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Girls’ Night Out is one of our most popular events all year. We love the opportunity to get away from daily life for a little bit to connect with other women and refresh our faith and sense of purpose. In fact, this event is so popular that it’s now a series of events taking place all over the Bay Area throughout the months of February and March.

So why should you check out a Girls’ Night Out near you? Let’s look at the top five reasons you don’t want to miss one of these memorable and inspiring events.

5. Something for everyone

Whether you’re interested in a smaller group Bible study or a bigger crowd where you can meet a lot of new people, there is a Girls’ Night Out event just for you. From February 27-March 26, there will be local Girls’ Night Out events taking place throughout the Bay Area. Come hear a brief keynote lesson from the Bible, and then go out with a group of friends for lunch or dinner. Or, join us for a Women’s Bible study night “A Walk to Remember” to get to know more about how to build your personal faith.

Finally, we have a Girls’ Night Out celebration in Santa Clara on March 12 where you can enjoy a night of music, faith, and friendship with women from all over the Bay Area.

4. By women, for women

At the Bay Area Christian Church, we believe in having a strong women’s ministry. These events are planned and led by women, for women. Because of that, we can address and inspire the unique needs that women in the Bay Area face every day. How do you prioritize your faith in the midst of so many other things that demand your attention? How do you find the internal strength to overcome challenges and disappointments? How do you find the unique purpose and destiny God has planned for your life?

3. Spending time with friends is actually beneficial to your health

What can reduce stress, help prevent a cold, fight depression, calm stress, and prolong your life? The answer may surprise you. Waves of scientific research over the last several years point not to dietary supplements and self-help books but to something much simpler and perhaps more easily overlooked: friendship.

While friendships seem to boost well-being in both men and women, women actually enjoy some extra health benefits. One study found that women’s hormones respond differently to stress than men’s; while men may have a “fight or flight” response to stress, women’s hormones are actually calmed by befriending and caring for others.

The Bible backs this up :

Anxious hearts are very heavy, but a word of encouragement does wonders!

Proverbs 12:25 (TLB)

Are you someone who tends to not take a lot of time out for your own emotional and spiritual well-being? As demanding as work, kids, school and daily life can be, everyone needs time for friendships and encouragement. Your health will thank you for it!

2. A little fun never hurt anyone

At any Girls’ Night Out event, you can expect music, games, prizes and plenty of opportunities to have some fun. Just like friendship helps our overall health and well-being, so does laughter. Go out for dinner afterwards with a new group of friends and enjoy a little mental break. You may be able to handle the daily stresses of life better after taking a break than you would have otherwise.

1. Everything’s better when you find your purpose

So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing.

1 Corinthians 9:26 (NLT)

This year’s Girls’ Night Out theme is “Make it Count” and it’s all about living your life with purpose in every step. We believe God has a unique purpose and destiny for each of us; with all of our strengths, weaknesses, achievements and even mistakes, we are here for a reason. Without purpose, as the scripture above says, we’ll feel like we’re “shadowboxing,” or just hitting the air.

Are you making every day count, or just surviving? Become a woman who makes every day count. Don’t miss a Girls’ Night Out event near you!

Written by

Amy Query

Amy Query is an editor of BACC Inspire and avid reader. She studied psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and has over a decade of experience in mentoring, counseling and community organizing.