EVENTS WITH A PURPOSE
Ice Cream Social
Talent – Un-talent Show
Find A Parade
Renewing Your Vows
Go to a local park, Organize leadership with groups in charge of physical arrangements (tables, chairs, etc.), food (grill hot dogs and hamburgers) and entertainment (games, special music, etc.). Use name tags, dress casually and end with Sunday Evening Prayers to replace evening church service.
Everyone wears old-fashioned clothing. Pastor wears large black coat, white shirt, black string tie and black broad-brimmed hat. Recognize different costumes such as "authentic, creative, prettiest, etc." Use old-fashioned songs, etc.
Plan special music; Center the service on Godly mothers. Use a "Mom" to share a testimony in the church service. Plan a special gift for each mother present.
Center on Godly Fathers, use a “Dad” to share a testimony. Give a special gift for each father present.
Invite former members. Recognize members who have been members’ longest and shortest number of years. Recognize all new members from last year. Use special music, preaching and food. Use pictures and memories from past years. Perhaps a Bar-B-Cue
Celebrate Christian citizenship on Sunday before July 4th. Use parade of flags and Pledge of Allegiance. Have children write about being an American. Decorate in red, white and blue.
Sponsor a barbecue and hay-ride on a farm, park, or at church with clowns, helium balloons, old-fashioned games like bobbing for apples, sack races, pie-eating contest, etc. Conclude evening around a campfire with chorus singing and testimonies of "God's blessings."
Use live nativity. Christmas musical, Candlelight Christmas Eve Communion Service, Christmas caroling to hospitals and shut-ins.
Holy Week Services, Maundy Thursday - communion, Foot Washing Services. Good Friday - crucifixion, Easter Sunday - resurrection. Use music, drama, lots of color and decorations on Easter Sunday.
ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Sunday evening invite all visitors and anyone on your prospect list to a "Free Ice Cream Social". Advertise one month in advance. Serve cups of ice cream with toppings to make sundaes.
On Valentine's Day, offer a banquet at a local restaurant, catered at the church or covered dish. Use individual tables instead of long rows. Use candlelight, special music, and decorate in red and white with lots of hearts and roses. Program options include story of Ruth; Ephesians 5 - love wives as Christ loved the church; testimonies about secrets of a happy marriage. End with recommitment of wedding vows.
TALENT - UNTALENT SHOW
Invite everyone to perform as an individual or group to entertain the rest of the congregation on a Saturday night. Pre-arrange some of your outgoing creative people to invite some of your "shy" members. Give applause for every act, then "gag" gifts for the "Most Creative", "Best Dressed, "Funniest", etc. Serve light refreshments at intermission and give proceeds to some good project in the church.
Celebrate annually your church's birthday. Invite city officials, members who have moved away, denominational representatives, and charter members. Display all pictures, old bulletins, dedication services, etc., that highlight the victories from your past. Saturday night and Sunday morning should include former pastors, leaders, etc., celebrating past victories.
Invite every family to bring a favorite cake, pie, cookies, brownies, etc., to the church on Sunday evening. After the preaching, meet in fellowship hall for "Great Food and Fellowship". Introduce any visitors or new members and permit them to go through the line first as special guests.
FIND A PARADE
When your town or a nearby town sponsors a public parade, get an attractive banner, decorate a truck or a float, use a very warm slogan on the floats such as "A Place for You" or "The People Who Care About People". Have children surrounding your floats giving out individually wrapped pieces of candy to the spectators. Raise the image of your church in the eyes of the un-churched.
RENEWING YOUR VOWS
At the conclusion of a series on Marriage and Family or at the conclusion of the Sweetheart Banquet or on Sunday proceeding Valentine's Day, ask husbands and wives to stand, face each other and repeat their wedding vows. Be sure to have them "kiss their bride". Be sure to celebrate marriage.