Sep 30

Sharing Jesus without Leaving the Subdivision

Editor’s note: This article appeared in CTA’s Grab N’ Go newsletter a few weeks ago. We didn’t want Sunday school teachers, Awana leaders, or catechists to miss the ideas, so we are reprinting it here. Let us know what you think. (And be sure to share your helpful ideas with us so we can pass them on! Just click on “Leave a Reply” below.) 

Frommer’s, a top name when it comes to travel guides, says that traffic is a nightmare in Atlanta. And boy, are they right! There are plenty of road rage and traffic headaches to go around. The average commuter spends 60 hours stuck in traffic each year. Traffic congestion is so bad that it’s become a problem for traditional children’s ministries where parents drop off the kids and return later to pick them up. Families stop going to these ministry events because the traffic is just too much to handle.

When Children’s Ministry Director Charessa Koontz started work one year ago at Christ the Shepherd Lutheran Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, she brought with her a new concept for outreach ministry—the conviction that the most powerful Christian outreach opportunities are located right in one’s own neighborhood.

“Everyone has a two-mile radius around them,” she says. “They know the people in the radius. They know how to serve them. We want to encourage people to put their fingerprint on a local person, a community, or a service project.”

Charessa utilized this concept in her previous ministry at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Richmond, Virginia. There, she had started a program that invited church members to use pledge cards to commit volunteer hours, just as they would if they were pledging a monetary donation. Her initial goal was to have each individual commit five hours of service and, according to Charessa, members “blew that number out of the water!”

“It’s not just about giving money to a cause,” she says. “It’s about using all of the resources that God has given to you.”

Charessa is excited to implement this type of volunteer program at her Atlanta church this fall. They have a handful of service opportunities planned. In addition, Charessa and the members at Christ the Shepherd are making a dedicated effort to reach neighborhood children at Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and on other holidays.

“Our members are going to buy Halloween candy and Valentine’s Day cards anyway,” comments Charessa. “So, why not provide something more meaningful at the holidays? Why not hand out something that’s going to have an impact?”

To do this, Charessa sets up a table at church and stocks it with activity books and small gifts from CTA. Church members are then invited to purchase the CTA items and hand them out instead of or alongside secular gifts. For example, this fall members passed out nearly 300 Who, Who Loves You? Gospel Fun Activity Books for younger children and 300 SHINE Activity Books for older kids on Halloween night.

All of Charessa’s efforts point back to her church’s vision: Up, In, and Out—reaching up to God, in to one another, and out to the world that God loves. Aside from individual members volunteering, she wants the church to live out this vision and be known for its devotion to Christ-like service.

“We want the church to work in its two-mile radius, too,” she says. “We want the church to be known as the place that loves and cares about the community. We want the neighborhood to know that our church is a place where they can come to ask for help with meeting their needs. When we show our appreciation for the people in our community and honor them, they notice—especially when it’s a church acting in such a secular world. We just want to be known by how we love and be a blessing to our community with service. If we do that, we can’t lose.”

What outreach opportunities are located in your two-mile radius? We encourage you to get started today! Carry in the groceries for your neighbor, read to a class at your local elementary school, or have morning coffee with nursing home residents. Whatever volunteer opportunity you choose, CTA provides Christ-centered resources so that you can share the Gospel story with others. Visit  our website to choose from our wide selection of devotional books, witness bracelets, bookmarks, and gift sets.

 

© 2014 CTA, Inc. 

 

 

 

Sep 29

Shaping Hearts, Changing Lives – a free devotion for this week’s meetings

This week’s free devotion is slightly adapted from CTA’s new devotion book for Christian Workers, Shaping Hearts; Changing Lives: 30 Days to Grow in Service. It is available now, and the product line includes many valuable, value-priced gifts for church staff and volunteers.

 

Hubris. Conceit. Arrogance. We might accuse the apostle Paul of all this and more as we read his New Testament letters. Again and again he says, in essence, “Imitate me! Use me as your pattern! Live and serve as I do!”

But Paul’s words have nothing to do with self-confidence – accent on “self”! No. This is the confidence of a forgiven servant of Christ, standing firm beneath the cross: 

Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you. 2 Timothy 1:13-14

Paul learned, believed, and taught the “sound words” of Christ. Paul had received faith and love from Christ. The Holy Spirit stood guard over this good deposit—and Paul knew it.

Do you share Paul’s confidence as you serve? You can! The same “sound words” are at work in you, the same faith and love are alive in you, the same gracious Savior energizes you! 

Remember This

Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Hebrews 13:7

Read and Talk About This

In Acts 20:17-38, we catch a glimpse of Paul’s relationship with those he served. The tender love and confident authority Christ had shaped in him changed the lives of many!

  • What does this text say about your relationship with those you serve?
  • What does it say about your relationship with those who exercise spiritual authority over you?

 

Editor’s note: If you’re looking for ways to recognize, connect, and celebrate volunteers and/or pastors and other church staff, consider any of the products in the Shaping Hearts, Changing Lives line. Or check out CTA’s other Christian Worker themes. 

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

© 2014 CTA, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 24

10 Ways to Grow as a Leader in Your Church

As Christ’s people, we have important work to do! Our Lord has given us a Great Commission! We want to share Christ’s saving love in the best ways possible. Great leadership helps make this happen. Are you reluctant to think of yourself as a great leader? You are not alone. Few of us do. Yet, leadership skills can be learned. We can all improve, no matter where we find ourselves right now. So consider these behaviors of great leaders. How might you grow in them?

Great leaders . . .

  1. Develop a clear vision for ministry, understanding they need not (and should not) do this alone. Even when they come to the task with clear idea of where they want to take the group, they listen to the ideas others in the group suggest, working together to forge an inspiring, exciting vision that invites buy-in from everyone.
  2. Work to keep the vision front and center in every goal they set, every decision they make, every activity they champion.
  3. Engage staff and members in a continuous cycle of planning, implementation, and evaluation. This cycle is critical for improving existing programs and activities, deciding when to shutter an activity that is no longer effective, and developing new ministry opportunities.
  4. Delegate responsibility, but recognize the work is still their responsibility. They realize that delegation does not mean the task is checked off their “to do” list. Instead they encourage and empower those doing the detail work.
  5. Foster strong, healthy community. They really love seeing the body of Christ work together. They let people know their work is appreciated.
  6. Know how to communicate openly and honestly in all situations. They are not afraid of uncomfortable conversations, because they know communication is essential for sustaining both relationships and the community itself.
  7. Understand the importance of developing relationships outside the church in the community. They recognize the value of connections with other churches, civic leaders, and local businesses.
  8. Create energy and enthusiasm because they genuinely love what they are doing—and they show it. They are passionate about seeing God’s love in Christ shared as widely and deeply as possible. They actively look for others to partner in accomplishing this.
  9. Are lifelong learners themselves and encourage lifelong learning in those around them, too. They love trying new strategies and opportunities, because they know that change helps keep things fresh and helps keep people engaged.
  10. Are authentic–and respected. Because they led in a real genuine way, they gain the respect of others.

Do you serve by leading in any way? If so, you have an important role, and at times the responsibility can seem overwhelming. Remember, though, you do not work alone. The Savior whose calling you pursue has promised to equip you and accompany you. Relying on him, you will serve with distinction.

 

© 2014 CTA, Inc.

 

 

Sep 23

Tips for Saying Thanks during Clergy Appreciation Month

October is Clergy Appreciation Month in many churches. While you will want to thank your senior pastor, don’t overlook the children’s ministers, the DREs and DCEs, the church secretaries, and all the many volunteers who keep your ministry moving forward! Here are some ideas you might want to use or adapt:

Plan ahead for October. Distribute Post-It notes to church members, service teams, Bible study groups, and the children in the school your church sponsors. Invite them each to write a message of thanks on the note. Gather all the notes to post on staff doors during Pastor Appreciation Month in October.

  • Personally deliver a “Hero Sandwich” to your youth pastor, children’s minister, Christian school principal, or the person who coordinates all those volunteers you rely on so much! Be sure to include a card, detailing ways that person has led you into a deeper walk with Jesus, your Hero!
  • Surprise each staff worker or faithful volunteer with an email blast. On a specified day, invite every congregation member to e-mail their personal thankfulness for the worker’s dedication. Encourage participants to refer to specific examples of guidance, hope, or help they have received—and to say thanks.
  • Decorate each staff office, using a complete ball of yarn. Beginning at one end of the room, loop and drape the yarn over the desk to the window, across the chair, and so on. All along the path the yarn makes, tie small gifts (candy bar, self-stick note packs, or some of CTA’s Christian worker items. End with a small sign that reads:Thanks for all the times you’ve helped  when we’ve reached the “end of our rope!”
  • Make an “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty” (ABCD) award for the staff member you wish to honor. List specific instances in which each person went the extra mile to make ministry special!

© 2014 CTA, Inc.

 

Sep 22

Taking Shape – a free devotion for this week’s meetings

This week’s free devotion is slightly adapted from CTA’s new devotion book for Christian Workers, Shaping Hearts; Changing Lives: 30 Days to Grow in Service. It is available now, and the product line includes many valuable, value-priced gifts for church staff and volunteers. 

 

Pssst! Want to know what you’re really like? Take a close look at your friends!

We tend to become like those around us. If your friends cultivate a green lifestyle, you will probably begin to take recycling and energy conservation a bit more seriously, too. Of course, Influence Street runs in both directions. If you begin ignoring the “no-elbows-on-the-table” rule, eventually your friends will relax their own manners over lunch.

My beliefs and behaviors shape yours. Your beliefs and behaviors shape mine. That’s one reason that the “you” in Colossians 3:16 is plural. We might read it as “you-all”:

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom. Colossians 3:16 

When we sinners imitate each other apart from the transforming Word of grace, it’s a race to the bottom of the barrel! But when the Word of Christ continually shapes and transforms each of us, all of us grow more like our Savior in love and service.

Pray This

Lord Jesus, forgive me for the many times I have influenced others toward ungodliness and selfishness. Stir in my heart a deep hunger for the Word and let that Word dwell richly in me, shaping me and prompting those around me to want more of you . . . 

Remember This

Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Galatians 5:18-20

 

Editor’s note: If you’re looking for ways to recognize, connect, and celebrate volunteers and/or pastors and other church staff, consider any of the products in the Shaping Hearts, Changing Lives line. Or check out CTA’s other Christian Worker themes. 

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

© 2014 CTA, Inc. 

 

 

 

Sep 17

3 Keys to AMP the Motivation of Your Volunteers

So you finally have the volunteers you need to staff the children’s ministry and fill the open slots on the Ministry Council. Breathe a sigh of relief and offer a prayer of thanks!

But as you say, “Amen,” remember you aren’t finished yet. Now that your volunteers are in place, you want to help them succeed, do their very best, find joy in their service, and keep coming back for more—ideally, year after year. In short, you want to build a cadre of volunteers who, like the prophet Isaiah, are eager to say, “Here I am! Send me” (Isaiah 6:8).

How do you motivate volunteers? And keep them motivated? How do you engage each volunteer’s “want to”—and eradicate the “shoulds, oughts, and musts,” that spur reluctant service?

The research is in, and it’s clear and simple. Clear and simple, but not always so easy. Here are the three keys, together with a few “how-tos.” Keep your smart phone or a pad and pen at hand over the next few weeks and jot down specific ideas that grow out of these insights. Check out some of the resources CTA makes available to help you! Then watch as our Lord works through you to build an even bigger “want to” in your volunteers’ hearts.

In a now famous TED talk, Daniel Pink explains the three keys to human motivation: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. His talk focuses on the workplace, but the principles also apply to volunteers in many settings, including churches.

 

KEY 1: Autonomy

No one likes to be micromanaged. But few of us enjoy being thrown into the deep end of the pool to sink or swim, either. The idea of autonomy—self-direction—requires an approach somewhere between these two extremes.

How to use this key: Give your volunteers a clear idea of the outcomes you want to achieve and how their tasks fit into the bigger picture. Provide deadlines. Then let them choose how to achieve these outcomes, deciding on the “hows” for themselves. Provide meaningful feedback—including as many positive comments as possible—at important checkpoints.

 

KEY 2: Mastery

Think back to your first few trumpet lessons or to the first few weeks in Spanish I. Remember the frustration? Were you tempted to quit? Human beings have an in-built drive to improve, to get better at the things we do. When it seems as though we’re getting nowhere, we tend to give up.

How to use this key: Think Goldilocks! Ensure that each volunteer’s assignment is not too hard—but not too easy, either. Then, provide the support, the scaffolding, your volunteers need. Equipment, articles, webinars, mentoring, books, a conversation over coffee . . . Provide what your volunteers need, and stay in touch with their progress and feelings. How can you help? Are they bored? Frustrated? Look for ways to keep them happy and growing.

 

KEY 3: Purpose

We might think of “purpose” as the “super key,” they master key that unlocks the whole puzzle. When people link arms to meet a need they care deeply about, something almost magical happens. Even the most difficult obstacles give way.

How to use this key: Look for more and more ways to connect every task to your vision and strategy, to the ministry of your church. Cutting the grass makes the campus more inviting for visitors who might come to learn more about Jesus, the Savior. Ushers, greeters, and parking lot attendants share Jesus’ love in the warmth and caring that they show and keep people coming back to grow in Christ’s love. Every task links in some way to your church’s reason for being there in your community. But don’t assume all your volunteers see this. Point it out—often!

Autonomy. Mastery. Purpose. Want to AMP volunteer motivation–and that of staff, too? Use these three keys to help everyone feel fulfilled and keep them stepping up to say, “I would like to volunteer!”

 

Editor’s note: If you work with volunteers, you know that you need to recognize their efforts, care for them along the way, and celebrate their efforts. CTA knows this, too, and provides lots of resources to help you get this new ministry year started off in a positive direction. Many are free and downloadable. Check them out!

 

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

© 2014 CTA, Inc.

Sep 16

Trunk or Treat!

Editor’s note: A few years ago, Elisa Tomlinson researched the “Trunk or Treat” phenomena for us here at CTA. She talked with many creative people in many churches about the various Halloween alternatives they were providing. Here is what she found.

I have a confession to make. I have never once been trick-or-treating! My parents weren’t big on Halloween. Too many scary costumes, too much bad history, too-often repeated news stories warning of dangerous candy. Fortunately for today’s kids, many churches have begun to offer exciting alternatives to a traditional Halloween—alternatives even my folks would approve!

One such event finding increasing popularity among CTA customers is a yearly Trunk or Treat.

Pastor Ricky Burse of Linary Church of Christ near Crossville, Tennessee, explains trunk-or-treating: “We park fifty to seventy decorated cars and trucks in a big U-shape in our parking lot. The kids have a great time going from trunk to trunk gathering popcorn balls, candy, and other treats. It’s really a twofold mission for us: we want to create a safe, fun environment for the kids to celebrate fall, and also to provide an opportunity for fellowship in our community.”

Interested in hosting a Trunk or Treat at your church? Here’s how:

  • Plan well in advance. Pastor Scott Tessin, Children’s Ministry Pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Oakville, Missouri, recommends beginning in August if you plan to host a full fall festival and make it all it can be. “It usually works best to have a committee of three to five people. One can oversee food, if you want to offer that; one can be in charge of communication within the community; one can handle the recruitment of volunteers, and so forth.”
  • Publicize! While one of the committee members can be responsible for overseeing publicity efforts and posting a notice in your “Trading Times” or other local flea market publications, other individuals can hang flyers at the local library, YMCA, and day-care centers. John Hartmann of Shiloh Baptist Church in Oakville, Missouri, encourages church members to hand out flyers at a nearby elementary school. What a wonderful opportunity to go out into your community and invite unchurched neighbors and friends to a nonthreatening church-sponsored event!
  • Recruit enough volunteers. One of the great things about Trunk or Treat is that the whole family can participate, making it easy to find helpers. Explain to your members that parents can keep an eye on their little ones by hosting a trunk at the event. Also, encourage various discipleship groups and teams of friends to sign up to host a trunk. The more trunks the better!
  • Make it part of a larger event. Linary Church of Christ incorporates Trunk or Treat at the church’s annual chili supper. At Faith Lutheran Church, Trunk or Treat is a recent addition to Faith’s “Annual Fall Festival,” a yearly event that also includes bobbing for apples, a beanbag toss, a cakewalk, three-legged racing and similar activities. It keeps those sugared-up kids happily occupied and burning energy for several hours. (You may want to sell tickets at a nominal price, for at least some of these stations, to help defray costs.)
  • Encourage competition! One of the best things about Halloween is the costume contest. With Trunk or Treat, that competition spills over onto the cars, as well. Pastor Tessin tells of one family whose trunk (the bed of their pickup truck) was decorated like Mount Sinai. “It was great! The whole family dressed up like Bible characters, and they had built a mountain out of hay bales, tarp, and tissue paper in their truck!”
  • Plan and provide for a great turnout. One of the most common problems we’ve heard from groups hosting a first-year Trunk or Treat is that the candy supply ran out in the first fifteen minutes because so many kids showed up! So whatever you do, make sure that you have plenty of goodies for all. For some great, nonedible treats, check out CTA’s Halloween alternative items.

Have a fun and happy fall festival from CTA!

 

© 2014 CTA, Inc.

 

 

 

Sep 15

Shaped by God’s Word – a free devotion for this week’s meetings

This week’s free devotion is slightly adapted from CTA’s new devotion book for Christian Workers, Shaping Hearts; Changing Lives: 30 Days to Grow in Service. It is available now, and the product line includes many valuable, value-priced gifts for church staff and volunteers. 

 

Running on fumes. Ever done that? Maybe you’re doing it right now. Many people do. Sometimes even God’s most dedicated servants do. Tired already, we tackle yet one more task. We mean well. And there’s so much that needs doing!

Running on fumes. There’s no sin in zeal. But take care! Don’t get so caught up in giving your service to your Savior that you stop giving your self to him!

Notice! Are you spending less and less time in prayer? Seldom opening your Bible? Do you find your time with other believers on Sunday morning more distracting than devotional? Is your joy evaporating?

Jesus intends quite the opposite for us! Jesus intends that the Good News of the Gospel continue to shape our hearts, change our lives, and fuel our love as we serve his people in his name. Then, with the apostle, we will rely more and more boldly and effectively on our Savior:

I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. Romans 1:16

Remember This

We also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 

Imagine That!

The Word of God is “at work in you believers” – in us and in those we teach, help, counsel, encourage, and lead. When you picture that happening, what do you see? Let that promise encourage you today!

 

Editor’s note: If you’re looking for ways to recognize, connect, and celebrate volunteers and/or pastors and other church staff, consider any of the products in the Shaping Hearts, Changing Lives line. Or check out CTA’s other Christian Worker themes.

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

© 2014 CTA, Inc. 

 

 

 

Sep 10

100 Ways to Encourage a Student (or a Teacher) and Create Smiles

Many thanks to Tim Wesemann for sharing these great ideas with us! Use them to be a blessing in the lives of those around you today!

Wow • Way to go • Super • You’re special • Outstanding • Excellent • Great • Good • Neat • Well done • Remarkable • I knew you could do it • I’m proud of you • Fantastic • I love your faith • Nice work • Looking good • You’re on top of it • Beautiful • Now you’re catching on • Now you’ve got it • You’re incredible • Bravo • You’re fantastic • Hurray for you • You’re on your way • You’re on target • Now nice • How smart • Good job • That’s incredible • Hot dog • Dynamite • You’re beautiful • You’re unique • Nothing can stop you now • Good for you • I like you • You’re a winner • Remarkable job • Beautiful work • Spectacular • You encourage me • Thanks for all you do • I thank God for you • You’ve discovered the secret • You figured it out • Fantastic Job • Hip, hip, hooray • You’re forgiven • Magnificent • Marvelous • Terrific • You’re important • You’re sensational • Super work • Creative job • Super job • Fantastic job • Exceptional performance • You’re a real trooper • You are responsible • You are exciting • You learned it right • What an imagination • What a good listener • You are fun • Jesus loves you more than you can imagine • You tried hard • You care • Beautiful sharing • Outstanding performance • God has blessed you with many talents • I trust you • You’re important • You mean a lot to me • You make me happy • You belong • You’ve got a friend • You make me laugh • You brighten my day • I respect you • You mean the world to me • That’s correct • You’re a joy • You’re a treasure • You’re wonderful • You’re perfect • Awesome • A+ job • My buddy • You made my day • That’s the best • A hug • Thank you • Jesus shines through you • You’re a blessing!

 

 

Sep 09

Timely Tips For a Great Fall Festival

Are you hoping to add some variety to this year’s Fall Festival? Try some of these tips:

  • This year, award a prize for the best decorated trunk or truck bed. Participants could vote for their favorites, or delegate a panel of judges for this task.
  • Dress a volunteer as a “mystery person” who will walk among participants and talk (perhaps in a disguised voice) throughout the event. Let participants guess the identity of the “mystery person,” and perhaps award correct guesses with a special treat or prize.
  • Use balloons as the distribution tool for information about your church (service times, special holiday events/times, etc.) Simply type the information on small slips of paper and insert the paper into balloons. Then inflate the balloons and pass them out to participants. Be sure to tell balloon recipients to check out the important information inside their balloons!
  • Add a no-carving pumpkin decorating contest to your festival this year! Gather markers, yarn, felt, craft foam, wiggle eyes, and more. Also collect push pins, straight pins, staples, and staplers to help hold decorations in place. Don’t forget prizes for the wackiest, winning pumpkins.
  • Speaking of pumpkins, here’s a fun way to keep the youngest festival attendees busy: Collect features from several Mr. Potato Head games and let the children use the plastic eyes, noses, etc. to decorate pumpkins instead! Use knitting needles to poke eye, ear, nose, and mouth holes in small pumpkins, and let the fun begin!
  • Need a costume-friendly theme for your Halloween Alternative event? Consider these: Animals of the Bible, A Bounty of Blessings, Men and Women of the Bible, or Noah’s Ark.
  • Want a lighted walkway for your festival but hesitate to use candles? Try this: Make luminaries by cutting Christian designs in small lunch bags. Place the bags upside down over the top of solar-powered sidewalk lights.  Or, if your church doesn’t have sidewalk lights, weigh down the bags with some sand and place a glow stick in the center.
  • Let your little ones help make a quick and tasty autumn punch by combining 8 cups 7-Up (or other lemon-lime soda) with 3 cups cranberry juice cocktail. These cranberry coolers are just right for fall!
  • Don’t forget to schedule a post-event meeting after this year’s festival. Note successes along with suggestions for next year. Be sure to include a list of festival activities and volunteers who helped. Bind everything in a notebook, and next year’s committee won’t have to start from scratch! After the meeting, thank your great volunteers with hot cider, pumpkin bread, and small, homemade ‘thank-you pumpkins.’ To make the pumpkins, first purchase one mini pumpkin (or small gourd) for each volunteer or committee chairperson. Use spray paint, permanent markers, and bits of fabric, sequins, or feathers to add details that relate to each volunteer’s festival duties. For example, decorate one pumpkin to resemble a turkey and include this note: Festival foods were so good, we wanted to gobble everything! A fancy, sequined gourd might include this message: Decorations were simply gourd-geous! 
  • Have one or more rubber stamps created with your church name, address, and service times. Use the stamp(s) to mark several dozen brightly colored index cards. Invite Sunday school children or homebound individuals to apply Christian stickers to decorate the cards still further. Then insert the stamped cards into fall festival gift bags and fall rummage sale bags. You may also want to make the decorative cards available for parishioners to hand out at Halloween-alternative programs or to attach to Christian tracts to give to trick-or-treaters, along with the candy or other trinkets they distribute.
  • Add some old-fashioned fun to this year’s fall festival! For example, consider apple bobbing and pie baking contests. Invite local chefs to enter a chili cook-off. Encourage students to participate in “three-legged” races, sack races, and more. Need additional ideas? Just ask seniors in your congregation for suggestions. 

Editor’s note: It’s not too late to plan a Fall Festival or Halloween Alternative! CTA has event guides, free downloadables, and all kinds of other helps to make your event a snap! To check them out, start here.

 

© 2014 CTA, Inc. 

 

 

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