In the Clyde Hill area of Washington State, a group of three women had a Q Place going, but they wanted to start fresh with participants who weren’t already in their group. In their particular situation, they were confident that a 3-week group, with the option of coming to “just one or all three weeks” would be appealing to people whom they were inviting.
Sample Email Invitation
Subject: Coffee and Questions
I am taking a total shot in the dark, but somehow I thought you might be interested. If not, absolutely no worries!
Next week, on Thursday morning, I am hosting something called “Coffee and Questions” at my house. I would like to invite you to join me for one or all three of the next three Thursday mornings. This 3-week group is starting because many women are spiritually curious, but didn't want to commit to a weekly group. This is an opportunity for spiritually minded women to "try out" a study without a long-term commitment. If their desire is kindled, then we hope to create a group for them after this 3-week mini-study is complete, but there will be no pressure to join anything. Our authentic desire is to provide a safe forum for tough questions to be asked and discussed in a non-judgmental, non-preachy, hopefully fun, manner.
I realize that you are a very busy working mom and this is smack dab in the middle of the work day. If you can't come, but are intrigued, let me know and I will keep you in mind for anything like this we may do in the future. If you are not interested at all, please feel free to tell me that too. Either way, I hope to hear back from you soon.
An attached invitation could include the following information:
What: Coffee and Questions
When: Thursday, February 5, 2015, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Bring the question about life, God, or the Bible that matters most to you right now.
Feel free to share this invitation with another friend you know who might be interested.
Two encouraging responses received by an initiator of this group:
“I feel very honored that you would think of me. It is a subject that I have wanted to explore, but life somehow gets in the way! I will make time to attend for the next three Thursdays. Thank you. Count me in!”
“I will attend the Coffee and Questions. It sounds like a nice introduction and opportunity for exploration. Thank you for inviting me AND creating this group, especially for women like myself.”