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Churches do a great job of ministering to families, but singles are often left out of the equation.
- Church should be an emotionally safe place for everyone. Questions about someone’s private life may not be appropriate.
- Everyone wants to feel appreciated. If you see a single person doing a great job at serving in your community be sure to tell them you appreciate their efforts.
- Take the time to get to know the single people in your congregation. Invite them to dinner or out to coffee. Include them in your friend group.
- Assure your single friends that you trust God is aware of them and will use them to build his kingdom, regardless of their marital status.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
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Talk About It
- What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
- Think about the first time you attended your current church. Who is someone that was very welcoming? How did that make you feel?
- If you’re single, what is the most awkward conversation you’ve had with a churchgoer? What is a tactful way to handle that situation?
- Why do single people often feel left out at church? How can churches do a better job of involving everyone? What is your personal experience with this?
- Do you think it is easy to mix married and single friends in group settings, like dinners or gatherings? Why or why not?
- If you’re married, who are some single people in your community that you can reach out to?
- Read Jeremiah 29:11. What does this verse say about God and your life? How does this verse encourage you?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.