Church Girls Night Out
Perhaps you’ve heard me say a thousand or so times how much I love my Home Girls. We had a Church Girl Night Out recently with absolutely no agenda whatsoever. I try to explain to women in congregations who are feeling left out that you will never, ever feel connected to the women in your Body until you’ve spent more than one hour per week with them. So, the next time that announcement for CGNO is in the bulletin – take a chance and go! It will be the best thing you’ve ever done..
On this particular night we went to Outback where I had the most delicious medium rare steak. I started to order something less graphic because I was afraid I’d make expectant mom, Deedra, barf with all the bloodiness on my plate but she assured me if I made her sick, she’d move. The thing about Deedra is that I know she meant it so I ordered away. Don’t you love having friends who are straight up truthtellers?
We ate and laughed and ate some more and were still home by 9:30 p.m. That’s the time we just started getting riled up back in the day. I am so incredibly grateful those have passed. As it is, if Mamaw turns into a pumpkin at 10 p.m.
Which makes me think.. Church Girl Night Outs are decidedly different than the secular variety. You know you are on a CGNO when..
1. Your ‘limo’ is a church bus.
2. You’ve debated over who has to drive the church bus.
3. You’ve carefully arranged those prone to carsickness so they can see out of the front window of the bus.
4. You’ve freaked out when the one who agreed to drive the bus runs over curbs and/or cuts off another car in traffic.
5. You’ve worried about the name of your church being tattooed onto the bus when you act like crazy women in the restaurant.
6. Your husbands call 37 times to find out what time you’ll be home.
And I’m sure there are more… Can you add to the list?? Better yet, what are some of the ways you’ve been able to connect with your church girls outside of the building??
I love you, My Homies! Here are a couple of pictures I took that night.. I’m mad at myself for not getting one of the entire group.
Rhonda and daughters, Hayley and Macy
Tammy and The Rest of the Gang
Birthday Girl Holly and Precious Beth
Macy, Vernie (Another Expectant Momma with Girl Three!), and Jenny.
Fun times! Let me know when your next one will be and I’ll be there. (Now, please do me a favor by busting out in to Michael Jackson’s “I’ll be there” just like I did. Thank you!)
Looks fun. Although I can’t imagine a gathering that includes you wouldn’t be fun.
(Does that make sense? Too many double negatives, perhaps?)
Up here in the North, GNO are rare. Both churches we’ve attended during our 6 years in the Upper Midwest do a spring brunch for the women. That’s it. Otherwise, we connect at Bible studies or MOPS.
I’m not complaining, because at the stage of life I’m in, it’s really hard to get away for an evening. But it’s interesting to me, the regional differences.
(We also don’t have MDO up here. I had never even heard of it until I made all these Southern blogging friends. Oh, the things I’ve learned.)
I’m still upset I missed this!!!! I already had plans…. but maybe next time!!!!
Good times! Looks like you girls had a ton of laughs!
You know you’re on a CGNO when…
1. You hear a Christian comedian playing on the loud speaker of the bus.
2. You see snacks being passed from isle to isle as the ladies share their homemade goodies.
3. The only man on the bus is the one driving the bus. (We don’t trust the women here near enough.)
4. You pray for safety intermingled with fun before leaving the church parking lot.
5. You have 50 women walking into the restaurant wearing the same hot pink t-shirt sporting your groups name-it-and-claim-it bible verse on the backside.
I think I’m going to have to get one of these going for our church. How exactly did you plan it? Did you just reserve a big room & whoever came, came? I need details! :)
Looks like fun! How is the new working arrangement going? The web page looked great! You are doing awesome gal- totally awesome!
Home girls? Y’all white people cracking me up! Is it 1992 where you is?
I am sooo going next time….glad yall had fun
I think it’s so incredibly awesome that you see to it that your church has Church Girl Night Out.
It is so important for us to connect with each other as you said more than one hour a week.
One of my very best girlfriend’s and I try to get together at least once every 4-6 weeks. Usually dinner and a movie with lots of talking and laughing and more talking and laughing. And sometimes we sit in the car at the end of the night out for more talking and laughing.
Did I mention that we talk and laugh a lot? ;)
There are a few other church friends that will I get together with on occasion. But having a night specifically calling all church girls, is totally awesome. We so should adopt this at our church.
We used to do dinner at a different person’s house…everyone would bring a dish… but this seemed to get stressful for the people hosting it so we moved on to dinner out and a movie or something else fun. Recently we visited one of our church members, who just had a baby, in the hospital and then did dinner and a movie afterwards (but we didn’t tell her that. Was that bad? We just didn’t want her to feel bad or throw it in her face that basically her life was over for the next 12 weeks or until the baby started sleeping through the night…just kidding about all that drama of no life stuff) Of course if we really make a full night of it we just might hit Target afterwards. Yes, we’re a small town and shopping at Target is like a wild night out on the town. Sad, but so very true. We always make great memories on these nights out and it’s a great diversion from the daily grind.
Looks and sounds like fun! We don’t do CGNO, at least not that I know of, at my church. I wish we did though. I could use some friends (and a night out!)! Count yourselves blessed! I know you do!
I had SO much fun!….and Lord knows I ate enough cheese fries for everyone! I was full for 2 days. We must do it again soon..(preferably in the next 8-10 weeks…before there are 3 to leave at home with dad..lol)
It was fun indeed! Who, pray tell me, ran over curbs? LOL Love all ya’ll and we will have to do it again!
This looks like so much fun. We haven’t had one of these in a really long time… well, actually, we’ve only done the day kind.
A few of ‘My Girls’ and I do a meet and dinner/scrapbook at least once every two months. Sometimes we try for once a month. It so much fun!
I love the layout and design of your site.
That sounds so fun. I could use an outing like that about now! thanks for sharing.
Looks like so much fun!