So, you matched with an unbelievably cute guy or gal on the Upward app. You’ve had great conversations so far, and you’re thinking about asking them out. The only question is… what should you do on a first date? Here are 5 first date ideas for Christian dating.
1. Attend a Church-Related Event
Going to a church service on a first date may sound like a good idea at first, but it’s more of a third or fourth date activity. Because you’ll spend most of your time listening to the music and sermon, there isn’t much time to get to know each other. For a faith-centered first date, consider going to a church-related event instead. For example, is your young adult group having a Friday night get-together or a summer cookout? The safe environment with fun activities, plus time and space to get to know each other, makes a great first date.
2. Go Out for Ice Cream (or your date’s favorite dessert)
If a full-on dinner sounds too formal for a first date, ask your crush out for something else, like ice cream. This way, you’re still in a public place with time to get to know each other, but you aren’t obligated to stay for a long, drawn-out dinner if the evening takes a turn for the worst. To plan this first date idea perfectly, ask your crush their favorite dessert, and then surprise them by taking them to enjoy that treat together.
3. Consider a Coffee Date
While some might say coffee dates are overrated, there’s a reason grabbing a cup of joe for the first date makes sense. Similar to the ice cream idea, there is less pressure hanging out in a coffee shop together than there is out to a nice dinner. If the date is going really well, you can always extend it by getting your coffee to-go and walking around the city to get to know each other even more.
4. Do an Activity Together
Do you and your date have a similar interest that got you talking in the first place? Maybe you both enjoy riding bikes, painting pottery, going to the gym, or playing with puppies! Whatever your shared interest is, consider doing that on your first date. For example, if your date likes puppies, set up a time to go to the animal shelter together and play with the adorable animals there. The best part is, you don’t have to worry if your date will have fun because you already know they like that activity.
5. Attend a Sporting Event
Are you both sports fans? Consider attending a sporting event for your first date. Sporting events are relaxed, casual environments with high energy, so it’s a great place to ensure you’ll have some fun. Plus, during intermissions, you can get to know each other better and break up the conversation by cheering when the players are back out there.
While there’s nothing wrong with a traditional first date idea like dinner and a movie, that’s not the only option. Consider one of these five first date ideas for Christian dating to impress your latest match.