Where the Amazon River and the Rio Negro come together, the waters run side by side without mixing for 3.7 miles. This phenomenon occurs because of the differences in temperature, speed and water density of the two rivers. Many churches have 2 groups of students, those that come during the school year and those that come back over the summer or semester breaks. Sometimes these groups don't mix well.
It's not impossible to merge two different groups, but it might take a little work. Be intentional in the times that the two groups come together. Here are a few suggestions:
- Acknowledge the groups coming together. Pretending that you know someone is awkward. Open your weekly meeting by officially welcoming back the group that has been away, acknowledging that students may not know each other. Plan some get-acquainted icebreakers to help students meet each other.
- Plan events and fellowships that help students get acquainted. Host an end-of-the-semester celebration cookout or party. Incorporate activities like games, or group building activities that will help students get to know each other. Just for fun, have a "hidden talent show." Who knows what talent you might discover?
- Go on a trip together. Semester breaks are a great time to merge two groups together, and nothing bonds people together like a road trip. Add to that the common purpose of serving in the name of Jesus, and you've got the beginning of some beautiful friendships.