Saddleback continues to be one of the great lOCal Christian churches to support their members and community with a solid Christian Singles Ministry here in Orange County. Saddleback Singles Christian ministry offers a variety of events to foster fun, mingling, fellowship, friendship and possibly long term relationship romance, hopefully marriage in a non-pressure environment of same/aligned faith single men and women.
#lOCal is to designate that this is an OC local event when you share about it over at Twitter or Instagram.
Christian singles ministries can be great when there is movement within the group and doesn’t get stagnant or insular. That can be a problem in any Christian Small Group which my Serendipity House Small Groups training from over 20 years ago taught me. Saddleback Singles is a terrific ministry in that their events are both well attended and they cross-promote it to multiple meetup “singles” activity groups. That way it’s not the exact same 10 people attending every month.
Recently, they’ve solidified offering a regular monthly Salsa Saturdays event which is free and lead by an area Salsa Teacher.
For folks who have subscribed to my ezine newsletter (form there in the sidebar menu, just fill in your name and email) and read my blog with any regularity know I am a proponent of engaging in Social Dancing to combine fun, flirtation, exercise and socializing. It’s tremendous fun and offers singles a great way to be active and flirt without having a meat market sleazy feel to things. I have engaged in social dancing and loved it since I was in high school. There are different styles, and you don’t need to be a contender for Dancing with the Stars to engage in social dancing and have fun.
I and my life partner are a prime example of a Success Story of midlife couples who met and courted via social dancing. We engage in Square Dancing and Contra. However, I pursued WCS West Coast Swing and Argentine Tango when I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area. My brother and his darling wife, also Christians as am, just celebrated their 10 year wedding anniversary met his darling wife and courted via… Salsa!
He has been into it so much that he even danced competitively for a time. There are salsa dance clubs, conferences, and seminar to improve your skills.
But just to start and see if it’s the dance style for you, attend Saddleback’s Salsa Saturdays for free and sample the style and the crowd. Whatever the outcome, you’ll have a blast.
As you can tell from my thinking, this is a ton of fun. Bring some friends and family. Salsa is for all
different ages. It’s ok to come alone. You don’t have to have a dancer partner. In most Ballroom Dance classes taught in this open format, you are either a Leader or Follower. They likely rotate partners during the class time which is optimal for learning to dance. It’s great to dance with different partners to learn the signals and foot work well.
Now, you need to keep in mind that Salsa is a ballroom dance style and you do need to wear some proper shoes for it, certainly not open sandals or flip flops which can be so common in Southern California. Ideally, wear dance shoes (Jazz, Salsa, Ballroom). Alternately, you can wear well-fitting athletic/casual footwear with smooth soles. The smooth soles allow your feet to glide along the floor.
To maximize the learning and socializing opportunity, arrive by 6:45PM. If your so inclined, feel free to attend the afternoon 4PM service and have your Sunday free. Arrive by 5:30PM for FREE Pizza!
Per their FB page, Saddleback’s Salsa Saturday is a weekly event. I will confirm that and update this post in the future, so do check back before heading over just to be certain and not waste the drive.
Salsa Saturday Details:
Teacher: Manny Alvarez
Admission: Free of charge
Address: Saddleback Church Irvine South
18842 Teller Ave
Irvine, CA 92612
Now, if you don’t ‘live in the Orange County, CA area, take this Christian Singles Ministry’s focus as some inspiration for your Ministry or Church and see if you can create something like in in your area or search for some similar options in your region.
What activities does your singles ministry sponsor? Chime into the comments section and let me know. Share some ideas of what your singles group does and get inspired!
Happy Dating and Relationships,
April Braswell, CHt, Life and Dating Coach
DatingAdvice.com‘s Midlife Dating Expert Columnist and Coach April Braswell is the author of best-selling Get Swipe Right: Online Dating Book.
She is available to speak at your Christian Singles Group, Ministry, event, 1-Day or conference. It’s part of her life work from the Lord to equip and empower men and women to create lasting intimacy with the Lord’s Intended. To book April Live send your event details: April (AT) AprilBraswell.com.