Mātes diena Carnation Giveaway ar Janie Sjögren

mothersdayDaži cilvēki aizmirst, vai gaidīt līdz pēdējam brīdim, lai iegūtu Mamma ziedu vai kartes. Ziedi var būt dārgi, ja pērk veikalā individuāli, bet tos var iegādāties par mazāk nekā piecdesmit centi par ziedu vairumā. Jūsu grupa var droši izskaidrot uz vietējo lielveikalu florists, ko jūs mēģināt darīt ar savu saņēmēju lokā. Ņemot vērā pietiekami daudz iepriekšēja brīdinājuma, viņš vai viņa var pasūtīt daudzumu neļķēm un nodot diskontētās cenas uz jums.

Pievienojiet katram ziedu ietekmīgu connect karti un lentu. Tāpat kā ar bezalkoholisko dzērienu vai ūdens giveaway, ja your'e darot pie pārtikas preču veikalā (kur mēs parasti atrast), situate sevi pie ieejas, nav izeja. Jūs vēlaties 5+ cilvēki katrā komandā.

Vēl viens šī versija ir sekretāri diena vai Sweetest diena ziedu giveaway ar tukšu karti kukuļdevēja rakstīt viņa vai viņas sentients uz kā sveiciens.

Protams, nav atdot ziedus pie puķu pārdevējs.

Kur iet:

  • Pilsētiņās
  • Parki
  • Apkaimēs
  • Sporta notikumi
  • Centrs
  • Strādnieki
  • Iepirkšanās centri

Kas jums ir nepieciešams

  • Neļķes
  • Lentes
  • Outreach Connect kartes, piemēram, tiem turpmāk

Mother's Day Connect Card

Mother's Day Connect Card

Mother's Day Connect Card

3 Great ietekmes Projekti pavasarī Janie Šegrena

Pavasaris ir klāt, un šajā sezonā ir lieliska iespēja panākt, lai jūsu sabiedrībā un parādīt viņiem Dieva mīlestību praktiskā veidā.

Šeit ir trīs lielas informēšanas projekti, kas ir ideāli piemērots pavasarī:

1. Bezmaksas Car Wash

Tas ir efektīvs, praktiska pakalpojums. Mēs piedāvājam automazgātava katru nedēļu vasarā. Ir profesionāli veikts banner vai zīme, ka saka “Totally Free Car Wash!” vai “Bezmaksas – Nē Kidding – Automazgātava!” Ir daži cilvēki, kas nav kautrīgi, mundri bļaut automašīnas braukšanas pa – “Bezmaksas Car Wash!” Bijušie karsējmeitenes ir liels šai lomai! Tas ielu nepieciešams labs projekta vadītājs organizēt brīvprātīgos, auto plūsmu un nodrošināt kvalitatīvu darbu.

Iegādāties augstas kvalitātes auto mazgāšanas ziepes un darīt rūpīgu darbu – skrubis riepas un nosusiniet auto. Jūsu smags darbs runā apjomi par Dieva mīlestību!

Materiāli:

  • Savienojuma Cards
  • Bezmaksas Auto Wash Signs
  • Šļūtenes un sprauslas
  • Ūdens Source (svarīgs!)
  • Spaiņi
  • Car Wash Ziepes
  • Rakelis
  • Riepu birstes
  • Dvieļi / Zamšāda Audums

Team Size: 8+

Outreach izmaksas: Lēts

Bērnu draudzīgu: Jā, tas ir ļoti jautri bērniem, bet tie ir arī jāuzrauga

 

2. General Yard Cleanup

Pēc tam, kad ziema ir beigusies, visādas atlūzām kļuvis skaidrs. Iet no durvīm līdz durvīm ar cimdiem, grābekļi, un trash somas.

Materiāli:

Team Size: 2+

Outreach izmaksas: Bezmaksas / lēts

Bērnu draudzīgu: Do Not

 

3. Minerālūdens Giveaway

Daudzi cilvēki dod priekšroku ūdens bezalkoholiskajiem dzērieniem. Ledus uz leju ūdens pudeles, kas Igloo dzesētāji par alternatīvu koksa giveaways. Izmantojiet pašu dzērienu savienojuma kartes. Mēs neiesakām apvienojot to ar sodas giveaway, jo tas piedāvā pārāk daudz iespējas, un kļūst sarežģīta. To var izdarīt, visur ir daudz cilvēku pulcējās.

Materiāli:

Team Size: 3+

Outreach izmaksas: Mērens

Bērnu draudzīgu: Do Not

 

Neaizmirstiet, lai sniegtu no ārējas savienot kārtis laikā jūsu pavasara outreaches. Ja Jums ir nepieciešama augstas kvalitātes informatīvos kartes, Jūs varat noklikšķināt uz kādu no iepriekš minētajām saitēm, lai redzētu lieliska izvēle dizainu mēs piedāvājam, vai vienkārši doties uz šo saiti zemāk:

http://www.kindnessresources.com/Outreach-Cards-C10.aspx

Uzglabāt staigājot aizplūšana!

4 Silts laiks Outreach Idejas Janie Šegrena

Tas kļūst siltāks, un tas maina to, ko mēs varam darīt, lai parādītu mīlestību mūsu kopienām. Veikt apskatīt jūsu piegādes skapis, un darīt kādu pavasara tīrīšanu atsvaidzināt viss uz augšu. Tipiskie tualetes tīrīšanas komplekti un vējstiklu mazgāšanas piegādes ir sākums, but add some more spark to your outreaches with a good variety of options at the ready. Here are four outreach ideas for warmer weather.

Put A Twist On The Typical Car Wash – Make It a $1 Automazgātava

Get big banners that read, “Free Car Wash—No Kidding!” or “$1 Car Wash!” In the $1 Car Wash version, you give the person $1 after washing their car, with a connect card explaining why you are doing this, “This is a simple way to say God loves you, no strings attached!”

Set up on a street that has significant traffic flow, with water access and an easy entrance and exit. Use soccer cones to direct traffic where you want it. Create an inviting sitting area with soccer chairs and iced down drinks in a cooler.

Place several high-energy, cheerleader types on corners near your site. Tell them to shake their signs, wave their hands and generally direct people into the car wash.

Make sure to have friendly people to greet the drivers, and to talk to people. Don’t get so busy washing that you forget to pass out a card and an explanation that you are doing this as a community service project to show them a little of God’s love.

Put Your Coolers To Work!

Rolling coolers are great for water and pop outreaches. If your church can afford one, get a large Ice Maker to always have ice at the ready. Coolers also work well to transport hot dogs and hamburgers wrapped in fast-food foil wrappers. The cooler acts like a steamer, and the goods arrive warm. Offer with individually wrapped condiments, and deliver around 11am while people are still hungry.

Ice Cream Coupon Give-Away

Ice cream is a happy food! Buy a quantity of ice cream coupons at a discount. Connect with your local ice cream shop, or with McDonald’s or Chick-Fil-A. Explain that you are doing, a community service project, and that you plan on giving the ice cream coupons away.

Places to go include campuses, parks, neighborhoods, sporting events, and skate parks. Give out a Connection Card with each Ice Cream Coupon.

Festival Survival Packs

Where food and drink are being sold as part of a community event, don’t be rude and give away drinks or food. Vietā, make up little packs of items in a small zip-lock bag.

Items could include: Towelettes for cleaning sticky fingers, small samples of lotion or suntan cream, a peppermint hard candy to freshen breath, tissues, golf pencils and small pads of post-its or pads made from clean-cut scrap paper.

Neaizmirstiet, lai sniegtu no ārējas savienot kārtis laikā jūsu pavasara outreaches. Ja Jums ir nepieciešama augstas kvalitātes informatīvos kartes, Jūs varat noklikšķināt uz kādu no iepriekš minētajām saitēm, lai redzētu lieliska izvēle dizainu mēs piedāvājam, vai vienkārši doties uz šo saiti zemāk:

http://www.kindnessresources.com/Outreach-Cards-C10.aspx

Plānojiet Tagad Valentīna diena laipnību Outreaches! ar Janie Šegrena

"Vai jums jūsu mīļotais šodien?“ It’s easy to put a Valentine’s Day outreach together in a short time. Cilvēki ir patiešām atvērt šī gada laikā, un visi mīl kļūst mazliet mīlestības parādīts uz tiem!

Rozes ir lieliska ideja, ietin ar mazuļa elpu un kādu florists papīru no jūsu vietējā florists. Order the parts and have your team wrap everything up. Wrap up each red rose individually. Wrap with baby’s breath, red florist paper and clear plastic sheets, then tie a ribbon with an outreach card to it. Roses are great to give out on street corners, and people are surprised it is free. Some churches use a “$1 Roses” sign and then give the rose and the dollar to people! Red carnations also work well for this project.

Chocolates are a great gift of love this time of year. Put Hershey kisses or other wrapped candies into small clear bags tied with ribbon and a card stating that “This is a little way to let you know God loves you, no strings attached!” Gifts of candies to workers at stores are often well received, as well as showing love at nursing and care homes. Buy 3” X 5” zip-closure bags online.

Set the date and time! Get your team together, plan what you’ll give out and set the date for your Valentine’s Day outreach. Make sure you have all the items to assemble before the outreach.

If you pack them, your people will give them away! Another great way to get the sweets out to people is to send your Sunday attendees out the door with 5 vai 10 sets of candies with cards attached ready to give away.

People need to know they are loved, and this is an easy way to do it!

For connect cards and zip-closure bags, check out KindnessResources.com.

3 Fun viegli un lēti Brīvdienu Outreaches Steve Šegrena

1. Bread Giveaway

Everybody likes bread! Especially from those high-end bread stores with Bread Company somewhere in the name… Did you know that you can arrange to receive day-old bread from specialty bread stores for FREE? You can also check with national chain grocery stores that have in-house bakeries. Talk to the store manager and explain your outreach concept. Tell a few stories of the people you are helping and you will likely establish your “daily bread” connection. It will only take one or two of these connections to begin a substantial ministry in your community.

Many of these stores do not have a reliable source to distribute their old bread to. The key is to be consistent and reliable in picking up their bread. You will need to have a team and as schedule so you don’t disappoint the bread store managers. As a good public relations gesture, write a letter of thanks to the store manager for his company’s generosity to the community (and don’t be surprised to see it framed and posted on the wall of the store).

The ministry is simple and straight forward. Knock on the doors of the houses and apartments. Say, “Tur, we’re giving away fresh, free high-quality bread. Could you use some, or do you know anyone in the neighborhood who could use some?” Give recipients an outreach card and offer to pray for them as you hand out the bread.

How Do You Find People To Give Bread To?

Cold calling (just knocking on doors) in lower-income neighborhoods and apartments complexes works fine with this project. Stay away from neighborhoods closest to the donating store.

Kas jums ir nepieciešams

2. Big Christmas Party

People in need don’t always celebrate Christmas properly because there aren’t Christ-centered celebration opportunities. You can sponsor an event that will be fun and cause everyone to focus on Jesus.

The elements of this celebration include playing games and singing songs. As you sing Christmas carols, make sure the words are available. It’s also fun to have a few inexpensive rhythm instruments to play along with.

Someone can share what Christmas is about in a very positive and upbeat way – simply explaining, “Christmas is important to me because…”

Decorations and refreshments and a meal can be simple or elaborate, depending on the inclination of your group.

For about $1 per photo, you can take Polaroid pictures of kids with an ethnically correct Santa. Design a simple backdrop and get up-close with the camera. Mount the photo on red or green construction paper and add the child’s name and year with a gold or silver marking pen.

At the conclusion of the party, give away small gifts as people depart – perhaps a Bible or devotional book. Consider giving away the decorations as well.

How Do You Find People Who Would Enjoy A Christmas Party?

Invite those who are already connected with your ministry to those in need. Give out fliers or invitations at previous events in the neighborhood, or simply walk around the neighborhood and distribute fliers.

Kas jums ir nepieciešams:

  • facility to host the party
  • Polaroid camera and film
  • construction paper
  • glue sticks
  • gold and silver marking pens
  • refreshments
  • outreach cards

3. Winter Survival Kits

Winter can be hard on the body and the soul. A survival kit is great encouragement to everyone who receives one.

The kit contains a packet of facial tissue, lip balm, throat lozenges, and an outreach card.

In Action

Our churches have had great success with this project as we have aimed it at parents and business professionals. We go to parks that parents frequent with their children and downtown sidewalks as business professionals make their way out to lunch. When those we meet notice how nice the kit is, they are very grateful and usually end up striking a conversation with us.

Kur iet

  • campuses
  • parks
  • neighborhoods
  • sporting events
  • downtown
  • commuters
  • shopping centers

Kas jums ir nepieciešams

  • zip lock plastic bags
  • lip balm
  • throat lozenges
  • individual packets of facial tissue
  • outreach cards

Why Outreach Cards

When doing a project, it is important to have a means to connect with those you serve. An outreach card is a business-sized card you can leave with those you have served so they can get back in touch you if they desire. The idea isn’t to accomplish a sales job where you promote your church. Rather, it is a simple way to leave your church’s name, address, phone number and service times so that when future needs arise, those you’ve served will have a way of reconnecting with you. The idea is to be available without giving out personal addresses.

If you need outreach cards for your holiday projects, we highly recommend those on our sister site at KindnessResources.com.

Christmas Outreach Card

Ziedu dot-Aways ir liels Outreaches ar Janie Šegrena

flowers

Get a group together to bundle up flowers, with some other accent greenery. Target anywhere that you can find women, i.e. shopping areas, Nursing Homes, and people leaving libraries and exercise clubs.

Buy buckets of flowers, baby’s breath and some fern. Get some ribbon, clear and green paper to wrap the flowers in, and some preprinted cards and rubber bands.

outreach cardCreate cards to attach to the flowers:
We just wanted you to know you are loved!

Have a blessed day!

From ______(church, website, celebration times, phone number)

This is a small reminder that you are loved!

vai

Have a great day!

From ______(church, website, celebration times, phone number)

Create Phrase: Use a phrase above, or create your own.

Copy It: onto colored paper or cardstock.

Cut It: Assign a perfectionist to use a paper cutter and cut up into smaller cards.

Punch It: Make a hole with a hole punch in each card.

Bundle It: Buy buckets of flowers, baby’s breath and some fern. Wrap a flower with some greenery, surround with green and clear plastic sheets of floral paper to wrap the flowers in, and secure with a rubber band.

Thread It: Thread a ribbon or two through the hole to attach the note to the flowers. Use one or two colorful strands, maybe 2 strands of 12” of either of red, pink, purple or white curling ribbon.

Bucket It: Place bottom ends of flowers into water in buckets, tub, coolers or bins to transport your flowers to your hand-out site.

LOCATIONS FOR OUTREACH

Intentional Acts of Kindness: Find women to give flowers to on street corners, nursing homes, shopping areas and door to door give-aways.

Empower the people in church to extend love beyond the walls of the church: Have the flowers with cards attached and ready on Sunday morning, and ask people to take them as they leave to give away. They might have someone in mind, or they might know of someone who lives alone in their neighborhood who could use a lift. Or they could hand them out to strangers that they come across.

WHAT TO SAY

“We just wanted to bless your day!” “We just wanted you to know you are loved!”

Dr. Martins Luters Kings diena Outreach? Dr. Zinātnieks

Dr. Zinātnieks

Cienījamie Dr. Zinātnieks,

Vai jums ir kādas idejas par SE par Dr. Martin Luther King Day?

Mācītājs Eugene Jackson
–Detroit Michigan


That is an excellent question! Lielākā daļa skolu mīlu ir locekļi savu baznīcu izpalīdzēt programmām un svinībām par šo ļoti svarīgo dienu laikā. Faktiski, why not host a parent teacher appreciation dinner at one of your local schools? It would be easy to do. All it involves is taking the normal Sunday Church social or brunch on the road during the next PTA meeting. You could expand this small outreach into a reading tutoring program. Tutoring reading is actually easier than it seems. Kids love to be read to–even older kids. As you win them over by reading a few stories, you then extend beyond that and show them how to read on their own. I will let you in on a little secret. When you read out loud to kids, visualation of the story comes naturally. Most kids that have difficulty with reading lack the ability to translate the character strings on a page into viual context in their brain. That is were you come in. Sure there are some children that have serious learning disabilities that require the intervention of a trained professional, but what they often lack even more is face time with a caring adult that models learning for them. That small investment of your time and energy will pay huge dividends in their lives. The economy is really bad right now, and families with children are really feeling the pinch. So are teachers and schools. Why not consider sponsoring a few kids or classroom with books to read for sustained silent reading? I can even put you in touch with a great company that sells book with African American themes for schools, teachers, and families of students at a fantastic price. If you drop our editor’s name, you will get an extra discount:

TOWNSEND PRESS

–Dr. Zinātnieks


Fun Easy and Inexpensive Holiday Outreaches by Kindness Resources

1. Bread Giveaway

Kindness Resources
Laipnība Resursi

Everybody likes bread! Especially from those high-end bread stores with Bread Company somewhere in the name… Did you know that you can arrange to receive day-old bread from specialty bread stores for FREE? You can also check with national chain grocery stores that have in-house bakeries. Talk to the store manager and explain your outreach concept. Tell a few stories of the people you are helping and you will likely establish your “daily bread” connection. It will only take one or two of these connections to begin a substantial ministry in your community.

Many of these stores do not have a reliable source to distribute their old bread to. The key is to be consistent and reliable in picking up their bread. You will need to have a team and as schedule so you don’t disappoint the bread store managers. As a good public relations gesture, write a letter of thanks to the store manager for his company’s generosity to the community (and don’t be surprised to see it framed and posted on the wall of the store).

The ministry is simple and straight forward. Knock on the doors of the houses and apartments. Say, “Tur, we’re giving away fresh, free high-quality bread. Could you use some, or do you know anyone in the neighborhood who could use some?” Give recipients an outreach card and offer to pray for them as you hand out the bread.

How Do You Find People To Give Bread To?

Cold calling (just knocking on doors) in lower-income neighborhoods and apartments complexes works fine with this project. Stay away from neighborhoods closest to the donating store.

Kas jums ir nepieciešams

* a supply of high-quality bread

* outreach cards

2. Big Christmas Party

People in need don’t always celebrate Christmas properly because there aren’t Christ-centered celebration opportunities. You can sponsor an event that will be fun and cause everyone to focus on Jesus.

The elements of this celebration include playing games and singing songs. As you sing Christmas carols, make sure the words are available. It’s also fun to have a few inexpensive rhythm instruments to play along with.

Someone can share what Christmas is about in a very positive and upbeat way – simply explaining, “Christmas is important to me because…”

Decorations and refreshments and a meal can be simple or elaborate, depending on the inclination of your group.

For about $1 per photo, you can take Polaroid pictures of kids with an ethnically correct Santa. Design a simple backdrop and get up-close with the camera. Mount the photo on red or green construction paper and add the child’s name and year with a gold or silver marking pen.

At the conclusion of the party, give away small gifts as people depart – perhaps a Bible or devotional book. Consider giving away the decorations as well.

How Do You Find People Who Would Enjoy A Christmas Party?

Invite those who are already connected with your ministry to those in need. Give out fliers or invitations at previous events in the neighborhood, or simply walk around the neighborhood and distribute fliers.

Kas jums ir nepieciešams:

* facility to host the party

* Polaroid camera and film

* construction paper

* glue sticks

* gold and silver marking pens

* refreshments

* outreach cards

3. Winter Survival Kits

Winter can be hard on the body and the soul. A survival kit is great encouragement to everyone who receives one.

The kit contains a packet of facial tissue, lip balm, throat lozenges, and an outreach card.

In Action

Our churches have had great success with this project as we have aimed it at parents and business professionals. We go to parks that parents frequent with their children and downtown sidewalks as business professionals make their way out to lunch. When those we meet notice how nice the kit is, they are very grateful and usually end up striking a conversation with us.

Kur iet

* campuses

* parks

* neighborhoods

* sporting events

* downtown

* commuters

* shopping centers

Kas jums ir nepieciešams

* zip lock plastic bags

* lip balm

* throat lozenges

* individual packets of facial tissue

* outreach cards

Why Outreach Cards

When doing a project, it is important to have a means to connect with those you serve. An outreach card is a business-sized card you can leave with those you have served so they can get back in touch you if they desire. The idea isn’t to accomplish a sales job where you promote your church. Rather, it is a simple way to leave your church’s name, address, phone number and service times so that when future needs arise, those you’ve served will have a way of reconnecting with you. The idea is to be available without giving out personal addresses.

If you need outreach cards for your holiday projects, we highly recommend those on our sister site at KindnessResources.com.

Plānošanas Brīvdienu Outreaches

Ir vairākas reizes kalendārā gada laikā, kad Jēzus sekotājiem ir unikāla iespēja savienot punktus starp Dieva sirdi un sirdis ļaudis hurting cilvēku mūsu sabiedrībā. Ziemassvētku sezona ir iespējams, lielākais no tiem laikiem. Savā ziņā, mums gandrīz ir negodīgas priekšrocības, because even skeptics are overwhelmed by all of the holiday endorphins and excitement. We can clearly target what people are hungry for, if we slow down just long enough to listen to what is on their hearts. We are here at Christmas to work in tandem with God’s Spirit as the time of the season allows us to get in touch with people in unique ways. The opportunities that lie before us are immense if we are willing to be focused.

Wrapping Presents
This is one of the most powerful ways you can serve a person during this time of the year. It is powerful because you are able to engage in a genuine conversation with them as you wrap their gift. More times than not, they will ask you why you are doing this for them. That curiosity will provide a natural opportunity for evangelism. With that said, it is easy to get caught up in the physical action of present wrapping. We need to take care not to forget the spiritual aspect of serving them. It is always best to slow things down a bit. Take ample advantage of the opportunity to share God’s love.

Wrapping Presents – Large Scale Project
There are several pointers to keep in mind if you are doing this as a larger scale event. You will need to begin recruiting a fairly large volunteer force—don’t procrastinate—start vision-casting now! The key to this outreach will be the personnel you have gathered together. They must be enthused and on the same page. You are looking for the people that are excitement catalysts in your church. These folks thrive on the energy and joy of the season. Start gathering materials now! Don’t put this off. Order plenty of what you will need. Keep in mind you don’t want to frustrate your volunteer force. The name of the game here is to have “More than plenty” so people will not have to twiddle their thumbs waiting on restocking when they could be serving the public and having divine conversations. Start praying now! We will be connecting with people who are not yet connected with us nor are they connected with the God of heaven and earth. They are in immense spiritual need, no matter what walk of life they come from. We are his representatives. We are not only wrapping presents – we are spiritual ambassadors. We need to blend the spiritual act of praying with the physical act of serving. If we get out of sync with our serving we cease to be effective in our activity. We are merely chasing our tails.

Strategy
Our role is to serve them all and let God sort them out. In the past people have suggested that we should only seek to serve the marginalized, but I would argue that their definition of poverty, may be too narrow. The beauty of wrapping gifts a shopping mall or department store is that you will encounter people with diverse socio-economic status, but they all have spiritual and emotional needs. That is what we are really seeking to touch. Do not get bogged down by skill. Even if you are all thumbs, chances are you are still doing the person a tremendous service. In fact I have had people take over the wrapping from me as I simply hand them the supplies and hold down flaps and strings while they do elaborate wrapping. What this is really about is the conversation you share while the gift is being wrapped. You don’t have to be a highly skilled craft person to do this activity. We can all engage in the simple sharing line of “We are here to wrap your present as a part of XYZ Community Church to show you some love this Christmas. Make sure you remind folks: “We are not a part of the mall / store personnel – we pay for this ourselves in order to show God’s love in a practical way to the community. Our intent is to give God’s love, not just talk about it.” Some simple chatter will do the trick until the other person clicks in with some acknowledgement of what you are saying. They will either engage with you or they will change the subject. Many will want to chat a bit. Keep in mind you will be planting a seed of generosity in the hearts of the majority of people we come in contact with. This will be one of many seeds that person will need to come in contact along their trek prior to their conversion to Jesus. We all have a unique path into a love relationship with Jesus. Very rarely was it a sudden conversion. Our part as his followers is to tell our story along the way between now and then to as many as possible. In wrapping presents we get plenty of chances to share our story and his story at the same time.

It should be noted that if you don’t have the resources or volunteers to do this at a mall or large department store, a smaller discount store with a limited schedule could be a perfect starting location for your group. You can always work towards the goal of broadening this event in future years. People will join up in your outreaches for many reasons, but they will stay for one main reason – because they enjoyed working with the people. You need to work with the shift leaders present to make sure you are not frustrating the people present in any way if that is at all possible. I recommend the primary leaders of this be connected with, be brought coffee while the shifts are going on, be asked in a jovial way, “Are we having fun yet?” – engaging ways of connecting the dots with the team by various levels of interactive approaches to show care to all involved.

Liquor Store Outreach?
As Jesus often demonstrated, we need to hang out with the sinners. The name of the game is, “We are here to connect with people who don’t go to church.” This is always the objective to keep in front of you. The object is not to serve churchy people. For the most part those folks already understand the notion of God’s love. I ran into a group who had latched onto the giftwrapping concept last season, but they got the application pretty much backwards. They set up shop in front of a Christian book store. I suggested they move across the parking lot to a liquor store. They laughed heartily at the suggestion. I didn’t laugh. I wasn’t kidding. Not in the least. Another pastor friend was present when this conversation took place. He chimed in. “Yes, that’s a very good idea. If you are after the head tilt with this project you really need to switch locations. I did an outreach like this a few years ago when I was working for a Church in California and we set up the outreach in front of a liquor store. One guy came in planning to just buy some booze and other supplies for a party, including a last minute gift—the ultimate one stop shopping. Not only was he converted by this radical love he certainly wasn’t shopping for, this guy became a member of the church and over time became one of its most influential leaders!”

Keep in mind not everyone that shops at a liquor store has drinking problem—we are wise to not generalize. We are also wise to go to places that have historically been cast off by the church culture in general. Once again: “serve them all, let God sort them out!” A liquor store may be prime real estate for holding a small, outdoor gift-wrapping outreach. Make sure you clearly explain your intent and the point of the outreach with the owner / manager of the store prior to doing the outreach. This conversation is key to the success of the outreach making it or not.

The Taste of Christmas
Here is a quick and easy outreach you can put together as either a business blast kindness event, or a take-home kit for you to give to church members as the exit from weekend services. The materials are easy to gather: 1) A bulk supply of Ziploc snack size baggies 2) Well crafted connect cards with a holiday design 3) High quality Christmas candy.

Candy Canes are always welcomed it seems. If you really want to make a dent inpeople’s lives, purchase different colored candy canes other than the standard red and white colors. Apparently there are now even exotic fruit flavors available in neon colors, but with the traditional shape. Make sure you have some chocolate. This is crucial. Hershey’s makes a seasonal version of Kisses that are decorated in green foil or red foil. There is actually a large variety of seasonal candy that you will find on display starting in early November. You are going for a mix that is attractive in appearance and flavor. The connect card is the anchor. In fact we have a few new fantastic designs available now at Kindness Resources LLC. The name of the game is to give away as many of these as possible with a small connect card inserted into the Ziplock bag. One candy cane, a few pieces of candy is all you need for each bag to make a small effective touch. If you purchase in bulk you can keep your cost efficiency to between $0.07 to $0.12 per touch!

Black Friday Outreach
Some daring people / churches have the courage to take on enormous crowds that gather for shopping specials the day after Thanksgiving. This outreach needs to be done in connection with the store that is willing to allow you to do something spectacular directly in front of their location. I have neverheard of a store that wasn’t anything less than tickled at the offer of having a Black Friday outreach done in front of their location. I have on occasion heard of stores where they pay for part or all of the outreach materials so long as the people from the local church manned the labor aspect of the outreach. This is actually easy to do. Think of any nice touch to get the attention of a frenzied shopper:

  • Free Coffee/Hot Chocolate (check out the cool back pack dispenser)
  • Free Battery Packs
  • Free Ribbon
  • Free Scotch Tape
  • Free Wrapping Paper Kits
  • Free “Pop Up” Bows
  • Shopping Cart Valet Service
  • Umbrella Outreach
  • Windshield Cleaning Patrol

Final Thoughts
This season, make sure that you remember that people are hungry for relationship. The holidays remind us we are more ill-equipped for relationships than at any other times of the year. We get around those who are perhaps challenging to us, yet they are the ones we love. We are hungry to see progress made in relationships, but we don’t know how to make progress without being driven crazy at the same time. This is a time of year when people are in some ways the most open to a “Big God” encounter. There is a sort of collective verbal outcry that goes very much like this:

Dear God, if you are real and if you answer prayers, please hear mine. I ask that you would change my family and make us more loving toward one another. Amen.”

It is also important to remember that people are in a hurry. Nearly everyone is on a short emotional fuse. Thus, we must be mindful of the tendency on the parts of everyone to be a bit odd about things in general. If it is ever appropriate to proceed with caution now is the time of year for those words to be taken to heart.

We should also make sure that we invest time and energy on retail employees. Given the current economy, this holiday season is predicted to see a record number of new seasonal part-time employees hit the work force. For many this grim reality of a second or third job will be a shock to their system. They will be in as much need for kindness as they will the extra funds they hope to gain by adding ten to twenty hours onto their already exhausting hours of employment just to make ends meet or to gather extra holiday cash. Our hope is to scatter our seeds at the Christmas season in order to see a return to our love language throughout the rest of the year. During the final part of the calendar year we may end up seeing a return that is greater than all the other weeks and months we go out and serve folks. Faktiski, I think it will pale by comparison. Let’s make the most of what we have before us. Let’s connect the dots and see what God is up to right around us. That will happen as we serve with all our hearts and lay caution aside.