COMMUNITY OUTREACH EVENT
There are a few times a year (usually holidays) that people naturally gather and attend special occasion events. Capitalizing on that fact we have created a few high impact events that the whole congregation can take part in by serving or inviting neighbors, family and friends to attend, enjoy and hear the Gospel.
Have you always dreamed about what it would have been like to have been there that night, when Jesus was born? Have you envisioned Joseph's visit from the angel? How about Mary's? Imagine a cold winter's night- no stars in the sky except one very bright star. What did is smell like to be one of the shepherds in the field- and what was it like when all of a sudden, on a dark night- the sky lit up with a heavenly host? “Follow the Star” will take people back to that first night- and we will all experience in an outdoor setting Christmas, like maybe we've never experienced it before.
Follow the Star is a guided, walking tour of the nativity. Thousands of people experience this dramatic presentation of the birth of Christ. Finish your visit in the hospitality barn with freshly baked Christmas cookies, hot cocoa and Christmas carols.
OTHER IDEAS FOR GETTING STARTED
Here are some ideas that you can do right in your neighborhood.
Host a neighborhood Easter egg hunt
At Easter time, host a neighborhood egg hunt for the small kids and present the Gospel by using the FamilyLife Resurrection Eggs. You can buy these online or borrow a set from the church.
Light up the night
Make Halloween night a little different. Don’t shut off your light and not participate. Hand out something different, or play a game in your front yard—whatever will draw people to you so that you can engage them in conversation about a personal relationship with Jesus or invite them to church. This can be small or as large of a production as you want.
Old-fashion hospitality to new neighbors
Stop by in the early days of them moving in with some baked cookies or a fresh loaf of bread and welcome them to the neighborhood. Offer to be available for any questions on where to find things in the community, good places to eat, or where to worship.
Host a indoor or outdoor movie night
This can be a time for families to come together or you invite just the kids and give permission for the parents to go out on a date.
Helping with yard clean-up
Gather your family, another neighbor, or your community group and offer yard clean-up for the elderly or single mom with young kids in your neighborhood.
Go prayer walking
Go alone or grab a neighbor. Click here to find out more about this silent neighborhood ministry. [ Have doc. Needs formatting/branding]
Host holiday get-togethers
Invite the unmarried, single parents, or other neighbor who might be going through a tough time, to join your holiday meal or summertime cookout.