I’ve just been thinking about how our group will run, and looking at a couple of things that The Living Room do. They also have their main meeting on Wednesday night, but the meal is vegetarian. That’s not a bad option considering that not all people who join will be red meat eaters. It is certainly the most inclusive meal option.
Also, the major benefit of the small group format is a focus on the spiritual formation of each member, or in other words exploring how faith and life intersect. I think that calling a service that has singing and preaching a ‘worship service’ is very poor, for it doesn’t really equip the members for day-to-day worship, or the moment-by-moment life living to the glory of God.