Griping about endless crafts at Home, Family, and Personal Enrichment Meeting is a Bloggernacle staple. I’d like to try something different.
What are some HPFEs that have been great? What ideas do you have that you think would be great? I’ll start:
(1) The best HFPE I’ve been to in recent memory was designed to help the women in our (rather transitory) ward get to know each other better. We sat in a huge circle and had refreshments. We wrote on a little card what service we’d be willing to perform for another ward member. The HFPE leader collected those cards. Then she went around the circle. Each woman told a little bit about herself and then got to pick three cards and put back two (if I am remembering this correctly). The end result: I took a sister out for Indian food. Another sister came to my home and washed my kitchen floor. It was a blast. (Now, if the theme for the night had been service, this would have been, well, literally self-serving and I wouldn’t have liked that. But as a get-to-know-you event, it was great.)
(2) I wish we did more meaningful service projects, but it is hard to fit service into a 90-minutes meeting of 30 people. I recently had this idea that I think would be fun and would be useful for the ‘service’ month and the ‘home management’ month: every sister would be asked to spent 2-3 minutes telling the group about some things that she does to save money. (Mine? Internet shopping, particularly www.icampus.com and watchlists at www.ebay.com.) The sisters would be encouraged to go home and try out whichever moneysaving ideas would work for them and, most importantly, to keep track of how much money they had saved and then . . . donate it at the end of the month to a charity.
What are your experiences with (or ideas for) great HFPE meetings?