Submitted by Stanley Groothof, Trinity Christian Reformed Church, Rock Valley, Iowa
When the pandemic started, we began putting people’s birthdays in our weekly bulletin, encouraging the congregation to connect with one another on our special day. I myself started contacting each member on their birthday and it’s been a fantastic way to not only keep in touch but also occasionally start longer, deeper conversations that otherwise wouldn’t have happened. Other members report similar experiences. (For security reasons, you may wish to use only use the first letter of people’s last names.)
I love this idea. We have been trying to figure out easy, natural ways for people to connect. Its hard just to pick up the phone and call someone. Here is a good “excuse” for a conversation starter or simply a connection point. Thanks for the idea.