How to I Practically Leverage Halloween?
First, thank you for reading the latest blog. Some of you have inquired about some practical ways to serve your neighbors this Halloween. I’ve compiled some ideas for you to consider. Many of these I have actually done, others I have not. Regardless, I believe this list will be helpful for you as you think through how you will serve your neighbors this Halloween.
- Be Present: Leverage this time of the year for the glory of God. Don’t overlook it. Show up and be present and get to know the people you are trying to reach.
- Set Up a Tent and Think of the Parents: We set up a tent in my driveway each year. We have hot-chocolate or apple cider for the parents to enjoy. We also encourage our small group to help us out by bringing muffins, pumpkin bread, or something to show the parent we are thinking of them.
- Partner with Your HOA: If your HOA is doing something in the neighborhood, partner with them and make it better. They would love to have your help. This can go a long way.
- Host a Mini-Carnival: Ask each family in your small group to be in charge of one activity. Set up a mini-carnival in your front yard. It should only take 15 minutes to move people through it. Trust me, they don’t want to stay at your place all night. However, this is 15 minutes you get to know them better.
- Give Out Good Candy: I know; this seems so trivial to you as a parent. You would be glad for your kid to get a track or toothbrush, but not the kid. Let’s put ourselves in their shoes and give them something they will enjoy.
- Leverage Your Words: Kids love to hear that you love their costume. Tell them. Nothing makes a kid feel more special than someone acknowledging them in character and encouraging them. Plus, this will help you learn to edify others.
- Be Prayerful: Ask them how you can be praying for them and keep a log and actually do it. Trust the Spirit’s prompting. Ask the Spirit to help you listen well, care, and serve your neighbor. Never overlook opportunities for the Spirit to create new chances to minister to people around you.
- Invite: Don’t shy away from telling them about your small group meeting and when and where your church meets. Invite them to come and join you. A simple invitation can go a very long way.
- Be Ready: Have a church information card ready to give them. They may not remember every word of your conversation, but they will if they take it home on a card. Be sure to be ready to serve others in any way the Spirit leads.
Please share your ideas below. I’d love to hear what you are doing to reach your neighbor on Halloween.