Incorporating Faith into Holidaying with Friends

Incorporating Faith into Holidaying with Friends

Holidaying with friends is a wonderful opportunity to create lasting memories, strengthen bonds, and embark on new adventures together. For Christian holidaymakers, integrating faith into these experiences can deepen these connections even more. However, it can be challenging to find the time to incorporate faith into your holiday amid the resting, relaxing and adventuring. It can also be difficult to make faith a forefront of your holiday experience if some of your friends do not believe. In this article, we explore ways to incorporate faith into holidaying with friends, transforming ordinary getaways into enriching and uplifting experiences.


Communal prayer sessions

You could consider starting each day of your holiday with a communal prayer session, where you and your friends come together to lift up one another, express gratitude, and seek God's guidance for the day ahead. Whether it's a brief moment of reflection before breakfast or a dedicated prayer time before you go about your day, setting aside time for prayer as a group can create a sense of unity and spiritual alignment among friends, making it the perfect way to start any holiday day. If all your friends do believe, this is an ideal way to start the day, and a wonderful time to discuss prayers and affirmations between yourselves.


Group devotional readings

Whether it’s a rainy day and you're kept inside, or a beautiful and sunny one so you can get out in nature, select a devotional book or Bible study to read together during your holiday. Take turns leading discussions and reflections on the passages, sharing insights, and supporting each other in applying the lessons to your lives. Engaging in group devotional readings not only deepens your understanding of scripture but also strengthens your bonds as you journey together in faith.


Faith-based discussions

Take advantage of the relaxed atmosphere of your holiday to engage in meaningful conversations about faith, spirituality, and personal experiences. If some of the friends on your holiday are not believers, this can be a really healthy way to discuss and hear their beliefs and thoughts too.

Use this opportunity to engage and inspire one another. Be confident to discuss theological questions, and be open to others. By fostering kind and honest dialogue on your holiday, you can deepen your friendships and encourage one another to make time for faith and reflection.


Reflecting on God's creation

Spend time in nature together, whether it's hiking through scenic trails, lounging on a beach, or exploring local parks and gardens. As you marvel at God's creation, take moments to reflect. Encourage each other to see God's handiwork in the beauty of the natural world around you and to find moments of awe and reverence in your surroundings. By intentionally reflecting and embracing your surroundings, you can be sure to enjoy your getaway with friends, just that bit more.

Again, if some of your friends are not believers, being out in nature can be an excellent activity to enjoy together, even if it is with a different understanding. Whilst they enjoy the beauty they find in nature, you can enjoy the beauty you find in God's creation. Together, you can appreciate nature and life, whilst strengthening your friendship and having fun.


Volunteer activities

Look for opportunities to serve together as a group during your holiday. Whether it's volunteering at a local charity, participating in a community clean-up project, or visiting a nursing home to spend time with residents, serving others can be a powerful way to live out your faith and make a positive impact on the lives of those around you.


Mission opportunities

Consider incorporating a mission or outreach component into your holiday itinerary. Research local churches, ministries, or organisations that are involved in outreach efforts, and inquire about ways your group can get involved. Whether it's assisting with a food distribution program or participating in a children's vacation Bible school, engaging in mission work together can deepen your bonds and provide opportunities for spiritual growth and service not just within your friendship group, but within the Christian community around you.


Holidaying with friends offers a fantastic opportunity to blend leisure and faith-inspired growth, creating an environment where your beliefs can flourish amidst laughter, adventure, and shared experiences. By incorporating prayer, reflection, and nature in your travels, you can deepen your friendships and strengthen your bonds as you journey together. As you plan your next holiday with friends, consider how you can infuse your time together with the richness of your beliefs, creating memories that will last a lifetime.