ENGAGING WITH OUR NEIGHBOR
Halloween offers us a unique opportunity to engage, to meet our neighbors, to Take it to the Streets and meet our neighbors. Regardless of what you think about Halloween and its traditions, we can have an open door policy that lets our community know that we are open to meeting them.
Beginning October 1st, we will have kid-friendly tracts that have a simple Gospel message and a fun game on them to complete.
Look at the simple suggestions below and take your ministry to the streets!
- Be Hospitable - Don’t just give out candy. Give out the best candy and a tract.
- Think of the Parents - consider having cider, pumpkin bread out for parents who bring their kids around the block. Make your home inviting. Consider sitting out on the drive way to be more accessible for kids and their parents, and conversations.
- Be Encouraging - comment on the kids costumes. Practice building them up with your words.
- Party - If you are into it, throw a party for your neighborhood (block party) or join one that is already planned in your neighborhood. Contribute as appropriate.
- Learn their stories - If you are out trick or treating with your kids, hang back with other parents and learn about them and their stories. Simple questions and conversations can build bridges for relationships.
- Head to the “Watering Holes” - If you don't have kids or aren't going to engage in Trick or Treating activities, consider going to the local watering hole, restaurant, or club near you. Engage with people there. Make it your goal to learn at least one person’s story, with the hope of sharing Christ with them as is appropriate. You will want to do this with others, so you don’t go it alone!
- Pay attention: Ask the Spirit to open your eyes and ears to the real needs around you - listen!
Happy Halloween, and blessings to you!
Lori Ferguson serves as Children's Director at Navarre UMC, and has been at the church since 2015. When she's not planning or teaching, she enjoys spending time with her grandkids. Read more about Lori here.