If it is your turn to host small group in your home, there are some things to know first. While it can be a little nerve-wracking knowing you need to host bible study, it doesn't have to be too fancy. Make the small group meeting about Christ and don't worry about the other details. Simply provide a convenient, comfortable place for the gathering.
Prepare a Lesson Plan Beforehand
If your small group does not already have a scheduled lesson plan, it will be up to you to decide what the meeting is going to focus on. Make sure you get this planned out before the meeting so you are not scrambling when the bible study discussion begins. Some bible study meetings go in order, so you might just need to chose the lesson following the one the previous week. Others are chosen specially based on certain events or things someone in the group is going through. Don't hesitate to discuss it with the group beforehand to come up with a compromise on what the lesson plan should be.
Get the Seating Arrangement Set Up
While you don't need to provide a large, fancy space for small group, you should make sure everyone has a place to sit. For bible study, it is best when all the seating is positioned in a circle, so everyone can see everyone else. This makes it easy to have a lively discussion on the lesson plan. Whether you have a sofa, loveseat, recliner, or dining chairs, set them around the space in a circle. You might need to move some other furniture prior to the session, such as moving side tables or a coffee table out of the way.
Provide Refreshments and Snacks
It is a good idea to have some light snacks and refreshments available for the members of your small group. You don't need an entire meal, but a few options for snacks, such as crackers and cheese, pretzels, and cookies is a good idea. Put out some refreshments, such as soft drinks, juice, and bottled water. You can also ask others to bring drinks or snacks if you prefer, but most hosts choose to provide these as part of their hosting duties.
By the time the meeting begins, all distractions should be removed. The last thing you want to do is be dealing with a knock on the door when you're just getting into your lesson. Put a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door, unless you are still expecting a few people who are running late. Turn the ringer off on your cell phone and landline phone, and turn your answering machine to silent. If you have pets, put them outside or in another room where they won't be a distraction. Talk to your church, such as Church of Christ, for further help.