It’s a big week for us church folk. For a lot of us it’s the biggest Sunday of the year.
I’ve loved keeping up with you guys on twitter and seeing how creative your churches are when it comes to promotion of Easter services. I’ve witnessed some great promotion videos and read about some really amazing serving opportunities.
Our friend, Lisa’s, twitter feed has been very entertaining as of late. Her church, Church By The Glades, is doing a huge whole church participation promotion where they’re basically covering South Florida with flyers about their Easter service in a competition on who can get the most invites out. Wish I could pop down to South Florida and visit because I bet you can’t turn a corner without seeing a CBG flyer.
So today I’d love for you to brag on your church for a bit and tell us what you guys are doing to promote Easter. Share a link to a promotion video or give us some details of how you’ve encouraged your congregation to invite their friends and family to church.
I’ll go first. At CrossPoint we’re doing a Serve4Seven campaign where people are encouraged to participate in random acts of kindness and follow those with an Easter invite. The whole church is participating… but there’s been an extra big push in our small groups. Each small group received a Serve4Seven packet to help get them started. It’s dual purpose really, the community group builds community serving together as they reach out to their community.
Posted by Lori (If reading on RSS feed or FB, click through to watch video)
I love Easter. I love celebrating the life, sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus. I love the unique opportunity that we have to share the Gospel with tons of people who don’t normally come to church. I love that God uses the work, effort and energy of staff & volunteers to make His name known and bring people to Himself. Ahhh … I love it.
What is your church doing this Easter to share Christ with your community?
One of the things that came up last week was difficulty celebrating the holidays. Sometimes it can be hard to get some family time on the holidays, especially Christmas and Easter, when you lead in a church.
Solution given by one of the very smart wives: Don’t worry about celebrating holidays on the actual days, just celebrate them.
My family already does this at Easter. We do our egg hunt, Easter baskets, egg dying, and Easter dinner all on Good Friday. Since we don’t have services that day, but LOTS Saturday and Sunday, it is a free day for us. We used to celebrate on Sunday like most other families. Jud would come home after preaching 8 services, and I would stick a basket full of eggs in his hand and send him out back to hide them. He was so tired that he pretty much just threw them wherever and didn’t worry too much about hiding them. Once those were found, he would head upstairs to crash for the rest of the day. Leaving the kids and I on our own to celebrate.
So a few years ago, I moved everything to Friday. It is wonderful. We dress the kids up in their Easter outfits. We all have fun and spend the whole day together. We top it off with an Easter dinner on the town somewhere. Eating out is always my idea of a celebration.
For some reason, it never occurred to me to do Christmas the same way. So, starting this December, we will have a new Wilhite family tradition. We will do all of our family Christmas before all of the Christmas Eve services start the 23rd and 24th. Imagine, a Christmas morning with a Daddy who can stay awake long enough to actually watch his kids play with their Christmas gifts. That will be so great!
What are some great secrets and family traditions that have helped you really make the most of the holidays?