Week Twelve: Better to Celebrate Together
PRE-RUN INSPIRATION (3-5 MINUTES)
Group Leader Speaking to Entire Group
Today is a day for celebration because it’s the end of another 12-week Connect Run Club season. This isn’t the end of our run club, but we want to take a moment to celebrate what you guys have done over the past 12 weeks. And as we do, we’re going to remember another benefit we get when we #runconnected—the fact that it’s better to celebrate together. We’ve all experienced this. A birthday dinner is the most fun when our closest family and friends are nearby. A graduation ceremony is more memorable when our family and friends are there cheering us on. And runners know that crossing the finish line feels more satisfying when someone else is there with a sign or a hug once we cross.
God knows this too—which is why he always instructed people to celebrate together. For example, God told the Israelites to celebrate the harvest he provided in this way: “Celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles for seven days after you have gathered the produce of your threshing floor and
your winepress. Be joyful at your festival—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites, the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns. For seven days celebrate the festival to the Lord your God at the place the Lord will choose. For the Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete.” (Deuteronomy 16:13-15)
When we #runconnected, we can celebrate together—just like God intends. That’s when our joy can be most complete, and we can live most thankfully and joy. So as we finish this 12-week season, and look forward to the next one, let’s celebrate together. Tell other runners what you’ve enjoyed about running with them over the last 12 weeks. Help them celebrate their accomplishments and breakthroughs. And use this celebration to help you keep running and keep running connected.
[say a brief prayer. after you pray, share any administrative details like the signup sheet. Then start the run.]
ASSESSMENT TOOL GOAL: BUILD YOUR LIST
At the Run
- Before you leave the run, make sure you have contact information for every runner in attendance.
After the Run
Add the following column to your group’s Google doc:
- Week 12 notes - Use this column to add any other details you remember. Make sure to note each person’s attendance this week.
- Make sure you’ve entered all the informa- tion you’ve collected over 12 weeks into your group’s Google doc.
- Once you’ve completed this task, contact your club leader to tell him or her that every- thing is in the document.
CONNECTION STRATEGY TIPS
Make note of where runners are celebrating, either in your Google doc or in another way. Where possible, think of ways where you can join the celebration. Invite church members in your group to find ways to celebrate with other runners as well, even after your group is through.
You may choose to send a thank you email, text or call to each runner in your group. This isn’t essential, but it’s a nice touch that can continue to build your relationship with the runners in your group between seasons.
If you do this, make sure to notice which runners seem to really appreciate this contact. Con- sider ways you can continue to invest in these relationships even after this season of your run club is over.