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Autumn is finally here (at least it’s only just arrived here outside of D.C.) and with it the celebration of many Fall Festivals.
It seems like every town, church and county is throwing one, each trying to outdo the other.
Fall - Festivals - Surrounding - Communities
And because so many Fall Festivals happen in the surrounding communities, we found we couldn’t compete.
In the end, our Fall Festival was expensive and drained a lot of volunteer energy going into the Christmas season much more than accomplishing our goal of bringing the community to our church.
Decision - Fall - Festival - Church - Focus
So we made a decision to do a smaller Fall Festival, during church, with a focus on the families within our church inviting families they know.
It’s much less expensive, encourages personal evangelism within our members, and allows us to simply use the volunteers who are regularly scheduled to run it.
Fall - Festival - Option - Something - Top
But even if cutting your current Fall Festival isn’t an option, this is something you could easily do on top of it to invite people back to.
Here’s what ours will look like this year to give you a feel for this idea.
Window - Thanksgiving - A - Charlie - Brown
Since we’re within the window of Thanksgiving, we’re going to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and eat popcorn.
It’s less than 30 minutes, teaches a good lesson, and the kids always enjoy movie day.
Apple - Cider
We’re also providing apple cider.
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Time - Guest - Kids - Church - Opportunity
If this is the only time one of our guest kids ever comes to a church, we want them to have the opportunity to hear the gospel and be able to respond to it.
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