Outreach Event Ideas
NOTE FROM JONATHAN: I think one of the best ways we can point to Christ is through "acts of service."
I'm not talking about handing out tracks or "door knocking"... I'm talking about good ol' fashion helping
people in need. And if people ask why, we simply answer, "Because that's what Jesus would have done,
and we're pretty excited about Jesus."
Each year, we get a list of elderly people from our parish, divide up into groups of 6-8 and then run from house to house raking up their leaves to be picked up by the dept. of public works in our city.
If you don't have a list- who cares? Pick a neighborhood in need and go to work!
It is so much fun! And, from time to time, the kids will rake all the leaves together and just start diving into them for fun! (Is your liability policy up to date?)
It is a great service project as well as some fun for the teens. Over the years the kids and elderly have become more relaxed around each other and often the elderly will bring candy or drinks out for the kids.
added by Jerry Smith
Side note: Walt from Illinois says that they do the same thing, but start by picking an elderly person in their congregation, rake their yard AND their whole neighborhood. Walt writes: "This way we have helped a couple in need, had an opportunity to witness through our service to the neighborhood (many times the people we are serving come out and talk and/or offer money which we refuse and tell them “we do this for Jesus – not for money”, and we leave an ideal opportunity for the couple in the neighborhood to talk to their neighbors about Christ after we’ve left the neighborhood! It works great and is a lot of fun!"