Remembering what the Lord has done: Fun ways to wrap your NBS
There's no doubt as you read God’s Word that “remembering” is a main theme. The Israelites were told over and over to remember what the Lord had done for them. Even Exodus 20:8 says “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” The Lord wants us to be revived in our minds with all we have learned from Him. As we grow spiritually, He wants us to take time to look back and ponder what He has shown us. When we wrap up our Neighborhood Bible Study year, this is exactly what we do.
Recalling what the Lord has taught us always leads us to celebrate!
Brunch and encouragement blast
Set aside the last day of Bible study for brunch. Have everyone bring salads or breakfast items for a longer time of conversation. On 3x5 cards (before everyone arrives), write the name of each woman who attended (one per card). After brunch, pass around the cards for each woman to write a note to the person whose name is on the card. Keep it short and simple. I have them answer a question like, "In what way have you seen this person grow spiritually this year?” Or “What do you most appreciate about this person in Bible study?” The ladies in my Bible study still have these notes from five years ago! Who knew encouragement would be so powerful?
Mother’s Day celebration
Our Bible study coincides with the school year. Because we have so many mommas with children, we revolve around the school calendar. This usually has us ending around Mother’s Day. Invite other neighbors who don't already attend the study to join you for this special morning. Our Neighborhood Bible Study ladies bring a breakfast dish to share. Have a speaker, such as an older and wiser mom, come to share her thoughts on being a mom and any advice she would give to younger moms. Also, select a few of the women to share their thoughts on what they have learned in Bible study this year. This can provide a really neat opportunity to tell others about the Bible study and make them feel welcome to come!
General wrap-up and out to lunch
Instead of Bible study in the “normal” home you attend, meet at a fun lunch place. Ask questions like, "Did you have any ah-ha moments this semester with the Lord?” Or “What stood out to you as something you always want to remember from this year?” Or “If you could pass on to your children one spiritual lesson you learned this year, what would it be?”
Write notes and discuss the last chapter
This year I decided to take time to write each of the ladies a unique note. I wrote down a scripture verse that reminded me of them or something I wanted to encourage them with. I also found tiny flower pots and planted a small flower in them as a gift. We discussed the last chapter of our Bible study material and answered the questions from idea #3 above. It was a rich time of discussion and encouragement!
Our hearts enjoy the closure and the time of reflection on the growth that has occurred in each of our relationships with the Lord over the past year. It reminds us of His faithfulness and His promise to help us continue to grow in His grace!
And I am sure that God who began the good work within you will keep right on helping you grow in his grace until his task within you is finally finished on that day when Jesus Christ returns. Phillippians 1:6
What have you done to wrap up your NBS?
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Joan Parsons, with two teen sons and one preteen girl under her roof — and one son away at college! — is thankful for her husband and naps. Between laundry loads and fixing beef, you might find her in the McDonald’s drive-through ordering a coke with extra ice and a chocolate chip cookie … because this is her happy place.