It appears that our contributors around here are either feast or famine. Last week I had lots of things to post. This week the queue is empty. So here I am trying to come up with something to post.
Easter is such an exciting time in the life of a church. While every Sunday is a celebration of the resurrection, Easter is a special day set aside to focus on the resurrection of Jesus. Celebrate our resurrected Savior. What a great thing for the church to do!
I thought I would share with you what our church is doing for Easter and ask you what your church is doing. It may be a little late for big changes to your plans, but maybe something shared here will cause you to tweak something or give you an idea for next year.
Normally our Sunday morning schedule is Sunday School at 9:30am and Worship Service at 10:45am. But we are adjusting that only slightly for Easter. We will still have Sunday School at 9:30am, but it will end 15 minutes earlier than normal so that we can begin our worship service at 10:30am. This is only a small change, but it will give us more time to worship together on Easter Sunday. Our worship team won’t be rushed. I won’t have to speed through my sermon. I’m excited to worship Jesus with our church on Easter Sunday.
Community Easter Egg Hunt
Traditionally our church has had an Easter Egg hunt on our property for the children of our church. This year we are moving that egg hunt out into the community. We are having a Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15 from 2pm-4pm. In addition to the egg hunt, we have reserved a block party trailer through our state convention which has bounce houses, a popcorn machine, snow cone machine, and other fun activities for kids. We are hopeful that this will be a good opportunity for us to form some connections in the community and invite people to join us for worship Easter Sunday.
Over-sized Postcard Invitations
We also created a postcard through Outreach.com that contains the information for our Easter service and the community egg hunt. We handed these out to our people yesterday. Our members can then use them to invite the friends, family, and neighbors. The card has a place where it can be stamped, addressed, and mailed. It can also be simply handed to someone. I stood at the door yesterday as people were exiting and asked everyone who walked by how many of these invitation cards they wanted. Most took at least one. Many took 5 or 6. I’ll do the same thing this coming Sunday.
Door to Door Outreach
We are also planning to do a little door to door outreach at 2pm on Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 9. We will take the postcard invitations with us, knock on people’s door, invite them to church, and then pray for them. It’s really that simple.
I’m hopeful that the Lord will use our efforts to bring us into contact with many who need to hear the message of the gospel. What are you and your church doing this Easter to celebrate the resurrection and reach out to your community?