A church picnic is a fun time for all the members of the church to get together and enjoy themselves at a picnic. All the families attending the church can go to a place like a park, lakeside or beach to enjoy their picnic time. Going on a picnic is a great way for the church members to get to know each other outside the church and build friendships that would not be possible in an otherwise busy life. People from the church can help in making all the arrangements for the picnic and they bring the food themselves or cook it at the picnic site only. Here are a few points you should keep in mind while organizing a church picnic:
It is better to decide on a location that is suitable for everyone in the church. The picnic location should also be nearby so that everyone reaches there and comes back at a comfortable time. Make sure the location has ample space for people to sit and for the children to play around. Also, check if you need to get permission from any authorities to hold a picnic in that place.
Picnic Tables and Blankets:
As everyone would want to sit and relax at the site of the picnic, you will want to advise those coming to pack portable chairs, tables or picnic blankets. However, make sure that you take extras with you. For those who forget.
Plan group activities for all ages. For example, you can hire or buy oversized Snakes and Ladders boards (heads up I get a commission for this) or design them yourself. These will keep children and adults alike occupied for hours. parents with young children can play with their children as one player to help everyone have fun. Make teams of children versus adults to play different games and create a fun atmosphere at the picnic. Games like football, Frisbee or baseball can be played in teams as these are fun for everyone.
Picnic Baskets (heads up I get a commission for this):
Communal eating at a picnic is always much more fun. But organising on a large scale can be arduous. So instead, get everyone to take something to share. Just get them to let you know beforehand if they are taking sweet or savoury and what drinks people are taking. That way you know if you have got enough of each and don’t have everyone taking sweets or savoury for example. The other advantage of doing it this way is that you know where there is a shortfall and can make it up.
Encourage everyone to take their food and drink in picnic baskets. This is only for effect so you don’t have to but it looks great with every family and friend coming onto the picnic ground with picnic baskets.
If you do encourage people to come with their food in baskets let them know good specifications for them. They should be suitable for carrying hot food items, cold drinks, and cutlery as well as picnic blankets in the picnic baskets. All other variations such as shoulder straps and padded handles make it easy to carry, are individual choices.