provide the graham crackers and marshmallows, and then ask others to provide their favor accoutrement, like different chocolates and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Plus if you have younger kids, you get to train them on the proper roasting techniques; so that when they are old, they will not depart from it. (A loose interpretation of Proverbs 22:6.)
  4. Slice and bake cookies: These are for those times when just having food will be good enough, but you do get the perk of the smell of fresh baked cookies wafting through your house as gets enter.
  5. Crescent wrapped little smokies: get a package of little smokies, get a tube or two of crescent roll dough. You will have to cut each triangle into thirds. Wrap each smokie in the crescent roll and bake as directed. Serve with a few dipping sauces.

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Source: Church Leaders