Simple Ways to Care for Your Neighbors this Easter.
Posted Apr 06, 2017 by Kris Eldridge in Missions
Easter is almost here! And at Easter, just like Christmas, people are more spiritually “in tune.” This dynamic is true for both Christians and non-Christians. As Christ followers, we would be remiss not to leverage this activity. As you pray and think about how to show God’s love in practical ways this Easter, you’ll find that God often gives you creative ways to communicate with people about how they can follow Jesus.
Be an inviter!
Invite your friend to your small group, to a neighborhood Bible study, or to a special event, like Fellowship's Easter Services. Non-Christians are more open to coming to an Easter service than at other times of the year. So, invite them! Help them connect in contexts where they can hear the good news of Christ's love for them.
Plan simple get-togethers!
- The easiest way to connect with a non-Christian is over a meal. Invite a neighbor to have a meal with your family.
- Have a couples/family dessert smorgasbord - invite neighbors to come and bring a dessert to share. Play games, share Easter traditions, then share a simple video clip from The Story of Jesus for Children or JESUS: Fact or Fiction and share your spiritual journey.
- I am stealing this one from Mark and Debbie McGoldrick: invite your neighbors over for Easter Sunday brunch and then take them to church with you. One year when Mark and Debbie did this, they had around 30 of their neighbors come to both brunch and church!
Give Easter baskets to your friends/neighbors!
Remember the thrill of getting an Easter basket as a kid? Create a basket for a non-Christian friend/neighbor. In addition to the perfunctory Peeps and Skittles, add a book or DVD that focuses on the first Easter. Consider one of these offerings from The JESUS Film Project: The Story of Jesus for Children, JESUS: Fact or Fiction, Magdalena: Through Her Eyes.
Host a spring family festival in your neighborhood!
On a weekend prior to Easter Sunday, host a spring family festival. Plan an Easter egg hunt for the neighborhood kids, set up an inflatable or two, grill hotdogs, have music playing, play games, etc. Share the parable of the empty egg (representing the empty tomb), and use this event to introduce your neighborhood to Christ. If you know other Christ-followers in your neighborhood, partner together and ask them to help your family put on this spring festival.
Tell your story & His story!
Listen to their story and don’t be afraid to tell yours. Share your personal testimony as God gives you the opportunity. Then, share His story! Remember, His story will save them, not yours. Let the Lord’s light in your life shine freely so that He may draw people to Himself!
What about you? What are your plans or other ideas you have to care for neighbors this Easter?
Kris Eldridge | Mission Pastor
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