(No, they don’t mean we should actually stop coming to church services, but that if all we do is hang out in a holy huddle, we have missed the point of our faith.)
And we don’t mean only allowing those who don’t know Jesus yet to come on our turf to take advantage of programs we offer. We mean going onto their turf. Meeting them where they live.
We’ve held services in the park and then blanketed the community inviting people through fliers. We’ve met a church to pray and then headed out to look for ways to bless someone God lays on our heart: pay for their gas or food, carry their packages up the post office stairs.
This month’s 3rd serve was an Easter Basket Blitz.
We collected money from our congregation and then over 100 of us met Saturday to shop for and deliver all the fixins for an Easter dinner (and Easter baskets for any kids) to families whose names we had gotten from Social Services.
Our family visited some single moms in the low-income housing project in our town. I know it blessed them. But it blessed us more.
We were able to tell them about other opportunities at our church including a free medical clinic, community garden with free produce and kids’ programs too. We also invited them to our Easter service held at the high school. (We have three services to on the weekends to fit everyone in but want to be all together for Easter and also allow room for the many visitors that day.)
And most importantly, we asked how we could be praying for them and then stopped to pray with them before we left.
Why not do a random act of kindness or do without something you want (such as that latte or manicure or magazine) to buy something for someone else.
Easter week is the perfect time to do it. I’d love to hear any ideas you have!
Happy Holy Week!