Easter is quickly approaching, but there is still time to plan a few impactful outreach activities. Gather your ministry team and brainstorm ways you can serve your congregation and community. Here are a few ideas to get you started!
- Use plastic Easter eggs to share the love of Jesus. Inside each egg, place the name and address of one shut-in, grieving, or hospitalized member of your congregation. Place prepared eggs in a basket or hang eggs on a tree branch. Invite everyone at church to choose an egg. Suggest that each person or family send cards and treats and/or make personal visits to cheer those who are homebound or too ill to join in Easter worship services this year.
- Enlist the help of families or youth groups to share the Good News of Easter with neighbors and friends this year. Prepare “friendship baskets” that include a few of CTA’s Gospel Easter Eggs™, a Christ is Risen magnet, some Christian stickers, and a few Easter treats. Hand-deliver the baskets to neighbors, along with the personal invitation to join you in worship on Easter morning.
- Get junior-high and high-school students to help send out invitations for your church’s celebration of Christ’s resurrection. Here’s how: Inside a plastic egg, place a heart-shaped candy along with information about your Easter celebration. Deliver one egg to each home in your neighborhood. Tell recipients, “Jesus is your Savior. He loves you with his whole heart! Come and learn more!”
- Get every family member involved in making a gigantic Easter card outside your building this year. Use sidewalk chalk to transform your driveway, steps, or sidewalks into a surface for sharing the risen Jesus. Adults or older children can outline an open tomb, empty cross, and flowers. Little children can fill in the outlines with bright chalk colors. As you work together, remind each other of the eternal importance of sharing the Gospel message of Christ’s resurrection with the world. Jesus lives! Rejoice!
- Find a one-hour block of time on Easter Sunday to serve others. Take bagels and coffee to the fire station. Donate several Easter hams to the local food pantry. Visit a nursing home to eat Easter brunch with the residents. Whatever activity you choose, be sure to include a few Easter cards or scripture messages that send along Easter joy. A bookmark from CTA would be perfect!
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