Do something with someone!

 

Many people just want someone with whom to do things.  Not just anybody, but someone they can expect to feel safe with.  Someone who has similar values. For going to the cinema, having fun bowling (not easy on your own!), walks, evening dinners, or visiting a new church. 

How can you find other single Christians who might be interested?  There is a way... Take part in Christian Connection meetups.  Although Christian Connection runs an online dating service, it also offers other services to members. 'Meetups' is one such service, which allows members to plan, promote and host events for other Christian Connection members. And it's free!

Using Christian Connection meetups.

Sign up for a free Christian Connection account and then either join in what other single Christians are planning or plan your own meetup and let others know you'd like company.  We suggest doing it this way, as opposed to publicly because this will limit those who see what you are doing to other single Christians who have registered. 

This little guide is intended to help you know what to do and then get on with doing it. No more lonely cinema nights or walks!

What is a meetup?

Meetups are free social events that are organised in public places and run by members of the Christian Connection community, which take place across the UK. Past meetups organised by individuals have included walks, evening meals and pub lunches, bowling trips and social drinks. No charge is made to join in, although of course there may well be a cost for activities or meals just as usual.

You need to join Christian Connection - but you don't have to pay or use online dating.

You will need to be a member of Christian Connection to set up or participate in a meetup.

It is free to join Christian Connection and you will receive a free trial on the website when you join. Once your trial has expired, you can remain as a 'Profile member' on the site for free. You can read more about membership on Christian Connection here.

If you don't wish to use the online dating features, you can hide your profile from other members, and still keep access to the site. You can hide your profile under Account Settings > Privacy.

In summary:

  1. Join Christian Connection (with its free trial for all services including online dating)
  2. Continue as Profile member for free (if you don't want to continue with online dating)
  3. Hide your profile from others under Account Settings > Privacy.

Joining in a meetup organised by someone

You can see all upcoming meetups here on the Christian Connection website - you will need to log in or sign up first.  They are also listed in a weekly review email, which goes out to all Christian Connection members.

Once you look online and mark 'Attend Meetup' on the website, you will receive email updates on change of time or venue and see which other members are planning to attend.

Meetups are held in public places and we strongly recommend that you read the Meetup Terms before you attend.

If you want to find out what happens on a typical meetup, read this blog post by Jackie Elton.

Plan your own meetup

Just as easy as joining in, you can plan and host your own meetup.  Remember that if you feel any concerns or plans change you can simply let others know and then they will be informed directly. 

And if you are uncertain how to start, why not begin with a monthly informal lunch or drink after a church service? We have written a helpful guide on how to plan such a monthly meetup here

Joff Williams and David Pullinger 10 April 2017